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Letzte Woche feierte The Neon Demon im Gartenbaukino Österreichpremiere. Wolfgang hat sich mit Regisseur Nicolas Winding Refn zusammengesetzt, um dessen neuesten Film zu diskutieren.

24. Juli 2015 / / Reviews

Tom Cruise attemps once again ups the ante after the fourth Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol turned out to be both a critical and financial surprise hit in 2011. While the action takes up a large chunk of the movie the plot starts to thicken as the story progresses. After the 2 hours and 10 minutes the movie audience is left visibly exhausted by the experience of this fifth entry in the action franchise which ranks among the best of the franchise.

4. Juni 2015 / / General

Die meisten kennen ihn wohl als Professor Snape in den Harry Potter Filmen, jetzt kommt mit Die Gärtnerin von Versailles (engl.: A Little Chaos) Alan Rickmans zweite Arbeit als Film-Regisseur (neben Regiearbeiten am Theater feierte er 1997 mit The Winter Guest sein Regiedebüt). Wir durften uns mit dem Schauspieler/Regisseur zusammensetzen, um ihn zu seinem neuesten Film zu interviewen.

10. April 2015 / / Special Coverage

There hasn’t been much news on the adaption of Stephen King’s enormous 7-book tale about a Gunslinger called Roland in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for a mysterious Dark Tower (which to King’s writing credit makes absolute sense in book form even if that synopsis might make it sound very bland). But now there is actual news to report:

17. November 2014 / / Analysen

Mockingjay banner

The third (and not final) installment of the Hunger games book-trilogy will arrive in cinemas this week!

And the stakes couldn’t be higher. After the events in Catching Fire a full scale rebellion has broken out, which is turning Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) into the symbol of said revolution – the titular Mockingjay.

While The Hunger Games left me quite unimpressed Catching Fire turned me into a total fan of this Young Adult series. Yet despite my optimism for the future installment(s) I kept hearing what seemed to be the general consensus:

That Mockingjay was by far the worst of the three Hunger Games books and that it was a complete letdown for fans of the series.

So there I was: excited for a new movie which was already touted as a big letdown by the readers. Did this mean that Hunger Games was already past his prime right when I started to get into the fun? Ready for the inevitable disappointment I got my hands on a copy of the final book Mockingjay so that I could judge for myself if I should stop being excited for the series.

Having finished the book within a few days I was confident in two things:

  1. That splitting Mockingjay into two parts can be done without it feeling unnecessary (although it could easily be done in one movie).
  2. That Mockingjay was infact my favorite of the three stories.

So I thought it was about time to make a stand for a book which in my eyes has a quite undeserved reputation. A book which in my mind completely transcends the first two installments and transforms a quite good series into a very mature anti-war drama which avoids a surprising amount of clichés.

2. Oktober 2014 / / Special Coverage

In 2011 20th Century Fox managed a feat few thought possible: they rebooted the Planet of the Apes Franchise with a prequel that stood on its own avoiding typical prequel pitfalls. Directed by Rupert Wyatt Rise of the Planet of the Apes allowed for a whole new generation to be drawn into a now eight movie franchise which has had its origins in the book La Planète des Singes (1963) by Pierre Boule.

3 years later a new director – Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) – is giving us a sequel focusing on the chimpanzee Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his group of hyper-intelligent apes who are trying to build themselves a homestead 10 years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of humanity. But when a group of humans stumbles into Caesar’s territory the conflict is imminent.

7. Juli 2014 / / Reviews

Dragon 2

Four years ago Dreamworks Animation surprised a great deal of people: How to Train Your Dragon was a very good movie which didn’t rely on pointless popculture jokes.  A feat even more impressive when one considers that in the same year Shrek Forever After was released. Now we get a sequel to the beloved original and like many sequels the scope gets bigger while the characters suffer under this weight.

Eventually one is left with the feeling that How to Train Your Dragon is more or less ok which is disappointing after the high expectations for this sequel.