Tag Archives: Germany

Garden Of Love (2003)

Director: Olaf Ittenbach.
Starring.Natacza Boon, James Matthews-Pyecka, Daryl Jackson. Germany. 1h 26m.

It’s quite easy to slate a film just because of it’s shoddy acting and low budget but then there are a few golden films where we actually really adore them just for those reasons, I want to name the Room (2003) but really I don’t know why it’s’ the best of the worst.. but it is. Garden of Love has some pretty bad qualities, poor production being the more noticeable but there is a damn fine slasher movie somewhere in the mess. Continue reading Garden Of Love (2003)

Contamination (1980)

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Director: Luigi Cozzi
Starring: Ian McCulloch Louise Marleau Marino Masé Siegfried Rauch Gisela Hahn. Italy/Germany. 1h 22m

A ship carrying coffee,pulls into a New York harbour, but no one is on board, instead it’s filled with glowing “eggs” when tampered with they explode, spraying toxic liquid that causes massive tissue damage to anyone near them, an expert is called in to investigate the matter, Colonel Stella Holmes (Marleau) and her journey to discover the source is exciting and dangerous. Initially she freezes the samples but when more are found she brings in the flamethrowers, but how can we be sure that they have all been destroyed, where do they come from and what’s going on? WIth all these questions she digs deeper into the physiology of the “eggs” and soon comes to the conclusion that they are not from this planet, she tracks down one of two astronauts who have recently returned from Mars, but now Commander Ian Hubbard (MuCulloch) is a shabby down and out alcoholic but after some prompting he sorts his shit out and helps out the stunning Colonel. Continue reading Contamination (1980)

Nordwand – North Face (2008)

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One of the few historical movies that still has living witnesses and existing evidence as well as many documented accounts of the events, is retold in this light hearted and dramatically tragic masterpiece.

Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas), a team of Bavarian Climbers, make an attempt to scale the murder wall of the Eiger, along with a few other specialists in 1936 after pressure from the (nazi) German government and in the run up to the Olympics, they are out to do their personal best to climb the imposing Ogre (Eiger) and be the first men to do so. During their attempt they are re united with an old friend who’s now working as a photographer for a newspaper covering the biggest story in European sporting history. Continue reading Nordwand – North Face (2008)

Vampyr– Der Traum des Allan Grey – Vampire: the Dream of Allan Grey (1932)

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quickflick-1.jpgI’ve been meaning to re watch this classic for a number of years, I remember watching it when I was likkle and not really understanding what it was all about and being black and white I don’t think my brain could really process what was going on.

So it was on the to purchase an watch list, and I finally made it there and I feel that I’ve cheated myself. It’s utter perfection, the frivolity of the light and dark shadows, the imaginative camera work and effects, blending in shadows and, mystical dream sequences all depicting the haunting nature of the vampire.  Before the myth was funnelled into Dracula or sexy vampires this falls into the category of folklore and when you go back to our more primal fears surrounding monsters things tend to be more eerie.

Carl Theodor Dreyer entertains a more nightmarish experience and doesn’t focus in on the vampire herself but instead the effects of vampirism. There are a lot of strange occult experiences going on in this film, originally penned by Sheridan La Fanu, who also brought us Camilla and In a Glass Darkly. It’s hard not to connect this with other classics like Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)  just due to the spectacular visuals but everything is much softer, almost playful like a fairy-tale but with a very dark story.

Originally written as a gothic novel it has all of toys firmly in the pram and chucks none away, coffins, skeletons, bats, ghosts, long black dresses, this is really what it was about. To be honest this film doesn’t even need a story it’s just brilliant enough to watch, and if you ever get the chance.. watch it with the soundtrack made by a band called Year of No LIght, there is a version on the tube but buy the album and play the two together.. it will blow your mind.

9/10

Full review coming soon…

Moon 44 (1990)

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Moon 44 (Sci Fi, Mystery, Thriller, Action 1990) (15) D: Ronald Emmerich W: Dean Heyde (Screenplay) Roland Emmerich (story) +: C: Michael Pare, Lisa Eichhorn, Dean Devlin, Brian Thompson, Malcolm McDowell, Stephen Geoffreys, Leon Rippy, Jochen Nickle 1h 38m. Germany.

TAGLINE : In the Outer Zone.. You need a friend.

Synopsis: Year 2038. The mineral resources of the earth are drained, in speace there are fights for the last deposits on other planets and satellites. This is the situation when one of the bigger mining corporations has lost all but one mineral moons and many of their fully automatic mining robots are disappearing on their flight home.

Moon 44 is one the more memorable Sci Fi films, and deserves to be remembered for the authentic atmosphere and style, it permeates 80’s style futuristic realism pulling (almost literally) excellent set designs and styles from Blade Runner (1982) and dazzling space ship scenes akin to the likes of Outland (1981) and Alien (1979) although I’m unsure why the pilots opted for helicopters in the year 2038…

When the unruly cop Stone (Michael Pare) is sent to an off world mining colony to investigate the source of stolen mining ships, he has to go undercover as a convict and while he has a contact on the inside he has to navigate through the prisoner code and the mining politics and the dodgy dealings going on in the industrial landscape of Moon 44.

This was one of Ronald Emmerich’s early science fiction attempts before Independence day (1996) and similarly the thin plot is full of holes and lacking in decent dialogue, but it makes up for that with some very interesting characters, wild interactions between the pilots and their navigators all at a very cheesy level of bravado, but if you can hold down your lunch and stop cringing it happens to be some damn fine drama. There are a lot of questions raised during the movie, mostly about the plot and why shit is going down the way it is. Why employ prisoners to protect such an expensive hoard, why if you were a pilot who has to rely on a navigator would you treat them so badly? And why would you fly a chopper and need a navigator in the future? I don’t feel that we’re progressing in intelligence or technology,

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The main assets of the film are the visuals and effects they make for a believable mining colony in the “outlands”, although what I still don’t understand are any of the mechanics of how the mining ships are being stolen and going missing, but if you put this behind you and go with the flow it’s still a good film to watch. With some refinement to the story and maybe with some long shots, and proper space battles in ships and not choppers his could defiantly be one of the best retro sci-fi movies, rather than a stunning movie, lacking a gripping in-depth story line.

It is a guilty pleasure and I’m still rating it high as I adore this level of cheesy muscle-bound bravado which doesn’t make it a great film but one that I thoroughly enjoy. The film is heaving with all the retro elements of future expectations, the chiselled face cop, the computer geek donned with a baseball cap and who is no match for the less intelligent gym bunny prisoners who have lots of issues and big chips on shoulders.

 

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Rating : 6/10

R: Outland (1981), Blade Runner (1982), Silent Running (1972)
Q: Scooter “Oh yes I like to go fast!”
TIL: You don’t need to have a solid story to make a good film.
BS: The intro scene is quite good, it really gives the viewer an idea of the type of character the cop is. Also look out for the recycled Blade Runner (1982) sets!
L: Selected 90’s sci fi, German Movies,
5B: Michael Pare, Brian Thompson, Malcolm McDowell, Stephen Geoffreys.
DGI: Chug a beer until you know what’s actually going on.

Kisha

Faust

Just a lame update but I’m so psyched about this..

My copy of Faust (1926) had finally arrived (this was about a week ago)!! My old video copy has worn right though and I’m super pleased that it came in a purple box (very sexy.. ).I managed to find this gem from one of my all time favourite sellers, Video Heaven (Ipswich) check out the ebay shop for more bargains. http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/videoheaven.ipswich/

Anyway this will help me complete my 20 for 1920’s post coming up soon.