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Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is a wonderful, little, quiet gem of a movie.

And Thomasin Harcourt McKenzies performance is marvelous.

Bandersnatch

Is it a movie? Is it a game?

The makers of “Black Mirror” just released their first full-length interactive “movie” on Netflix. The special thing is that the viewer can control decisions of the main character so the whole movie becomes  a “choose your own adventure” story. Everything gets quite meta and eventually the viewer is part of the story itself. The storyline is more than a binary “live or die”, and even “wrong” decisions have an impact if one is forced to start from a “saved game”. Hard do explain, give it a try. It works pretty well and the experience makes up for a bit overall weak plot.

Be aware that Bandersnatch does not work on all devices. Apple TV for instance is currently not supported, but the Netflix Client on my LG TV was fine. Also all browser should be ok.

Everyone who likes the Black Mirror series should watch this.

 

If Jan thinks Searching is one of the best movies of 2018, there has to be something about it, right? Well, my résumé is a bit more disillusioning. Searching is based on the visual storytelling idea, that we, the audience, are basically just looking at a computer screen of a Dad who is trying to solve the disappearance of his teenage daughter (watch the trailer if you don’t understand what I mean). This works astonishing well, and we can expect that there will be quite a few of remakes of this in the next time – similar like the Blair Witch Project founded the “lost footage” concept (not always for the better). So while the idea works in this case, I don’t want to see this as a new trend. I’m also struggling with the performance of the actors, which sometimes feels a bit wooden. So in my spontaneous invented movie charts, it ends like there:

  • Had to stop
  • Meh
  • Okayish ✅
  • Would watch again
  • Would buy a 4k UHD Blu-Ray if I’d had a player

 

 

A Quit Place doesn’t do a long introduction of story or characters – the audience is thrown right into the action. The premise is simple – in a post-apocalyptic world people have to live in silence if they don’t want to be killed by monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. Simple idea but so effective. 1,5h can pass so quickly. Recommended!

Das Boot

German TV series “Das Boot” does make some references to the classic movie from 1981 but finds its own style. While the roles and characters of the movie were pretty clear and distinct, the modern version doesn’t offer a clear picture about who is good and bad. Overall a solid TV series, which get’s better in the second half.

First Man

Ryan Gosling is playing himself and flies to the moon.

Don’t get me wrong, First Man is not a bad movie. It has its moments, especially  when Gosling drives rides his spaceships, planes and when he walks on the moon. But no matter how they try, the film lacks the emotional touch – except  for this very one moment on the moon surface. So I left the movie with mixed feelings – impressed by the men who where flying in those tin cans, but not feeling more connected to the historic person of Neil Armstrong than before.

PS: And if I’d be Goslings manager, I’d look for some roles where he is required to show some more facial expressions.

House of Cards – Season 6

This season is a train wreck.

The Sinner – Season 1

Guess I’m a little bit late to the show, but there’s just so much time to watch all those series.

The Sinner is an excellent show, crime and thriller, story twists and well played. All you could ask for, but… it has quite a plot hole. Therefore only 80% on Frankies satisfaction rate.

First Man

That thing is getting pretty good reviews and is a must-see for me. This trailer is just great. Launch time is October 12th.

 

Captive State

I like the trailer – we’ll have to wait if the movie can hold up to that. In theaters March 29th 2019.

 

Prospect

Seems to be a nice indie SciFi and is getting some first good reviews. Starts November 2nd.

Critics complain “The First” has too much family and too less SciFi; it’s slow pace and missing action. They are right and I loved it!

Take Interstellar and The Tree of Life and you get great pictures about humans,  philosophy and dreams. I really hope that there will be a season 2.

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