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Spartacus - Tötet sie alle

NinadeLSpartacus - Tötet sie alle(2010) 

Englisch A bloodbath finale with all the trimmings. To spice up the final story of the gladiator uprising and the massacre of Roman nobility, the narrative shatters into a series of flashbacks and everyone will truly enjoy themselves. Mira demands coitus from Spartacus, Varro's widow Aurelia seeks revenge on young Numerius, Crixus avenges Lucretia, and Ilithyia gains the impression of absolute superiority... Doctore expects freedom and therefore dedicates a few minutes to Ashur. Of course, the left-wing Spartacus speech has to be in there, so we will meet again with those who survived on January 21 (27), 2012.

Spartacus - Das höhere Wohl

NinadeLSpartacus - Das höhere Wohl(2012) 

Englisch The episode The Greater Good connects old stories from Gods of Arena with new points from Blood and Sand. Nevia has been found, and the new recasts are starting to clash more and more. It is necessary to rise above the past and focus on new faces. Viewers familiar with the power of The Greater Good from previous Tapert series will know from the very first moment what is going on. This message does not change even after two decades. If it is not worth fighting for individuals, it is pointless to live an empty life.

Spartacus - Sacramentum

NinadeLSpartacus - Sacramentum(2012) 

Englisch After the episodes Empty Hands and Libertus, another 100% game of intrigue, speculation, and revenge. It incredibly gains depth, strength, and tension. Nobody is master of their own destiny, everyone must first destroy everyone around them. Blood for blood.

Paper Girls

NinadeLPaper Girls(2022) 

Englisch From the adaptations of Brian K. Vaughan / Cliff Chiang's comics, this is by far my favorite work. It's a shame there won't be a sequel. But still, a series was created that is full of nostalgia for childhood spent in the American 80s, autobiographical experiences (Vaughan studied film in the 90s), and there is time travel too. The ideal combination. Adina Porter shines in a supporting role as a villain. Whether you go from the series to the comic or vice versa, make sure you enjoy it.

The Girl

NinadeLThe Girl(2012) 

Englisch They come in pairs. While in movie theaters Hitchcock staged Psycho, television was looking after The Birds and Marnie. Apart from the nonsense that every single Hitchcock film should have its own film about the film, it's actually a pretty solid TV movie. HBO already has several similar projects under its belt, like RKO 281. There has always been a problem with Hitch, because he became a legend during his active career, and so no one dared to say anything against him. And even if someone just didn't like his brash cockney humor, it would be swept under the carpet. It's good that Tippi Hedren's trauma was addressed. For further reading, for example, we have "Donald Spoto: The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures" and Tippi's autobiography "Tippi."

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse

NinadeLBarbie: Life in the Dreamhouse(2012) 

Englisch Life in the Dreamhouse is an incredibly meta affair. At the time, I didn't like this series very much because I simply wasn't interested in seeing through the hard irony bordering on parody. Although it is a series of mini sketches, the basic script formula is based on classic situational comedy, in which a group of friends/relatives live in one house and comment on banalities. The joke is that we are not in some ideal world, but in a self-aware reality where everyone knows they are made of plastic. It's over the top, fun, and it uses all the tricks that Mattel has perfected over the years in commercials. Even the dolls released for the series have cartoon faces, and it's all one big exaggeration. It even works with similar techniques as WandaVision, for example in the episode where the black-and-white friend Midge returns and is depicted as a Stepford Wife who envies Barbie for being fully-jointed. The feature films had a decent level at the time and the series was meta, they were two different worlds. Today, we live in the interconnected universe of Dreamhouse Adventures, which is not as fun anymore.

Barbie

NinadeLBarbie(2023) 

Englisch Barbenheimer, part 1. For the future of movie theaters, it's a blessing. In the current era of professional strikes, post-Covid suffering, and the domination of streaming services, two summer premieres have turned into a contrasting event that appeals to a wide spectrum of audiences. Professionals are slowly realizing that black-and-white / banal targeting of content to specific audiences like men / women / children is ending. Everyone goes to see Barbie wearing pink, and those who didn't sleep during lectures know how the relationship to this color has changed over the past hundred years (and will continue to change). Globally, this is a phenomenon over half a century old, so it is not surprising that Barbie has a large percentage of adult fans after 64 years, while children are just beginning to discover her. At the same time, it is the first live-action film after the era of 40 cartoons for the VHS, TV, and VOD market, so that is also a reason to celebrate. The soundtrack is pleasant, although some tracks make sense only after watching the movie. So what is the final film like? The trailers revealed a really large number of ideas, the style and humor were unveiled, and it seemed that there was not much left. Fortunately, smart marketing fooled us, and the film actually offers an additional message, and it is not just a showcase of how Greta Gerwig tried to reconstruct 30 classic motifs from the history of cinema, but it has emotional depth. Barbie's encounter with reality is unexpectedly brutal, just like Ken's journey toward patriarchy. The whole story is conceived as a fantasy quest spiced up with elements of a classic musical. And surprisingly, it works. What is the proof for something like this? Some feminist analysts are already dizzy from it all. I can't wait for Barbie according to Kate McKinnon to come out and proudly display her next to Malibu Stacy and Cynthia. If you're interested in the real world of Mattel, I highly recommend the documentary Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018).

Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie

NinadeLTiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie(2018) 

Englisch An excellent documentary tracking the change that occurred at Mattel in 2016. Shortly before that, the company focused much more on the success Monster High and Barbie was somewhat forgotten. The same generic doll was still being released, but sales numbers were declining. Animated feature films were fine, but online content offered only parodies in the style of Life in a Dreamhouse. The film series showed attempts at a modern update, especially in the choice of themes: Princess Power is a superhero comic, Star Light Adventure a sci-fi, and Video Game Hero has its own specific genre in the title. The world changed and Barbie had to change too. Because the public had forgotten about the diversity that Mattel had offered in previous years, resulting in new body proportions - the classic slim Barbie is now also being released as a curvy doll, as very tall or very short (later also with prominent muscles and a smaller bust). At the same time, in the inexpensive playline, all possible ethnic variants, hair textures, types of faces, skin colors, and last but not least, the full range of disabilities and differences from the classic universal blue-eyed blonde with perfect fair skin are available. We have Barbie (and Ken) in a wheelchair, with vitiligo, with braces, with a prosthetic leg, freckles, Down syndrome... Why did all of this come so late, and why was it such a problem? Because the different sizes of Barbie have their limits in the compatibility of the entire world of accessories. For wheelchair users, the size of the elevator in the dollhouse had to be changed, the clothes are really no longer (and can not be) universal, and it's all a bit more complex than it might seem to laymen. In addition, customers are often idiots, because they are able to complain that the curvy Barbie does not fit the pants for the petite Barbie, even though the size is clearly marked on the package using instructional images. This leads to the creation of a kind of one-size-fits-all fashion, which, however, does not satisfy demanding collectors. People at Mattel have had and have very complex issues, criticism is naive, children are demanding, and collectors will not forgive you anything. And then celebrities like Gloria Steinem come on the scene with their apotheosis on the topic of "Barbie is not enough." But what more should she be when the American woman in the 20th century was everything from a woman at the stove to a movie star and Barbie encompassed it all (including the model of an astronaut, a businesswoman, and madame President). If you can't move forward in terms of professions and inspiration, you have to change the appearance again. So who is superficial here?

Solomon Kane

NinadeLSolomon Kane(2009) 

Englisch "Solomon Kane" is a classic by Robert E. Howard. His stories were published from 1928 in the magazine Weird Tales. In addition to this film, there have also been a number of comic book adaptations (Marvel, Dark Horse). Personally, I am not particularly drawn to fantasy adventures from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, whose main hero is a puritan, but so be it. In the context of genre tradition, it has value and the film itself is not that bad. Alongside Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror (and Red Sonja), Solomon Kane also does his author proud.

Baywatch

NinadeLBaywatch(2017) 

Englisch I can endure a lot. I don't have any particularly nostalgic relationship with the original phenomenon Baywatch, and I always appreciate Priyanka Chopra as a villain. But this film doesn't make sense even in the series of the strange "comedies with Dwayne Johnson" subgenre. There is nothing more here than a bit of humor for tweens and completely botched cameos by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Šťastně až na věky

NinadeLŠťastně až na věky(2022) 

Englisch Perhaps unintentionally, the resulting form of the documentary is an extremely negative portrayal of all types of relationships depicted. It is rife with stereotypes and casual situations without explanation. The episode on polyamorous relationships from the Queer series in season 7 presented people from polyamorous circles more effectively. In this segment, even Fro's gender is not explained. An aging mistress momentarily believes "he will get divorced for her," only to bitterly regret it later. A hippie community cultivates free love; she is constantly searching, while he only envies material possessions, and the solution is, of course, another "latecomer." A divorced woman enjoys herself on dating sites for several years, searching for an elusive ideal, only to reconcile "with the younger one" who was the reason for the divorce. And the biggest mess involves a religious couple from Moravia, where she divorced the father of her first child to live "better," resulting in a dull husband who, after her difficult childbirth (where both her and the child's life were threatened), would rather help his mom with chores. Terrible.

The Flash

NinadeLThe Flash(2023) 

Englisch #13 DCEU. After a decade since Man of Steel, I finally got to see a live-action Flash(point). The animated The Flashpoint Paradox was not bad at all, and in the sequential art world it was a significant event in 2011 designed to restart DC, which was followed by the famous era of The New 52. And of course, we also saw a television crossover on the same topic in the world of the Arrowverse. But such a complex theme came simply too late. Superficial movie viewers who refuse to read the comic book originals, and who normally fill the box office, are lost. Those who reject cartoons and series do not understand half of that interconnected world. And that's why it's not doing well in movie theaters. Speaking for myself, I must say that I am thrilled with the return of Batman 89 (and Batman 97), I have absolutely no problem with Ezra Miller, I am completely satisfied with all the plots around Michael Shannon, I enjoyed another scene with Gal Gadot... There are many things that I liked, including the million nods to the film past of DC. I will skip the collector Barbie with Sasha Calle's face this time, because there is only one Supergirl. For me, this was very good, though it could have been brilliant if it was the planned peak of the entire DC movie decade from the beginning, but it is definitely not a defeat.

Batman

NinadeLBatman(1989) 

Englisch Batman 89 came to theaters after a long dry spell since Batman 66. In the meantime, there had been a sea of events in the realm of DC Comics adaptations. In the 1970s, Superman and Wonder Woman were doing fairly well, but by the 1980s, Superman wasn't working anymore, and even Supergirl failed to succeed. Tim Burton had to first prove his mettle with Beetlejuice. But eventually, everything came together, and the cult of Batman 89 lives on, most recently in the modern Flash. Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger (playing the newly iconic character Vicki Vale, already known from Batman and Robin) reign over the dark tale set in the neo-Gothic Gotham. The story is inspired by contemporary literary works, "The Dark Knight Returns" (1986) and "The Killing Joke" (1988). Many references allude to German expressionism, to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Metropolis. And today, of course, new comic book continuations of the Batman 89 universe are being released. A genre classic.

Supergirl

NinadeLSupergirl(1984) 

Englisch At the time between Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, the first feature film dedicated to Supergirl was born. For its time, it's a decent spin-off, additionally linked to the character of Jimmy Olsen, played by Marc McClure in all five films. There are great actors here from the 80s, such as Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow... Although Helen Slater did not achieve great success at the time, she later found satisfaction at DC in the form of Talia al Ghul in Batman: The Animated Series, Lara-El in Smallville, Martha Kent in DC Super Hero Girls, and finally Eliza Danvers in the new Supergirl. This is an absolute must-see if you want to get an idea of how DC comic adaptations looked in the 80s.

Alice im Wunderland

NinadeLAlice im Wunderland(1951) 

Englisch 13th Full-Length Disney film. Walt Disney had a very warm relationship with Lewis Carroll's classic. In his studio, the Alice Comedies series was created as early as the 1920s, and in the 1930s, Mickey Mouse himself looked through the looking glass. And finally, at the beginning of the 1950s, Alice came after Cinderella. Carroll's little girl is one of the most popular heroines in children's literature, and filmmakers have been drawn to her regularly since 1903. There is therefore not much to say, perhaps just the fact that the production smoothly followed on from Peter Pan and some of the songs prepared for Alice became classics from Wonderland. The splendid animation of the 1950s literally suits the material, and the poetics of nonsense feel absolutely magical.

Monster High: Adventures of the Ghoul Squad

NinadeLMonster High: Adventures of the Ghoul Squad(2017) 

Englisch The second generation of Monster High is sometimes referred to as the 7th season of the original series, but since the new episodes were made in a different animation style by a different team and build on the movie Welcome to Monster High, which restarted everything, there is no doubt about it. The new animation captured the change of the whole MH world, including fashion dolls. The new episodes retold (and sometimes even better) the classic stories of favorite monsters and also managed to introduce several new characters. Surprisingly, even Operetta (the daughter of the Phantom of the Opera) was not left out, which I otherwise greatly miss in the third generation series of Monster High.

Barbie Life in the City

NinadeLBarbie Life in the City(2022) 

Englisch Well, the last three years, the Barbie media have been full of the concept about Barbie "Malibu" and Barbie "Brooklyn." The last three movies, one special, and three series are focused on getting to know the Brooklyn Barbie. It started in Big City, Big Dreams, and this is the peak so far. No character from the Barbie world has ever had so much attention, not even Ken. I'm really curious to see how this will continue.

A Haunting in Venice

NinadeLA Haunting in Venice(2023) 

Englisch Kenneth Branagh's first Poirot installment, which isn't an adaptation of a well-known novel, tested the strength of his era for the first time. While Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile sparked various debates because these cases always had multiple versions, "Hallowe'en Party" never belonged among notoriously famous novels. So far, there have only been two television adaptations - Hallowe'en Party (2010) and Meurtre à la kermesse (2014). The concept of a Halloween horror in the confined space of a Venetian palace is exquisite. Likewise, Poirot's interaction with the famous Ariadne Oliver is excellent. It's a great affair that practically instantly becomes an autumn classic. If Branagh continues with this, it would be ideal to choose another lesser-known case. However, it's potentially unfortunate to shift the entire thing into the post-war world (this film is set in 1947), thus closing off the opportunity to further develop Poirot's real interwar world.

Barbie - Ein verborgener Zauber

NinadeLBarbie - Ein verborgener Zauber(2023) 

Englisch The new Barbie series once again combines the concept of Barbie Malibu and Barbie Brooklyn (as in It Takes Two or Life in the City) with the Barbie phenomenon and her sisters (typically A Pony Tale). This itself is sufficient to indicate that the target audience are once again preschoolers. Anyone older will despair that the new Barbie cartoon is full of unicorns and fairies, and it's as overly sweet as cotton candy.

Der letzte Akt

NinadeLDer letzte Akt(1955) 

Englisch The peak of Georg Wilhelm Pabst's career is framed by two important films set in the final days of the Third Reich. Just two months after the release of The Last Ten Days, It Happened on July 20th premiered, dedicated to von Stauffenberg's assassination attempt. The last ten days of Adolf Hitler were first addressed by an American judge of Italian descent, Michael A. Musmanno, who, after the Nuremberg trials, focused on debunking the theory of Hitler's survival on April 30, 1945. Musmanno first published an article in 1948 in The Pittsburgh Press compiled from interviews with eyewitnesses, and two years later followed up with the book "Ten Days to Die." After his death, a separate documentary, The Day Hitler Died, was put together. Erich Maria Remarque and Fritz Habeck worked with this material before it became a full-fledged film screenplay. The mid-50s were very favorable to anti-war films, especially in German-speaking movie theaters, with The Last Ten Days being considered the pinnacle of this trend. The claustrophobic atmosphere, authentic details, and even collaboration with Hitler's last secretary, Traudl Junge, contribute to the film's authenticity. There's nothing to fault the film for, as even the casting is excellent with Oskar Werner, Lotte Tobisch, and Albin Skoda.

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