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Movie Mania: 500 Days of Summer

Marc Web’s comedy-drama from 2009 tells about the rise and fall of a relationship. The two protagonists are played by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The Plot:
In non-linear form we find out how Tom Hansen meets Summer Finn. He is an architect who works for a greeting card company. She starts her new job as assistant of Tom’s boss. We get most of the usual story: they fall in love, the have problems, they break up, after the break-up they run into each other again but live goes on and bla bla bla. No need to say anything else. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Beautiful day in Vienna: Schwarzenbergplatz and Belvederepark

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Life/Thinking

 

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Time to Talk about Books: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Today I want to talk about the novel “American Psycho” which was published in 1991. It was written by the acclaimed Bret Easton Ellis who is said to be “Catcher in the Rye for the MTV Generation”. In 2000 the book was turned into a movie starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

The Plot:
The diary-like written story follows the life of Patrick Bateman, a handsome and succesful young man. That’s what he appears to be on the surface. Throughout the book we learn that he is nothing less than a psychopath. He reports how he kills several women and homeless people, how he maltreat animals. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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American Horror Story – a new take on TV-shows

I recently finished watching the third season of American Horror Story. Once more I was surprised how they managed to start something completely new and pull it off so well. Each season has an entirely different setting and a new story, while sticking to the same actors.

Let me give you a quick overview:

Season one – Murder House:
In the first season the story follows the family Harmon. They move to a new house in Los Angeles not knowing the history of the building. In the course of the season we learn that the house was built by a doctor who began doing illegal abortions. A patient’s boyfriend killed the doctor’s baby in revenge. Not getting over the grief, the doctor’s wife first shoots him and then takes her own life. From there on a long series of murders begins. The house is haunted by several ghosts including Violet Harmon who doesn’t know she is dead. Before I spoil any more let’s move on to Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Music in my Veins: Concert Review – Frank Turner, Ducking Punches, Andrew Jackson Jihad

On 4th March Frank Turner paid Vienna a visit. Along with him came two other great bands: Ducking Punches and Andrew Jackson Jihad. I already saw Frank Turner two years ago when he was playing at the Donauinselfest. Therefore I knew that he would rock the show. Beforehand I got hold of the new album and as I was very fond of it I got even more excited for the show. But what was even more interesting to me was one of the supporting bands.

Last year I came across a CD titled “Put the bottle down Chinaski” by someone called Ducking Punches. I had never heard of them but the CD had a quote from Charles Bukowski on the packaging so I figured it just had to be good. Turns out I was right. =)
The record is really amazing so I was stoked to find out that Ducking Punches would be playing with Frank Turner.

The other band who came along, Andrew Jackson Jihad, were unknown to me. I decided to not check them out before the concert and let them surprise me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Music in my Veins

 

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Book vs. Movie: Into the Wild

In 1996 the book “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer was published. The non-fiction piece was turned into a movie in 2007 with Sean Penn directing the film.

The Plot:

The story basically tells the life of a young man named Christopher McCandless. Originally John Krakauer wrote an article for “Outside” on him. Three years later an expanded version was published as book. Christopher McCandles is a bright young man who just finished college when he decides to leave everything behind and sort of drop out of society. He abandons his belongings, donates his money and starts travelling the country. His journey leads him through the United States down to Mexico before he ends where he always intended to go: Alaska. Arriving there he comes across an old abandoned bus somewhere in the wilderness which becomes his new home. After 119 days alone in the north he dies as it later turned by starvation.

Book vs. Movie:

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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Book vs Movie

 

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Home Sweet Home?

About half a year ago I moved to Vienna. I’ve wanted to this for a long time and I’m really happy there. The reason I longed for this change so badly was the way I felt at home. In the small town I come from I always felt like suffocating. I knew that’s just not where I belong. On top of that the attitude I dealt with at home got more and more unbearable. For an outstanding person I guess it wasn’t even noticable. But you know that moment when someone seems to piss off by the mere fact that the person is simply…breathing. I’ve always got along quite well with my mother but whom I just can’t bear with is my grandmother. Her attitude and behavior are just things I can’t put up with. However, my family was or better said is really protective towards me. Whatever I do, they are afraid I might die or whatever. Living at home for 19 years I wasn’t happy with that but used to it.

New Home?

New Home?

But since I’ve moved out I noticed a change in my reaction to their (most of the time extremely irrational) fear. Of course I am happy when I come home during the holidays. But in the last time it already felt that if it wasn’t for my friends who I missed I wouldn’t have come at all. Every time I return it feels like I get less and less able to accept their behavior. When I’m in Vienna I live my own life. I can do what I want, I don’t need to inform someone every time I leave the house. Not that I do any extraordinary things or stuff that is really dangerous but it’s just the mere fact that there’s always a person to comment on the things you do makes it so extremely unbearable at home. I’m not used to justifying every move I make anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Life/Thinking

 

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The things I never said

All those things I never said. All those letters I wrote but would never send. There are so many words crawling through my brain. I feel like shouting at you but instead I remain silent. What is it about you that keeps me from speaking? I never cared what others think of me. But when I’m with you it all feels so fragile like one wrong word could shatter it all to pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Life/Thinking

 

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Game of Thrones – or better said: that escalated quickly

It’s currently exam time. Therefor I’m doing what every student does: Finding reasons not to study right now. I had the glorious idea to watch Game of Thrones. Within less than a week I was done with all thirty episode currently existing. (Damn it, now I have to study -.-)

Let me give you a quick overview:

The story is set in Westeros. The country also called the “seven kingdoms” is ruled by one king who sits in King’s Landing. In the north is a huge wall made of ice to cut off and protect the country from the evil things lying behind the wall. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Movie Mania

 

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Better than diamonds or gold

I just came across a really nice writing prompt. The task is to write about a special stone. I guess with this instruction most people will either write some story about a magical stone and maybe some will write about their favourite diamond ring.

Well I’m gonna write about a real, plain, ordinary stone. The stone itself is nothing special. It’s not precious because of what it is made of. But to me it is invaluable for the things it reminds me of. The stone I am talking about was I gift. It’s from the top of a mountain in our region and I got for passing my final exams (in Austria it’s the Matura). But this is not what comes to my mind when I hold the stone in my hands. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Life/Thinking

 

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