Blog posts by Kai-Arne Zimny:
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