City and Council of Cologne are requesting all citizens and visitors to stay home and cancel all events, big and small.
The goal is to minimize all forms of social contact during the next couple of weeks, to slow down the spreading of SARS-CoV-2 (and thus COVID-19), as especially the elderly and people with a weakened immune systems are at risk.
So, be considerate, stay at home and help your neighbors!
(Empty cinema, 3/13/20)
What a ride – first, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, probably the best animated movie this year with a lot of fresh ideas, then, Avengers: Endgame where Peter took the mantle from Tony Stark. And now, Spiderman: Far from Home
Far from Home is a great reboot of the Spiderman universe, portraying a cool super hero fit for the 21st century; at the same time it also showed a lot of continuity and references to past Marvel movies for fans, old and new alike
Highly recommended – go watch it, but stay until after the credits!
(Movie poster outside of Metropolis)
Through the original family option of Google Play Music All Access we were migrated to YouTube Premium (YouTube Red in some geographies), and with this we also got access to YouTube Originals, which includes a variety of high-quality mini series.
One of these is Sherwood – loosely based on the legend of Robin Hood, the series is set in a world where the climate catastrophe has already happened and most of the world is flooded, it chronicles the adventure of Robin and her friends in their fight for justice and equality against the Sheriff of the upper city.
Very relatable characters, good storytelling and great animation make this a fun series to watch – highly recommended!
(YouTube – Screenshot from Sherwood S1E7)
Until recently I did not know that there were such things as fan series – boy, did I miss out!
I would like to highlight one in particular, the Red Hood Fan Series which is set in DC’s Batman Universe, following the adventures of the three Robins – Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne – in their quest to take back Gotham from the Court of Owls
With professional camera, high quality editing and great actors such as Cameron Judd (as Damian Wayne), Ian Lang (as Jason Todd), Nadav Jackson (as Colin Todd), and Madden Zook (as 7B05), the series is a must to watch
Season 2 was financed by a Kickstarter, which I missed, but I’ll definitely be in for season 3!
During the weekend, we saw “Der Fall Collini” by Marco Kreuzpaintner, based on a novel by Ferdinand von Schirach.
The film paints a very accurate picture of West Germany in the time after the war and before the 68 unrests, a time when a lot of Nazis were still in positions of power and used their positions to escape prosecution for their war crimes.
Der Fall Collini is most definitely a very important film, especially given the rise of the new Right in parts of Germany and Europe, but most striking is the lead actor – Elyas M’Barek in the role of the lawyer Caspar Leinen.
Elyas handled the transition from comedy to drama really well and excels in his role, torn between family, law and justice.
I believe he’s probably the best young German-speaking actor in the moment and am very much looking forward to seeing him again on the big screen!
(Movie poster at Rex am Ring Lichtspiele, Cologne)
Last night we went to the Avengers – Endgame opening night (actually an Infinity War / Endgame double feature).
Three hours of good fun, solid action and no boring parts!
This movie is indeed the grand conclusion of the Avengers saga, very much befitting its epic, world- and time-spanning scope, and opens a lot of roads ahead for Marvel to build on that foundation, and develop the surviving protagonists, old and new.
(Poster on display at Metropolis, Cologne)
The year is still very young, but it already has a new favorite movie, Shoplifters.
Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese movie, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, that won the Palme d’Or at last years’ festival in Cannes.
In a nutshell, the file is about families, adopted and real, and the bond that forges – great cinematography and even better storyline.
Highly recommended and definitely a must-see!