The action-packed thriller “Non-Stop” is about a flight from New York to London with air marshal Marks on board, who not only has to deal with a dangerous killer threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until millions of dollars have been transferred to his account. Moreover Marks is framed and made prime suspect for the crime, so he’s struggling to prove his innocence and expose the real extortionist and murderer before it is too late…
As financial difficulties and a cheating lover have shaken up her comfortable life, former “Miss Bretagne” Bettie, who has meanwhile become a splendidly aging restaurant owner, takes some time out while initially she only went out for cigarettes… The feel-good comedy “On My Way” shows how Betty learns that life despite of all its mishaps and uncertainties, even in the face of physical signs of aging and family friction, simply continues to go on, even still offering joy and pleasure.
Award-winning and astonishing crime caper “American Hustle” starring Christian Bale as a sly fraudster comes with many twists and turns. The paunchy laundromat owner and his equally wily mistress make lots of money with selling forged art and other dubious transactions, until a clever FBI agent blackmails them into working for him as a decoy, so he can collect evidence against crooked politicians guilty of corruption…
The eponymous heroine in Stephen Frears recent film “Philomena” is a cordial elderly woman with a penchant for corny novels and a childlike belief in miracles. Yet she also suffers from a painful past: as an unmarried young woman in an Irish convent she gave birth to a son who was immediately taken away from her by the nuns and given up for adoption against her will. Reluctantly a cynical journalist attends to this human interest story and along with the meek woman (played by Judy Dench) they set out to find her lost son.
“Lovely Louise” is a Swiss comedy about an aging diva still feeding upon her glamorous past as an actress with her two sons fawning over her. One of them is a mummy’s boy, at the age of 55 still revolving around his mother like a satellite and not living his own life. The other one, who seems to have inherited their mother’s charisma, spurs the plot as the prodigal son, finding his way back to his mum from the US and apparently becoming her favourite…
“The beekeeper” is a documentary covering in a factual and sober manner the life story of a Kurdish beekeeper, who dedicated himself from childhood on to the maintenance of honey bee colonies. Since he had to flee Turkey due to political persecution and now lives in Switzerland, where beekeeping is not a recognised profession, bureaucratic reasons bar him from exercising his vocation…
Set in urban Tokio the film “Like Someone in Love” revolves around a student working as a call girl, her jealous boyfriend and an elderly business man, who becomes her client, yet instead of sex only desires her company and likes to talk to her. The ambiguous and complex network of their relationships is pleasantly presented in exquisite and elegantly staged images.
Otherwise often fondly depicted as idyllic, the Austrian Alps of all places are the location, where the horror movie “Blood Glacier” is set. At an isolated station for climate research frightening phenomena start to occur: a glacier is turning blood red, mutated animals appear just when a minister is visiting the station. The situation is becoming increasingly gruesome, with the small group being threatened by ever more and worse monstrous mutations.
A true story from the 80ies when mass hysteria over AIDS was at its height: After being diagnosed with AIDS and thus sentenced to death, Texan rodeo-cowboy Ron Woodroof grows from homophobic womaniser to determined AIDS activist. In association with a flamboyant transsexual he establishes the “Dallas Buyers Club”, supplying AIDS patients with more effective and less damaging medicine, thus securing more self-determination and empowering fellow patients, while also getting himself into trouble with the FDA…
“The Dark Valley” showcases a minimalist narrative set in a isolated village somewhere in a bleak corner of the Alps, where everyone abides to traditional, unchanging rules appearing to be set in stone. Strictly following genre rules of western films a taciturn stranger rides into the village setting into motion a skilfully developed terse story about guilt, rules and punishment for rule-breaking. Economical dialogue and the depicted village life full of hardship correspond with the ubiquitous principle of restriction and confinement.
When an important leader of the opposition flees from a difficult political situation in the Italian political satire “Viva la libertà”, his desperate party members replace him with his eccentric twin brother. The double has only recently been released from a psychiatric sanatorium and appears to find his new task very enjoyable, meanwhile breathing some unusually fresh air into the political procedures by renouncing the common empty rhetoric and presenting some “crazy ideas” instead…
The fantasy film “Winters Tale” is about an orphan growing up under the tutelage of a demonic New York gangster to be a thief and burglar. When the young man turns away from his mentor, he earns his hostility and is hunted by him. But saved by a flying white horse that appears as his guardian angel, he escapes and falls in love with a fatally ill young woman he fails to save from her death. A century later, after reincarnating and overcoming amnesia he is given another chance to save a dying girl…
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.