Die Piefke-Saga (1990, 1993)

Die Piefke-Saga [Piefke is a derogatory term Austrians use for Germans]
Director: Wilfried Dotzel, Werner Masten (Part 4)
Writer: Felix Mitterer
Cast: Dietrich Mattausch, Brigitte Grothum, Ferdinand Dux, Sabine Cruso, Ralf Komorr, Kurt Weinzierl, Veronika Faber, Tobias Moretti, Josef Kuderna, Gregor Bloéb, Hans Richter, Brigitte Jaufenthaler, Doris Goldner, Barbara Weber, Ludwig Dornauer, Peter Kluibenschädel, Sascha Scholl
Seen on: 24.+26.2.2021

Content Note: racism, (critical treatment of) sexism

The Sattmann family from Berlin – father Karl-Friedrich (Dietich Mattausch), mother Else (Brigitte Grothum), grandfather Heinrich (Ferdinand Dux) and the children Sabine (Sabine Cruse) and Gunnar (Ralf Komorr) – have been coming to Tyrol for their holidays for years, always staying in the same hotel run by Franz Wechselberger (Kurt Weinzierl), who also happens to be mayor, and his wife Christel (Veronika Faber). The Wechselbergers know that their village is dependent on the German tourists. But Franz’ brother Hans (Hans Richter) fears what the increasing tourism means for the nature in Tyrol. So he brings his journalist friend Holleschek (Sascha Scholl) to write an article about the German tourists which is less than flattering. The article comes out just as the Sattmanns arrive for their summer holidays – and they will not let that insult stand.

Die Piefke-Saga is a four part miniseries of quite some renoun in Austria. The first three parts were shot together, the fourth part was made three years later and is very different from the first three. But all of them are pretty enjoyable.

The series poster showing the six main characters in the drawing of a suitcase.
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Primal (2019)

Primal (the first four episodes)
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Writer: Genndy Tartakovsky, Darrick Bachman, Bryan Andrews, David Krentz, Don Shank
Cast: Aaron LaPlante
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2020

After caveman Spear (Aaron LaPlante) loses his entire family to dinosaurs, he finds a T-Rex and her babies. At first he tries to attack, but while he is there, the dinosaurs who killed his family show up again and kill the T-Rex’s babies, too. After that, Spear and the T-Rex team up to face the dangers of their lives together.

Primal got a bit too much for me. Maybe my impression would have been different if I hadn’t seen four episodes back to back, but rather spread out, but ultimately it was just grunting and killing. I didn’t care for it.

The poster showing Spear riding the T-Rex as they fight monkeys.
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Au delà des murs [Beyond the Walls] (2016)

Au delà des murs
Director: Hervé Hadmar
Writer: Sylvie Chanteux, Hervé Hadmar, Marc Herpoux
Cast: Veerle Baetens, François Deblock, Lila-Rose Gilberti, Geraldine Chaplin
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 29.4.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Lisa (Veerle Baetens) is a young introverted doctor who keeps everybody at arm’s length. She has no family and no friends to speak of. So she’s more than surprised when she’s informed that she has inherited the old house across her apartment building from a person she never heard of. After reassurances that there really is no mistake, she moves there. Soon she starts hearing knocking and other noises from behind the walls though. When she takes a sledgehammer to the walls, she finds a whole other world full of dangers and darkness.

Au delà des murs is a three part miniseries that completely enthralled me. The first two hours are super creepy and tense and had me at the edge of my seat, the third hour takes a turn into romance. All parts are definitely wonderful.

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P’tit Quinquin [Li’l Quinquin] (2014)

P’tit Quinquin
Director: Bruno Dumont
Writer: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore, Philippe Peuvion, Lisa Hartmann, Julien Bodard, Corentin Carpentier
Part of: Scope50
Seen on: 06.02.2015

P’tit Quinquin’s (Alane Delhaye) home is a tiny village in Northern France. He, his friends and his girlfriend Eve (Lucy Caron) drive around on their bicycles, always looking for something to do. So when a helicopter arrives, they follow it and are close, when the police retrieve a dead cow from a ditch. But that is not all: inside of the cow they find at least parts of a body and now Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) and his lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore) have to figure out who put it there.

I can’t recall the last time I was this bored during a film. I had to keep hitting pause as I kept falling asleep while I watched it. And I didn’t see it late at night but pretty much right after getting up after a good night’s sleep. There was practically nothing that worked for me.

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Hellfjord (2012)

Director: Patrik Syversen, Sebastian Dalén, Ole Giæver, Kenneth Olaf Hjellum, Vegar Hoel, Roar Uthaug
Writer: Zahid Ali, Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola
Cast: Zahid Ali, Stig Frode Henriksen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Thomas Hanzon, Pihla Viitala, Maria Bock
Part of: /slash Filmfestival‘s Slashing Europe
[Hellfjord is a TV series. I usually don’t review those but since I saw the entire first season at the /slash, I thought I’d make an exception.]

After a very unfortunate and very public incidence involving his horse, police man Salmander (Zahid Ali) gets relocated to the town Hellfjord where everything is just a little fishy. And that is not only because of the fish factory Hellfish, run by Bosse Nova (Thomas Hanzon). Soon Salmander literally stumbles on a body and teams up with local journalist Johanne (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) to solve the town’s mysteries.

There is a lot that I enjoyed about Hellfjord but there are also elements that didn’t work for me at all. The end result is a very mixed bag of beans.


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Our Webseries

I tweeted, I tumbled, I facebooked and now I’m blogging [so, if you’ve already seen this video a few times – thanks and keep up the good work! ;)]

We’ve worked our asses off on LOLVE, our webseries, this past one and a half years and we finally went online about 14 hours ago. Here it is:

As you can probably imagine, we’re really excited and rather nervous and the drunkenness that came with the release party only just passed.

Spread the word, if you can, we’d appreciate it! But most of all, we hope that you enjoy it!

Here are the links to LOLVE: the blog, the youtube channel, on facebook and on twitter.

TV Shows – Meme Monday

It’s been a while since I wrote about TV shows that I currently watch and so I thought I’d give myself the meme:

What TV shows do you currently watch?

Older Shows That I’m Finally Getting Around to Watching

West Wing. At the beginning of Season 6, still unsure whether I want to proceed. As long as I’m unsure, I guess I will go on watching but at a really slow pace.

Firefly. I have a really bad conscience about this one because I’m supposed to write about it, too, and I can’t seem to get around to either watch the last four episodes or write about them. It’s kinda embarrassing, more than a little ridiculous but I still blame my time table.

Coming Up in this category:

– Recently talked with Co-Workers about Beauty and the Beast, saw that it was partly written by George R. R. Martin and decided that I had to give it a try.

– I still got a lot of animes on my plate, most notably Fullmetal Alchemist and Avatar: The Last Airbender (yes, still. Too many projects, too little time).

– And still more: Lexx. Jericho. Prison Break. Hex.

Guilty Pleasure Shows

Pretty Little Liars. It’s so good that I’m not even reading the books it’s based on because I don’t want to spoil the show. It’s awesomely brilliant, intelligent trash.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Finished Gods of the Arena and am just getting started with this one. So much gratuitous sex and violence almost makes it impossible for this show to be actually any good, but oh, it is.

The Vampire Diaries. Okay, this show is bad. But it’s also wonderful.

Shows That Are Really, Really Awesome

Castle. Intelligent, funny, Nathan Fillion… though I have to admit that I’m growing impatient with the will-they-won’t-they plotline. Decide already, will ya?

Community. Pure and utter brilliance.

The Good Wife. From their Social Network riff to Alan Cumming the show is made of win. Also, they manage to not annoy me with the will-they-won’t-they thingy.

The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon, I love you.

How I Met Your Mother. Every time I think that the concept is growing old or that the jokes are getting a little tired, they come up with something else that pulls me right back in. Snow problem.

White Collar. Though I have to admit that I’m growing a little disenchanted by it.

Fringe. I’m getting more and more intrigued. Which probably means that they’ll cancel it soon.

Shows That I Continue to Watch Though I Don’t Really Know Why

House. House is annoying, the concept is really old and I’m watching mostly because of a sense of duty. Which is stupid. But every time I get this close to quitting, they play an extraordinary epsiode (like last week’s) and I’m pulled back in.

Glee. I wish I could have a 10-minute Best Of of every episode. It would include Sue Sylvester, Coach Beiste, Mike Chang dancing and a few Kurt scenes. Everything else bugs the hell out of me and I feel that the scales are tipping more and more in the won’t watch direction.

Portlandia. The first episode was completely brilliant but ever since it’s been steadily declining.

30 Rock. I honestly don’t know why I continue watching, since every second episode offends me deeply. The others only offend me a little bit.

Everything Else

Harry’s Law. It’s nice, but not great.

Mr Sunshine. Has the potential to become really good, but so far, it’s not.

Current Shows That I’ve Been Meaning to Start Watching

Boardwalk Empire. Mad Men. Breaking Bad. Supernatural [I’ve decided to give it another try]. NCIS and NCIS: LA. In Treatment [stopped in the middle of the first season. Don’t know why].

Currently On Break, But Awaited

The Closer. Eureka. Warehouse 13. The IT Crowd. Haven. Leverage. True Blood. Doctor Who. Torchwood. The Sarah Jane Chronicles. Lie to Me. Memphis Beat. Sherlock. Nurse Jackie. Episodes.

Looking Forward To

Game of Thrones. Of course.

Planning My TV Program

Now that most of the TV shows I’m watching are in their summer break and there aren’t as much summer shows that I watch, I have time to catch up with older shows that I’ve been meaning to watch for a while but somehow never did.

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I was thinking about working on my anime education and watching Fullmetal Alchemist and Avatar: The Last Airbender. And since deadra loves it so much, I thought I’d try NCIS or NCIS LA, or both.

Is there anything you’d recommend that I should absolutely see, whether anime or not?

Tales from the Crypt

I’m back home from the hospital since yesterday (for now, I’m staying with my parents for a few days before returning to Vienna). So, before returning to business as usual on this blog (with my yearly Oscar live-blog), I thought I’d share some observations about the last week. [And I talk a lot about Pushing Daisies. Don’t let that distract you.]

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