Remember (2015)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Benjamin August
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Henry Czerny, T.J. McGibbon, Liza Balkan, Peter DaCunhaBruno Ganz, Dean Norris, Jürgen Prochnow
Seen on: 28.5.2016

Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer) only barely survived World War 2 in Auschwitz. The rest of his family did not. Now living in the USA, he is old and dementia is slowly grabbing ahold of him. After his wife dies, he finds that the time is finally right to go on a mission and bring down one of the SS officers in Auschwitz who is still at large. Together with his friend Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau), Zev has narrowed it down to five people the guard could have assumed the identity of. So Zev flees from the senior residence with a bit of money, a detailed letter that explains everything and a gun, hoping to achieve his goal before his dementia will take him over entirely.

Remember takes you on a slow, painful journey and ends with a kick in the gutts. And in this case, all of those things are really good, although afterwards you’ll probably want a stiff drink.

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Frankenweenie (2012)

Director: Tim Burton
Writer: John August
Based on: the short film Frankenweenie (which you can watch here and which stars the kid from The Neverending Story)
Cast: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder

Victor (Charlie Tahan) loves science, making movies and his dog Sparky, but he isn’t really popular. He doesn’t care that much about that, though. His world is shattered when Sparky gets hit by a car. Inspired by his new science teacher Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau), Victor tries to bring Sparky back to life – with science – and actually succeeds. But that is actually only the start of a whole new set of problems.

Frankenweenie really does have its moments, but I also have a couple of issues with it. On the whole, it doesn’t rise much above meh.


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Re-Watch: 12:01 (1993)

12:01 is a movie by Jack Sholder, based on Richard Lupoff‘s short story, starring Jonathan Silverman, Helen Slater, Jeremy Piven, Robin Bartlett and Martin Landau.

Barry (Jonathan Silverman) works in Human Resources in a reserch company, hating his job and pining after Lisa (Helen Slater), one of the scientists he hasn’t dared to talk to yet. What starts as an ordinary working day ends with Lisa getting shot, Barry getting drunk and then shocked by his nightstand lamp. When he wakes up the next morning, it isn’t the next morning at all, but the last day happening all over again. Now Barry is on a mission: He will use the time loop to save Lisa and to stop the loop from happening at all.

12:01 is one of those movies that you start watching – and then you realise that you’ve already seen it a long time ago when you were still a kid. I remember liking it then and I liked it now, too. It’s not awesomely brilliant or great, but it’s perfect afternoon TV.

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