Bis ans ende der Welt / Till the End of the World (Wim Wenders, 1991). As many of Wenders’ movies, this one belongs to my favorite movies ever. When it came out in 1991 the year 2000 was still in far away future. What starts as a science fiction detective story becomes an adventurous journey around the world, which finally leads the protagonists to the Australian Outback where they start getting addicted to to the recordings of their own dreams. I still didn’t find the right moment to watch the director’s cut I once bought. With a length of over 3 hours it is epic. Talking about Wenders, one should not forget to mention ‘Wings of Desire‘ and ‘The Million Dollar Hotel‘, which are already worth seeing for their soundtrack.
At the Mountains of Madness (H. P. Lovecraft, 1936). This is one of H.P. Lovecraft’s masterpieces. I love how he is drawing you deeper and deeper into the story with his mysterious announcements and subtle anticipations of the plot. A style of writing which can also be found in some stories of Edgar Allen Poe and which was later adapted by Stephen King for some of his less ‘horrific’ books (e.g. ‘The Green Mile’). ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ contains everything a good Lovecraft story needs: lots of mystery, the myths of a world that existed long before human beings and of course the legendary ‘Necronomicon’.
The plateaus of Andalusia. Driving from the coast side of Andalusia up through the mountains to Granada is always exciting. After a long and curvy way up through stony walls one lands on the plateaus of Andalusia. On a good day you can have the feeling of standing on a beautiful platform in the sky, with a direct view on the clouds around you. Touching.