Movie Mania: Mermaids (1990)

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Today I want to present my favourite Cher film ever. Based on a novel by Patty Dann, Richard Benjamin created a lovely comedy drama!

 

The Plot:
The story is narrated by Charlotte. She’s 15 years old and lives with her rather eccentric mother Rachel and little sister Kate. Whenever something goes wrong in her life, Rachel packs up an relocates. The actual story begins in 1963 right after one of those moves. Charlotte, who’s obsessed with Catholicism, develops feelings for the 26-year-old school bus driver Joe while Rachel falls in love with a local shop owner. But is there a future to any of those relationships? Continue reading

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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

Movie Mania: Transcendence

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Today I want to ramble about Transcendence, a 2014 sci-fi drama featuring many famous names in the cast-list.

 

The Plot:
Dr. Will Caster and his wife Evelyn work on a computer capable of feeling. They make great progress, however, at a conference Will is shot by a member of an anti-technology terrorist group. Before he, dies Evelyn tries to upload his consciousness into a quantum computer… Continue reading

Old vs. New: Brighton Rock

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A while ago I did a Book vs. Movie post on Graham Greene’s famous novel Brighton Rock, comparing it with both adaptations. However, I decided to pay the two films a very close look as well!

 

The Plot:
Pinky, far to young for the job, is the leader of Brighton gang. When they murder Fred Hale he has his hands full trying to cover everything up. Most of all he needs to take care of Rose, a young waitress who is a witness…

 

The Rating:

To be honest, I found the 1947 movie completely by surprise. Back in December I was ill and couldn’t sleep. Switching through TV channels at 2 in the morning I found this little gem.
Coincidentally I had only finished the novel two weeks earlier!
Anyway, what we get is a very atmospheric black and white picture with a more than fabulous staff. Richard Attenborough is exactly what I had imaged Pinkie to look like. He captures his essence perfectly. Young and inexperienced, wanting to be taken seriously, to be one of the big players, getting more than he can handle. Furthermore, Carol Marsh is just wonderful as Rose. It’s so easy to believe her in innocence and naivety and more important in her change. Not many actresses could have pulled that role off as convincingly.
I also love the fact that the movie is black and white. Brighton Rock is just the kind of story that needs to be in b/w. It gives the whole thing the perfect gloomy atmosphere. So I can say I thoroughly enjoyed the 1947, actually I was even surprised how good it is! Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Place Beyond the Pines

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It’s time to cross another film off my watch-list that had been waiting there forever. The Place Beyond the Pines is a star-filled crime drama that seemed to be highly promising. Let’s find out if it really is!

 

The Plot:
Motorcycle Stuntman Luke finds out that an ex-lover he hadn’t seen in some time now has a baby. His baby.
In order to provide for his child Luke tries to make an effort, but it’s hard to get by in the middle of nowhere. When he has no other options left, he starts robbing banks… Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Gone Girl

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Today I want to talk about one of the biggest book adaptations of the last years: Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn 2012 best-selling novel was turned into a movie in 2014 by David Fincher starring nothing but Hollywood’s finest actors.

 

The Plot:
Nick’s life is shattered when his beloved wife Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. The cops start investigating and soon it becomes fishy: mopped up blood on the floor, a staged scene of struggle. Was Amy killed? Abducted? And even more important: Who did it? Nick?

 

The Rating:
This movie was nominated for tons of awards and the novel made it on the New York Times Best Seller list. So I was pretty excited to finally check them out!
Let’s start with the book. It was most definitely a gripping read you can’t put down. The novel consists of diary entries, alternating between Nick and Amy. So we get a pretty thorough insight into their thoughts and see each event from different angles. The crime part seems thought through perfectly and when the big plot-twist somewhere in the middle, your mind is blown. Continue reading