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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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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