Does the film – a near three-hour Germany comedy – that generated so much buzz at the Cannes Film Festival live up to the hype? Yes. Personally, I was concerned that the brand of humour wouldn’t always translate to an Australian audience, but it consistently does. I didn’t even know what German humour was, and I don’t know how all this worked so well – it is all just so unusual. Maren Ade’s wonderful film, which inexplicably went home empty…
Tragikomödie von Maren Ade
Das Leben der Unternehmensberaterin Ines (Sandra Hüller), welche gerade einen Auftrag in Bukarest ausführt, ist geprägt von Arbeit und Stress. Nach einem misslungenen Wiedertreffen mit ihrem Vater Winfried (Peter Simonischeck), reist dieser nicht wie abgesprochen ab, sondern versucht mit seinem Alter Ego Toni Erdmann wieder Freude in ihr Leben zu bringen.
Was Maren Ade mit diesem Film gelungen ist, ist die möglicherweise beste deutsche Tragikomödie der Filmgeschichte und in allen Fällen einer der besten deutschen…
I said the same about Victoria last year, but now I am safe to renew it: This is the best german film in years!
Well, what is it that makes this movie with confusing trailer and bombastic length for what seems to be something like a comedy so special?
The first thing that comes to mind: The extraordinary and brillant performance of both of the main actors. This movie wouldn't be half as good without the presence and engagement of…
We can talk about German Cinema's stupid refusal to serve genre films all the time, but we need films like this one, like Maren Ade's idiosyncratic third feature. The lack of challenging, creative and boundary-pushing "auteur" films for me has been more embarrassing than the lack of genre diversity. "Toni Erdmann" is excentric, unique, a bit crazy, and ostensibly its author's entirely unfiltered creation, unrestraint from any audience expectation.
The funny thing about "Toni Erdmann" is that superficially it looks…
Geoff T's Todd Gaines Challenge
Favourite Movies: Nighthawks (1981)
This one was hard to track down, it's a pretty obscure one for the most part. This was Sly Stallone earliest action role as far as I know, but it's alot more realistic and mature though in comparison to his subsequent outings like the Rambo trilogy (minus the first) and Cobra. It's a shame it's so obscure, because I'd consider it one of his best. It's similar to French Connection in…
I was surprised a few times by this. Knowing of it's reputation as a piece of guerrilla film making and a landmark of neorealism I wasn't really expecting some of the melodrama or the priests getting hit with footballs. It's a wonderful mixture of styles and they pretty much all coalesce and pay off.
I also wasn't expecting to be hit so hard emotionally by the film. The final scenes and the end of the first act are both devastating.…
Geoff T's Todd Gaines Challenge
Favourite Movies: John Wick (2014)
Well this was one fast-paced ride. I've always really liked Keanu Reeves no matter what he's in, and this proves to be great comeback for him. A brilliantly chaotic and stylized bloodbath that while not my favourite from Keanu, I found to be one of the most satisfying actioners in recent years.
Seriously, I think John Wick just may be the deadliest hitman in movie history. He's retired and his…
"Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom...not…
Twenty years. Twenty years since Independence Day. You can scarcely believe it's been that long since Roland Emmerich, alongside writing/producing partner Dean Devlin, delivered one of the defining movies of the 1990's - a big, bold blockbuster filled with cheesy punch the air bombast, pro-American sentiment, and a blend of huge Hollywood stars with great character actors. Over the last two decades, many rumours have come and gone about a sequel to such a beloved behemoth, and it reached a…
Xanax & Strippers: The Todd Gaines Movie Challenge #11 - Todd's Favorite Movies
"You're not an usual detective."
"You're not an usual killer."
With this poorly translated dialogue we get the thesis statement of John Woo's Hong Kong action classic, THE KILLER. This was the film that introduced the world to not only Woo's operatic style, but to Chow Yun-Fat, the sensitive but deadly modern samurai who wields a gun instead of a sword. While Woo's title is generic, his approach…
There have been some high moments in early science fiction since Georges Méliès released Le Voyage dans la Lune, and through the close of the 1950’s, notably Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and William Cameron Menzies’ 1936 adaptation of H.G. Well’s The Shape of Things to Come; both social criticism guised in the clothing of a futuristic world, the tenant of true hard sci-fi. The majority of films classified loosely in the genre were nothing much more than monster, war, or westerns…
There's a dog barking in a garden behind our house as I write this. And Paul Winfield is dead :(
Can you say that you enjoyed a film if you spent quite a lot of its scenes cowering behind a cushion, looking away and generally being absolutely scared shitless? I don't know but I'll tell you something - THAT is how you do a horror film. No jump scares, just pure suspense and terror and a fear of the unknown…