Archive for June, 2011

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 fiancée 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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Aggertalsperre 2011

Sunday, June 19th, 2011 | Activities, Reviews, Sites | 1 Comment

Last year we stayed for one night to test our new camping gear (@see Germany is Beautiful – Aggertalsperre). Test run was fine, camp site was pretty awesome. I decided to invite a few friends over for the Whitsun’s holiday 2011. Here a some impression. Reservation for 2012 is already done, 15 people may attend. So if you want to be in make sure you call in early 🙂

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Burning out my new bbq – holy moly!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 | Activities, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Last weekend my new bbq was in service for quite some time. The grease was thick and sturdy, so I did what bbq experts recommend: burnout! Fire up your grill to max and wait until there is no more smoke and you are done. So I was told. After 10 minutes the bbq was as hot as 400° Celsius (752° Fahrenheit) and I took a peek inside. The complete thing was burning from the inside! Yikes!

I guess I went a little bit over the top … now the dirt on the lid is burned in, too 🙂 Anyway, the grid is clean again and prepared for the next sessions.

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