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This month's silver screen stars

April 2014


Exceptionally explosive action and excessive violence characterizes “Sabotage”, a thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a leader of a DEA special-operations-team, fighting a continuous and savage battle against brutal drug syndicates. After a raid, the group sets aside millions of drug-dollars for themselves, but something goes terribly wrong: The money disappears and suddenly the hunters become the hunted...


It’s New Year’s Eve and on the roof of a high-rise building four strangers with suicidal intentions run into each other – this is the improbable proposition of “A Long Way Down”, an entertaining, yet somewhat plain, good-natured comedy. With bits of black humour disappointment, depression, despair and hopelessness are basically waited out with persistence by the four protagonists and turn out as just another part of life – with life itself being unbreakable: one way or the other it always just keeps rolling on…


It’s not only the use of bicycles as a preferred means of transportation that emphasizes the Gemini-energy in “Bicycling with Molière”, an acrimonious comedy. The story about a new production of the play “The Misanthrope” initiated by a television celebrity from a daily soap is as well very Gemini-like. The television guy visits a famous theatre actor, who has withdrawn from the world to an island, in order to persuade him into taking part in the play. With lots of quick-witted banter and recitations of Molière’s verses with changing roles they bicycle over the island…


In the emotional drama “Labor Day” (offering some Capricorn-elements too) an escaped convict finds refuge at the house of a depressed single mother and her young son. Surprisingly fast they develop strong feelings for each other and an unexpected hope for a lovingly secure family life and new happiness emerges for all of them. But it depends on the outcome of a fight between feeling and the law if the envisioned fresh start really could come true …


By bringing his great talent and creativity to fruition Yves Saint Laurent became a superstar of haute couture and revolutionized the history of fashion. In addition to all Libra-elements (like art & fashion, the important lifelong partnership with Pierre Bergé etc.) the biopic “Yves Saint Laurent” seems like a declaration of love and worship primarily celebrating the designer’s genius (who was born under a Leo-sun btw.), yet it also shows the difficulties, that come with his egocentricity and his fragile self-confidence…


A Simple Life” is a Chinese film about the last phase in the life of servant Ah Tao, who had worked sixty years as a housemaid for the same family, taking care of several generations and now, after a stroke, she ends up in a home for the aged. The movie shows in a quiet and subtle way how Ah Tao, used to organizing everybody’s daily routines, takes it as a matter of course to continue to do so even in this already well-organized place…


The biographical film “Reaching for the Moon” about the long lasting relationship between Pulitzer prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop and architect Lota de Macedo Soares revolves around the dramas of life and love, yet also focuses on the pursuit of art and beauty. Emotions are expressed by gracefully delicate gestures, elegantly composed beautiful images and well-worded sentences, accompanied by some breezy bossa nova music.


Nymphomaniac: Vol. II”, the second part of Lars von Trier’s notorious movie about sex-addict Joe, who calls herself a nymphomaniac, seems to drive the protagonist’s story even deeper into the supposedly darkest emotional and sexual depths of human nature. Defying common sex morals and yet suffering from the felt monstrosity of her libido, after various failing attempts to master her sex-addiction, Joe turns to sadomasochistic practices, which she ultimately even exercises in criminal violent acts…


The biblical story about Noah, his ark and the flood is a morality tale, in which humanity is punished by a disappointed god for disobedience and its sinful ways – so far so Capricornian. But film visionary Darren Aronofsky has now turned this story into the monumental movie “Noah”, in which ideological conceptions of paternal leadership and ethics as well as a philosophy of forgiveness are conveyed in the manner of a very Sagitterian missionary sermon.


Out of the Furnace” is a dismal, gloomy and pessimistic film, set in a decrepit steelworker town. In this almost dead and godforsaken place criminal rednecks and thugs seem to be above the law. Playing one of the last straight steel workers Christian Bale is trying hard to get his younger brother, a soldier who has just returned home, out of a desperate situation.


It is primarily a kind of exceptionally bizarre humour that characterizes the weird science-fiction fantasy “Snowpiercer”, which is taking place in a man-made ice-age with the last survivors circling around the earth in a train for more than 17 years. This microcosm has established a society of inequality with a class-system that virtually is bound to provoke rebellions from time to time. Yet with ample astonishing twists, cartoonish presentation and a variety of eccentric characters “Snowpiercer” quickly deviates from the conventional liberation story and makes the whole of humanity look quite ridiculous…


A completely different vision of the future, laced with some esoteric ideas, is created in “Transcendence”: A scientist and some of his associates attempt to fulfil the human wish for a complete unity of the world by means of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and a symbiosis of man and machine. In so doing the scientist transcends his bodily boundaries, downloads his mind to an extensive computer network and by overtaking and dissolving individual identities eventually aspires for the omnipresence and omnipotence of an emerging “overall-consciousness” – something like an artificial “deity”…

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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