Happiness, quite often the journey is the destination

It must have been the book, written by Francois Lelord, which gave this movie a very light-footed and easily enjoyable touch. From the very beginning I loved the story, the dialogues and all the characters. Simon Pegg showed us a very mature performance of a man who begins to rethink his live, whether the way so far it was good or could have been better, especially with another woman at his side.

In some points of our lives we have all been there, no one is immune to being unhappy or not pleased with his/her situation in life. Getting along with it or solving it is part of life anyway.

In this case Hector lives a perfect life in a daily routine, being in a relationship with a beautiful woman, having a secure job and a fulfilled life. So it seems, but he sees that something is missing, he recognizes that he cannot make his patients happy, not even heal their wounds as he would have liked to. Furthermore he remembers an old flame of his and after talking to one of his patients (wonderfully eccentric played by the gorgeous Veronic aFerres) he is convinced that a journey will be of help.

This is the main starting point, and it is a story well told, we see how he is still the perfectionist at the beginning, not being able to survive alone and evolves step by step into a person who enjoys life and after meeting his freinds from the past recognizes what happiness means.

This movie shows us what happiness can mean and how we, the people can really find and enjoy happiness – there is something, especially a fitting quote for everyone there. For me it is the situation that you have to live through a lot of stuff before you can see it for yourself, there must be fear of losing something or someone, pain or even more before you can clearly see. Some of us find it much earlier and for some it happens in the last stages of their lives.
La vie est un long fleuve tranquille … enjoy the moment, when you are happy.

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The Morningstar, from page to screen, being in good company for now.

The King of Hell, The Fallen One, Satan … Lucifer is well known under so many different names in nearly uncountable works of literature. Thanks to John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost (published 1667) and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (first apperance in 1989) we were confronted with a character which doesn’t seem to be evil just for the sake of it. The character was shown with much more complexity and became more and more fascinating as stories evolved.

When the Devil wants you to do something, he doesn’t lie at all. He tells you the exact, literal truth. And he lets you find your own way to Hell.

During the Sandman era we see a Lucifer who meets Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams in a respectful but also distanced way and later decides not only to confront him in battle but to give him the key to hell as a present. At this point Neil Gaiman shows a self-satisfied Lucifer, sitting on a beach and enjoying the view. Later on, during the story line of “The Kindly Ones”  we see that Lucifer opened a Piano-Bar in Los Angeles called Lux.

Some years later, Mike Carey continues his story, first with a Spin-Off and Mini-Series and then with it’s own series. This series was amazing, like Fables plays with fairytales nowadays it played with so many elements of religious beliefs. Especially with long-forgotten characters, gods and myths. Like Neil Gaiman before him Mike Carey showed that he knows his stories well and delievered during the whole run a wonderfully fascinating story.

At the moment the TV shows Constantine and Gotham are in the pipeline, starting quite soon. By the way – not forgetting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is working on the Sandman Movie. So, the signs are good for DC Comics and especially DC Vertigo to tell some atmospheric stories on the small screen.
My Wishlist for this TV Show is as follows
- Ask Neil Gaiman for writing at least one episode.
- Ask Mike Carey for co-producing and/or writing the first season (at least give him the chance to write the pilot).
- Not only bring the story of “The Morningstar Option” and all that follows on the screen but maybe let writers from DC Vertigo write some new aspects, characters and/or story lines.
- Make a crossover with Constantine.
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Who’s afraid of the dark?


Wow, somehow I had to watch this one a second time. So far this is my favorite episode from this season and it also became one of the episodes that moved me. The new incarnation of the Doctor is still young and we are able to see a lot of his emotional side. This episode started to be a “New Monster of the Season” Epsiode and ended quite surprisingly with a twist.

Thanks to Peter Capaldi, his portrayal of this incarnation – of this Doctor – is great. He obviously enjoys it and fills the character with passion, drive, energy and a hilarious quirky touch. To be fair, unlike the last predecessors he had the chance to start with a movie-length episode to start with. In my humble opinion this helped a lot.
I see a lot of John Pertwee in his character, but I also sense a lot of Peter Davison here, especially during his interaction with his companion. But that’s maybe just me looking for similarities. ;)

Thanks to Jenna Coleman, she evolves to becoming more than “the impossible girl”. She feels like being a companion who is able to live her own life, to play her character and her strengths alongside the Doctor. Especially in the last few minutes of this episodes we get a glimpse of what is possibe, what can be shown in the Doctor/Companion relationship without any hint to a possible Love scenario.

Thanks to Steven Moffat, who brought us an episode that worked amazingly well with Peter Capaldi. It felt – similar to Blink – like an episode that Steven Moffat wanted to tell for quite some time and waited just for the right moment of time. This time, everything was just in the right spot, the story of the same nightmare that everyone lives through and the revelation in the end, where you get the opportunitiy to feel the very emotional and sensitive side of the Doctor.
This will help to get to know this incarnation of the Doctor better.

Furthermore – special thanks for the link to the “War Doctor” – now we have an additional piece of the emotional puzzle. Seeing John Hurt and Peter Capaldi play the Doctor alongside is on my wish list … and also Craig Ferguson as a guest star in Doctor Who would be great. But I’ll come back to that later on.

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Back to Futurama, this time in 3D

Unfortunately there are only a few of us – people who love Futurama for what it is. A show with strange characters, crazy stories and many references to a lot of different things.

At the end of the last season I really was sad to hear that this time it was the end … for now. I loved the last episode and somehow I do not want to have it “relaunched” or continued in this kind of media. It somehow ended a lot of storylines in a good way, especially the relationship between Leela & Fry.

In any other media it would be more than okay, in comics, books or maybe as a movie in 3D? Take a good look at this, the pics and the videos are really strangely breathtaking.

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There and back again …

Hello 

… okay, I was quite busy the past few months. Went to some fine concerts, visited some cool exhibitons, read some good books and seen some entertaining movies.

… and I fell in Love …

Apart from that I enjoyed the summer with my family, spent some quality time with friends and had some busy times at my job.

… and I fell in Love …

Furthermore I worked on getting some things done that were more than overdue, e.g. subscriptions, finance & insurance accounts, 

… did I mention that I fell in Love?

Now I am back and I will post articles in the upcoming days and weeks, some of them may be overdue and some of them will be new. :)

Have fun and enjoy! 

10 grossest moments from ‘The Strain’ series debut

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Good Start, kinda liked that they focussed on suspense, improved the gore effect. 😉

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The small-screen adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel saga The Strain got off to a slow start during its premiere.

In fact, The Strain waited more than 20 minutes (without commercials!) to get gory—which is somewhat surprising considering the criticism of the horror show’s skin-crawling (and eye-slithering) billboards. If the show’s safe-for-the-street art was considered too extreme, then surely a series on the envelope-pushing FX network would delight fright-ophiles from its start? Well, yes and no.

Once The Strain got rolling, it featured some seriously squeam-inducing moments, as is only natural with a series led by epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll). Virus science is gross, y’all. Unlike Eph, viewers are already clued-in about the cause of hundreds of mysterious deaths thanks to a series of 10 scenes that, to paraphrase EW’s critic Melissa Maerz, would make you cover…

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My favourite Magazines

Hello, my name is Christoph and I am …

As you may already know by now I am quite a fan of all things considering Movies, Books, Comics & Music. Therefore it may not surprise you at all that I also love to read magazines, and a lot of them, too. Over the years I gave a lot of printed media the chance to surprise me, to entertain me and keep me hooked up. Only a few of them remained until now … and some of them are …

SFX

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I remember the day I discovered this magazine very well. I was on my way home from work, I went to the railway station in vienna and was a little early. Not having something to read I decided to go to the newspaper store and take a look. I was intrigued by the cover, it had Eliza Dushku on the cover and some information and interviews about Buffy were promised. I bought it and read the magazine during my ride home. Since then I went to the newspaper store each month to get my copy of SFX. This was not that easy because they only received one or two issues per month, due to the situation that it was a very small store.

After some time I left the job I had for another one and my route therefore changed. Luckily enough I found out about http://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk and ordered it immediately. I am since then a regular reader of SFX and I never regreted it for one day. Recently I even prolonged it for another two years.

What got me hooked up and what made the difference is kinda easy to say. The team was and still is a group of fans writing for fans. In each article, preview and interview I have been reading I always had the feeling that they wrote about what they loved, what they liked and what they wanted to tell the world. They always gave me the feeling to be friends, to be a part of them. They treated each artist, writer, director, actor and media well, with love and with respect. They completely had me when I read something about guilty pleasures and found some movies and books in their lists which I also loved, even by knowing that they are kinda … ahh you know what I mean … but are produced with love for the genre, no matter what others may think. In the end this is something that matters and furthermore some of the so-called cult movies were made this way.

For the moment my thanks go to Dave Bradley, his team (also all their predecessors) of writers, keep up the good work and thank you very much for the issues so far.

COMIC HEROES

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Honestly, this didn’t came as a surprise for me. Within SFX there were always references to the Comics Media, especially due to the fact that the number of movies adapted from comics started to rise very fast.

I liked it from the very beginning, from the special issues and bookazines by SFX and the very first steps as a stand-alone magazine. What I liked at the beginning was that they included artists and books from the french and belgium area and not only from the US market. Over the past years this got a little bit lost but to be fair there is a lot to tell about this media (don’t forget the huge japanese Manga part of the comics world) and until now they provided a lot of good and well written articles. Furthermore there is no other magazine in existence which comes even close to the quality.

Like SFX the authors give you the feeling that they are fans of the media, the authors, the artists, the series, the characters and their many story-lines. Within their articles they focus on stuff that is surprising and/or new for fans and interesting for people who are new to the media. Treating each one with respect is something that made this magazine to be outstanding.

TOTAL FILM

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That’s the classic, the mother of them all. I discovered this by recommendation from a friend some years ago, I kinda liked it then but I missed something, something that I got from other magazines like SFX and Comic Heroes and I am very grateful for that. I bought some issues at the local newspaper store but unfortunately due to the fact that it has to be imported from UK to Austria the price was high. I decided quite soon to buy this one via Zinio and read it on my iPad, this is more than comfortable enough for me.

Apart from that I also love magazines like GEO (especially the series SPECIAL, EPOCHE & SAISON), BrandEins (which is one of the best considering the topics Economy, Society and Politics, very critical in a positive way) and the Rolling Stone Magazine (both the US and the German Edition).

Last year I started to reduce the number of magazines I subscribed to a very small number. One of the main reasons was that I didn’t find the time anymore to read all of them, not even most of them. Another was that I loved to hoard (or collect) them and I reached the frontiers of my home and didn’t find any place to store anymore. It was kinda hard to decide but now I can say that I made it. So far only two are landing in my home on a regular level, SFX and Comic Heroes. Some of the others are now read by me digitally at Zinio or the digital Newspaper store.

So far, thanks to all of you, keep up the excellent work.

 

Are we there yet and am I completely in love?

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This one came quite as a surprise for me, kinda missed her breakthrough with the album before. Never heard about her before and now the typical phenomen comes up and you hear and see her name and her music everywhere and you ask yourself ‘is it just me?’

People say I am a one-hit wonder,
but what happens if I have two?

So far I can tell you something about her latest album ‘Are We There’. I received the link to a YouTube Video from a friend and liked it immediately, as usual I tried to find out more about the artist. In most cases I tend to find more of the artist that I like, sometimes even better songs. 
 
In this case I completely fell in love with the album and plan to get my hands on her previous albums. Right from the beginning I had the feeling that I heard her beforte and then I got it; she appeared on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Only Lovers left alive’ and I have to admit that I liked her material there but it didn’t move like it did with this album. 

The album rotates on my turntable and on my iPod at the moment, and the song that I kinda got hooked up most is ‘Your love is killing me’. I love her voice, her feel for harmonies and melodies, I am very curious about what I will find by hearing her previous albums, especially her breakthrough album from 2012. 

 

 

Mirror Mirror, trapped in a magical chamber

 

 

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… surrounded by Pinocchios Brothers, some Barleycorn Women and a Head called Frankie, telling them a story. A story about a mirror? No. A story about The Magic Mirror? No. It’s a story told by The Magic Mirror, specifically it is about Thirty Tales of Seven terrible Days!

Magic Mirror: I confess, my first tale of the evening was more prologue than proper standalone story.
But the true ones can be like that, eschewing traditional structure. Stay with me and you’ll see I haven’t wasted your time.

The Magic Mirror tells a story about a murder that happened in the community of the fables, a murder that needs investigation and due to the fact that Bigby (the Big Bad Wolf), who was the former Sheriff of Fabletown is currently not available because of being more or less ‘broken’. So who else to ask than Cinderella who is working as a spy for the Fables. First mistake she makes is that she thinks as a spy, later on we see how she gets better in the job and we have some Agatha Christie moments right there when she finds clues and puts together quite fittingly.

With this book Bill Willingham once again proves that he is an amazing storyteller. Within this Graphic Novel we are offered  a story that has it all, love, deception, murder, crime, double-dealing, devious characters and some cliff-hangers from chapter to chapter. What we even get is one murder after the other and after some panels I had the feeling of reading a George R. R. Martin book, or a Joss Whedon story or even a typical tv show episode written by Steven Moffat. Yeah, magic wands or guns do not kill people, those guys do, trust me.

 

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Furthermore it surely was a tough decision to tell this story in thirty chapters with an “amazing array of artists”. Each of them bringing a quite unique touch to the story, giving each chapter the atmosphere it needs. It helped a lot that some of them are quite often working together with Bill Willingham to draw some stories. We get Chrissie Zullo, Adam Hughes, Shawn McManus and Mark Buckingham among many others. One of my favorite is the two-pager by Dean Ormston who gives quite a creepy touch to the character of Cinderella, which I like because usually we see her cute as a button and fighting like a ninja. In these panels she interrogates a possible suspect and it feels like scene of a cop show. By the way loved what Dean Ormston did back then in the Lucifer series, some series worth rereading, but I’ll come back to that later, promise.

Also be warned, as you may already have found out by reading the above this is a story meant for fans who read most of the story lines that were published in the past few years. It would be interesting how someone may think about this story without knowing who the characters are, what motivations drive them each day and why the Magic Mirror ist trapped within this magical chamber. In my imagination so many questions are unanswered in this book. This is even a very non typical story in the Fairest series, because so far many of them were handled to be quite stand alone stories with some hints to the main Fables story line but it didn’t seem mandatory to know them.

Magic Mirror: One of Briar Rose’s birthday blessings was the gift of music, she could play anything.
In the 60s her instrument was the Fender Duo-Sonic Electric Guitar, mated to an amplifier dialed up to Eleven.
With three mundy girls, who’d no idea she wasn’t the same, Briar Rose founded a girl group called “The Dirty Birds”.

In case you are new to the Fableverse, read it and if you enjoy it than try to get the first chapter of Fables in your nearest Comic Book Shop, you will not be disappointed.

By the way – keep watching the car and count the “changes”.

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Mommy, Daddy, there’s an Evil Mirror hanging on the Wall

Kaylie Russell: Hello again! You must be hungry.

 

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First of all, I have to admit that I love a good ‘scary’ story. Thanks to SFX Review and the mention of Karen Gillan, who has been a Doctor Who Companion for a couple of years I discovered this little gem.

I may have not missed it completely but surely wouldn’t have discovered it that soon. This was in ‘original’ a short story by the same director/writer quite some years ago. I have never seen this episode but now I plan to do so, just for comparison.

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The story starts with two kids running through a house, hiding from their father who obviously means to harm them. When the kids have no way of escaping anymore the boy puts the gun on his father. Right afterwards we then see him, being older sitting in a sanitarium, working on what happened so many years ago. Later on we discover that the boy gets released from the sanitarium and his sister picks him up, confronting him that she found and bought ‘it’ and reminds him of his promise.
During their conversation we learn that his sister is convinced that the drama that happened to their family didn’t happen because her father was a crazy man who tried to kill his wife and his kids but because of an artifact, specifically a mirror which their father bought and hung up in his office.
She convinces him and they go back in the old family house, together with the mirror and some installed cameras. All she wants is to present the world enough evidence that there is an evil entity living in the mirror which destroyed her family among many others before.

From this moment on we are told two stories, in one of them we see the siblings being young and in the other story they are grown up and. In retrospect we see how the whole family arrives in their new home, how they start their live there. In the present we see how the girl presents the preparations to her brother to remember him what really happens.

The way of the storytelling is one of the main strengths of this movie, both story lines evolve together to one very high point at the end. There is no flaw, there is no lack of suspense on the way to this point. These are two stories well told.

Alan Russell: I’ve met my demons and they are many. I’ve seen the devil, and he is me.

The characters that are shown are focussed on the family members, during the film we see the parents and their kids and the rest are reduced to being background actors, some of them not even that. The actors for these roles are well cast, we see Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites fill their roles completely. Especially the performance of Katee and Karen as Mother and Daughter is outstanding. How their characters develop during the story is amazing, both working hard on keeping the family alive, each one in their time line.

In the end these are entertaining 100 minutes of suspense, we have some typical Horror Movie stuff but very well written and directed, there are even some moments where you hold your breath. But be warned, there are no big surprises lurking around the corner, what you see is what you get – a good and well told ‘scary’ story without a big switch at the end.

Take a look and enjoy.

 

Kaylie Russell: I found it!
Tim Russell: What do you mean?
Kaylie Russell: We only have few days.
Tim Russell: A few days for what?
Kaylie Russell: To keep our promise. And kill it.