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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Mal ernsthaft…

Seit wann schreibt denn der Spiegel seine Schlagzeilen nach Bild Vorlage und mit Bindestrich? „Sex-Lehrerin schickt Schüler Nacktfotos“ Ich hoffe, das bleibt ein Ausrutscher. Ach ja, darum geht’s – eine wegen Sex mit einem Schüler offensichtlich zu acht Jahren Freiheitsentzug auf Bewährung verurteilte ehemalige Lehrerin, soll nach ihrer Entlassung angeblich bereits zweimal gegen ihre Bewährungsauflagen […]

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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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The Bourne Identity

Can you believe it – Franka Potente is the German movie industry’s darling to the extent that cinemas have scheduled an additional 0:01 showing on the opening day of her latest film, „The Bourne Identity“ in which she is acting alongside Matt Damon. Potente plays Marie Kreutz, a Swiss-German loafer who happens to open her […]

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Minority report: ‚Signs‘

Apparently, most people like ‚Signs‘, Mel Gibson’s latest film. An IMDB.com rating of 7.5 is illustrative. But I don’t. Why? Because it’s simply a bad film. I am right, and the others are wrong. Has anyone ever heard of vampire style bad-guy aliens able to fly zillions of miles in warp-speed-vehicles with the intention to […]

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Wise Men (in Black) Say…

Last night I watched the first part of „Men in Black“ again. And I noticed it features an immensely wise line which I won’t withhold from you, of course. Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is explaining to prospective Agent J (Will Smith) why the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life on earth must be kept hidden […]

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Sexy beast.

Ok, just another headline. But this is actually an addendum to the last entry and also a reminder to myself. At some point I have to tell you why I believe the „new left“ is not sexy in most countries. As a teaser – it’s about the victory of Oliver Williamson over Karl Marx (or […]

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Last night arte.tv showed a documentary by Patrick Jeudy about Marilyn Monroe. It was not a story about a sex bomb. Neither was it simply one about poor Norma Jean, Candle In The Wind. The documentary rather told a story about an incredibly beautiful intelligent young woman who got lost somewhere between Marilyn and Norma […]

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Kissing Jessica Stein.

Last week I saw the film „Kissing Jessics Stein“ (aka „Kissing Jessica“ in Germany – note: German film distributors often use parts of the original title instead of a) coming up with something useful in German or using the entire English title. You think this is weird? You are right). „Kissing Jessica Stein“ is a […]

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