Festival enthusiast, arthouse and genre lover. Part of the programming team at the local Kiez-Cinema Filmrauschpalast.
To finally see Millenium Mambo on the big screen, was one of the most mesmerizing cinematic experiences I can think off. Through his legendary use of voice-over, elliptical storytelling, and his fascinating treatment of the passage of time, Hou Hsiao-Hsien captures the essence of the lived moment like no other. Although at this point his story unfolds far from my personal reality, it still evokes a multitude of lost and forgotten feelings that flash through my body and mind as…
To me this is not only Clint Eastwood’s and Kevin Costner’s best film, but one of those all-time greats too sacred to touch for a rewatch for years. Thankfully to the crew at Hackesche Höfe Kino I was able to see a perfect 35mm print on the big screen yesterday.
I’ve probably seen it for the first time at the age of 8 or 9 obviously identifying with the kid Buzz and worshiping Costner’s Butch as a true fatherly hero.…
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Berlinale 2024 - Competition
It seems quite set that the Iranian competition entry will take home a major prize. I was expecting where this was heading due to some rather obvious headlines (therefore I am using the spoiler tag). I don’t know If that altered my reception but to me this never appeared as the lightweighted crowdpleaser because the constant foreshadowing and subtle threat was so apparent in the solitude of the images, the small gestures and references to the…
Berlinale 2024 - Forum
A precise and formally austere examination of alienation through immigration. Don’t read anything about the storyline before because it makes this slow and ambient film far more disorientating. Hanh is always drawn to the edge of the images, behaving contrary to social and story-related expectations. The housing complex becoming a frame of lost identity. Worth checking out, if that kind of Forum film sounds like your jam.
The whole mastery of Christian Petzold is simply shown by the fact that he has Paula Beer quote the Heinrich Heine poem not once, but twice. I don't want to say much, except that the last 30 minutes are among the best I have seen from Petzold so far. It got me floored for hours after the premiere.
4.4 average rating? Give me a break. The A24 hype is getting ridiculous these days. Instead of two rocks talking to each other we now have two crows.
Anyway, this is not a disaster per se and even starts off quite intriguing but quickly loses steam with each unnecessary twist. Hitting some high marks again in the 9th episode before it completely falls apart with an eye-rolling and cheap conclusion.