Posts Tagged ‘The Ice Harvest’

I Don’t Discuss My Process – The Making of the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender

Mittwoch, Dezember 30th, 2009

Judging by the astronomical visitor figures of the last four weeks and the unprecedented poll participation, many people have enjoyed reading the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender (Trademark pending). And if DVD extras are any indication, what people like even more than being entertained, is a view behind the scenes, at how the film (or the Adventskalender) was made. So here are ten things you might not have known about the Second Bilingual Christmas Movie Adventskalender – my personal trade secrets, so to speak. And they are certainly good advice for anyone undertaking such a great venture. (weiterlesen …)

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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Minute Movie Review – The Ice Harvest

Donnerstag, Januar 17th, 2008


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:

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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.