Lustige Sache. Coca Cola Zero Deutschland hat einen sehr schönen neuen Werbespot mit Manuel Neuer gedreht und auf youtube gestellt, der sich mit der Frage beschäftigt, was eigentlich wäre, wenn Manuel Neuer sich nicht dafür entschieden hätte Fußballprofi zu werden. Great Minds think alike? Oder wurde vielleicht sogar irgendjemand aus der Agentur von unserer fake-Doku […]

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In der Nacht von Mittwoch den 9.9. auf Donnerstag den 10. 9. 2015 könnt Ihr Hagen und Manuela ab 0:35 bei ihren Irrungen und Wirrungen der Liebe zuschauen, wenn der Film von Ronia Adl-Tabatabai, Sebastian Linke und mir im Rahmen von Unicato – Junger Film im MDR  (facebook) ausgestrahlt wird. So lautet auch das Thema der Sendung: […]

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Secret Encounter is a short film Danilo Vogt (Artmaniax Films) shot for the Hamburg International Short Film Festival’s 3-minute-quickie competition, the motto for which was „human error“ in 2009. Accordingly, I’m playing a priest who’s accidentally killing a well meaning alien life form trying to establish contact with humanity because I’m enganging in, well, let’s […]

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Usually just called „49 degrees“, this is a 3 minute short, shot for the 2002 Hamburg International Short Film Festival’s „3-minute quickie“ competition. In 2002, the topic was „thirst“. I’m in this film with Roland Goulsbra, who, tragically, recently died of a sudden heart attack. This is, I think, Sebastian Linke’s only film to date […]

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A Film by Sebastian Linke and Gerald Haffke about some man’s (me) fear of the first time – taking a lift. It was shot in a hurry just days before our visit to the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 as an entry for the Open Ohr Festival’s film competition about the subject „fear“ – and […]

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Skriptdoktoring in der Filmklasse der Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz. Die Größe des Entwurfsbereichs ist leider umgekehrt proportional zum momentanen Budget des allerdings sehr vielversprechenden Projekts… Akademion.

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The Life of Others II

I’m not too sure what I’m thinking about „Daily Variety“ reports from Hollywood indicating the possibility of a Hollywood remake of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s „The Life of Others“ - „Das Leben der anderen“. After all the original just won the Oskar for „best non-English language film.“ Of course, those allegedly interested in midwifing the […]

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Filme nicht nur für Stadtneurotiker.

Ins Kino mit dem Psychotherapeuten? Warum nicht? Musiktherapie gibt es schließlich auch: Ernst Corinth für Telepolis über „Filme gegen Rezept“: „Die Grundidee ist äußerst simpel. Patienten erkennen sich und ihre persönliche Situation in bestimmten Filmszenen wieder, können danach besser ihre Gefühle beschreiben oder über ihre Probleme reden. Außerdem können ausgewählte Filme eingesetzt werden in Fällen […]

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By the way…

Humphrey Bogart was really miscast in „Sabrina“ (1955). I think Harrison Ford is clearly better as Linus Larabee in the 1994 remake. I’m sorry for Julia Ormond though. She’s seriously cute – but did she ever have a fighting chance against Audrey Hepburn? I don’t think so. Still, on balance, I’d say the remake is […]

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I’ve just come back from watching „Kebab Connection“, a new semi-independent movie following on the heels of last year’s surprise comedy success „S�perseks“ and, – less obvious – Fatih Akin’s smash hit „Gegen die Wand“ (Head On). The Kebab Connection is set in the Akin urban immigrant universe, is partly payed by Akin-Alumni like Sibel […]

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Mission Impossible.

It may sound a little prejudiced, but it’s true. Ethan Hunt, aka Tom Cruise, finally found an impossible mission – in Germany, of course. Wolfgang Thierse, President of the German Bundestag made it clear that it will indeed be impossible to shoot some action scenes for the next Tom Cruise star vehicle, Mission Impossible 3, […]

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It might come as a shock to you, my gentle readers, but from time to time I do act in student short films. And as this week saw the premieres of two more recent productions, I thought to myself ‚why not experiment with streaming media and put an older one on the web?‘ And so […]

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Katherine Hepburn dies aged 96.

She was a great actress, and a beautiful woman. The list of her accomplishments is stunning, even though… she did not play the piano herself as Clara Schumann in „Song of Love“ (1947), as she once told my sister on a handwritten postcard. According to Salon.com, tomorrow at eight pm, the lights on Broadway will […]

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We Guard The Canadian Border

We Guard The Canadian Border, we guard the American dream… that’s at least what we were taught in „Wag The Dog„. Now Salon comes up with a plethora of reasons why this is not just true – but why preemptive military action against America’s northern neighbour could indeed be inevitable for the United States.

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The Digital Dilemma Revisited

Quote 1: The BBC News Online today – „Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, told BBC News Online earlier this year that digital piracy could become „debilitating“ for the industry. ‚Digital piracy has become a real menace,‘ he said. Despite the availability of pirate copies, The Matrix Reloaded has made more […]

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Bowling For Criticism

A Canadian article criticising Michael Moore’s film „Bowling For Columbine“ has made to the top ranks of the MIT’s blogdex today. It’s easy to see why given the linking-power of anti-Moorians on the web. But they, like most of those getting at Moore miss a rather important point: „Bowling For Columbine“ isn’t a documentary. The […]

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Matrix Overloaded.

Don’t get me wrong. „The Matrix Reloaded“ is very good film. Actually, it is quite remarkable for a sequel that is also the second part of a trilogy. But that said, it is not, as opposed to its predecessor, a great film. Why is that? Well, where the first film was able to intelligently translate […]

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So much creative energy wasted. Unbelievable.

Yesterday evening I attended a regional short film award presentation ceremony. One of the winning films was about a Japanese couple eating Sushi on a date. Later that evening I had a chat with the female lead actress, a charming student of Political Science. So far, so normal. But what do you reply once the […]

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