Tales of Franz stands out immediately for its extremely simple and linear narrative structure, almost completely devoid of subplots. And if, on the one hand, the story of Franz and his friends is exciting and amusing, on the other hand, one feels the need for a few more twists and turns, as well as necessary insights into some secondary characters.
In The White Goblin we see an unexpected Vienna. A Vienna that comes to life when everyone is asleep. A sparkling, opulent Vienna, but also the realm of the underworld, where money seems to play the leading role even – and above all – when the love of art and beauty should have the upper hand. At the Diagonale’22.
An approach more suited to television is the first thing that we notice when watching The von Trapp Family – A Life of Music, directed by Ben Verbong. An excessively overexposed cinematography, together with a basically weak screenplay that, thanks also – and above all – to what has been written and shot in the past, seems to work almost on autopilot, are among the weakest elements of the film.
Climate change has, for several years now, become a rather topical issue. And what does cinema, for its part, do? Great witness of our times, the seventh art has also often had its say on the subject. One example is the feature film The Station – made by Marvin Kren in 2013 – a reinterpretation/tribute to John Carpenter’s famous The Thing (1982). An operation, this one, however, very risky.