Fueled by adrenaline and testosterone and drenched in blood “300: Rise of an Empire” brings an archaic machinery of war to the screen, and just like the original “300” the big battle between Greeks and Persians is not only impressively illustrating the archetypal warrior spirit, but as well setting the stage for splendidly photographed steely muscles and ferocious fights about dominance, conquest and victory.
Jonathas’ world is a remote village in the rural region of the Amazonian, where the boy and his family lead a traditional and peaceful life in consistent with nature, while the unfamiliar world outside seems quite meaningless or even dangerous. On a trip with his older brother and an American tourist the little boy gets lost in “Jonathas’ Forest”, the rain forest that surrounds them and in its imperturbable presence becomes increasingly frightening to Jonathas…
With the same wordy title as the humorous and bestselling picaresque novel “The Centenarian Who Climbed Out the Window and Vanished” its equally funny screen adaptation came to the theatres narrating the unbelievable story about Allan, the Swedish explosives expert, whose life is an absurd trip through world history. And shortly before his 100th birthday he takes flight from the retirement home, only to pull off one more crazy, rascally trick...
Imbued with childlike naive emotionality yet combined with Gemini-motifs like loving books and stealing them, “The Book Thief” is set in Nazi-Germany, offering a mawkish and fairy-tale-like story about the life-path of a girl, who lost her family to the evils of war. While staying with her foster parents and befriending a Jew, who is hiding in their cellar, she discovers her love for literature and experiences its reviving effects on the soul…
The documentary “Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery” is about infamous art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi and his methods, and it comes across almost like a veritable personality show. The painter, who surprised the international art scene by presenting allegedly missing or lost paintings from great artists, making millions by selling them, is in prison now. This documentary is his opportunity to tell his own story about his life and how he became a forger, making the film quite amusing by aggrandising his talents and showing off.
“Saving Mr. Banks” is based upon the true events that accompanied the difficult process of adapting a children's book about a perfect nanny for the silver screen. When the dryly prosaic and captious author of “Mary Poppins”, P.L. Travers, meets Walt Disney and his Hollywood machinery, she not only sees numerous faults in their approach to her book and her characters, but also finds herself facing a kind of imagination which she considers more than inappropriate.
The agreeable comedy “Alles inklusive” (“All Inclusive”), set at the sunny beach of Torremolinos, offers light entertainment combined with some trivial psychology to add depth. Former hippie Ingrid, who right here experienced an unhappy love affair 30 years ago, is now recuperating from hip-surgery at an all-inclusive hotel and – of course – faces her past by meeting the transvestite Tina. Different values and lifestyles furthermore have complicated her relationship with her daughter and now it's time to sort things out...
Destructiveness and hatred, repressed fury and the urge to pay back all torment and excruciating pain one has suffered from the world can serve as motives for a rampage killing like the one the protagonist in “Der Tropfen – Ein Roadmovie” (“The Drop – A Road Movie”) is planning. Rainer takes care of his mother, who's suffering from dementia and calling him the devil. He is working as a pizza delivery boy and receiving welfare, yet he lives in hopeless poverty and is above all bullied by his boss and the village youths – so eventually he puts all of his deep frustration into building a bomb...
Not only on the outside “The Grand Budapest Hotel” looks just like a confectioner's fancy cake: colourful, gaudy and overall sweetly decorated, there are various apparently delicious layers and each stor(e)y calls for discovery, promising more and more delightful special treats. And yet finally a sensation of excess and surfeit arises. The multitude and breathlessness of interlaced and convoluted stories is definitely great fun and even might convey something substantial – if one could only make it out among all that sugar and cream...
“Lone Survivor” adapts the true story of a failed US-military operation in Afghanistan, in which a group of Navy SEALs were meant to take out a high-ranking Taliban officer. Starring a first-rate cast the movie endeavours to show the activities of special forces in an enemy region with as much realism as possible and what's more, doesn't omit ethical issues.
For the protagonist in the extraordinary German gangster flick “Bank Lady”, being free primarily means having the money to escape from a life of imprisonment by wage-work or by an impending dull marriage inside the restrictive and petty bourgeois world of the 60ies. Thus “Capri” and the vision of a life of freedom are the motives that lead to rule-breaking and rebellion and transform a “normal” woman into Germany's first female bank robber. Given the pre-feminist female role-model of the 60ies this racy movie is also a story of female empowerment and emancipation.
In “Her” we are entering a pastel coloured vision of a future, that is all about loneliness, longing and the development of connection and love. The love-story between sensitive and melancholic Theodore and an artificial intelligence, a new operating system named Samantha, is transcending borders in the same natural manner as Samantha transcends the borders of body and space. The subtle handling of bodiless tenderness and the perceptive discourse about the essence of love has us regarding the familiar question about the realness of the virtual with Theodore's soulful and longing eyes...
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.