Aries-born Robert Downey Jr. put on his armour for the third time, and is in “Iron Man 3” doing again what the eponymous hero does best: he fights terrorists, and as furiously as unflinchingly confronts his personal enemy. At the same time he is fighting his own fears, because the Aries-hero is facing Libra-energy: he deals with the common challenges a relationship can bring, and he needs to learn to appreciate teamwork.
„The Great Gatsby“ is the luxuriously furnished and lavishly staged story of a man who still after many years is stubbornly holding on to his early love and his dream of living together. Gatsby’s visionary hope, his feverishly unyielding pursuit of his goal and the excessiveness of the whole production are illustrating an unusual and striking union of Taurus and Sagittarius.
As an entertaining movie, dealing with books, writers and plagiarism “The Words” mainly represents Gemini-motifs. Through three intertwined layers of narrative we learn about writers struggling with lack of money and success, with publishers and other obstacles or even with tragedy. A bit of Cancer-energy is added by some sentimental and melodramatic aspects.
Featuring an abundance of imaginative ideas and a well-known, romantic story of good versus evil, the colourful animated film “Epic” is a droll fairy tale and meant to be fun for the whole family. A fantasy world with a forest inhabited by tiny residents, who with the help of an ad hoc shrunken professor’s daughter struggle for the survival of their forest, is lovingly created to address naive playfulness in all of us.
When it comes to the “King of Blues” even a documentary can make a warm and appropriately majestic impression: In “BB King: The Life of Riley“ famous musicians and other celebrities appear like courtiers worshipping their king. The film tells the story of a great artist, treading his path of creatively expressing his own experience and feelings, thus becoming a star whose light in the world of music continues to shine.
The German documentary “Frohes Schaffen” (“Keep up the good work”) is dedicated to a very typical Virgo topic: it’s about labour and the fundamental meaning work has in our society and culture. Konstantin Faigle is trying to show how much our work ethic has in common with religious rituals, exploring the history of our industriousness and its roots in his film.
The lives and relationships of four classical musicians, playing together for decades as an internationally acclaimed string quartet, are dramatically changing when one of them is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Controlled discontent and suppressed conflicts erupt while they strive to arrange a final concert. Their complex musical play together becomes a metaphor for fragile internal dynamics. “A Late Quartet” is a film that clearly demonstrates the reactions of a complex system to the change of one of its elements.
„Stoker“ is Park Chan-wook’s new film, and like many of his movies it strikes me as very Scorpio-imbued, yet once more, although being dedicated to intense obsessions just as his other films, it differs very much from “Oldboy” or “Thirst” or every other single one of them. “Stoker” is a young girl’s coming-of-age-story. After her father’s death, she meets his strange and dangerous brother and amidst dark passions, sex and murder the young woman adopts a sinister legacy.
The Star Trek saga with its explorers of strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, boldly going where no one has gone before and letting us witness their moral dilemmas and cognitive processes always had essential Sagittarius-features. In the recent „Star Trek Into Darkness“ the so appropriately named “Enterprise” and its crew also confront some dark yet nevertheless familiar powers of the universe, adding a dash of Scorpio with the motif of personal vengeance...
Formidable Charlotte Rampling stars as the title character in “I, Anna”, a melancholy Film Noir with protagonists, who are exhausted by loneliness, isolation, gloom and unlived life. Investigating a murder in rainy, inhospitable London amidst daunting grey concrete blocks, a depressed police detective meets attractive and mysterious Anna, who is more involved in his case than he would care to realize.
The French film “Something in the Air” captures the time of anti-bourgeois revolutionary movements after 1968’s protests and street battles. Gilles is a young man torn between radical politics and rebellious art and searching for his very own way of combining both. Linking his personal experience to political history, this film illustrates the interface between Aquarius and Leo.
Well-known for his visually powerful films, Terrence Malick made a film with minimalist plot, sparse dialogue and heavily loaded spiritual reflections. Visually as extraordinary as it is in narrative, “To the Wonder” is an almost esoteric film about faith and compassion and the all-encompassing love, which transcends personal relationship history.
Vesna Ivkovic studied literature and
linguistics, sociology, philosophy and history and as well took a profound
interest in psychology, mythology and different belief systems. Along the
way she also explored various paths of body awareness such as the martial
arts of Kung Fu, Dance, Yoga, Qi Gong and several other methods of body
work and motion arts. In 1993 she discovered astrology as an instrument of
knowledge and graduated in 2004 in Markus Jehle's and Petra Niehaus'
master class at the Astrology Center Berlin.
You can find out more about the author and her work on her own website www.astrosemiotics.de
The Cinemascope is meant to give an overview of current movies and their main themes from an astrosemiotical perspective (i.e.: regarding film as semiotic system and translating it into the astrological semiotic system). A well made movie not only has a story and a certain theme, it also provides a special atmosphere, a certain feeling and it draws us into its very own world. This basic quality that is contrived through characters, plot, setting and many other components also translates into one or more astrological principles. Quite simply: a fast-paced action-flick confronts us with plain Aries energy, a horror-movie evokes Scorpio-like abysmal depths and fears etc. We step out of the theatre and – if the film succeeded in sucking us in – find ourselves dwelling on and engaging in that special energetic quality.