Kai-Arne Zimny

Blog posts by Kai-Arne Zimny:

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

American Hustle
“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

Safety First!
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

School Ties
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

The Road
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