Movie Review – Die Nibelungen

Die Nibelungen Germany (1924) Dir. Fritz Lang The word “epic” is used all too often to describe a film of immense length or a story that takes the reader or listener on a journey beyond the simple linear scope of A to B. In the modern era, a film of two hours plus is an … Continue reading Movie Review – Die Nibelungen

House By The River

House By The River US (1950) Dir. Fritz Lang Brotherly love. You often hear men in a band, sports team, or entertainment double act proclaim their friendship with another man to be “closer than brothers”. Whilst this might be true that this is a measuring stick of male bonding, as we have seen this isn’t … Continue reading House By The River

Destiny (Der müde Tod)

Destiny (Der müde Tod) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 98 minutes approx. For modern cinema goers weaned on glossy HD spectacles resplendent with CGI effects to make the impossible possible, the works of the early days of film must seem incredibly archaic to the point of being from a literal … Continue reading Destiny (Der müde Tod)

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street US (1945) Dir. Fritz Lang There say there is no fool like an old fool, especially when there is a younger woman involved and quite often, that is true. But sometimes even an old fool can get lucky and end up having the last laugh. Of course, it has to come at a … Continue reading Scarlet Street

Cloak And Dagger

Cloak And Dagger US (1946) Dir. Fritz Lang Having felt forced out of his native Germany by the Nazi’s in the early 1930’s the legendary Fritz Lang managed to rein in any overt anti-Nazi sentiment in this World War II spy thriller, but isn’t shy in hiding his feelings about them either. Near the end … Continue reading Cloak And Dagger

Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

  Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler) Germany (1922) Dir. Fritz Lang The criminal underworld of Berlin is run by the mysterious Dr. Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), a master of disguise and mental manipulator and hypnotist. While his minions handled a counterfeiting scheme, Mabuse cons rich fools out of their money at gambling establishments, … Continue reading Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler)

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror Of Shamballa

Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror Of Shamballa (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 101 minutes approx. Originally made in 2006 and first released over here two years later, this spin off from the original FMA TV adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga was conceived as a means to tie up some of … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – Conqueror Of Shamballa

Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon)

  Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon) (Cert U) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 169 minutes approx. Fritz Lang was a director of great ambition and an even greater vision for exploring and exploiting the possibilities for the medium of cinema to create immense visual spectacles. No genre or story was seemingly too big … Continue reading Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon)

Spione (Spies)

Spione (Spies) Germany (1928) Dir. Fritz Lang A number of secret and important documents are being routinely stolen by a criminal gang from Russia based in London. They are headed by the evil mastermind Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) who is posing as a respectable bank director who has his eyes on a treaty about to be … Continue reading Spione (Spies)