Movie Review – The Presence (Die Präsenz)

The Presence (Die Präsenz) Germany (2014) Dir. Daniele Grieco Found footage horror films are apparently still a thing two decades after The Blair Witch Project kicked things off and spawned many an imitator. Many countries have had a go at this subgenre, including Spain’s REC series, and this is Germany’s entry. Anthropology student Markus (Matthias … Continue reading Movie Review – The Presence (Die Präsenz)

Movie Review – Hagazussa

Hagazussa Germany (2017) Dir. Lukas Feigelfeld Ask someone to describe a witch and they will no doubt mention the green skin, messy hair, black pointed hat, evil cackle, and flying broomstick. In the olden days, the criteria for accusing somebody of being a witch was less fussy - basically anyone they didn’t like - and … Continue reading Movie Review – Hagazussa

Movie Review – The Haunted Castle

The Haunted Castle (Schloß Vogelöd) Germany (1921) Dir. F.W Murnau If there is a double edged sword in life which doesn’t get much deliberation, it is having a reputation that precedes you. For example, being known as fearsome puts people on high alert to behave around you; conversely, if the word is you are a … Continue reading Movie Review – The Haunted Castle

Movie Review – Wings Of Desire

Wings Of Desire (Der Himmel über Berlin) Germany (1987) Dir. Wim Wenders Is immortality overrated? The idea of being an ethereal being with the ability to look over the world and not have to worry about pain, illness, aging, money, sustenance, and of course death sounds great, but at what price? Life is to be … Continue reading Movie Review – Wings Of Desire

Movie Review – Sleep

Sleep (Schlaf) Germany (2020) Dir. Michael Venus Dreams. We all have them and I don’t mean aspirations and goals but those existential experiences we have when we sleep that see us take on all manner of different forms and posit us in strange or familiar situations, good or bad, that are rooted in reality. Thankfully, … Continue reading Movie Review – Sleep

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