Donnie Darko. A tiny declaration of love.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 | Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Donnie Darko PosterI just listened to Gary Jules’s “Mad World” and it made me realize how much I adore “Donnie Darko“. It’s one of my perfect 10 ratings on IMDb and its in IMDB’s Top 250.

You can go suck a fuck!

I first saw it attending the Fantasy Filmfest of 2001 in Cologne. It was one of the rare moments when cinema just delivered. The curtains opened and from the opening scene on I was hooked and taken on a strange yet beautiful trip.

28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. That is when the world will end.

We follow Donnie, a troubled teenager, that embarks on a journey of imagination, love, fear and -last but not least- time travel and a monstrous rabbit. The atmosphere changes from dreamy to disturbing at will and for some reason yet unknown to me I could relate to it a lot.

I promise that one day, everything’s gonna be better for you.

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A Studio Ghibli homage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 | Activities, Misc, Movies | 1 Comment

Today I invited Totoro to stay.

Ever since we moved into our “new” flat a few years ago we could not decide what to do with our living room walls. I suggested that we could try to draw the Studio Ghibli logo – namely Totoro – next to the TV. The other side of the telly got decorated with the beautiful postcards that come with the German Blu-ray edition of Arietty and Laputa. Now I feel like a true fanboy πŸ™‚

And this is how I will enjoy my films from now on:

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Review: Sucker Punch (2011)

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Haha, in my last post I apologized for not posting for more than half a year blaming shitty films for that. The same day I saw Sucker Punch.

A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days’ time. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it’s too late… (IMDb)

What should I say? Watching Sucker Punch was like riding a very good roller-coaster, fast and very well arranged. Score and picture impressed almost as much as Matrix did for me in the 90s – over the top action, slo-mo shots, set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, hot chicks fighting giant Samurai, Nazi Zombies (Dead Snow, anybody?) and the like. A perfect match for a brains-out evening.

7.5/10 – Finally a fantasy action film that made my jaw drop again. Not all the time, but quite a lot. Make sure you get this on the big screen or at least in an HD home cinema

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Review: I Saw The Devil / Akmareul boatda (2010)

Friday, June 24th, 2011 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

It’s been a while since I wrote a little review of a film I saw (@see Wild Target). This is mostly due to the fact that as a cinema enthusiast it gets harder and harder to see something that is new/interesting or even noteworthy – a lot of films just bore the crap out of me these days. Anyway, “I Saw The Devil” was different.

When his pregnant fiancΓ©e becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge. (IMDb)

So yes, this is some kind of rape and revenge plot, a genre that I normally avoid. In this case I was eager to finally see this Korean film because I had already read a few quite promising reviews and ratings from Fantasy Filmfest screenings. Some said it was boring, some said it was a masterpiece. I have to agree with the latter. The film has three major ingredients imho: beautiful slow shooting (which may bore fans of fast paced action), interesting and well acted characters (loved both Oldboy‘s Min-sik Choi and A Bittersweet Life‘s Byung-hun Lee) and last but not least quite explicit violence. I read the rumour that it had to be cut several times even in Korea to prevent it from getting a “Restricted” rating which would have had it rendered impossible to screen or sell. Believe me, what’s left in there is still stomach twisting and quite enough to support the plot.

8.0/10 – Get prepared for beautiful yet nasty game of cat-and-mouse.

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Manowar vs. Turrican

Friday, January 21st, 2011 | Games, Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Recently I came across two things, Manowar on Malta and Turrican as one of my all time favourite games. This reminded me of a fact that should not be forgotten: The guys who did Turrican apparently were into Manowar as well – this is a comparison of the album art of Manowar’s “Kings of Metal” and the Turrican title screen (I guess M.T. stands for Manfred Trenz).

Hmm, those were the days … πŸ˜€

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Review: Wild Target (2010)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment

Victor Maynard is a middle-aged, solitary assassin, who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims, Rose. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring a young apprentice, Tony, in the process. Believing Victor to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.

Bill Nighy is one of my (and my wife’s!) favourite actors, and a character named Maynard played by him is pretty much a guarantee for excellence, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰ Emily Blunt as the fricking hot kleptomaniac and Rupert Grint as the naive “apprentice” make a very enjoyable troika to watch.

8.0/10 – Finest black British humour with a sweet romantic touch. Absolutely recommendable.

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Flight of the Conchords meet The Simpsons

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 | Misc, Movies | 1 Comment

Today we started to watch the 22nd Season of The Simpsons. Lisa goes to spend a week at “Performing Arts Camp” and meets Bret and Jemaine aka The Flight of the Conchords as staff. Hilarious! Quite a few New Zealand / LOTR references in here as well.

As my wife said: having a guest appearance in The Simpsons is something like a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Totally agreed! Well done, Bret and Jemaine. (Even if it is hard to sing while … playing … guitars … )

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Review: Machete (2010)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Been there, seen it. It seems I can’t take the same sort of action over and over again no more. I can’t even be bothered to summarize this “you killed my family, now I want my revenge” farce.

The first Rodriguez films I saw were Desparodo and his episode in Four Rooms, both pretty good. From Dusk Till Dawn was awesome at the time and for me Sin City marked the climax of his work so far. I also always like to see “From Dusk Till Dawn” bartender Danny Trejo and “Dawn of the Dead” Tom Savini aka “Sex Machine”. Apart from that, there is a lot of CGI blood, Hollywood mainstream characters and a few pretty cheesy punch lines. I do not get how Robert De Niro can play alongside “straight to DVD” Steven Seagal and “It wasn’t me” Lindsay Lohan. Let’s see it positively: if you are into straight trash and liked Rodriguez’s Planet Terror: this film may be for you.

3.5 / 10 – Very disappointing, cannot reach to the classics. Sorry Rob, I guess you are a goner…

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Review: Resident Evil Afterlife 3D (2010)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation that reaches new heights. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead finally takes her to Los Angeles, but when she arrives the city is overrun by thousands of Undead …

I love me my Resident Evil, games and films alike. So this one was a sure big screen title for me as well. What a pity my “friends” asked me to join the first screening – but only reserved tickets for themselves. Hypocrites. Fuck You. Thank god my wife also holds some good zombie action in high esteem, my trustworthy Resident Evil 4 “use the fricking rocket launcher” wingman. Salazar sure didn’t expect that! One shot and he was a gonner! πŸ˜€ Back to the review then …

This film did pretty much everything just right:

  • great actresses/actors: Milla Jovovich as Alice, Ali Larter (hot hot hot!! – as seen in Heroes) as Claire Redfield and sitting in a prison cell … wait for it … here it comes … almost there … Prison Break‘s main character Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield – how kewl is that?
  • great choreography (that is English for “moves” πŸ˜‰ )
  • great technical realisation – I liked the 3D in this film better than the massively overhyped Avatar
  • awesome soundtrack! At some point I said so my wife “This background noise reminds me of A Perfect Circle, humming ‘disconnect and self destruct one bullet at a time …’ and a few seconds later the song really kicks in to reveal a frickin’ kewl remix of APCs The Outsider playing alongside the final boss battle: Wesker – I was in 7th heaven. 😎

Don’t take me wrong – if you are not into the Resident Evil thing (and don’t know kewl muzik like APC) you won’t experience the excitement I got an hour ago. Still, it might be a good action flick apart from recent mass bullshit. Give it a go.

8.5 / 10 – An awesome end of days zombie film with hot chicks. A must see for the genre affine.

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Review: Salt (2010)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt.

After watching one of the best Futurama Episodes so far (Season 6 Episode 7 The Late Philip J. Fry 9.0 / 10) I gave this flick a go. I expected nothing, just another Hollywood action boredom. But I got proven wrong. This is a very well done action / espionage thriller, with Angelina being the perfect match for … well, I don’t want to spoil anything – just let me say the action is brilliant, almost comically, but never in a bad way.

7.5 / 10 – A surprisingly good action thriller that makes up for the somewhat screwed up Wanted.

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