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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!

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.

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.

Crazy Rich Asians

What it is: A big thing for the Asian (film) community. Quite rightly.

What it isn’t: In anyway an extraordinary story or acting. It’s a mediocre RomCom, not more.

So after Outlaw King here are two more  outstanding Neflix trailers.

Hold the Dark – A gripping psychological thriller unfolds in the treacherous Alaskan wilderness when a retired wolf expert is summoned to investigate a child’s disappearance.

This looks pretty cool.

 

ROMA – Time and Space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with the others that flow with us at the same time and through the same places.

Something cineastic from  Alfonso Cuarón.

Four young men plan a library heist to steal some rare books but everything goes terribly wrong. The core of the film though is not the heist, but the fact that everything happened like described. The storytelling frequently jumps between interviews with the real people portrayed in the movie and the events themselves performed by actors.

Critics love the movie (86% on Rotten Tomatoes as of now), and I can’t really grab it, but something’s missing to make it outstanding for me. I’ll give it 3 out of 5 points.

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