Book vs. Movie: Look Who’s Back

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This Book vs. Movie post will revolve around one the best German books I read in the last years, the infamous: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes. Of course it didn’t take long for this best-selling novel to be adapted for the big screen!

 

The Plot:
Hitler is back. He wakes up in present day Berlin without any memory of what happened in the last 70 years. Strolling around in his uniform, Hitler is picked up by a TV company. As they believe him to be an impersonator doing a satirical comic programme, he is put on air…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Timur Vermes wrote a very dark and very gripping book. I love how dark and smart it is and how much stuff you can read between the lines. You wouldn’t expect it, but the sense of humor is outstanding. In fact, I ended up taking pictures of some quotes and sending them to my friends, so they could have a laugh too! You should know a few things about WWII and the people involved to fully understand the stuff the writer alludes to. Otherwise many of the smart little side notes will be lost. But tha’s exactly what I enjoyed about this novel. Timur Vermes takes the reader as smart person and doesn’t spell everything out! Continue reading

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Movie Mania: The Counselor

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I have another star packed thriller for you. Ridley Scott’s 2013 flick features Micheal Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt just to name a few.

 

The Plot:
The counselor (we never get to find out his real name) is a high level cartel lawyer. His life is going pretty well: he is successful and just got engaged with a wonderful woman. However, he gets greedy and mixed up in a drug deal. Of course what can go wrong, will go wrong… Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: The Lava Field

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Today I have something very unusual. In 2014 an impressive mini-TV-series was produced in Iceland. Well, I can’t let you miss out on this gem!

(Unfortunately I could only find a German trailer, but you get the picture)

 

What is it about?
Detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson is called to a crime scene. What at first appears to be a suicide soon raises many questions. Far more people have a connection to this murder than anyone would have believed. The investigations become dangerous not only to Runarsson, but also to his family…

 

Why should you check it out?
I stumbled upon this one completely by surprise but I have to admit those guys up North really know how to make a good thriller. The plot is gripping, fascinating and really pulls you in. We dive into the unknown depths of the Icelandic underground and are left with a crime story that goes under your skin. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Shutter Island

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It’s time for another Book vs. Movie post. In  Dennis Lehane famous thriller was turned into a movie by Martin Scorsese. But can this star-packed adaptation live up to the book?

 

The Plot:
It’s 1954. Two U. S. Marshals are sent to Shutter Island. A patient escaped from Ashecliff hospital for the criminally insane and is nowhere to be found. Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule investigate the disappearance but soon they are in over their head. Things are not the way they seem on Shutter Island…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Let’s kick off with the novel. It was a fascinating read that kept surprising you with a twisted plot that was hard to see through. I could hardly put the book down, as I was so intrigued to find out what would happen next. Especially the ending came as a huge surprise!
Well, I am convinced that you could make an amazing film out of this, so I was excited to see Scorsese’s adaptation. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Sing

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Today’s movie is a rather unlikely choice for me. Sing is an animated musical comedy featuring the voices of Hollywood’s finest actors. Childish or also worth checking out for adults?

 

The Plot:
Buster Moon is in trouble. The theater he owns is about to be taken away due to financial problems. In order to raise money he comes up with a singing competition. As it turns out, there are many talents around… Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: Lucifer

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I have  a really cool TV show for you that I discovered recently. Lucifer is a fantasy police dramedy and so far spans over two season, the third one being released next year.

 

What is it about?
The devil is bored being the Lord of Hell and decides to take some time off. He abandons his kingdom, moves to Los Angeles and opens a nightclub there. But as life has its wicked ways, he ends up working with Chloë Decker from the LAPD, solving crimes…

 

Why should you check it out?
Let me get this straight: the crime solving part isn’t the interesting thing about Lucifer. However, the real story spanning over the entire series is what pulled me in. The devil got bored, he has not only father issues but in the course of the show has to deal with his angelic brother and his mother who escaped from hell. Did I mention that he decides to got to therapy? That sounds like something doesn’t it? Continue reading