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, Film Festivals, Film Reviews

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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Film, Film Festivals

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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