Viele Grüße aus Berlin

Viele Grüße aus Berlin

Currently enjoying the German capital city’s wonders and its odd mix of vibrant and gruesome – wunderschön! If you go there don’t miss the excellent Kinemathek. Bis bald!

Elena – a black tale from Russia today

Elena – a black tale from Russia today

‘Elena’ by Andrei Zvyagintsev – who also directed the beautiful and sombre ‘The Banishment’ in 2007 – is a slow- paced, subtle drama,  emblematic of modern Russia. Long gone are the days of the Soviets and successful business men can aspire to a very comfortable life of delicate interiors, flat screen TVs, Audi’s and Nespresso. … Continue reading

A 19th-century rock’n’roll romance at Wuthering Heights

A 19th-century rock’n’roll romance at Wuthering Heights

After her promising, widely-acclaimed second feature “Fish Tank” in 2009 (see review here) Andrea Arnold returns with an adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic “Wuthering Heights”. If you expected girlish reverie and romantic contemplation of the green English pastures, you might be slightly upset by this nerve-racking 19th-century rock’n’roll romance. Arnold’s take on what is the first … Continue reading

The Descendants haven’t gone down too well

The Descendants haven’t gone down too well

As with other independent (or better said, “branded-as-independent”) movies mixing comedy and drama, “The Descendants” (2011) by Alexander Payne has left a bitter taste in my mouth.  Not that its main topic – the rougher-than-average midlife crisis of Hawaiian notable Matt King as his wife goes into a coma after a boating accident – affected … Continue reading

Don’t judge a film by its poster

Don’t judge a film by its poster

Call me stupid but since I generally refuse to watch film trailers or read detailed film reviews before seeing a film I still rely a lot on the poster of a film to decide whether I want to see it – a bit like buying a novel at the bookshop only because the cover’s nice … Continue reading