„The Expandables 3“ already is the third instalment of the humorous and explosive mercenary-saga and once again it presents old warhorse Sylvester Stallone leading a bunch of both old and new action stars into battle. This time it's about settling the score with a former fellow fighter, who is exposed as a traitor and greedy arms dealer. The belligerent group is supposed to capture the war criminal, so that he can be brought to trial. In order to achieve this goal they have to go through two hours of tough fighting, including all kinds of weaponry, witty one-liners and blowing up anything that gets into their way.
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey” we see another example of those feelgood comedies displaying colourful images of sensuously shot dishes, in this particular case also adding some scenic landscapes. An Indian widower, looking for a new home in Europe, settles in a small picturesque town in France, where he establishes a restaurant just across a posh Michelin-star-decorated haute-cuisine temple that belongs to Madame Mallory, who initially is less than amused. In addition the great value and beauty of the tranquil village life are emphasized in the success story of the widower’s son, who is an exceptionally gifted cook and thus wins Madame Mallory’s sympathies.
“Männer zeigen Filme & Frauen ihre Brüste” (“Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts”) is a German film about a quite special marketplace and the shallowness, the merchandise and business transactions that add up to it. A young German director is invited to the film festival in Cannes in 2012 to show her short film. But instead of going herself to all the receptions, pitching sessions and discussions, she makes an actress take over her identity and as an alleged film student accompanies “the director” with the camera. This resulted in an entertaining mockumentary about a film festival and its business revolving around people and movies.
Even with some Aquarian traits “Guardians of the Galaxy” still is an endearing science fiction fantasy, so full of emotion and humour that it comes across like a children’s film for adults. The disappointed desire and need for belonging as well as the rage about the destruction of family is the common ground that makes a couple of weird characters – including a talking racoon, a simple-minded muscle man and a seemingly ineloquent tree-creature – build a kind of substitute family that functions best under the pressure of danger. The literally colourful bunch is headed by a young man, whose most cherished possession is an old Walkman from earth with the music that his mother, who died of cancer, once loved best…
Can music revive joy and the apparently lost lust for life? That question is positively answered in “Begin Again”. A washed-up producer rediscovers his passion for music, when in a bar he hears a young woman singing one of her own songs. The singer, in turn, was just about to leave New York after being betrayed by her boy-friend. The encounter between those two unhappy characters becomes a turning point in their lives, as mutual reassurance and encouragement lead them to start working together with renewed enthusiasm and inspired eagerness to carry out their creative ideas, thus finding a new zest for life.
Working to serve a good cause and improve people’s daily lives in a very practical way is exactly to Virgo’s taste – making the profession “social entrepreneur” a perfect representation of Virgo. The documentary “Who Cares?” introduces people who have made their commitment to social issues their profession: There is the inhabitant of a Brazilian favela who founded a bank and invented a currency only valid in his favela, to strengthen the money flow in the place. A Buddhist monk trained rats to detect landmines and prove tuberculosis. In Bangladesh a man started to support impoverished people with microloans, thus pioneering the whole concept of microcredit…
Employing typical Libra-personnel and set in the appropriate milieu the French film “Quantum Love” is about the decisions and possibilities of a love story that yet stays in the realm of the potential: Elsa is a divorced bestselling author with two kids and a younger lover, Pierre is happily married, a father and family man and a successful lawyer. At a book fair they are introduced by a mutual friend, yet immediately feeling attracted to each other, they flinch from endangering their pleasant lives, in which they both are content, by starting an affair…
The extraordinary horror movie “When Animals Dream” is set in a fishing village in Denmark and depicts a pubescent young girl’s transformation into a werewolf-like “wild woman”, applying haunting and frightening imagery. The atavistic forces her mysteriously sick mother passed on to the timid Marie manifest in the typical growth of hair, the awakening of sexual urges and increased aggressiveness. The changes in Marie rouse a lot of fear in her neighbours and co-workers and she is quickly perceived as a threatening outsider. The pressure everybody feels, leads to more and more violent outbreaks from both sides…
With Ken Loach’s idealist social realism drama “Jimmy’s Hall” the grand old man of British working class cinema made a film on some particular events in the life of James Gralton, an Irish political activist. After ten years in the United States, Jimmy returns to his small Irish community in 1932 and reopens the “Hall”, which is a kind of community centre, providing the opportunity for free education as well as a space for gatherings, music and dancing. These possibilities for people to broaden their horizons quickly become a thorn in the church’s side and so a somehow revolutionary (though slightly romanticized) fight about civic liberties ensues…
Downright negative consequences of idealism are the topic of the calm and slowly tension building thriller “Night Moves”. Amidst craggy scenery, in muted colours and a bleak atmosphere, the story of three eco-terrorists, who are conscientiously preparing a bomb attack on a hydroelectric dam, is developing gradually and with analytic precision. Following the seemingly inevitable rules of their actions, the three protagonists are fatefully driven to breaking their own moral principles, while wishing to achieve something good and do the right thing.
“Freiland” (“Freeland”) is a biting German comedy, peppered with many an absurdity, about the attempt to establish against the background of ubiquitous political and economic crisis an anti-capitalist community as an alternative concept for society. After losing his job a teacher forms a commune in rural Brandenburg which is organized as a state within the state. “Freiland” is predominantly a story about the grotesquely exaggerated perversion of the typical Aquarian ideals like liberty, equality and fraternity that is leading into Saturnian tyranny…
For the most part “Lucy” is an action flick, yet the story about a young woman in whose body involuntarily a newly developed drug is smuggled, obtains its major Pisces-quality by the bewildering narrative that is kicked off by an “accident” with said super-drug: After the CPH4 gets into Lucy’s blood, she suddenly is able to unlock increasingly higher capacities of her brain, which not only enables her to read minds and make things or people fly through the air. It also makes her realize how all man-made norms and measures and distinctions only serve to obscure the exorbitance and immeasurableness of the universal wholeness and unity of everything. In the end her voice is coming out of the air proclaiming “I am everywhere”…
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.