Movie Review – Cocoon (Kokon)

Cocoon (Kokon) Germany (2020) Dir. Leonie Krippendorff Sorry, no aliens whisking elderly people away to rejuvenate them here, this is an entirely different Cocoon, still symbolic but more literal in its reference by being a coming-of-age tale from Germany. During the sweltering hot Berlin summer of 2018, Nora (Lena Urzendowsky) a shy, plain 14 year-old … Continue reading Movie Review – Cocoon (Kokon)

Movie Review – Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett)

Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett) Germany (1924) Dir. Paul Leni Have you ever wandered through a museum or art display, looked at the exhibits, and ever pondered the stories behind them? There must be something exciting about their history to warrant public display in the first place that we don’t always know about. If not, why not … Continue reading Movie Review – Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett)

Movie Review – Summer of ’44 (Die Freibadclique)

Summer of '44 (Die Freibadclique) Germany (2017) Dir. Friedemann Fromm Teenagers in any country in most eras were more interested in living their lives and having fun than being concerned with what the adults were up to do, and this extends to the youth of Germany during World War II. With no interest in Hitler’s … Continue reading Movie Review – Summer of ’44 (Die Freibadclique)

Movie Review – Mädchen In Uniform

Mädchen In Uniform Germany (1931) Dir. Leontine Sagan Teenage crushes are a funny thing. They can strike at any time, on anybody, and with anyone as the subject of this unrequited love. Unfortunately, there will always be people ready to snuff out these flames of desire through moral objection or duty of protection. After all, … Continue reading Movie Review – Mädchen In Uniform

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

Bungalow

Bungalow Germany (2002) Dir. Ulrich Köhler It’s hard being stuck in a life where you feel you have no direction and nothing seems to provide any answers. Then you find out others seem to have the life you want, what do you do - find the same for yourself or try to take theirs instead? … Continue reading Bungalow

Fedora

Fedora Germany/US (1978) Dir. Billy Wilder There is a heavy price to pay for fame. Many struggle with the loss of privacy as a public figure, which they then lament when they later become invisible; others overindulge once the royalty cheques arrive and end up back to square one financially. The worst toll fame can … Continue reading Fedora

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) Germany (2016) Dir. Simon Verhoeven Immigration is a divisive issue that has proven ripe pickings for filmmakers in delivering stark and thorny social dramas on the subject, mostly in depicting the negativity and hostility it engenders. So, it is to some surprise that the one country to make … Continue reading Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

System Crasher (Systemsprenger)

System Crasher (Systemsprenger) Germany (2019) Dir. Nora Fingscheidt Kids are difficult to handle. We can either mollycoddle them so they are too dependent for the outside world, or let them run riot and they never learn about responsibility and the consequences of their actions. There will never be an easy solution but sometimes the easiest … Continue reading System Crasher (Systemsprenger)

Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)

Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor) Germany (2018) Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck So, what is art? Is it simply drawing nice pictures, or creating something abstract with profound meaning? Or is it expressing something truthful or powerfully political? For most people it is probably the sum of all these parts as much as any … Continue reading Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)