Movie Mania: Barbarella

Hello my wonderful readers!
I finally managed to cross one of the most iconic movies of the 60’s off my to-watch-list: Barbarella. Let’s see how good Jane Fonda’s cult performance is!

 

The Plot:
Barbarella is a space adventurer living at some point in an undefined future. The president of the Earth assigns her a rather difficult task: she is to retrieve Dr. Durand Durand from the Tau Ceti planetary system. He invented a super weapon which mustn’t fall into the wrong hands…

 

The Rating:
Well, what can I say about this movie. First of all, it’s kind of weird. The film basically kicks off with an extended scene of Jane Fonda aka Barbarella undressing in some agravic space. I was a bit irritated but it actually is the perfect representation for the rest of the “story”.
I’ll start with the good things. The special effects and the whole scenery are pretty epic for the time. You can tell that quite a lot of effort went into the visualization and cinematography which is most likely the reason for the movie reaching cult status. Furthermore, the soundtrack is very well made and fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the film.
Unfortunately that’s pretty much all the positive stuff I have to say. Continue reading

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Movie Mania: A. I. Artificial Intelligence

Hey guys!
Today I have another Steven Spielberg movie for. Originally Stanley Kubrick was to be the director of this sci-fi drama. However, he handed A. I. – Artificial Intelligence over to Spielberg just a few years before his death.

 

 

The Plot:
It’s the end of the 22nd century. A company has produced the new and ultimate robot: it resembles a human child and is able to love. The Swintons adopt one of these new inventions but once their real son wakes from a coma, things go down-hill.
You can’t just throw a robot with feelings out in the thrash, can you? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Waking Ned

Hey guys!
What time is it? Movie review time! Today’s pick a film I had known about for ages but never got around watching. Well, recently it aired on TV, so here we go. Let’s find out about Waking Ned!

 

 

The Plot:
Somewhere in Ireland in a tiny village with 52 inhabitants, somebody won the lottery. The big jackpot. Jackie and Michael try to find out who the lucky winner is and soon discover, it’s poor old Ned who got so excited about his win that he had a heart attack… and died.
Well, it would be shame to let the millions go to waste, so the whole town teams up to get the money…

 

The Rating:
I just love the Irish humor! Who else could have come up with such a ridiculous story. I had heard great things about this film and was really excited to finally see it. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Ghost in a Shell

Hey guys!
It’s time for another movie review. Ghost in a Shell is one of the big blockbusters of 2017. Let’s see whether this Manga-adaptation is any good!

 

The Plot:
Major Mira Killian is what they call a Ghost in a Shell. Some time ago she was almost killed in a terrorist attack but a team of scientists took her brain and implanted it into a shell, making her a robot with a human brain, with a soul. Mira is one of the most important weapons in counter terrorism operations. However, she starts to remember things. What was her life like before? How did she really die?

 

The Rating:
Ghost in a Shell is one of those movies you have to watch at a cinema. It’s so visually stunning and full of perfectly choreographed action scenes that you need a huge screen to be able to take it all in.
I have to admit, I’ve never read the mangas but judging from this film, I’m certain that they are simply fascinating.
You can clearly tell that it comes from a visual media that relies strongly on pictures. One of the first things you’ll notice about Ghost in a Shell is that at any time throughout this film you could hit the pause button and whatever scene you get would be worthy to print as a poster. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fargo

Hey Guys!
Today, I have a confession to make. The iconic 1996 movie Fargo? Never seen it. Until last week! Let’s if it’s worth all the fuss!

 

 

The Plot:
Jerry desperately needs money. Well, he has the brilliant idea of having his wife kidnapped in order to get his father in law to pay a nice ransom. What could possibly go wrong with that? The answer: everything!

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, I was pretty excited to finally see this one. There are so many reviews out there, praising this movie and hey, it also won tons of accolades. So it has to be good, right? Continue reading

Movie Mania: A Cure for Wellness

Hey guys!
It’s almost Halloween, so I wanted to talk about one of this years big horror movies. Set in the Swiss Alps, we get an unusual film in an unusual location.

 

The Plot:
A young executive of a financial services company is sent to Switzerland to retrieve one of the companies CEOs. But for some reasons nobody ever seems to leave the remote and idyllic wellness center in the Swiss alps…
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