Aphasia

Aphasia

Aphasia
Over the past week Hollywood mourned the loss of one of their biggest stars to the condition of Aphasia. According to wikipedia he is one of the highest grossing actors – the movies he has starred in have grossed over 5 billion US dollars. Bruce Willis, internationally well known for his action roles over the last three plus decades, has announced that he is going to retire from acting due to the severity of the condition of aphasia that he was diagnosed with in March of this year. Aphasia is a condition that affects the ability to communicate. It is estimated that about 1 million people in the US are diagnosed with it. It can affect your speech …

Death on the Set

Death on the Set

Death on the Set
The incident has already passed by some days, but in case you missed it, on 21 Oct. the American actor, Alec Baldwin, accidentally killed one person with a prop gun and injured another. The tragic moment happened on a movie set in New Mexico and gives testimony for situations that the perpetrator sometimes does not have an obvious motive or intent to commit a crime, but time calls for the fulfillment of the content and the perpetrator is drawn into the incident, having no choice to resist nor to abstain. The tragic incident is a very descriptive example that time is the ultimate director of what is about to unfold – merely using players as parts and arranging them into their place at the fitting moment. The sinister part to it is – that not everyone can fill that role – since perpetrator, victim and place have an intricate connection and have to “meet” at the fitting moment and place. According to several …

In Time – a movie premiere (2011) free content

In Time – a movie premiere (2011) free content

In Time - a movie premiere (2011) free content
For avid movie lovers this movie has most likely passed its shelf life, but I find the title as well as the subject intriguing. For quite some time I intended to have a chart of the premiere of the movie and explore a bit the content of time of the almost 10-year-old cinematographic production. The plot of the story unfolds in the year 2169 portraying a society whose universal currency is time. Time can be traded and / or passed onto another person. Starting with the age of 25, a one-year countdown begins displayed on your forearm, where you can always see and check someone’s remaining time. Basically, the race to gain more time starts with that age and depending how much you earn (time), you extend your lifespan. Wealth is expressed through possession of time and to give it a more socio-political angle, the …

Rammstein – Heavy Metal Provocateurs – free content

Rammstein – Heavy Metal Provocateurs – free content

Rammstein - Heavy Metal Provocateurs - free content
You might have never seen a show of this German Hard Rock / Gothic / Heavy Metal band – nor have I. Their stage performances are a display of fire, explosions and deep dark industrial impressions accompanied by heavy accords. The highly successful band is internationally recognized for its very distinct style, as well as pointy, very provocative German lyrics. I usually do not listen to this kind of “music”, but having seen some YouTube live stage performances, I somehow became intrigued by the – at least for me – unbelievable darkness of their shows and videos. Live fire and real explosions that light up a generally fairly dim lit stage. The stage seems to be more subterranean rather than above ground and transmits a diabolical vibe. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, an American Music critic of ALLMusic once commented that “their blend of industrial noise, grinding metal guitars, and operatic vocals is staggeringly powerful”. As already stated in my MTV article …

007 – James Bond what powers the longest running film series – “No time to die”

007 – James Bond what powers the longest running film series – “No time to die”

007 - James Bond what powers the longest running film series -
… According to the author himself, he wanted to give the protagonist “the dullest and plainest sounding name he could think of – JAMES BOND”. It turned out, what has been perceived as dull and boring in the sixties, still has a lot of story fire power left, even sixty years later. The James Bond series with 24 movies is the longest running film series ever and is worth up to 7.04 billion now – the sixth highest grossing series ever produced. By the sounds of it, the British EON Production Ltd. that has been exclusively producing all of the agent stories over the decades, a new James Bond movie, number 25, “No time to die”, will premiere November 12, 2020 in London – Covid permitting. By now, the latest trailer can already be viewed online, and it would not surprise me if theaters are already taking reservations. The British agent series is still a hot entertainment commodity. Like the many 007 before this movie, it too will surely be a success. It seems that for a story that always develops and ends pretty much like the one before, the action and suspense filled, almost superhero like, plot is always able to pull in a new generation of fans. It seems 007 is not just a chameleon that can camouflage himself into any society and survive, his creators were even able to manage and design his appeal to such a degree that the multigenerational fans never got bored of watching a make-over of the previous one. So, what powers this almost seemingly never-ending villain chasing and government killer storyline? …

“The Distinguished Citizen” – an Argentinian Movie – free content

“The Distinguished Citizen” – an Argentinian Movie – free content

“The Distinguished Citizen” - an Argentinian Movie - free content
In Venice on September 8th, 2016 the Argentinian Movie “El Ciudadano Ilustre”, with the English title “The Distinguished Citizen” premiered. It was widely positively reviewed, won numerous movie awards, and was emphatically received by a worldwide audience (a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes still up to today). The, as a dark satirical comedy described, movie has been added to a North American streaming service and with that an even greater viewership can now enjoy this, I believe, quite refreshing South American movie production. Film critique Benjamin Russel from Americas Quarterly writes “ … at the heart of The Distinguished Citizen are questions about the nature of creativity, ownership of art, and the vagrancy of truth. ….

CONTAGION – 2011 Movie

CONTAGION – 2011 Movie

IRAN – Tehran ‘”What’s next?”
Many of you might have already seen the movie Contagion from 2011. I watched it for the first time last night. The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 3rd, 2011. In the meantime, it has enjoyed a wide viewership with good reviews. In case you have not seen the movie, here is the plot: the death of the protagonists (Matt Damon) partner and her son leads to the discovery of a deadly virus. The US Centers for Disease Control fails to curb its spread and a worldwide panic ensues. One could almost say the movie blueprints the present rise and unfolding of Covid-19. With that I could not resist to create the movies chart. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the exact show time of the film at festival, so I had to use a day chart to get a bit closer to the story. ……