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  • Die Küken kommen

    Die Küken kommen

    ★★★

    An anarchistic, almost formless military comedy about young recruits breaking away from the drill in order to live it up in Munich. Chock-full of the kind of manic overacting that beats you (or at least me) into submission. The most out there of the guys (Andreas Jung) is also my favourite.

    By way of a group of girls pursuing the boys, Schmidt's usual romantic extremism also comes into play. The film nevertheless is so obviously at odds with his instincts…

  • Kid Galahad

    Kid Galahad

    ★★★★½

    The way Curtiz controls the flow of the story during the final fight both in- and outside the ring, while also maintaining a sense of chaotic exhilaration - and all so effortless, without the soundstage-as-battlefield-bravado later directors would fall back on when directing a film like this.

    In the end, this isn't even about boxing, or about Robinson who may be the center of the script (connecting all the dots)... but the center of the film is Davis, or rather…

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  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    ★★★★

    Whenever a modern comedy is generally described as being lazy, tired and primarily an excuse for a few washed-up stars hanging out, I take notice. It almost always pays off.

  • SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    ★★★★★

    Best action film since TIME AND TIDE. Which would've been a perfect title for this one, too. Or why not go full-blown heideggerian: SEIN UND ZEIT...

    (Also: Best telephone movie since Walton's WHEN A STRANGER CALLS.)