Pleasure to Kill: Winona Ryder and Christian Slater Get Rid of the Heathers

Veronica (Winona Ryder, left) and her boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater, right) have grand plans.
Veronica (Winona Ryder, left) and her boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater, right) have grand plans.

Heathers is maybe the first realistic high-school movie and – at the same time – the most sophisticated. Due to its highly intelligent script, this movie has the depth and the wit of a Shakespearean play.

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Caught in a Web: The Virtual Reality of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s World On A Wire

Dr. Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch, left) and his secretary Gloria Fromm (Barbara Valentin, right).

‘Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?’ the British band Queen asked at the beginning of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Freddie Mercury’s legendary opus magnum. A similar question has also been posed in the realm of cinema several times. What’s real and what’s a dream or, in the case of modern technology, a computer simulation? The most prominent films to deal with the matter of cyber universes are probably the Wachowskis’ The Matrix trilogy, but there have also been other noteworthy instances before.

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Women in Love… – Close Encounters of a Different Kind in Julio Medem’s Room In Rome

Alba (Elena Anaya, left) and Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko, right) in their room in Rome.

What happens when two pretty girls stay at a hotel in Italy’s ’Eternal City’? That’s the simple but intriguing premise of Sex & Lucía director Julio Medem’s Spanish arthouse film Room In Rome. Sometimes it doesn’t take more than such a basic idea – an intimate play of two – for a provoking work, in more than one sense. For starters, the movie contains dialog in whopping six different languages. But that’s not really the reason why Room In Rome attracted quite a bit of attention upon its release.

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Let There Be Light: Mankind’s Cosmic Journey Out of the Dark in Cyril Moog’s META_MORPHOSIS

The official poster for the Cosmic Cine Filmfestival

Letters scroll up the screen as if announcing a new episode of Star Wars. ‘The earth is on the brink of entering the next dimension,’ they tell us while ethno music plays in the background. ‘Thousands gather to mentally build an energy portal through which the earth will reach a higher spiritual level.’ That is the premise of META_MORPHOSIS, coming to you at a string of German science-fiction film festivals this spring.

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