Movie Mania: Run Lola Run

Hello folks!
For today’s post I checked out one of the only Germany thrillers that gained international fame during the last twenty years. Tom Tykwer’s take on the butterfly effect was even Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 71st Academy Awards.

 

The Plot:
Manni fucked up. Big Time. The small time criminal accidentally forgot a bag full of money in the subway. His girlfriend Lola has to save the day. She comes up with a plan and starts running, as there are only 20 minutes left before Manni’s boss wants to collect his money… 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

Book vs. Movie: Gone Girl

Hello folks!
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

Movie Mania: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

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While going through my drafts folder I came across another little gem I completely forgot to tell you about. So todays post is about The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, one of Jodie Foster’s earliest movies. Let’s see whether it’s as good as Taxi Driver!

 

The Plot:
Thirteen-year-old Rynn moves to the seaside town Wells Harbor with her father. It’s soon turns out that Rynn is no ordinary child and obviously has something to hide. The story intensifies when the landlady’s adult son begins to make sexual advances. Is there a way for Rynn to get out of all this? And where is her father? Continue reading