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Moonrise Kingdom at Home

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

WARNING: I have PMS. This post is accordingly emotional. Be sensitive with hate mails – my mood can swing any time. Here we go. HOME The concept of home is elusive. Golden thought. Everyone can name their personal home, be it prison or palace. People have a strong urge of belonging to some place they can call home. It is part of who we are. My concept of home ranged from ‘where I come from’ to ‘where I live’. But as a newly baked full time traveler I was plagued by disturbing existential questions and boring monologues: “Can we do without a home? I don’t think so. Do we fence ourselves in when we reduce the concept of home to walls and bricks? Maybe. Do we limit our horizon when we stick to (one) home? I am not sure....

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 8 Oslo’s Film Museum

Posted by on Sep 8, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

I love movies. You love movies. Everybody loves movies, that is why a visit to the Filmmuseet in Oslo is exactly the right thing. You will love the place. It features a nicely presented selection of displays on the history of film making. But there is more.   The museum is located at the Filmens Hus building, that has eight film-themed levels. Classic movies are screened five nights a week in the same building at the Cinemateket.   There are great inventions like Edison’s kinetoscope, a device that screened the very first motion pictures. Only seconds long, the short sequences of black-and-white blur, could be viewed only by one person at a time, by looking through a peephole-viewer, on top of a wooden casket. It caused a major hype at the end of the 19th century.   I learned...

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Kick Ass movie!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

This is it. The movie of the year (2010 – but I have had the pleasure just recently). I am convinced that this flick is not going to be topped by Hollywood any time soon. The screen play totally ‘kicks ass’, as its title by the same name suggests, hereby referring to the name of the main protagonist, whose idealistic approach of making the world a better place (a common teenage burden), drives him to wear a superhero costume and call himself Kick Ass. His escapades of predictable failure as he clashes with street reality, the life episodes of a tragic hero with a tough childhood and all that drama struggle, would be fully entertaining but there is more. Kick Ass is a grotesque world of next-door superheroes, without cinema appeasement politics. Remember Pulp Fiction? I bet that just...

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Avatar, Avengers, wrAth of the titAns – 3D visuAl pleAsures

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in All posts, Thailand, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Watching ‘Wrath of the Titans’ on the enormous curved screen inside Bangkok’s IMAX at the stunning Siam Paragon Mall, I came for the visual roller-coaster ride, to be taken down to the dark underworld of Kronos through in depth 3D images, spiraling me down through endless tunnels, taking risky turns, avoiding rocks speeding by.  The war of power between the imprisoned Titans and the gods, slowly loosing control due to the lack of devotion by humanity,  had an obvious ending but learning about Greek mythology in the IMAX is not the point, although for some whiz kids picking up on mythological twists and the Greek family tree sure is an educational bonus. It is all about amazing images as the fiery red and coal black lava Titan erupts from earth, destroying mankind in fury. By this time the viewer...

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Kicking Nazi butt

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

After World War II the Nazis have retreated to the dark side of the moon and are preparing to take over the world – that is the amusing version of Iron Sky – a movie that you will either love or hate. The story starts with perfectly Aryan Renate Richter, blue eyed and blond, a teacher and scientist indoctrinating her class of little Nazis about their superiority thereby misinterpreting Charlie Chaplin’s classic of dancing with the world as Adolf Hitler. A very amusing scene, followed by more laughter as the secluded Germans capture an American Astronaut and are confronted the with his afro American origin, whose bad luck is to land to close to the Nazi base, that is a gigantic swastika shaped building :) If you want to see how the “Albinisierer” serum works on black skin,  how...

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John Carter – the movie

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

…teaches us not to throw away our luck once we have it. That is a worthwhile lesson, even if the film doesn’t surprise with new ideas and is basically a remix of the Avatar movie and the Star Wars episodes. The similarities are striking, the differences in plot and visual make over not so much. The movie begins with the fascinating world on another planet, which is Mars as we learn, then starts again in England at the end of the 19th century. You keep wondering how they will manage to bring the two together but soon we are brought back to Mars together with courageous Cowboy John Carter from Virginia. The confusion of his origin and name is mixed up by the alien life form on Mars, who show a matching resemblance to the Navi species from the...

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Those movies that make you think…

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

…how short life is even for the most influential, famous and wealthy. …how our actions matter and how we should use our limited time wisely not to regret it later. The Margaret Thatcher movie was a great film to realize just that. I didn’t enjoy it (fighting tears all the way through) but liked it a lot. Maggie, struggling with dementia in her old age, is constantly confronted with flashbacks from the past. The first women prime minister fighting her way through in politics with power, achievement, fall and loneliness, framed by her illness, leaves the viewer with a feeling of admiration and pity at the same time.   Impressive statement from Mrs Thatcher after her doctor asks about her well-being: ‘How do you feel?! It’s too much about feelings nowadays. No one asks about thoughts and ideas anymore....

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