Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Story of Princess Kaguya / Kaguyahime no Monogatari (Japan, 2013)

Maybe The Story of Princess Kayuga (Isao Takahata) isn't the most impressive, most beautiful or most emotional I ever saw the art style is truly amazing. Ofcourse there will be people who say 'My child could have drawn this!' but well, than you have a miracle child I guess. You will feel its beauty alongside with the amazing music and realize you are watching something really special. Once again you will be lost in Ghibli's world.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brooklyn (2015) / Saoirse Ronan

Though it may not have the most innovating story about an Irish girl in the 1950’s who immigrates to the States, and gosh I hate this word,  ‘Brooklyn’ does have the right vibe. A story about love, big decisions and being afraid of their consequences and most of all growing up. Well we have seen all that before but there is a difference ‘Saoirse Ronan’. To be honest I always had a love/hate relationship with her. She seems to be so talented and the next second you wonder if she does have any facial expression at all. So I guess I would say she can be inconsistent in her acting and yes, that is what are the really interesting actresses or actors to watch. In Brooklyn she definitely nails it, she catches the vibe and make this film everything and more. Of course the music, the other  characters and screenplay all matter but when it is a story we all have seen before you need that little bit of extra magic. Saoirse Ronan.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bai Baihe graces a Fashion magazin

Chinese actress Bai Baihe ('Love is not Blind' directed by Teng Huatao) graces a Fashion Magazine.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Moonlight Sonata part 1 - Elephant (2003)

When you hear Beethoven's Moonlight sonata it will immediately find its way to your heart and mind. It is such a powerful piano sonata (no. 14) that it will start to live its own life and you will make your own memories that go along with its tune. In Gus van Sant's 'Elephant' it plays a vital role. To be honest the movie doesn't satisfy completely but it's tracking shots are more than amazing and you will remember Beethoven's legacy with one more and another memory.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

In the Mood for Love.. yet again!

Already 16 years ago but still so amazingly beautiful and hypnotizing. This is really something that represents true beauty in film. It is just one of those rarely everlasting memories. In the Mood for Love.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sicario (2015)

After Villeneuve’s more than brilliant ‘Incendies’ every film he makes will be looked to with great anticipation, which also makes it a lot easier to fail to meet these high expectations. But to be honest with his new film ‘Sicario’ he does it again! ‘Sicario’ is about the fight against drug trafficking and well let’s say this isn’t the first time a movie has been made about this subject. This also doesn’t make it easier to keep this kind of high level that Villeneuve maintains. But with the simply great soundtrack, brilliant acting (well don’t we expect that all of Benicio del Toro but also Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin totally feel themselves comfortable in their roles) and a total absence of something positive in it’s story makes it an unforgettable experience. From the very start of the film you are dipped in this world of violence and without compassion. You will be gripped with such a depressive feeling it will find its way through all of your veins and you can’t do anything else than get hypnotized and enjoy the ride. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Before Sunrise (1995)

And then suddenly you see the beauty of it all again in one film: Richard Linklater's 'Before Sunrise' is what my blog is about. It is true beauty of film which doesn't need much in fact. Walking and talking, that pretty sums up the entire movie. Simple? maybe but definitely a masterpiece! Everything in 'Before Sunrise' breaths romance and this is not only because of the fantastic location of Vienna. The magic of attraction between Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke is beyond words, it is just impossible not to feel their love during this film. Great dialogues and astonishing magic between the two leads.
Also the thought of time which passes and soon will just be a memory makes it an unforgettable experience.

When you feel nothing, you are nothing........

The next scene just says it all

Monday, October 13, 2014

Club Football Statisctics: The Game

Join the Club Football Statistics game when you totally love football and also get the opportunity to be the best player: http://clubfootballstatistics.weebly.com/

What is life?

So let me ask you an interesting question? What is life? Is it the kind of life were you get a girlfriend, get married and create a family? Or, is life to discover what is this world all about and breakaway from all ties by which you are bound?

People often say 'Life is short', and indeed it is but why do we still live the life people expect from us? Maybe it is just too difficult too cut your ties and explore, travel the world, look for beauty and discover yourself. Ofcourse it is a lot easier to work, be with your family and take care of your children than to start a soul searching journey. Maybe we are even scared to discover what everything is about in this life because when you really think of it: Why do we work 5 to 7 days a week till we die? What will and does it give us? The common answer will be that you do it for your children but even so.. do our children just need that? In my opinion to make fully advantage of our short life we should indeed just shout out: STOP. Only than you can really begin to live.

I think most people have this idea lingering in their minds, don't they?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bhopal: A prayer for rain

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is an interesting film about a chemical factory disaster that happened in 1984. Not too much about the film this time, it is just quite good but about some strange propaganda issues according to this film.

When you look at the poster you will see the name of Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton. Though Martin sheen does have an interesting character, Mischa Barton just has a very small role. Is it really necessary to promote her this much just because she is a famous American (The OC)? In my opinion this film is really about Bhopal and it's Indian actors lik Rajpal Yadav and Manoj Joshi. To be honest, they make this movie and not their American counterparts.

If I would be one of those Indian actors I would be rather furious but ok, Mischa Barton is always a delight to look at.....

Monday, October 6, 2014


So after a while of absence I again want to restart my blog about the beauty of film, art, culture and just life! What do you want to see? Where do you find your beauty?

Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014)

Don't need to say mucht about it, doesn't the picture say it all?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tang Wei in 'The Golden Era'

Xiao Hong was one of most important writers of contemporary China. The life of this writer of the 30's of the past century has now been captured on film. No one less than Tang Wei will star in this film: 'The Golden Era'. After her magnificent performance in Ang Lee's 'Lust, Caution' the acting heart will always beat a little faster when she appears in a new film!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Reluctant Fundamenatlist and how the attacks on the Twin Towers (9-11) and the actions of Russia's Putin in Crimea earned respect

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a nice film, maybe not the best but some nice scenery and music will make you pass your time easily. But that is not want I want to talk about today, there is an interesting conversation in this film that may raises some eyebrows:

‘Didn’t you have, only for a split second, some respect for the terrorists who are responsible for the attack on 9-11?’

It is an interesting thought because there is a sense of truth about it. Ofcourse the act was horrible and so many innocent people died but that is not the subject around here. People may feel bad about it but in my opinion most of them will have thought about this. How is it possible, such a brilliantly coordinated attack from a terrorist cell which hits the Americans right in their heart? And yes, when you think about it, it is rather amazing end almost highly intelligent. 

Back to the present where exactly the same thing is happening:

Russia’s and Ukraine’s conflict in Crimea. Though a military conflict can never be seen as right and Russia has probably to be condemned for it…. There is also this awwww factor and idolization of Vladimir Putin. Haven’t you thought, only for a split second, how brilliant Putin’s moves are? He is bold but knows nobody or any country can touch him. At the moment he is a statue of absolute power. He may have violated international law but he acted in such an intelligent way that the West and USA can’t crank a hair of his head. And he knows it, you can see it in every picture of Putin, he is in complete control and forces the West to throw sanctions at Russia where in the end the West will pay the biggest for these sanctions. Though maybe wrong, an act of Putin’s Russia that quakes the earth and shows the immense strategically power Putin is capable of. For that he owes much respect.

This is an very difficult subject but one of the things 'the Reluctant Fundamentalist' makes you think about. It doesn't have to be a taboo.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

America's troubles

These days USA adm. Samuel Locklear stated that DPRK (North-Korea) is a threat to the USA because they seem to be able to create an intercontinental ballistic missile. So even if the DPRK posesses this ability is this former country of American Dreams really afraid that a real life adaptation of the game 'Homefront' could become reality?

The United States of America are scared of small threats but never seem to realize the decay that turned their own nation into a rotten body. The age of immortality is in the States far over, no dreams are left in this desolated place of forgotten memories. Memories that are overshadowed by meanless wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. And last but not least the forgotten war in Korea. They never won this one too, so maybe they are right about the fact that one day they will be beaten by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Sometimes dreams become reality but unfortanetly for the USA the American dream will always be a nightmarish dream instead.