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The Big Bang Theory is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense.
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Its beats are blunt, but the action scenes are all well-staged and often impressively gruesome.
Basically a visceral thrill ride through the Alpine Copper Age ...
More a revenge drama than living history---Not a bad movie, "Der Mann aus dem Eis" gets weighed down by its "plot" which concentrates on ?tzi's violent death and the days before, creating a murder and revenge story with lots of violence but no levity at all.The movie gets plus points for trying to get its history right; I liked how it highlights the fact that even then, in the late stone- / early bronze age, humankind was already far removed from the nature it still depended upon. A good idea in this respect were some rituals, plus of course the story's MacGuffin, an obsidian shard used for rituals which is kept in a pretty wooden box.On the minus side, the amount of violence was maybe historically accurate but if you already go the length of portraying a stone age society halfway correctly (including made-up speech), you might as well include the nicer aspects of human life. A few tender looks and embraces during the first five minutes is all we get.From the technical POV, the production is OK, out of their limited budget they got everything which could be expected and then some - the sets were fine, the costumes great, casting and acting good (nice lengthy cameo by Franco Nero) and of course the spectacular outdoor locations are an asset. Yet in many instances the camera-work stays rather pedestrian, so while the story shares some genes with "The Revenant", the photography is of lower quality (no big deal, Lubezki is a genius and no mistake). There's only two scenes where the pictures really take flight - one chase along a ridge filmed with a drone or cable-camera against spectacular backdrops, really vertigo-inducing that one - and one lengthy sequence where the hero is trapped in a crevasse below the glacier. Both scenes only emphasize that there was a better movie somewhere but it got buried under a too-simple and violent plot.Recommended all the same, especially for the realistic portrayal of those early societies.
How ?tzi got into the ice AKA The German Revenant---"Der Mann aus dem Eis" or "Iceman" is a German 95-minute movie from 2017, a very recent theatrical release, and the newest effort by writer and director Felix Randau and actually his first directorial effort in a decade if IMDb is right, his 3rd full feature film in total and I think this has the potential to become his most known to date. First of all, it needs to be said that you can watch this one no matter where you are from because it includes spoken language only in the first 25 minutes or so and none at all afterward and this spoken stuff early on is in an old extinct language that you are not supposed to understand, don't need to understand in order to understand what is going on. It was a nice idea in fact, but it was almost destroyed by the decision to explain that right away in written text at the moment the film starts. It is a creative decision. No need for justifications. If people complain early on that they don't understand what's going on and where the subtitles are, then let them leave the room and theater. They won't be missed. But no worries, like I said earlier: It's not even the first third of the entire film.The main character here is played by Jürgen Vogel, one of Germany's most known actors these days and he is really having a strong year. His turn as Knecht Ruprecht in another recent release is already top-notch and so is this one here and we see him as a very hairy and bearded man in both these recent films. In general I would say that the more physical a role is the better it is for him and as this one here is almost 100% physical, he really makes it work magnificently. Took me a while to really get into this one, but when I finally did, then it was a pretty captivating watch. Hennicke and Wuest are decent too with what they were given I would say. Now as for the contents finally: This is the story of a man who lived roughly 5,000 years ago and whose body was found frozen deep into the ice not too long ago, which made it such a spectacular find because of how well-conserved it was. So this film is the story of an actually existing person, even if it is entirely fictitious as we know nothing about him really other than very vaguely how he must have died, which means that the only thing Randau had to make sure that if he includes the death, then he must be somewhere up in the snow or mountainside or anything.As for the title of my review, this film reminded me a lot of "The Revenant", the film that got AGI and LdC Oscar wins. Okay it plays in a different country, different time (way earlier) and includes different languages, but the looks were really similar in terms of sets, cinematography, the big fur costumes and also story-wise a bit as the main character was on a ruthless path of revenge. And it was an okay watch I guess. There weren't too many weaknesses here, one would maybe be the inclusion (the second time) of the guy who he saves from his antagonists, but also that was nothing serious, just a bit random to be honest. It absolutely needs to be stated that this is not a nature documentary or little snowy fantasy/history film for families during the holidays. This is a really bloody and brutal movie that is not scared of graphic depictions of murder (on many occasions), rape and other pretty severe stuff. Maybe somebody should have told the kids in my viewing too (how were they even allowed in there, there's no way they could have been old enough is there? What is the age restriction here), so they would not have left the film at the end with a mix of being genuinely bored and genuinely shocked. Okay what else? As there is so little talking in here, major focus is on the score and sound effects of course and I can see the movie score some awards attention in these areas (no pun intended), even if the music was over the top missing the right notes on 2-3 occasions. Still these are the areas as well as Vogel in the lead where I can see the film getting in at the German Film Awards for example. Overall, I give this one a thumbs-up. One of the most different German films from this year, I recommend checking it out, even if this is definitely not a movie for everybody.
Highly Overrated But Still Good