CAMP X-RAY about the torture to both – prisoners and guards – in Guantanamo had me in tears. But the floodgates really opened at TRUE BLOOD ‘s finale. What a ride, though! Wait, there’s more: Dark backstories turned MY OLD LADY into tragedy, same with SKELETON TWINS , WISH I WAS HERE and Icelandic epos VONARSTRÆTI – LIFE IN A FISHBOWL. Katharsis through pain, suffering to heal – that’s the recipe behind ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, DRACULA UNTOLD and DAYBREAKERS, obviously it gets worse with the centuries passing. Desperation and beauty dwell in THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, and all the valiant Vikings killed in NORTHMEN are well worth a silent prayer to Hel. Powerless struggling for truth and freedom causes many deaths – among them mental sanity – in the brilliant spy thrillers A MOST WANTED MAN and EASTERN PROMISES. Darker motifs – and not only a little social criticism – rule BLACK’S GAME, EQUALIZER and AUTOMATA. And the utter loneliness of human existence in the face of open or hidden violence is at the heart of THE ROVER and ESCOBAR – PARADISE LOST. Don’t get me wrong – those films are not only sad, violent or devastating: They’re absolutely riveting.
About Elisabeth Schabus 477 Articles
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.
2015-02-10 Elisabeth Schabus Actor, Chris Hemsworth, Cinema, culture, Kino, Lungo, movie, shirtless, Workout 0
I wonder: Who hacked BLACKHAT and cut in random scenes of half hearted sex and half witted violence? There are brilliant scenes in it, beautifully filmed, with as much as coherent (and correct) tech talk. […]
MEN IN BLACK, aber diesmal tiefschwarz: R.I.P.D. – das “Rest In Peace Department” – schickt böse Geister zur Hölle. Die Cops im R.I.P.D. sind selber schon tot, was das Erkennen der Geisterwelt unheimlich (pun intended […]
2014-09-27 Elisabeth Schabus Actor, Cinema, Ken Duken, Metal, movie, Odin, Runen, Ryan Kwanten, Schweiz, Sverige, Sweden, Thor, Tom Hopper, True Blood, Workout, Zurich Film Festival 10
The sea rages like a wild beast, snow and rain and giant waves batter the longship. “On a shield the Viking sleeps” recites the voice of Thorald (Ken Duken) from the off, while we see […]