Blog posts by Kai-Arne Zimny:
So much to stream, so little time? Netflix has a solution.
Whether it’s the mo(u)rning routine of having to leave your beloved bed, or the deviously brilliant book that won’t let you stop turning pages while the … Continue reading So much to stream, so little time? Netflix has a solution.
May 8 – Celebrating the End of World War II as a German
75 years ago, the world sighed in relief. After six gruesome years and over 70 million lost lives, World War II was finally over. May 8, … Continue reading May 8 – Celebrating the End of World War II as a German
Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
[Author’s note: This review is spoiler free.] A year has passed since the events of The Last Jedi (2017). Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is Supreme Leader … Continue reading Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Blue Valentine : Endings, Beginnings, and Nothing in Between
Blue Valentine: A Love Story (2011). That’s what it says on the movie poster. But is this what the movie is really about? A romantic, sustained, … Continue reading Blue Valentine : Endings, Beginnings, and Nothing in Between
The American Dream Reconsidered: The Outsiders (1967)
14-year-old orphan Ponyboy Curtis lives with his older brothers Darry and Sodapop in a city somewhere in America. They are part of a greaser gang which … Continue reading The American Dream Reconsidered: The Outsiders (1967)
Doom and Decision – The 75th D-Day Anniversary 2019
Only a handful of history’s myriads of dates is universally remembered even outside the domain of academic history. June 6, 1944, is one of … Continue reading Doom and Decision – The 75th D-Day Anniversary 2019
We Need a Break or We’ll Break or Why to Vignette
”Lose your mind and come to your senses.” Fritz Perls In an age of never-ending parallel conversations, screens and second screens, and an even … Continue reading We Need a Break or We’ll Break or Why to Vignette
Adventure Time – Not Just for Children
It was long after midnight. I was sitting in a fancy bar, killing time while waiting for my train home. I’d been at Comic Con in … Continue reading Adventure Time – Not Just for Children
Two Sides to Every Story – The Affair (2014-19)
Have you ever talked about a past event with someone who was involved in it and came to a point where you and that someone didn’t … Continue reading Two Sides to Every Story – The Affair (2014-19)
What’s your story? In two sentences or less…
People love stories. And apparently, they always have. Neuroscientists suggest our yearning for stories is rooted deeply in the human brain; supposedly stories even help us … Continue reading What’s your story? In two sentences or less…
“When you spot your flower, you can’t let anything get in your way”: Adaptation (2002)
Adaptation is an oldie but goodie with an excellent cast of characters. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is supposed to write a movie adaptation of Susan … Continue reading “When you spot your flower, you can’t let anything get in your way”: Adaptation (2002)
Living by the Watch: Stranger Than Fiction
Yes, ok. So the film is twelve years old? It’s funny and clever, and it features some of the best actors and actresses Hollywood has to … Continue reading Living by the Watch: Stranger Than Fiction
The Many Worlds of Rick and Morty
Imagine you get home and see a bunch of your friends, let’s say friends whose taste in films and shows you usually trust, watching a show. … Continue reading The Many Worlds of Rick and Morty
Cozy Horror – Stranger Things
The title font, reminiscent of 1980s horror-thriller novels, buzzes over the flat screen TV or laptop monitor to the eerily pulsating beat of electronic music. We … Continue reading Cozy Horror – Stranger Things
Archie Reloaded – Riverdale
“Our story is about a town. A small town. And the people who live in that town” are the first words we hear on Riverdale (2017 … Continue reading Archie Reloaded – Riverdale
Star Wars – The Last Jedi: No Light without Darkness?
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” The bright blue letters appear on the big black screen. Reverent silence fills the movie theater. … Continue reading Star Wars – The Last Jedi: No Light without Darkness?
The Pursuit of (Un)happiness
BoJack Horseman (voice by Will Arnett) is a long-faced, washed-up Hollywood star whose career ended two decades ago, along with his Nineties sitcom, Horsin’ Around. Since … Continue reading The Pursuit of (Un)happiness
“As far as I could see, people were always conning each other to get what they wanted. We even con ourselves. We talk ourselves into things. … Continue reading American Hustle
Many of you might remember Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio together on the big screen, surrounded by water and ice. While “Rose” whispers last words of … Continue reading Safety First!
Watch and Write! Writing the TV Drama Series
“To create a television show out of thin air, without anybody paying you, requires a certain amount of delusion, and that’s taken me very far.” … Continue reading Watch and Write! Writing the TV Drama Series
It’s 1955. David Greene (Brendan Fraser), a Jewish boy from a working class family, leaves his home, the industrial city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, to go to … Continue reading School Ties
Do you really want to live Forever?
Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is British, works as a medical examiner for the New York Police Department, and likes scarves and classical music. Oh, he … Continue reading Do you really want to live Forever?
Reindeer Games (2000): A Review
If the film Reindeer Games doesn’t ring a bell – a Christmas bell – it’s not surprising. This isn’t the kind of film that would inspire … Continue reading Reindeer Games (2000): A Review
Several years after a catastrophic event has destroyed all of America’s – and maybe the whole world’s – flora and fauna, a father (Viggo Mortensen) and … Continue reading The Road
The Last Tycoon: The Golden Age of Hitler’s Hollywood
ollywood, 1936: Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), co-founder of the Brady American film studio, has just begun shooting a film about – and dedicated to – his … Continue reading The Last Tycoon: The Golden Age of Hitler’s Hollywood
This is a (M)ad Men’s World
1960: Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) holds a high position in a renowned New York advertising agency, has an ex-model wife he calls “Betts” (January Jones), two … Continue reading This is a (M)ad Men’s World
Grave New World: The Man in the High Castle
It’s no surprise that the advertisement campaign done in late 2015 for a then upcoming Amazon Studios’ series was considered a provocation and had to be … Continue reading Grave New World: The Man in the High Castle
Nothing New on the Western Frontier
Even though in folklore the term revenant stands for a being that has returned from the dead, the recent award-winning movie The Revenant (2015), directed by … Continue reading Nothing New on the Western Frontier
Midnight in Paris: Somewhen, Somewhere, Someway
Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, lives in Beverly Hills, and has a beautiful fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). And yet, life feels a … Continue reading Midnight in Paris: Somewhen, Somewhere, Someway