Childhood Memories Revisited (Movie Mania): Anastasia

Recently I’ve been digging through my old box full of video cassettes. Looking at my beloved Disney movies and fairytale films I decided to start a new series of posts here on my blog. I hope you enjoy it =)

The first one of my childhood movies I will review is Anastasia, a wonderful Don Bluth movie from 1997. The for two Oscars nominated film tells the tale of the last surviving daughter of the Russian Tsar. Of course the didn’t stick exactly to the history but it is nevertheless a lovely and creative tale.


The Plot:

When revolution happens in Russia the little Anastasia has to flee. During their escape she gets separated from her grandmother. Due to her fall on her head she loses all memory and thus grows up in an orphanage. As soon as she (now called Anya) comes of age she heads for St. Petersburg to find out about her past. In the mean time two fraudsters Dimitri and Vladimir are casting women to find an Anastasia. Her grandmother never gave up on her and promised a huge reward to anyone who brings her granddaughter back. Somehow Anya runs into the two men and they pick her as actress. What nobody knows is that she is the real one. In some land beyond death Rasputin comes back to life. He sold his soul to the devil and initiated the revolution in which almost the entire Tsar family was killed. He finds out that Anastasia is alive and tries several times to kill her. After overcoming several difficulties they reach her grandmother in Paris and Anastasia remembers about her past. She finally kills Rasputin and falls in love with Dimitri. Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Great Gatsby (Blogathon-Entry for Head in a Vice)

The post I’m writing today is for a Blogathon initiated by Head in a Vice. It’s all about watching a movie because of a review you read.
Recently I came across a very positive review of the new Great Gatsby movie. I wasn’t too fond of the book when I read it about a year ago (you can check out the review for that right here). But sometimes bad books can be turned into good movies. With all the praise of the critics and the more than excited review I read I decided to give the film a chance.

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Chillin’ on the Couch with my Remote: The Knick (views on the first two episodes)

Steven Soderbergh recently decided to turn to TV-shows instead of cinema. “The Knick” is a show about a hospital in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. Soderbergh shows medical procedures at a time when doctors could easily be confused with butchers. The leading role is played by Clive Owen.


The Plot:

One of the first things we get is a surgery. A very bloody one with no good end. As it turns out, many scenes like this will follow. Dr. John Thackery becomes Chief Surgeon after one of this procedures. However, his brilliance in the medical field is overshadowed by his drug addiction. Thackery is not only in a constant fight with himself as well as the patients he also has differences with Cornelia Robertson who is the chief of the hospital. Thackery is pressured to hire Algernon Edwards a highly acclaimed doctor with only one problem: he is black. Neither Thackery or his colleagues have any interest in his help or knowledge. On top of that the hospital is confronted with other problems: electricity is about to be installed but due to the manager of the hospital defrauding money the job is done poorly and accidents pile up. Another severe problem Edwards comes across is the fact that black people are not treated at the hospital. He decides to install a makeshift clinic in the basement. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Into Thin Air

The movie I’ll ramble about today is called “Into Thin Air: Death on Everest”. It is based on the non fiction book by Jon Krakauer, who wrote down his experiences of climbing the Mt. Everest.


The Plot:

Jon Krakauer takes part in an expedition. His goal is nothing less than the Mt. Everest. Together with a group of diverse people he tried to reach the summit. But no-one of them would have thought that their expedition is about to end in a tragedy. When the weather changes abruptly disaster takes its course. Several people die trying to make their way back to the camp. In the entire 1996 season a total of 15 people gave their life reaching for the top. Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Room (aka one of the worst movies ever)

Have you ever seen a movie so bad you felt the need to invent a new word to describe how utterly awful it is? Well recently I have. The Room is a 2003 romantic comedy drama (at least it claims to be one) written, produced and direct by as well as starring in the main role Tommy Wiseau.


The Plot:

The movie revolves around Tommy and Lisa. They are about to get married but unfortunately Lisa has lost all interest in Tommy although he is such a good and nice and successful man (how her mother emphasizes every five minutes). On top of that Lisa begins an affair with Tommy best friend Mark who doesn’t even seem to want that at all. There are some rather strange subplots like Tommy’s fosterling getting into a fight with a drug dealer or Lisa’s mother having cancer. However, after being briefly introduced none of them are ever mentioned again. Anyways. Tommy eventually finds out about Lisa and Mark and kills himself. End of story.


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Chillin’ on the Couch with my Remote: Orphan Black

This Canadian TV show deals with a very interesting subject: human clones and related moral and identity issues. By now there are two seasons with ten episodes each.


The Plot:

Sarah Manning witnesses the suicide of a woman who seems to look exactly like her. She decides to take on the woman’s identity who she finds out is Beth Childs, a cop. Soon she finds out that there are more doppelgänger. Not only do those women look like her, they share the same DNA. It turns out that Sarah, Beth and all the others are clones. Sarah struggles to win back her daughter whom she left with her own former foster-mother and has to cope with several problems arising. She can’t keep up Beth’s identity and on top a killer shows up, trying to liquidate all the clones. In the course of the second season a religious group gets more and more involved. On the opposite side we have a strong scientifical front, led by the neolutionists. All the clones spent there lives in foster families as they are orphans. Their past and origin is more than dubious and the more information they gather, the deeper Sarah and the others get into trouble.
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