Even with a somewhat Saturnian touch, “Mea Culpa” is a classic, adrenaline-ridden action-flick packed with many brutal fight scenes and fast-paced chases. Tormented by old guilt ex-cop Simon is forced to pick up his weapons again in order to protect his little son, who happened to witness a murder and as a result becomes a target for unscrupulous gangsters. Simon’s former partner is ready to provide his assistance and together the two strong-willed men unflinchingly take on the whole murderous drug gang…
Based on Gustave Flaubert’s famous adulteress the French comedy “Gemma Bovery” aspires to provide not only a visual treat, but also some intellectual pleasure. However, for the most part the source of its charm is the very sensuously staged allure of its eponymous heroine. The striking young Englishwoman, who moves with her husband to the French countryside, turns everyone’s heads, and the Flaubert-lover, who gave up his editing business in the city and returned to the village to set up a bakery, becomes completely besotted with her. And just like the baker himself, the movie feasts on sensual images, combining a Taurus-Venus with the esprit of some artsy Libra-elements…
The last film starring recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, “A Most Wanted Man”, is about the business dealings among intelligence services, about buying and selling information and all the mental work that is done in order to unmask Islamist terrorists. After finding out about a young Chechen who illegally entered Hamburg, it becomes essential to clarify his identity and intentions, before he possibly uses his father's fortune to fund terrorist activities… Tinged with bleakness that adds some Capricorn-elements to the Gemini-theme, the espionage business in this movie is mainly done by calculated words, cunning communication and a policy of merchandising instead of spectacular action.
In a very touching manner the Japanese family drama, “Like Father, Like Son” pursues questions about the basis of parental feelings: Are they based on nature or nurture? Does the genetic or the emotional connection prevail? Shortly after their only son's sixth birthday austere company employee Ryoto and his wife learn that Keita is not their biological son because he was accidentally swapped at birth. The other boy is raised as their own son by the cheery and more emotional Saiki family and together the two very different sets of parents now need to find a solution that will take into account the troubled feelings of everyone involved.
Life is an endless, romantic and happy holiday in the musical “Walking on Sunshine”, a bright and sunny summer movie aspiring to follow in the footsteps of the musical romance “Mamma Mia”. With popular music from the 80ies and lots of dancing everything revolves around holiday feelings and summer flings, joie de vivre and finding the love of your life: A young Englishwoman decides to marry her Italian holiday fling, however, when her sister arrives for the wedding, the prospective bridegroom turns out to be the sister’s former holiday lover. And the romantic fire between them is still smouldering...
Mr. May from the British tragicomedy “Still Life” is a scrupulous and diligent municipal clerk, whose daily duty is to take care of people who die alone. He painstakingly searches for friends or relatives, organizes the funeral, where he often ends up being the only mourner, and in his meticulously tidy bachelor's flat he keeps a journal with souvenir pictures of all the deceased. Nevertheless cuts in public expenditure are making him lose his job and Mr. May has only one last case to close – working on it even more eagerly...
The ensemble movie “This Is Where I Leave You”, based on an eponymous novel by Jonathan Tropper, introduces us to a Jewish seven-day wake, which is forced onto four siblings by their sociable mother after their father's death. After all kinds of difficulties, this week they spend together in their childhood home not only leads to a better understanding among the estranged family members, but first and foremost the protagonists' are bound to deal with their relationship and marriage problems, which are tackled with lightness and humour. Even some romantic entanglements from the past are still of interest...
David Cronenberg, master of body horror, in his recent film “Maps to the Stars” takes up Hollywood's emotional hell, where terrifying family secrets, suppressed childhood traumas and multiple anxieties and addictions create ominous moods and menacing visions. Madness determines an ageing actress, who abhors her mother and at all costs tries to land a part, which once made her mother famous. Coldness defines an obsessed psychoanalyst and his drug-addicted teenage son, who was bred to become a movie star. An alarming search for forgiveness drives a young woman, who was only recently released from a psychiatric clinic. With the addition of a somewhat dissonant sound track and eerie ghostly apparitions the protagonists' biggest fears are being dissected, unfolding their disturbing effects.
“Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon” is the portrait of a true Jupiter-personality: jovial, honourable and praised for his generosity. Famous music producer and manager Shep Gordon is a big shot in show-business having worked with celebrities like Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and many others. This documentary portrays him as a benefactor for the creative, a kind of patron, who is depicting his relations with business partners, family members and friends alike as some sort of big friendly family. Furthermore the film describes Gordon’s biography as expanding from a rakish hedonistic “sex, drugs & rock'n roll”-lifestyle to broad-minded care for friends and family and then to a search for spiritual wisdom...
Using grim images the tough Mexican drama “Heli” tells us about a life full of hardship in an authoritarian yet morally utterly corrupt society shaped by inhuman arbitrariness and brutalization. A 17-year-old police cadet steals drugs and hides them in the house of his 12-year-old girlfriend, leading the drug cartel to callously attack the whole family. Fatally hopeless and bleak this story unfolds in a merciless world, where only the family life of young Heli, who looks after his wife and baby-son while also being a substitute father to his sister, shows little remains of tenderness and empathy (the Cancer-counterpart).
“Who Am I” is an extraordinary German thriller about computer hackers, making a world of ones and zeros look exceptionally cool and furnishing disembodied cyberspace action with edgy visuals. Nerdy computer whiz Benjamin would love to be a superhero. When he and daredevil hacker Max meet, together with two other quite different young men they establish the subversive hacker group CLAY: “Clowns Laughing At You”. Their rebellious and narcissist computer attacks target banks, the pharmaceutical industry, an extremist right-wing party and eventually even the German intelligence service…
No less than the question of God’s (non-)existence bothers the young scientist in “I Origins”. He explores the evolution of the eye, working hard to gather evidence against creationism and proof for the theory of evolution. But then the idea of reincarnation seems to suggest itself, as several years after the love of his life had died he discovers that on the other side of the world there is a little girl with the exact same eyes as his deceased wife’s. And the eyes are windows to the soul – or so they say…
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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