Oscar buzz, rebellious birds and billboards, and film stars

It’s award season and it’s buzzing with rumors, nominations and wins. The past few weeks I was able to get my ass to the cinema (despite this super-crazy-important deadline of my master thesis proposal looming over my head) and I got to see some great films. Even though the second month of the year has…

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II” (2015)

In 2012, the first installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise was released. Based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel about Katniss Everdeen’s fight against the crooked government of President Snow, the film became almost immediately one of the biggest franchises since the Harry Potter series. Three years, three films and countless deaths later, the franchise comes…

“Spectre” (2015)

I’m not really a true James Bond fan. I’m more a “new” James Bond fan. Ever since Sam Mendes rebooted the franchise in 2006 with “Casino Royale“, I have immensely enjoyed Bond films. Daniel Craig in a suit, truly awesome cars, pretty dresses, explosive action and a tragi-comedic villain – what’s not to love? If…

“Crimson Peak” (2015)

I am not a big fan of horror films. In fact, I am really, really scared of them. I once watched the film “Shelter” (starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) with my Mom and life was never quite the same after. Or watching any film starring either Julianne Moore or Jonathan Rhys Meyers, for…

Minions (2015)

Although they starred in supporting roles, the minions stole the show in the 2010 animation film “Despicable Me”. Now they are back with their very own feature length film: “Minions”. As the title of the film suggests, “Minions” is about the minions. The follows the life-story of these little, yellow, pill-shaped guys wearing denim overalls…

“Stunning visuals, but cliché story” // Maleficent (2014)

You know the tale. Since 1959, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” has told the story of how the evil Maleficent curses princess Aurora to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a death-like sleep, only to be awoken by a true love’s kiss. “Maleficent” tells the story you were not told: the story behind…