Posts Tagged ‘christmas movie’

Adventskalender 20

Sonntag, Dezember 20th, 2009

Click the link to open the twentieth door. Klick auf den Link, um das zwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen.

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Adventskalender 18

Freitag, Dezember 18th, 2009

Click the link to open the eighteenth door. Klick auf den Link, um das achtzehnte Türchen zu öffnen.

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Adventskalender 17

Donnerstag, Dezember 17th, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das siebzehnte Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the seventeenth door.

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Adventskalender 9

Mittwoch, Dezember 9th, 2009

Klick auf den Link, um das neunte Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the ninth door.

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Adventskalender 6

Sonntag, Dezember 6th, 2009

Click the link to open the sixth door. Klick auf den Link, um das sechste Türchen zu öffnen.

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The Return of the Bilingual Adventskalender

Mittwoch, November 25th, 2009

For English version, see below the dotted line (made of stars).

Vor zwei Jahren, als dieser Blog noch von meinem jugendlichen Enthusiasmus getrieben wurde und ich noch dachte, damit einmal die Welt zu verändern (was heute natürlich längst geschehen ist), kam ich zu dem Schluss, dass meine Kurzkritiken, die ich bis heute nur verschämt als Kritiken bezeichnen kann, nicht ausreichten. Und somit schuf ich den ersten Bilingual Adventskalender. Leser der ersten Stunde können sich vielleicht noch an jeden wundervollen, vielversprechenden Tage erinnern. Verglichem mit meinem heutigen Stil war meine damalige Einleitung geradezu eloquent.

Heute kann ich nun voller Stolz verkünden, dass 2009 Zeuge der langerwarteten Rückkehr meines Adventskalenders wird. Und genau wie 2007 werde ich auch dieses Jahr jeden Tag über einen Weihnachtsfilm schreiben. Es ist jedoch leider so, dass selbst ich als großer Freund der Weihnachtsfilme, es nicht aushalten kann, 24 weitere dieser kitschigen, kindischen, unendlich sentimentalen Filme zu sehen. Deswegen bin ich diesmal nicht hingegangen und habe nach einer weiteren Dickens Verfilmung oder der alljährlichen Weihnachtskomödie gesucht, sondern bin meine Filmesammlung durchgegangen und habe Filme rausgesucht, die irgendetwas – egal was -mit Weihnachten zu tun haben – ohne im engeren Sinne Weihnachtsfilme zu sein. Ein Beispiel gefällig? Der Pate, der Mafiafilm aller Mafiafilme (außer dem zweiten Teil, natürlich), hat eine Szene, die an Weihnachten spielt. Deswegen wäre er eine Option für den diesjährigen Adventskalender, obwohl der Film herzlich wenig mit Weihnachten zu tun hat. Nach diesen Kriterien würden natürlich auch einige der 2007er Filme in diesen Kalender passen, aber diese werden – ebenso wie Der Pate – ausgelassen. Es wird also 24 kleine Überraschungen in diesem Adventskalender geben – und ich garantiere, dass einige der Filme wirkliche Überraschungen sind.

Auch das Format für die Einträge habe ich etwas überarbeitet. (Habe ich eigentlich schon zu der Übersicht des alten Adventskalenders verlinkt? Ich glaube nicht. Hier ist sie.) Alle Einträge in den Adventskalender werden vier Fragen beantworten: Worum geht es? Was hat das mit Weihnachten zu tun? Verkörpert der Film den Geist der Weihnacht? Und natürlich, besonders wichtig: Lohnt es sich, den Film anzusehen?

Aber genau wie vor zwei Jahren werden alle Einträge, wie es sich für einen bilingualen Adventskalender gehört, sowohl auf Deutsch als auch auf Englisch erscheinen, sodass sich hier die perfekte Möglichkeit zum Erlernen einer Fremdsprache bietet, was für jeden von uns ein Ziel für die Weihnachtszeit sein sollte. Aber in der Weihnachtszeit geht es auch darum, zu teilen und zu helfen. Und deswegen hier meine ausdrückliche Bitte, mir doch bitte Filme zu nennen, die den Kriterien für diesen Adventskalender entsprechen. Denn ehrlich gesagt ist es gar nicht so einfach, 24 davon zu finden.

Und dann, ab dem ersten Dezember, freue ich mich jeden Tag über die Gelegenheit, der Erste zu sein, der Ihnen “Fröhliche Internetweihnachten” wünscht.

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Two years ago, when this blog was still powered by my youthful enthusiasm and I still believed it would changed the world (today, it has already done so), I decided that my short movie reviews that I was and still am ashamed to actually label reviews, were not enough and that I should stretch my writing muscles somewhat and so I created the Bilingual Adventskalender. If you are a reader of the first hour, you might remember those days of wonder and unfulfilled promises, as well as just what this strange “Adventskalender” thingie is. If you don’t remember or have joined the ever growing ranks of my readers at a later date, let me quote from the original introduction:

“In Germany, the time leading up to Christmas, from December 1st on, is called “Advent”. It is traditional to have (at least) one “Adventskalender”, advent calendar, for that time. In the most common form it is a cardboard box (which you can hang on a nail) containing 24 “doors” numbered 1 through 24 that you open on the corresponding day of December. Usual there is a small piece of chocolate (Remember, Germany is The Land of Chocolate!) in there, behind which is a picture, both depicting something to do with Christmas. Nowadays of course, there are Adventskalender containing all kind of things: lottery tickets, small toys or even bottles of beer are just some of the things you encounter everywhere. In some neighbourhoods people even decorate their windows and open a different one every day to display to the world. So as far as German Christmas traditions go, this is one of the big ones.

The internet, on the other hand, isn’t very traditional. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do traditional things in the world wide web as well. Others have done it before me, so I can’t claim to have come up with the idea, but I will nevertheless host my very own little Adventskalender here. Sadly, I am not a nifty programmer, so you will not be able to see a beautiful winter landscape with tiny numbers on it that only lead to the hidden treasure on the proper day. Instead, I will just gift you with a new movie review every day.”

Today, I am proud to announce that 2009 will feature the long awaited return of my Adventskalender. And just like in 2007, I will write about a Christmas movie every day! But this time, there is a twist. For you see, not even I, unconditional lover of Christmas movies, can stomach another 24 of those cutesy, corny, cheesy and damn sweet films. So instead of trying to pick up another version of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol or this year’s Christmas comedy, I went through my DVD collection and picked out films that have something – anything – to do with Christmas. This means that while all the films the 24 days leading up to Christmas will reveal have some connection to Christmas, they are not traditional Christmas movies (at least for the most part). You require an example? Fine, here is one: The Godfather, the mafia film to end all mafia films (except for the sequel, of course), features a scene set at Christmas. Thus, it qualifies for the Adventskalender, even though people don’t generally associate it with Christmas. Some of the films included in the 2007 Adventskalender would probably fit this year’s theme better as well – they are, however, omitted – just like The Godfather. So you can look forward to 24 little surprises in the next weeks – and let me assure you, there are some real surprises included.

The format of the reviews is also different from the original instalment (Did I link yet to the page listing all the old entries? I think not. Here it is.). The reviews will all be ordered under four questions to fully explore the theme: What is the film about? What connects it to Christmas? Does it embody the spirit of Christmas? And lastly and most importantly: Is it any good?

Just like 2007, however, the reviews will be written in both German and English, so this is also a perfect tool for learning a foreign language, something which we should all strive to do in times of Christmas. But Christmas is about something else as well: giving and sharing. So if you know of any movies that fit the criteria, please, please, please tell me about them. Truth be told, I’m really struggling to fill those 24 spots.

And then, from December 1st through 24st, let me be once more the first one to wish you a very Merry Internet Christmas every day.

The Introduction of Theme Months

Samstag, Juni 28th, 2008

When I announced some big changes at Fabricated Truth, I was only partly kidding. In fact, I actually want to change something. Writing a short review (see my previous post “What’s in a Name” for more information) (almost) whenever I see a movie is nice, but not enough. Occasionally I feel the need to stretch my writing muscles a bit and actually write something a bit deeper and more meaningful. But what about? Truth is, I may claim to be a movie expert sometimes, but I really am not. Sure, I’ve been to the cinema a couple of times and have seen the occasional film on TV or DVD, but when it comes to real knowledge of classic cinema or something similar, I quickly must admit my ignorance.

But ignorance is not only bliss but also a chance. Admitting it is not shameful, especially not when trying to overcome it. And thus we come to the introduction of theme months. Going back to the tight schedule of December, when the bilingual Adventskalender kept me posting regularly, I will once again submit myself to self-set deadlines and try to write something more on a recurring theme. And since December is still a long way away and I am frankly quite tired of Christmas movies, (Besides, are there even 24 more worth watching?) each month will now be a theme month at Fabricated Truth. Don’t worry, I will still write and post my Minute Movie Reviews, but in addition, each month will be dedicated to a theme and see some posts related to that – maybe not every day, but at least a couple of times each week.

Themes can be basically everything. A month may be dedicated to a film maker (e.g. Woody Allen), an actor (e.g. Christopher Walken), a genre (e.g. horror), a sub-genre (e.g. slasher horror), an era (e.g. The Golden Age of Cinema), a country (e.g. Iceland) or something else entirely. I will write a short introductory text on the first of each month, detailing the theme and also outlining which particular movies will be reviewed in depth during the course of the month – and yes, this will start in July.

For most months, this will be a kind of adventure for me – writing about something I know very little about, slowly dissolving my ignorance and learning about the theme. I hope that some readers will join me in those journeys and learn about these themes together with me. Occasionally I may pretend to know everything, but it’s all just for show. Even when admitting your own ignorance, you still have to keep some face. And readers will get to keep all of theirs, using my ignorance to displace their own.

Two last issues: I’m fairly certain that most articles in this endeavour will be better written than this one. Hopefully, having a deadline, even if it is self-imposed, will stop me from writing late at night when I should really be sleeping. Blame my tiredness for this badly written piece. And also, no, I don’t have any plans to write about Woody Allen, Christopher Walken, horror movies or even slasher horror movies (whatever those might be) and I’m not sure what The Golden Age of Cinema even is. I also have never seen an Icelandic film – but maybe I’ll get around to that eventually. For July, expect some light-hearted start with a not too serious theme about which I actually know a little. More on Tuesday – I hope to see you here (figuratively speaking).

Minute Movie Review – The Ice Harvest

Donnerstag, Januar 17th, 2008

Review:

The Ice Harvest tells the story of two men in Wichita, Kansas who work for the mob and decide to steal 2 million dollars from them – on Christmas Eve. They split to avoid suspicion, but Charlie, a lawyer, soon becomes nervous. And so in an ice storm, nothing goes according to plan. In many ways this is a classical film noir – quite surprisingly coming from renown comedy director Harold Ramis. And while every piece of the puzzle is there, they don’t really fit together.

Random Observations:

The Ice Harvest at imdb.com

This is the last Christmas movie (in a very wide sense of the word) that I am going to watch for a long time…

The soundtrack of the movie is amazing. It consists mostly of popular Christmas songs, recorded in a much darker and somber tone.

John Cusack in the lead role as the mob lawyer is quite good, easily better than Billy Bob Thornton as his partner in crime. But real scene-stealers are Oliver Platt and Ned Bellamy.

Can somebody please explain to me what the hell is meant by “As Wichita falls, so falls Wichita Falls”? I know the cities, I understand the grammar, but I can’t make head or tails of the meaning.

Adventskalender – Special

Dienstag, Dezember 25th, 2007

Click the link to open the special twenty-fifth door – English only.

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Adventskalender 24

Montag, Dezember 24th, 2007

Klick auf den Link, um das vierundzwanzigste Türchen zu öffnen. Click the link to open the twenty-fourth door.

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