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Recommended by a vinyl shop owner in Leipzig, who sells dvd’s at 1 euro a piece. And worth every single cent! This is a fun comedy with crazy characters who keep you entertained for the entire 90 minutes.

It’s for young adults though, but anyone can enjoy the little absurd story of a young quirky girl who gets stranded on an island with a stuttering Greek, a macho Turk and the latter’s devote muslim sister. Their adventure starts after a plane crash in the Indian ocean. While the kids are on the island, the crazy mother of the girl and the serious father of the Turkish siblings are awaiting news of their children in a fancy resort somewhere else.

The movie is loosely based on a popular German tv series in which a caucasian teenager records what happens when her divorced mother decides to move in with her new Turkish-born partner and his two kids. This time around though, the characters remain the same, but the setting and storyline have nothing in common with the tv show. That alone is quite remarkable.

Some scenes make no sense at all, but the comedy gets away with it just fine. The acting is funny. The characters are very stereotypical, but that’s exactly what the makers are aiming at. And that main lead, Elyas M’Barek, just blows you away. He’s currently one of Germany’s biggest and most popular stars and this is the part that made him famous. There’s a lot wrong with the movie, but let’s focus on the good: it’s entertaining and a great family movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650536

Veep: Season 1 – **

Posted: September 20, 2016 in 2012, Comedy, Dramedy, Political, TV series, USA

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won yet another Emmy for her performance in Veep. Time to start watching the show! Or at least the first season! And the verdict is… okay.

The first season only has 8 episodes. As such, it’s not really hard to finish it. The episodes are short and contain enough funny one-liners and absurd scenes to make you laugh multiple times. As a comedy, it’s great. Overall however, the show tries to be too serious at times. The drama just doesn’t work. The social commentary is annoying. You can’t be making fun of the vice presidency and tackle real political issues at the same time.

Those who know the show say it gets better. So off to season 2.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1759761/episodes?season=1

This two part television production focuses on the life (and death) of Toussaint Louverture, who led the Haitian revolution in the beginning of the 19th Century. It’s made with a low budget, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just more of a history lesson than a cinematic experience. There’s a lot of military blablabla and you do need some background about the French Revolution, Napoleon and French colonialism. But it’s a very straightforward biopic told in flashbacks. They don’t make him into a flawless hero, which is great. But they don’t let other characters shine, which is sad.

The movie starts with the imprisonment of the black general (who got his title after defending the French from the Spanish colonizers). A young and ambitious soldier is given the task to gain his trust as the French leaders want their former general to reveal the location of a hidden treasure. In order to get this information, the young man starts writing down everything his prisoner is telling, starting with his life as a slave.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2062690

 

This is probably the worst tv show I’ve ever finished a season of. It took me more than a year. And a repeat start. Just because it stars Don Cheadle and he’s awesome.

However, this time that didn’t help at all.

House Of Lies is about consultants who get paid big bucks by companies who can’t figure out themselves how to save their company from losing money or their reputation. Don Cheadle is some kind of consultant guru and he’s the head of a team including an ambitious woman and two data nerds. He works for a firm, the CEO of which wants to merge with some kind of investing group that they consulted for. He’s divorced from a former colleague and current competitor, who’s sex obsessed. They both have a transgender kid, who’s being raised by his granddad, a shrink with starting Parkinson’s disease.

The story lines are a mess. The main theme is boring. Scrupulous consultants who use deception and sex to close deals: sounds cool on paper, but it’s not. Critical of capitalism, but glorifying it at the same time. It works in movies like Wolf On Wall Street. It doesn’t here. There are some good elements, like the performance of the confident transgender kid  by Donis Leonard Jr, but all in all this whole season sucks. The two data nerds are supposed to give some comic relief, but they are just annoying. Just like every time the action freezes and some consultant term is explained. We get it, the business has some specific terminology. Explaining it doesn’t make it more attractive. And Don Cheadle’s character just isn’t interesting. There’s nothing likable about him – which is the whole point -, but there’s also nothing to like.

This show ran for five seasons!!!! Five!!!!!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1797404

Pitch Perfect – (*)

Posted: February 13, 2016 in 1/2, 2012, Musical, USA

A semi alternative wannabe dj starts college and joins a competitive acapella singing band. She doesn’t represent the typically girly cheerleading image, but neither do the others in the band (one butch black lesbo, one fat Aussie girl, one silent Asian). She kind of likes a singer of the successful acapella boyband (from the same campus), but since he belongs to their ’rivals’ she cannot really date him.

Can someone please tell me what the appeal is of this franchise? The singing is TERRIBLE ! The song arrangements are TERRIBLE ! The acting is TERRIBLE ! This is made for 14-year old girls who have no sense of humour or cinematic art only.

And somehow I managed to finish this crap (during a flight)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981677

Sixty years before the adventures of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, a younger Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure himself. He’s asked to join a group of renegade dwarfs who need a hobbit to find the secret door to a magical mountain where they used to reign from and which has since been taken by a dragon.

Yes, it’s way too long. And yes it’s no longer original or refreshingly new. But apart from the fact that each scene seems to be stretched as long as possible (- there is repetition of dialogue, there are boring singing sequences and the camera zooms in and zooms out as if it’s a test to see if the zoom works – ), this all is quite entertaining.

Unfortunately, none of main characters die. They go on this dangerous and violent journey and never seem to die. This may be gentle to the younger crowd, but pretty unbelievable for the adults. Where’s the thrilling excitement in watching a battle of which you know most (if not all) will survive?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624

Heavy stuff, this ‘love tale’ about two highbrow eighty-somethings in Paris who face the biggest challenge of their long life together: taking care of one another in old age and disability.

Michael Haneke is a unique director. His movies disturb every single time. So, it’s not surprise that he even makes the viewers uncomfortable while watching two older people love each other. For better and for worse.

Emmanuelle Riva won several awards for her performance as a disabled octogenarian. And yes, she’s pretty powerful, lying there half paralyzed most of the time. But it’s Louis Trintignant who’s the real powerhouse here. His character is very intriguing and the performance is flawless.

The synopsis may not really make you want to watch the movie. It’s not nice to see two old people struggle. However, it’s very ‘entertaining’ in the sense that every single scene is well presented and necessary. Michael Haneke has a specific style that you either love or loathe, but at least he never bores.

Try it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602620