spacetime coordinates: 2019 (/2024?) South Sudan > Afghanistan > France > England
The Old Guard is a 2020 American superhero film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and written by Greg Rucka, based on his comic book of the same name. The film stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and follows a team of immortal mercenaries that go on a revenge mission. (wiki)
The graphic novel that originated the film, The Old Guard: Force Multiplied, has four issues, so fans can expect this movie to have sequels. At least a second one is already in Netflix’s pipeline, with signed contracts by the main characters.
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spacetime coordinates: 19th century Tuscany, Italy (the city of Catchfools, Toyland etc)
Pinocchio is a 2019 Italian fantasy film co-written and directed by Matteo Garrone (tale-of-tales-2015), based on the 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi. (wiki)
spacetime coordinates: the aftermath of the Calamity, a catastrophic event that suddenly fractured the city of Caelondia () as well as the surrounding areas of the game’s world into many floating pieces, disrupting its ecology and reducing most of its people to ash.
Bastion is an action role-playing video game developed by independent developer Supergiant Games and originally published in 2011 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. In the game, the player controls “the Kid” as he moves through floating, fantasy-themed environments and fights enemies of various types. It features a dynamic voiceover from a narrator, and is presented as a two-dimensional game with an isometric camera and a hand-painted, colorful art style. (wiki)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (Windows): OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 / Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater / Memory: 2 GB / Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB / Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 2) / DirectX®: 9.0c / Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
spacetime coordinates: early 19th century GermanyFaust (Russian: Фауст) is a 2011 Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov. Set in the 19th century, it is a free interpretation of the Faust legend and its respective literary adaptations by both Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as Thomas Mann. The dialogue is in German. The film is the final part in a series of films where Alexander Sokurov explores the corrupting effects of power. The previous installments are three biographical dramas: about Adolf Hitler in Moloch from 1999, Vladimir Lenin in Taurus from 2001, and the Japanese emperor Hirohito in The Sun from 2005.
The project, described in 2005 as “loosely based on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann”, was announced by Sokurov in 2005 as “a very colourful, elegant picture with a lot of Strauss music and a smell of chocolate.”
Jay Weissberg wrote in Variety: “The influence of Flemish and Dutch painting on Sokurov’s work has never been clearer than in Faust, with its deep debt to the witchcraft paintings of artists such as David Teniers and Herri met de Bles.” (wiki)