Michael (2011)

Michael is the first film written and directed by Markus Schleinzer, starring Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger and Ursula Strauss.

Plot:
Michael (Michael Fuith) leads a rather normal, if slightly withdrawn life. Apart from Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger), the 10-year-old boy who lives locked up in his basement. The movie chronicles a few months out of their lives together.

Ugh. Pedophilia is never an easy subject and Michael is a hard movie. It’s calm and collected and damn ugly. It is also very well made and effective. But it’s not really a film you can like.

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Slither (2006)

Slither was written and directed by James Gunn and stars Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry, Tania Saulnier and Michael Rooker.

Plot:
A meteorite crashes in the woods close to a small town. The rather unpleasant Grant (Michael Rooker) stumbles upon it and is subsequently taken over by the alien that came with the meteorite. The alien uses Grant to make his plan of world domination happen, which at first mainly manifests in Grant hoarding and eating loads of meat. Grant’s wife Starla (Elizabeth Banks) and the town sheriff Bill (Nathan Fillion) notice that something is wrong and try to find out – and stop – what’s going on.

Slither is an amazingly funny send-up of and homage to B-movie horror comedies. It’s gory, but never really scary and I just laughed my ass off. Best seen with friends and probably alcohol, but it should definitely be seen.

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From Dead to Worse (Charlaine Harris)

From Dead to Worse is the eighth book of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris. [Here’s my review of the other books.]

Plot:
Sookie has returned home from the vampire convention where her life is quickly turned upside down when Eric facilitates a meeting between her and her great-grandfather Niall, a fairy prince. He explains her heritage and promises to help her whenever she needs it. Not only that, but Quinn has been missing since the convention and Sookie not only gets drawn further into the vampire politics but gets also involved in attacks on the Shreveport Weres.

I did not like this book which made it pretty easy to stop reading the series after this one (I needed a break anyway). Maybe I’ll pick the books up again after a little while, but for the moment I couldn’t care less.

[SPOILERS]

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All Together Dead (Charlaine Harris)

All Together Dead is the seventh book of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris. [Here’s my review of the other books.]

Plot:
After Hurricane Katrina and the ending of the last book, the queen Sophie-Anne and Louisiana are in a very precarious position that is supposed to be cleared up at the long-planned vampire convention. Sookie is asked along to use her telepathic abilities to the advantage of the queen, a dangerous situation. At least she isn’t completely alone Since the company boyfriend Quinn works for is organising the convention, he’s there, as are Eric and Bill as part of the queen’s entourage. The already tense situation gets even worse when a group of vampires from Arkansas gets murdered, which at first seemingly simplifies the queen’s life. But that doesn’t hold for long.

I didn’t care in the least for the happenings at the convention. But that’s nothing new. Generally I don’t think I can say much more about the quality of the series that I haven’t said before: the plots are a bit messy, I don’t understand Sookie lots of times, and there are enough cool characters to keep me reading.

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The Three Musketeers (2011)

The Three Musketeers is the newest movie by Paul W.S. Anderson, written by Alex Litvak and Andrew Davies, based loosely (very loosely) on Alexandre Dumas‘s novel and starring Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Juno Temple, Mads Mikkelsen, Freddie Fox and Til Schweiger (for about 3 seconds).

Plot:
D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) has dreamt of being a musketeer since about forever. Now he finally gets to go to the big city to fulfill said dream. But the first thing he does instead is get into trouble with Cardinal Richelieu’s (Christoph Waltz) henchman Rochefort (Mads Mikkelsen) and then he makes duel dates with all three of the most famous muketeers: Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans). But before they really get down to it, they have to unite against the Cardinal’s men and are quickly drawn into a plot devised by the double-to-quadruple agent Milady (Milla Jovovich).

The Three Musketeers is just as you’d expect it: a movie that leaves most qualities behind and concentrates entirely on fun. It’s awesome.

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The Driver (1978)

[The movie was part of the road movie special at the Filmmuseum.]

The Driver was written and directed by Walter Hill and stars Ryan O’Neal, Bruce Dern and Isabelle Adjani.

Plot:
The Driver (Ryan O’Neal) drives getaway cars for robberies and he is very good at his job. But The Detective (Bruce Dern) is already close on his heels. The Detective catches a gang of criminals and makes them hire The Driver to catch him in the act. Even though The Driver is suspicious, he goes along with them, but he hires The Player (Isabelle Adjani) to distract the police.

When I went into the film, I was expecting a good action flick, but I got a dose of Teh Stoopid. I was so extremely bored by this movie. It’s pretty crappy, but unfortunately, the moments where it actually crosses into craptastic territory are very few and rare.

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Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

[The movie was part of the road movie special at the Filmmuseum.]

Stranger Than Paradise is a film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson and Cecillia Stark.

Plot:
Willie (John Lurie) lives in New York and gets by on more or less legal endeavors together with his friends Eddie (Richard Edson). One day he gets a visit from his Hungarian cousin Eva (Eszter Balint). And Eddie is immediately smitten. After Eva leaves, Willie and Eddie get some money from betting on horses and they decide to travel and visit Eva in Cleveland in turn.

Weird, weirder, Jim Jarmusch. Stranger Than Paradise is Jim Jarmusch’s first big film and it already has all the trademarks of his work. I guess you have to like his style. I do and I loved the film.

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Tournée [On Tour] (2010)

Tournée is a movie directed by Mathieu Amalric, written by him, Marcelo Novais Teles, Philippe Di Folco and Raphaëlle Valbrune and starring Mimi Le Meaux, Kitten on the Keys, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Evie Lovelle, Roky Roulette and Amalric himself.

Plot:
Tournée follows a group of American Burlesque dancers on tour through France. They were brought there by former TV producer Joachim Zand (Mathieu Amalric) who struggles with quite a few issues. He had to leave France and his entire life including his kids behind before and the tour is the first time he got back. Things start to escalate as they get closer to Paris.

I’m a little torn about this film. It’s very watchable, moves along at a good pace and has some interesting women in it – always points in favor. But it doesn’ t really go anywhere and Joachim was really an unnecessary character.

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Definitely Dead (Charlaine Harris)

[Since the stuff I have to blog about is piling up, I’ll try to do a two post per day period. I don’t know how long I can keep that up, but in the meantime: Enjoy.]

Definitely Dead is the sixth book* of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels (Southern Vampire Mysteries) by Charlaine Harris. [Here’s my review of the other books.]

Plot:
Sookie’s cousin Hadley, the Queen of Louisiana Sophie-Anne’s girlfriend, was killed. So Sookie goes to New Orleans, leaving behind her new boyfriend Quinn, a weretiger with whom she was just attacked by a bunch of werewolves. In New Orleans, Sookie meets Amelia, a powerful witch and Hadley’s landlady. While in New Orleans, Sookie gets drawn into Sophie-Anne’s problems with her new husband, the King of Arkansas.

Oh, the usually weak plotting is even weaker in this one. But there were some important reveals in this book and it was a fine read.

*Pro-Tip: If you read the short story One Word Answer before this book, you’ll get the notification of Hadley’s death together with Sookie.

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Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris is the newest movie directed and written by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Corey Stoll, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody.

Plot:
Gil (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter who is trying to write a novel. When he travels to Paris with his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams), he feels inspired by his surroundings. Inez on the other hand seems to only want to spend time with the pretentious Paul (Michael Sheen). One night Gil goes for a walk on his own, gets picked up by a car and ends up in Paris in the 1920s , his favorite period where he meets F. Scott (Tom Hiddleston) and Zelda Fitzgerald (Alison Pill), Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and many others. But then he meets Adriana (Marion Cotillard) and they really hit it off.

After the last few Woody Allen movies I saw and really didn’t enjoy, I was unsure whether to watch Midnight in Paris at all. But the cast drew me in and thankfully I did enjoy it more than I feared I would.

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