Is this the end of M. Night Shyamalan?

by Gunther Heinrich, 12 Jun 2008 in The Movie & Me

It seems that Mr. MNS (M. Night Shyamalan) has lost his Mojo. If you call yourself a movie geek or someone who can read a newspaper or someone who can turn on his TV you know that Mr. Shyamalan has made a new movie called THE HAPPENING.

Well, judging by its title I never had high expectations. Because…come on…this is the most §$&%! non-translated title I stumbled across in a while. THE HAPPENING is as telling and interesting as MOMENT BY MOMENT, this pseudo-title a writer uses before he finally has found the true one. It is a non-title because in a good movie there will always be some kind of HAPPENING. On the other hand, both working titles were not better to begin with (GREEN PLANET and THE

WALL E could become awesome

by Gunther Heinrich, 4 Apr 2008 in Animation Movie News

Today I finally, finally watched all teaser trailers for Pixars upcoming 3D movie called WALL E. Ok, who am I telling this as you all have watched it already. I know, I am a little bit behind. But this is no news to me.

Back to topic: judging by the first two teaser trailers released so far I certainly start to believe this movie could become Pixars best movie to date. The ideas shown in those two short “movies” are remarkable. The repairing of the Pixar Logo by Wall E. The fun stuff he does all the day. The hillarious and upbeat music which wonderfully contradicts the wasteland atmosphere we see. And the very robotic voice at the end.

The guys at Pixar certainly did their job.

The only small letdown on

The Problematic Plot Hole called UNTRACEABLE

by Gunther Heinrich, 3 Apr 2008 in Analyses

Movies can be interesting. Especially when you get the chance to watch an example in which the writers tried to tell a message but forgot to fill some massive plot holes along the way.

So, what am I writing about? Exactly, UNTRACEABLE. I recently watched this serial-killer movie in which an FBI Agent has to track down a really nasty guy who uses the internet and its geeks/nerds/users for his “work”. In other words: he showcases a victim on the net and the higher the hits/views on the video stream the faster the victims dies.

Now, this is something that would sound to be material from Awesome-Land which cannot fail. But for some reason unknown to me, the writers not only managed to fill in some “politics”, but also built a monumental

It is OK to be stupid because I am the protagonist

by Gunther Heinrich, 25 Mar 2008 in Analyses

Did you ever watch a movie in which the main protagonist acted like a complete idiot for no apparent reason? If your answer is yes you must have watched a German comedy…

Sometimes I am really glad to be able to watch (major) Hollywood movies. Despite their lack of truly good stories lately they at least manage to create characters that are not complete idiots who would be better off dead. It is an accomplishment to be proud of. In comparison German screenwriter seem to lack everything of how to write a good character – at least in comedy movies.

Yesterday I watched a German comedy movie called HARDCOVER. It revolves around a writer of pulp crime stories who finally want to write something good and decides to investigate the real life

What is up with all those remakes?

by Gunther Heinrich, 23 Mar 2008 in Movie News The Movie & Me

Today I read this article about a FRIDAY THE 13THh revival and I immediately had to think about my old post again. Because some months ago I wrote some thoughts about remakes after hearing of the “revival” of METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang.

I am not quite sure how this remake will turn out but I start to get remake fatigue. Even more because it is very likely that for each remake created one good script a promising writer has created doesn’t. Of course a remake of a well-known franchise is an easy bet. But please, dear producers, don’t build your studio future around this business plan because it can backfire horribly when overdone.

And by the way: slowly but surely it starts to wreck