Film, Film Festivals, Film Reviews

The Bad: “Styx” – Berlinale 2018

There are films which raise topical issues in creative, brutal, and nuanced ways and then there are films like Styx. A German doctor (Susanne Wolff) makes her way along the western coast of Africa. Her destination? Darwin’s tropical paradise, Ascension Island. She begins the journey in Gibraltar and after a few days and a terrible storm, she awakens to find…

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Film Festivals

Berlinale 2018: Street Food Conspiracy

One of the highlights the past few years at Berlinale has been the introduction of food trucks next to the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. Where once journalists and audience members had to battle it out for seats at the few, uninspired restaurants in the area, the introduction of the Street Food trucks brought some much needed flavor to the festival. This…

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The Bad: “Das schweigende Klassenzimmer | The Silent Revolution”

Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), when I finish watching dramatic films made by Germans, I wonder when will it ever be time to stop making clichéd films about Communism and Nazism. There is a certain type of film on these subjects at which German filmmakers excel, and it invariably involves underdogs appealing against a totalitarian regime with cliched…

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The Good: “Isle of Dogs”

I turn my back on mankind Frost on windowpane I went in to Isle of Dogs without knowing much about it except that it was to be animated in stop-motion. Considering I found the similarly styled The Fantastic Mr. Fox a good, but rather forgettable film, I didn’t spend much time thinking about this new animated film by the same director. Wes…

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Coming Up: Berlinale 2018

One of my favorite events in my year is beginning on Thursday (Feb 15, 2018): The Berlin International Film Festival, otherwise known as the Berlinale. For ten cold, long days, industry elites gather at Potsdamer Platz to showcase their upcoming releases. In addition to the films being screened for the press there is also a great deal available for the…

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General Ramblings

A New Day, A New Post

I needed a place where I could showcase my writing of all sorts, and put on business cards. As I have for years owned the domain of my own name, I figured it was time to put it to use. This is my blog. I am a writer of all sorts of things. Mostly film criticism and romance. I never…

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