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Last month's silver screen stars

January 2014


Action hero Jason Statham stars in “Homefront” as a former narcotics agent, who after his wife’s death moved with his daughter to a small town in a rural area. There he finds himself in a town controlled by a drug dealer. A school fight between the two antagonists’ children is merely the spark to the ensuing dangerous battle. The script for this western-like action flick about defending your family was written by none other than warhorse Sylvester Stallone (whose sun sign happens to be Cancer – adding the family motif to the Aries-like fighting).


Preventing and saving valuables and values from damage or destruction is one of the most significant concerns of Taurus. “The Monuments Men” (shot by Taurus-sun sign George Clooney) is the story of a military unit in World War Two that assembled museum directors, curators and art historians in order to rescue artistic masterpieces stolen by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners, before these treasures could be destroyed at the end of the war by the falling Third Reich.


In “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” the struggle for high viewer rates is won by a not too bright yet cunning newsman, who decides to focus on news that are popular among his audience, news, that people want and like to hear. Together with his friends – a reporter, a sports-anchor and a weatherman – he confirms that even the news broadcast is essentially delivered for entertainment purposes. En passant it becomes evident that television and intellect don’t (have to) go together all too well…


Boasting a great cast (by the way: a long list of Cancer and Scorpio sun signs) and high-level acting, “August: Osage County” narrates a dramatic family story, fraught with unfulfilled needs, painful wounds and emotional outbursts. After her husband’s suicide Violet Weston is a sick and drug-addicted elderly widow – and Meryl Streep is once again convincingly conveying emotions from moody to sentimental. Feeling alone and in need of help Violet summons her three daughters with their families and her sister to spend time with her…


Selfish, egocentric and sometimes even bitchy Hanna is trying to land an impressive job in a consulting agency. As she fails to prove any kind of social dedication that is considered necessary, she reluctantly decides to get work experience at a facility for the handicapped in Israel. “Hanna’s Journey” is about how the young woman gradually ceases to revolve only around her own needs and wishes, how bit by bit she starts discovering her heart and opening it to other people, thus experiencing a completely new kind of joy in her life…


Once Upon a Forest” as a title makes us think of a fairy-tale, yet this documentary about the rain forest is actually exploring nature and meticulously illuminating biological connections between a vast multiplicity and diversity of life forms, which are, by mutual modulation, serving to slowly build a flawlessly attuned and complex system. One could call this “laboratory of life” a perfectly functioning symbiosis – the enchanting magic of the forest is clearly hinting at the duality of Virgo and Pisces.


Renowned dance master Pierre Dulaine continued his work of introducing ballroom dancing as a bridge between different cultures this time in Jaffa of all places, where he offered dancing classes for children from Jewish and Muslim families. “Dancing in Jaffa” shows the antagonisms that have to be overcome when the children meet for dancing, yet it also conveys the slowly growing mutual respect and the joy that can be found in the aesthetic of movement in connection with another person.


"Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" is by now the fifth instalment of the horror series about demons, witches and possession. A cinematography that is simulating realism and the sparse use of obvious special effects again result in another quite terrifying encounter with the occult. This time a young man, whose neighbour – an alleged witch – is found dead, discovers a demon in the dead woman’s home, who has been wanting for a long time to take possession of him…


As if they were constantly on speed the protagonists of “The Wolf of Wall Street” are hunting feverishly for big business and money. This is the story of Jordan Belfort, who ascended to fame during the 90ies as a notorious stockbroker, called the “Wolf of Wall Street”. His excessive greed for more money, more sales, more drugs, more sex is limitless and immeasurable, and as he has the charismatic power to motivate and inspire his associates and employees with big speeches into giving their very best, there appears to be only one possible direction: faster, higher, further…


Strictly following the genre-rules of Scandinavian crime thrillers “The Keeper of Lost Causes” builds its story around a family’s pain and loss and the burning need to punish the person that is allegedly to blame for this life-long suffering. An inspector who himself is quarrelling with fate, is trying hard to solve a case that has been filed away a long time ago. Everything is enclosed in dim colours; the investigator is wearing a grave and grim face, hardly any protagonist is ever caught smiling… This is a gloomy crime movie about cold and austere professionalism dealing with a dire and inexorable reality.


Digital networking and online chat rooms are the new communities of our time. Using electronic media we create a multitude of connections and relations while our connectedness in the non-digital world seems to be dwindling. “Disconnect” is an episodic film with a couple of chilly yet dramatic stories about those connections and the traps and dangers that they hold: A journalist is researching online pornography, thereby befriending an underage stripper. A teenager falls for a fake-identity, sending the assumed internet friend an exposing photo of himself. A young couple that has lost their child is searching for solace in different places on the internet until the theft of their identities ruins them financially.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”: In reality Walter Mitty leads an uneventful life as a shy photo archivist at “Life” magazine. Yet since childhood he has had those extraordinary moments, when he appears to be completely spaced out and wrapped up in a daydream. In these moments he experiences an entirely different world, a world where he can fly, where he steps into the pictures that he’s managing or where he even can descend from a poster as an explorer of Polar Regions, seducing his adored colleague with genuine daredevil charm. When a crucial photo negative goes missing, the border between the worlds seems to dissolve and Walter Mitty starts living his dreams while searching for the photographer…

Vesna Ivkovic

Vesna IvkovicVesna 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
by Vesna Ivkovic

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.

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