Tag: germany

Calgary Underground 2024 Review: CUCKOO, Delightfully Analog Sensory Overload

Two characters, having barely survived a traumatic and violent ordeal at a hospital, try to leave, only to find the doors locked. But wait, it is one of those situations where one door is locked but the other one works...


Evoking the keenest student's homework that has had notes scribbled in the margin, the recent key art for Ilker Çatak's provocative social thriller, The Teachers’ Lounge, sure has a lot of text on display. It has been a darling on...


Negative space factors quite figuratively into the execution (as it were) of Jonathan Glazer's magnificently icky, and profoundly disturbing domestic drama, The Zone Of Interest. Design studio Kellerhouse have integrated that into their key art for the film, which features the blackest...

Toronto 2023 Review: THE TEACHERS LOUNGE, A Dazzling Lesson In How Society Crumbles

I took no notes while watching The Teachers’ Lounge. This is rare for me in a festival environment, where I am seeing a lot of films in a short period of time. Yea, I am *that guy* who brings a...

Fantasia 2023 Review: THE TASTER, Harbinger of a Bold New Voice

Some time in the near future, the climate crisis, and the resulting extreme water and food shortages, have put Europe into a state of war. What little healthy land that remains lies along Danube Delta in Romania which is hotly...

Karlovy Vary 2023 Review: MAMMALIA, Anarchy, Art and Gender

Romanian director Sebastian Mihăilescu delivers a fluid narrative on the intersection of drama, horror, and satire, confronting the rigidity and conformity of traditional gender roles.

AFIRE Review: Surpassing the Simple Joys of Romantic Comedy

Thomas Schubert, Langston Ubel, Enno Trebs and Paula Beer star in the new film by Christian Petzold.

AFIRE Interview: Paula Beer on Director Christian Petzold, His Methods, and Why It Was Fun to Play Her Character

"I understood his wish for taking all the drama of the world away and trying to introduce this light ambience to the world. But of course it's Christian, so I knew it would dig into a deeper level, not some random light story."

Cannes 2023 Review: PERFECT DAYS, Magic Moments

Wim Wenders' new film.

Friday One Sheet: STRAYS

Here is the tail (sorry...) of two very different marketing campaigns for a Universal Studios R rated talking dog movie, Strays. USA versus Germany. In the United States, the movie star names are almost as big as the photos of...

WINGS OF DESIRE Blu-ray Review: Compañero

Wim Wenders directed; Bruno Ganz and Peter Falk star.

Visions du Réel 2023 Review: LANDSHAFT Delves into the Psychogeography of Eastern Armenia's Contested Borders

Daniel Kötter directed the contemplative road movie, screening at the Swiss documentary festival.

TRENQUE LAUQUEN Review: Sprawling, Adventurous, Wildly Imaginative

Laura Citarella directed; Laura Paredes, Rafael Spregelburd, Ezequiel Pierri, Juliana Muras, Elisa Carricajo and Verónica Llinás star.

Now Playing, Only in Theaters: INSIDE, RIMINI

Willem Dafoe plays a trapped art thief, plus the newest from director Ulrich Seidl.

Berlinale 2023 Review: MUSIC Turns Oedipal Story Into Transcendental Experience

Directed by Angela Schanelec, Aliocha Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Argyris Xafisc and Wolfgang Michael star in the German-language film.

THE MAGIC FLUTE Review: A Strange Jumble of Commercialized Mozart and Dead Poets Society

Directed by Florian Sigl, the new dramatic adaptation for the big screen stars F. Murray Abraham, Iwan Rheon and Jeanne Goursaud.

Review: ONE FINE MORNING, Life's Curve Balls, Directed By Mia Hansen-Løve

Léa Seydoux and Pascal Greggory star in a new film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve.

Venice 2022 Review: SKIN DEEP, A Melancholic Exploration of Gender Identity

Director Alex Schaad's feature-length debut uses the subtle sci-fi concept of body-swapping to explore gender identity and body dysmorphia.

Friday One Sheet: SHE'S MINE NOW

Here is a handsome, minimalist, poster. Was it Godard who said, "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun"? Clearly, he overlooked the cute little purse dog, and besides: domestic animals are good for one's...


This poster, for Palme d'Or winning Triangle of Sadness, will turn some heads, although maybe in disgust. Projectile vomit is a way to grab attention. The highly-stylized 'liquid gold' look of it, which I am sure is intentional, is perhaps...