Monat: März 1912

Underdog Cinema: 15 Sci-Fi Movies… AND THEIR TRAILERS

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For this month’s edition of my recommendation column „Underdog Cinema“ (Link)

…here are trailers for (most of) the 23 featured fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious Science-Fiction Movies from the last 20 years… that might deserve more attention:

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01: RICHARD SCHENKMAN, „The Man from Earth“, US, 2007.

02: JACO VAN DORMAEL, „Mr. Nobody“, Belgium / Canada, 2009.

03: DUNCAN JONES, „Moon“, UK, 2009.

04: BOB GALE, „Interstate 60“, US / Canada, 2002.

05: CHAN-WOOK PARK, „I’m a Cyborg, but that’s ok“, South Korea, 2006.

06: BRAD ANDERSON, „Happy Accidents“, US, 2000.

07: ESTEBAN SAPIR, „La Antena“, Argentinia, 2007.

08: JOSH TRANK, „Chronicle“, US, 2012.

09: MIKE CAHILL, „Another Earth“, US, 2011.

10: CORY McABEE, „The American Astronaut“, US, 2001.

11: NACHO VIGALONDO, „Timecrimes“, Spain, 2007.

12: GARETH CARRIVICK, „Frequently Asked Questions about Time Travel“, UK, 2009.

13: PIERRE-PAUL RENDERS, „Thomas in Love“, France, 2000.

14: JEONG-KWON KIM, „Ditto“, South Korea, 2000.

15: KATSUYUKI MOTOHIRO, „Summer Time Machine Blues“, Japan, 2005.

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Here are five contemporary classics that I still haven’t seen:

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01: JAMES McTEIGUE, „V for Vendetta“, US/UK, 2005.

02: NEILL BLOMKAMP, „Disctrict 9“, South Africa, 2009.

03: J.J. ABRAMS, „Star Trek“, US, 2009.

04: KURT WIMMER, „Equilibrium“, US, 2002.

05: DARREN ARONOFSKY, „Pi“, US, 1998.

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…and finally, here are three personal favorites:

1: OLIVER STONE, „Wild Palms“, US, 1993 [no trailer – sorry!].

2: ANDREW NICCOL, „Gattaca“, US, 1997.

3: CAMERON CROWE, „Vanilla Sky“, US, 2001.

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Underdog Cinema: 15 Asian Dramas… AND THEIR TRAILERS

For this month’s edition of my recommendation column „Underdog Cinema“ (Link)

…here are trailers for (most of) the 23 featured fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious Asian (Non-Japanese) Movies / Dramas from the last 20 years… that might deserve more attention:

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01: JOON-HO BONG, „Memories of Murder“, South Korea, 2003.

02: JOHN H. LEE, „A Moment to Remember“, South Korea, 2004.

03: CHANG-DONG LEE, „Oasis“, South Korea, 2002.

04: CHANG-DONG LEE, „Secret Sunshine“, South Korea, 2007.

05: CHANG-DONG LEE, „Poetry“, South Korea, 2010.

06: EDWARD YANG, „Yi Yi“, Taiwan/Japan, 2000.

07: CHIH-YEN YEE, „Blue Gate Crosing“, Taiwan/France, 2002.

08: ALICE WU, „Saving Face“, US, 2004.

09: YIMOU ZHANG, „The Road Home“, China, 2000.

10: APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL, „Syndromes and a Century“, Thailand/France/Austria, 2006.

11: XIAOGANG FENG, „Aftershock“, China, 2010.

12: PEN-EK RATANARUANG, „6tynin9“ / „Leben nach dem Tod in Bangkok“, Thailand/Japan, 2004.

13: JEK-KYU KANG, „Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War“, South Korea, 2004.

14: KI-DUK KIM, „3-Iron“, South Korea/Japan, 2004.

15: HAE-SUNG SONG, „Failan“, South Korea, 2001.

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Here are seven contemporary classics that I still haven’t seen:

01: KI-DUK KIM, „Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring“, South Korea, 2003.

02: KAR WAI-WONG, „Chungking Express“, Hong Kong, 1993.

03: ANG LEE, „Eat Drink Man Woman“, Taiwan/US, 1994.

04: ANG LEE, „Lust & Caution“, Taiwan/US/China/Hong Kong, 2007.

05: ZHANG KE JIA, „Still Life“, China/Hong Kong, 2006.

06: JOON-HO BONG, „Mother“, South Korea, 2009.

07: PETER CHANG, „Hongkong Love Affair“ / „Comrades: Almost a Love Story“, Hong Kong, 1996.

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Underdog Cinema: 15 War Documentaries… AND THEIR TRAILERS

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For this month’s edition of my recommendation column „Underdog Cinema“ (Link)

…here are trailers for 15 fresh, off-beat, relevant or overlooked Documentaries about genocide and war that might deserve more attention:

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01: ALEX GIBNEY, “Taxi to the Dark Side”, US, 2007.

02: ROBERT GREENWALD, “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers”, US, 2006.

03: MATT WHITECROSS, MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM, “The Road to Guantanamo”, UK, 2006.

04: JEHANE NOUJAIM, “Control Room”, US, 2004.

05: CHARLES FERGUSON, “No End in Sight”, US, 2007.

06: EUGENE JARECKI, “Why we fight”, US, UK, Denmark, France, Canada, 2005.

07: PETER RAYMONT, “Shake Hands with the Devil”, Canada, 2004.

08: BILL GUTTENTAG, BEN STURMAN, “Nanking”, US, 2007.

09: EMILE DE ANTONIO, “In the Year of the Pig”, US, 1968.

10: RICHARD BERGE, “The Rape of Europa”, US, 2007.

11: ELLIOT BERLIN, JOE FAB, “Paper Clips”, US, 2004.

12: RAY MÜLLER, “The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl”, France, UK, Germany, Belgium, 1993.

13: MARCEL OPHÜLS, “Hotel Terminus”, France, 1988.

14: ROB EPSTEIN, “Paragraph 175″, US, 2000.

15: MIKE RAMSDELL, “The Anatomy of Hate”, US, 2009.

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Here are eight contemporary classics that I still haven’t seen:

01: ERROL MORRIS, “The Fog of War”, US, 2003.

02: ALAIN RESNAIS, “Night and Fog”, France, 1955.

no trailer – but the complete movie is available on Youtube.

03: CLAUDE LANZMANN, “Shoah”, France, 1985.

04: PETER COHEN, “The Architecture of Doom”, Sweden, 1989.

no trailer – but the complete movie is available on Youtube.

05: CHRISTIAN FREI, “War Photographer”, Switzerland, 2001.

06: MICHAEL MOORE, “Fahrenheit 9/11″, US, 2004.

07: BARBARA KOPPLE, CECILIA PECK, “Shut up & Sing!”, US, 2006.

08: MARK ACHBAR, “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media”, US, 1992.

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XKCD: The best Comics about Love / Romance

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The nerdy, clever and incredibly diverse / ecclectic „XKCD – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language“ (Link) is one of my favorite web-based comic strips. It’s been around since 2005, and there are more than a thousand strips, so far.

There’s also a fun print edition. Here’s the Amazon.de page (Link)!

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Last fall, I went through the 1000-odd strips and picked my favorites.

Here are 29 picks… about romance / love. Enjoy!

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http://xkcd.com/58/: Why do you love me?

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http://xkcd.com/112/: Baring my Heart:

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http://xkcd.com/150/: Grownups:

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http://xkcd.com/165/: Turn Signals

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http://xkcd.com/201/: Christmas GPS

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http://xkcd.com/275/: Thoughts

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http://xkcd.com/300/: Facebook:

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http://xkcd.com/310/: Commitment:

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http://xkcd.com/314/: Dating Pools:

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http://xkcd.com/333/: Getting out of Hand:

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http://xkcd.com/355/: Couple:

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http://xkcd.com/387/: Advanced Technology:

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http://xkcd.com/400/: Important Life Lesson:

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http://xkcd.com/414/: Mistranslations:

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http://xkcd.com/449/: Things fall apart:

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http://xkcd.com/458/: Regrets:

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http://xkcd.com/523/: Decline:

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http://xkcd.com/605/: Extrapolating:

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http://xkcd.com/634/: Date:

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http://xkcd.com/650/: Nowhere:

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http://xkcd.com/674/: Natural Parenting:

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http://xkcd.com/698/: You hang up first:

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http://xkcd.com/791/: Leaving:

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http://xkcd.com/817/: Mutual:

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http://xkcd.com/833/: Convincing:

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http://xkcd.com/943/: Empirical:

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http://xkcd.com/946/: Family Decals:

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and my favorite:

http://xkcd.com/642/: Creepy:

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http://xkcd.com/40/: Light:

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It’s hard to believe that the author of xkcd, Randall Munroe (Link), was born in 1984. He’s insightful, acerbic and sounds wise for his age.

It helps that he’s married… and ready to address the more complicated / existential sides of life (Link) if it helps the quality of his work.

I might post other selections of xkcd strips later on. Let me know your personal favorites, too!

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