Tag: germany

Review: LUZ, A Stylish Experiment in Seduction and Possession

A demon or some kind of evil entity travels from a Chilean boarding school to a German Police station to ensnare the woman it desires to possess. The simplicity of this basic story kernel belies the stylish and convoluted manner...

Notes on Streaming: Repellent KIDNAPPING STELLA Removes Reason for Existence

Max von der Groeben, Jella Haase and Clemens Schick star in Thomas Sieben's repugnant, would-be thriller.

Now on Blu-ray: TRANSIT, Lost Souls in a Troubled Land

Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer star in Christian Petzold's drama, which tells of characters who are out of time.

Review: HAGAZUSSA, Hurt and Beauty in Little Deaths

Directed by Lukas Feigelfeld, the film features visceral and unforgiving terrors.

Review: TRANSIT, Beautifully-told Noir

Director Christian Petzold’s (Phoenix) unique adaptation of the same name brilliantly twists the time and place of World War II events. The decision to depict a war narrative in this way disorients the viewer as there is no exposition to...

New York 2018 Review: HAPPY AS LAZZARO, An Allegorical Tale of Haves and Have Nots

Lazzaro is someone who is desperately needed in this cynical, cruel world. Alice Rohrbacher's writing shines in bringing out humor and humanity in an whimsical yet pointy allegory full of wonders.

Review: FOUR HANDS, Two Sisters Reckon with the Murderous Spectre of the Past

Frida-Lovisa Hamann and Friederike Becht star in writer/director Oliver Kienle's tricky psychological thriller.

Notes on Streaming: Brooding BABYLON BERLIN, Gambling KAKEGURUI, Deathly HOTEL BEAU SÉJOUR

Recently, I've been sampling a few non-English series from the past year or so that are available on Netflix. Are any sufficiently intriguing to justify the time investment to binge-watch them in their entirety? Have you seen any less-heralded shows...

Christian Alvart's Latest Cautions DON'T GET OUT!

The German film industry is not generally one that particularly supports commercial genre filmmakers, a reality that makes director Christian Alvart very much an outlier. The director of Antibodies and Pandorum, Alvart very much loves to play in the world...

Notes on Streaming: Diabolical DARK, Murderous MINDHUNTER

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill...

Trailer Premiere for German Thriller "Luna's Revenge"

A first trailer just dropped for Khaled Kaissar's directorial debut "Luna's Revenge" which recently premiered at the Film Fest Munich. Featuring many German stars such as Bibiana Beglau, Benjamin Sadler, Branko Tomovic, Rainer Bock, Annika Blendl, Alexander Beyer, Genija Rykova...

DARK Teaser Is Certainly Dark and Certainly German

Did anyone else avoid seeing Jamie Foxx in Sleepless because it looked like a standard-issue Hollywood remake of a terrific French original (Nuit blanche, aka Sleepless Night)? The remake hit U.S. theaters in January and then quietly disappeared, but director...

Locarno 2017 Review: MRS. FANG Waits for Death in Wang Bing's Contemplative, Uneasy Offering

The chronicler and filmmaker Wang Bing introduces yet another invaluable volume into the annals of contemporary Chinese society notwhistanding the great matter of death grasped with dignity albeit without compromising its importance.

Review: NOCTURAMA, Bertrand Bonello's Controversial Cinematic Stunt Is Not as Scary as Reality

With Nocturama, Bonello might be reflecting the bottled up anger and blowing off steam of young people in the chaotic world which they inherited. But I wish it is that simple. Because we all know that the world we are living in now is much darker and much more sinister place, unfortunately.

IT to Open Germany's Fantasy Filmfest

Andrés Muschietti's hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's It will open the Fantasy Filmfest in Munich, Germany. The festival runs September 6 - 16. The festival's 2017 lineup already includes a number of eagerly awaited titles, including Paco Plaza's (REC) Veronica,...

Review: THE UNTAMED, Riveting and Shocking, It Needs to Be Watched to Be Believed

One of the reasons that I love fantastic genre film is that it can often find the most relevant and interesting metaphors for dealing with issues of social life, be they cultural, political, or sexual. The Untamed, which won the...

Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER, Kristen Stewart, Restless Spirits and Luxury Goods

French critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas has always had a knack for combining verité, day-to-day life with stylish genre elements. His previous film, The Clouds of Sils Maria, coaxed a assured performance out of Kristen Stewart as a confident personal assistant to a...

Berlinale 2017 Review: DREAM BOAT Gives Cruising A Whole New Meaning

When you think of luxury cruises, you probably picture old couples and families setting off into the sunset - a sort of world tour that never has to forego the comforts of home. Well, Tristan Ferland Milewski's Dream Boat isn't that at...

Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder's FOX AND HIS FRIENDS Cuts Just As Deep 40 Years Later

Rainer Wener Fassbinder has always been an artist I've respected by reputation, rather than through a deep knowledge or understanding of his work. In fact, I've only see a handful of Fassbinder films and I will admit to tapping out...

VIVA BERLIN: Watch The German Zombie Web Series Now!

It was way, way waaaaaaaaay back in 2011 that we first shared the trailer for Moritz Mohr's German zombie web series Viva Berlin. The whole Walking Dead thing hadn't happened at that point and there was some speculation about whether...