Der Kreuzworträtselfall (1988)

Director: Thomas Jacob

Günter Naumann … Hauptmann Beck
Andreas Schmidt-Schaller … Leutnant Grawe
Werner Godemann … Major Jäger
Harry Merkel … Eberhard Aust
Wilfried Pucher … Staatsanwalt Ebert
Peter Borgelt … Hauptmann Fuchs
Torsten Ranft … Stefan Winkelmeyer
Annette Gleichmann … Katrin Schröder
Karin Düwel … Simone Herzog
Günter Junghans … Siegfried Herzog

Synopsis: After a young boy disappeared on the way from home to a local theatre a huge search is started. Known homosexuals are brought in for questioning but the case goes cold (quite literally).

After quite heavy snow falls the body is found in a trunk beside train tracks. The only hint about the perpetrator is a filled-out crossword puzzle. A new crossword puzzle with similar words is put into the papers and a huge prize is offered to the winner. Also, every newspaper they can get their hold on is collected from the neighbourhood where the boy disappeared.

Then – in a pre-computer era – tens of thousands of crosswords are analyzed in the slim hope of catching the murderer.

My Opinion: Historical background: This script was modelled after a real case that happened in East Germany in 1981. Back in the days when there were two Germanys, in West Germany there was (and is to this day) a very successful crime show called Tatort (lit. “crime scene”). At some point the TV producers also wanted a show like this and thus Polizeiruf 110 (“for police, dial 110″) was born. Normally the cases are completely fictional but the real case behind this was rather extraordinary, so they made it into a script to honour the actual police officers who solved the case.

For me personally it was also something of a special because many scenes were filmed close to where I was living and for a small boy it’s quite cool to see something on TV and say “hey, that’s just around the corner”. As a child I’ve been in that very theatre many times that was used in the episode.

Looking at it from today’s point of view there are quite a few things you only notice with an adult’s eye. For example the behaviour towards homosexuals and that they were called in before it even was a murder case. The police knew who they were which nowadays only happens with actual sex offenders.

All in all it’s quite a bit of nostalgia watching it today, seeing all the old East German cars and phones and everything.

The title literally means “honey in the head” and this is how a main character is describing how Alzheimer’s feels like (an analogous pun would be that the brain gets jammed).

Honig im Kopf is a german Dramedy movie I saw in the theatre today. I was expecting a comedy with some melancholy and while the movie was quite funny at times, it was also one of the saddest movies I’ve seen in quite some time.

The story is about a family of three generations and the grandpa (played by veteran actor Dieter Hallervorden) is suffering from Alzheimer’s and forgetting more and more.

When his son (played by Til Schweiger – the German Basterd) realizes that his father can’t live alone anymore, he takes him into his house with his wife and daughter Tilda (played by Til’s daughter Emma Schweiger) but soon it becomes clear that this can’t be a permanent solution.

Upon realizing that her dad wants to put her grandpa into a care facility, the eleven-year old takes her grandpa to the place he still remembers very clearly because of the memories of his passed-away wife: Venice.

The trailer is a bit misleading because it makes the movie appear a lot more light-hearted than it actually is. Prepare to bring tissues when watching it.

And in case you’re not that big of a fan of Til Schweiger: a) His role is that of a supporting character. b) Give it a try anyway, he might surprise you.

2014 End Statistics:

New Purchase Items: 131 (127 in 2013)
New Movies: 125 (thereof Blu-ray: 103)
New TV Seasons: 68 (thereof Blu-ray: 23)
New TV Specials: 0
New Special Interest: 7

Money Spent: 1,552.75 (1,106.04€ in 2013)
Money Spent on Movies: 942.24€
Money Spent on TV Seasons: 579.94€
Money Spent on TV Specials: 0.00€
Money Spent on Special Interest: 30.57€

Avg Spent: 11.85€ (8.71€ in 2013)
Avg Spent on Movies: 7.54€
Avg Spent on TV Seasons: 8.53€
Avg Spent on TV Specials: 0.00€
Avg Spent on Special Interest: 4.37€

Running Time: 64.223m (44d 14h 23m)
Running Time Movies: 13930m (9d 16h 10m)
Running Time TV Seasons: 49550m (34d 9h 50m)
Running Time TV Specials: 0m
Running Time Special Interest: 743m (12h 22m)

Cheapest Item: Smiley Face (€3.00)

Most Expensive Item: X-Men: Cerebro Collection (€109.00)

First Item: The Big Bang Theory: Season 6 (€1.66 – paid partially with gift certificate)

Last Item: Nanny McPhee 1 & 2 (€11.27)


Purchase by Locality:
United States: 35
Canada: 2
United Kingdom: 22
Germany: 73

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Chicago P.D.: Season 1 (2014)


Dec 2nd – €13.93 ($21.06) @ Amazon.com

Collection no. 12848 – 12851

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)


Dec 3rd – €9.99 (£6.75) @ Amazon.co.uk

Collection no. 20040

Nashville: Season 2 (2013 – 2014)


Dec 3rd – €24.45 (£17.84) @ Amazon.co.uk

Collection no. 12852 – 12856

Chicago Fire: Season 2 (2013 – 2014)


Dec 6th – €21.91 ($20.29) @ Amazon.com

Collection no. 12857 – 12861

Frozen (2013)


Dec 6th (gift)

Collection no. 1190

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Community: Season 5 (2014)


Oct 2nd – €11.55 ($19.99) @ Amazon.com

Collection no. 12780 – 12781

2 Broke Girls: Season 3 (2013 – 2014)


Oct 7th – €22.01 (£16.11) @ Amazon.co.uk

Collection no. 12782 – 12784

Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013)


Oct 18th – €9.99 @ Media Markt

Collection no. 1179

Michael Mittermeier: Blackout (2014)


Oct 18th – €12.90 @ Media Markt

Collection no. 20034

20 Years Mittermeier (1999 – 2006)


Oct 24th – €7.68 @ Amazon.de

Collection no. 20035 – 20037

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Deutsche Version

A few days ago I wrote about my first tumbling steps into the world of WPF & MVVM.

Now a friend of mine – who’s been working in that very field – has challlenged me:

a) My GUI should remain responsive while the merge is being executed.

b) I should not re-evaluate the entire GUi after every single user action.

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Deutsche Version

I’ve never been much of a GUI developer and my programs look it.

Where I’m good at is the Businesslogic part of the application.

That’s why I’ve always stuck to known territory, where you can align controls along lines and it looked halfway decent (though not pretty).

But times they are a-Changin’ and now I’ve challenged myself o the topic of WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) in tandem with MVVM (Model-View-ViewModel).

As a starting point I took a program I wanted to write anyway and as such it was ideal as a training ground.

In the ZIP file linked below you’ll find the result. It contains a classic Windows Forms program which is designed as MVVM as well as its WPF counterpart.

Both programs use the same model but have tailored ViewModels.

All accesses from the Model to either the UI (i.e. File Dialogs or MessageBoxes) or the file system are completely encapsulated and are provided by the clients of the Model.

Thus the program should be completely testable by Unit tests since all interfaces are mockable.

I believe the resulting code is quite clear and should be understandable by a developer who wants to delve into the topic of MVVM.

MVVM.zip

The sequel: WPF: MVVM & Responsive UI

RED 2 (2013)


Sep 1st – €9.97 @ Amazon.de

Collection no. 1162

Where the Heart is (2000)


Sep 1st – €5.97 @ Amazon.de

Collection no. 1163

Fifteen & Pregnant (1998)


Sep 1st – €6.98 (£2.30) @ Amazon.co.uk

Collection no. 1164

The Olsen Gang (1968 – 1981)
(Olsen-banden)


Sep 11th – €94.99 @ Amazon.de

Collection no. 1165 – 1177

The Olsen Gang is a Danish crime comedy movie series that produced 13 films between 1968 and 1981 and one re-union movie in 1998.

Every movie follows pretty much the same pattern. The head of the gang, Egon Olson (Ove Sprogøe) is released from prison and he has a new ingenious plan that is impossible to fail. Naturally, at the end of each movie he goes back to prison. ;)

Here’s one scene (I couldn’t find a better version) where the gang uses opera music to cover their noise. It compares the original Danish version with the Norwegian remake. But the scene is understandable without words. ;)

That’s the trailer for this movie:

The Big Bang Theory: Season 7 (2013 – 2014)


Sep 12th – €21.44 (£16.11) @ Amazon.co.uk

Collection no. 12769 – 12771

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Welcome to Sweden @ Wikipedia
Welcome to Sweden @ IMDb

Synopsis: This series is modelled after some of the experiences of Amy Poehler’s (Parks and Recreation) brother Greg.
Here Bruce (Greg Poehler) is an American celebrity accountant who moves to Sweden with his girlfriend to her home country of Sweden and suddenly he is the foreigner in a land with different customs and languages.

My Opinion: Since the US seems to live in the binary system of a show either being a drama or a comedy this falls into the latter category.
It is actually not that funny if you ask me but I still like it nonetheless.
Why? Because you have countless jokes based on “foreigner from country X comes to America” in many different shows and movies but this time it’s the American who has to adapt and learn that life is different in other countries.
It’s a fish out of water story for both the main character and (I assume) the American audience who (like previously established on shows like Heroes) also have to adapt to people actually speaking Swedish half the time (with English subs of course).
I really do like it, I’m just not sure I’d qualify it as a comedy.

Extant @ Wikipedia
Extant @ IMDb

Synopsis: Molly Woods has returned from a months-long mission in space.
This whole trip she was alone. Yet when she returns she is pregnant.
At home her son is waiting for her. Except he’s not technically her son but a synthetic being trying to behave like a real human.

My Opinion: This is one of the rare occasions where I turned off halfway through the pilot and never bothered to tune in again.
The main reason for this was: I was bored by it.
The secondary reason was that this pilot felt like it tried to cram every subject ever brought up by science fiction into it.
You have the Pinocchio and the discussion what makes someone human. What is a soul.
You have a pregnant woman who didn’t have sex.
She also sees dead people without being Haley Joel Osment.
It was just too much and boring at the same time.