Stitches (2012)

Stitches
Director: Conor McMahon
Writer: Conor McMahon, David O’Brien
Cast: Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Gemma-Leah Devereaux, Eoghan McQuinn, Lorna Dempsey
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
For Tom’s 10th birthday, his mum ordered a party clown – Stitches (Ross Noble). But rather than enjoy the show, the kids pretty much torment Stitches (and Stitches himself isn’t too happy to be there either anyway). And then Stitches has an accident and dies during the party, leaving Tom completely traumatised. It is only 6 years later that he (Tommy Knight) dares to have another birthday party – the perfect opportunity for Stitches to get up from his grave and get his revenge.

Stitches is wonderfully macabre. funny and completely cheesy – which is basically its raison d’être. I loved it.

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Cockneys vs Zombies (2012)

Cockneys vs Zombies
Director: Matthias Hoene
Writer: James Moran, Lucas Roche
Cast: Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Alan Ford, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Honor Blackman, Ashley Bashy Thomas
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) and Andy (Harry Treadaway) are brothers and have been brought up by their grandfather (Alan Ford) who is now living in a retirement home. But that home is threatened by real estate development. Since the boys don’t want to see their grandfather living anywhere else, they decide that they would rob a bank with the help of their cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan) and Mental Mickey (Ashley Bashy Thomas). But in the middle of that robbery, the zombie apocalypse happens and suddenly they face quite a different challenge.

Cockneys vs. Zombies is fun, even if it doesn’t quite reach the comedic heights of Shaun of the Dead. But I did have a very good time.

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A Little Bit Zombie (2012)

A Little Bit Zombie
Director: Casey Walker
Writer: Trevor Martin, Christopher Bond
Cast: Kristopher Turner, Crystal Lowe, Shawn Roberts, Kristen Hager, Emilie Ullerup, Stephen McHattie
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Steve (Kristopher Turner) is about to get married to Tina (Crystal Lowe). Unfortunately Tina and Steve’s sister Sarah (Kristen Hager) don’t get along at all – which Steve tries to remedy by taking them, including Sarah’s husband and Steve’s best friend Craig (Shawn Roberts) to the family cabin. But things go from bad to worse when Steve is bitten by a zombie mosquito and slowly starts craving brains and transforming in general.

A Little Bit Zombie has its moments, but mostly it has a rather shallow and cheap sense of humor. But worse than that, the direction was really, really bad. And I mean fucking abysmal.

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Flukt [Escape] (2012)

Flukt
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writer: Thomas Moldestad
Cast: Isabel Christine Andreasen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Milla Olin, Kristian Espedal, Tobias Santelmann, Bjørn Moan, Hallvard Holmen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
After the black plague has ravaged the lands, Signe (Isabel Christine Andreasen) and her family are moving about, trying to find a new life – until they are caught by robbers, led by Dagmar (I who take Signe with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal). They take Signe hostage because Dagmar’s daughter Frigg (Milla Olin) would like a sibling and Dagmar can’t have children anymore. But it turns out that Frigg isn’t actually Dagmar’s daughter. Instead she sees a possibility for escape in Signe and together the two girls actually manage that. But Dagmar won’t give them up easily.

Flukt is an excellent, atmospheric film that, despite its not at all surprising story draws you in and won’t let go of your attention until it’s done.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)

We Need to Talk About Kevin is an epistolary novel by Lionel Shriver.

Plot:
Two years after her son Kevin shot 9 people in his school, Eva is slowly coming to terms with what happened then and the part she might have played in this shooting. Slowly, by writing letters to her husband, she unrolls her entire life with Kevin, starting with her hesitation to become a mother and how she talked herself into it, to then fail and make a connection with the child who remains a stranger to her.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a beautifully written, absolutely entrancing book that had me hooked from minute one and didn’t let me go again.

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Nejkrasnejsi hadanka [The Loveliest Riddle] (2008)

Nejkrasnejsi hadanka
Director: Zdenek Troska
Writer: Zdenek Troska
Cast: Jan Dolanský, Veronika Kubarová, Miroslav Hrabe, Tatána Krchovová, Tatjana Medvecká, Pavel Kikincuk, Premysl Kubista, Ladislav Potmesil, Miroslav Táborský

Plot:
Matej (Jan Dolanský) is very much in love with Majdalenka (Tatána Krchovová) but her father is not really for him as a son-in-law as he has nothing whatsoever to his name. So Matej goes out into the world to make his fortune. His penchant for riddles brings him to court, where the princess (Veronika Kubarová) has promised to marry the first man to solve her three riddles. But that is only the start of his adventure.

We saw The Loveliest Riddle in the course of the exhibition about costumes – and the costumes really were fantastic. Everything else was pretty low-budget, though at least partly charming.

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A Weekend in Karlovy Vary

The last month has brought many changes in my life. I quit my job, entered university again (courses will start in October; sociology and educational science) and I’m about to move out of my beautiful, wonderful, bright apartment with a terrace and into a small, rather dark apartment I’m gonna share with my sister. I’m pretty excited about it all, as is my mom who never really understood that I didn’t want to finish uni in the first place.

Anyway, we decided to celebrate my life change by seeing to it that I wouldn’t just let my 6 weks of break time pass me by and let the time get swamped and lost by organisational details: so the two of us went on a weekend trip to Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary is a spa town, famous for its hot springs, so we booked a spa package and just let ourselves get spoiled for the weekend.

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The Bourne Legacy
Director: Tony Gilroy
Writer: Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy
Based on: Robert Ludlum‘s novels (kinda)
Sequel to: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Joan Allen, David Strathairn

Plot:
While the events of The Bourne Ultimatum are unfolding, a government group spearheaded by Eric Byer (Edward Norton) tries to get the situation under control by shutting down all programs related to Treadstone. That means that they start killing operatives. But one of them, Aaron (Jeremy Renner), manages to escape and subsequently tries to get back his independence and freedom with the help of Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) who designed the drugs that gives the operatives a mental and physical edge.

The Bourne Legacy has a terrific cast, but falls flat in pretty much all other departments: The writing is a mess, the camerawork sucks, as does the editing, but worst of all is the direction.

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Nachtlärm [Lullaby Ride] (2012)

Nachtlärm [literally: Night Noise]
Director: Christoph Schaub
Writer: Martin Suter
Cast: Alexandra Maria Lara, Sebastian Blomberg, Georg Friedrich, Carol Schuler, Andreas Matti

Plot:
Livia (Alexandra Maria Lara) and Marco (Sebastian Blomberg) are exhausted. Their little baby Tim just won’t stop crying and doesn’t sleep unless they go for long drives through the entire night. During one such a drive though, their car gets stolen by small-time crook Jorge (Georg Friedrich) and his new girlfriend Claire (Carol Schuler) – with Tim still in the car. Livia and Marco in turn steal a car to follow them and that’s the kick-off to one crazy night.

Oh people, the things I watch for Georg Friedrich… sometimes I hate myself for it. Nachtlärm is pretty uninspired and at 94 minutes still way too long. But Georg Friedrich does his usual thing so very well that at least you can get some enjoyment out of that.

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360 (2011)

360
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Writer: Peter Morgan
Based on: Arthur Schnitzler‘s Reigen (loosely)
Cast: Lucia Siposová, Gabriela Marcinkova, Johannes Krisch, Jude Law, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jamel Debbouze, Dinara Drukarova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Rachel Weisz, Juliano Cazarré, Maria Flor, Ben Foster, Anthony Hopkins

Plot:
Starting with a whore Mirka (Lucia Siposová) and her pimp Rocco (Johannes Krisch) in Vienna, 360 moves through various stories that are all somehow connected. From Paris to London and Denver it takes a look at the various kinds of relationships, infidelities and betrayals.

360 is a bit uneven. It has a good cast and some of the stories work perfectly, while others are bland or don’t fit. In short, it just doesn’t really come together.

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