by Mar Sydymanov

The following text is written by a cinema lover who focuses on single aspects of the film in the title. This is not a conventional movie review. Links to recommended reviews can be found here and here. The text was also published on www.lydialoveslyrics.com/.

Na Hong-jin’s 추격자 (Eng.: The Chaser)…


by Rüdiger Brandis

A few days back, I went to the movies and watched “Jurassic World”. I don’t really know why I did it, but there I was watching refabricated scenes and tropes of “Jurassic Park” and other monster action movies mashed into one, a forced premise on top and…


by Rüdiger Brandis

I am a big fan of Darren Aronofsky, although I have to admit that I haven’t seen his newest film Noah yet, because the trailers look like — to put it mildly — shit. A few years back, in an interview on some special edition DVD-Set, I…


by Rüdiger Brandis

I graduated last summer, I was 24 years old then, and with all these great ideas in my head I moved to Berlin, because that’s what you do if you want to go somewhere as an artist, a scientist or a journalist or whatever you think you…


by Martin Gerecht

I recently watched the newest Universal Soldier installment, called “Day of Reckoning”. And a day of reckoning it was. I’m not complaining about plot holes. With the Universal Soldier series that would be like shooting fish in a barrel. I didn’t watch “Reckoning” to get a clever…


by Rüdiger Brandis

In the year 2008 I sat somewhere in a big screen cinema and watched the 007 movie “Quantum of Solace”. The pictures flashed so fast across the screen that I couldn’t really see what was going on. Who was chasing whom and where? At least, I thought…


by Daniel Badeda

In the summer of 2012 I was going through a pretty rough time in my life. On one weekend in particular I had messed up pretty bad. I will not go into details here, but I was ashamed of myself. I had become a person I didn’t…


by Mar Sydymanov

Johnnie To’s “Sparrow” (2008) is everything except an overly masculine, die-hard gangster film for which the director is known for. “Sparrow” is a romanticising portrait of Hong Kong at its best. The cinematic homage is an associative, photographic, anecdotal and most of all episodic film. This becomes…


by Rüdiger Brandis

Feeding Frenzy definition: This phenomenon can be observed when predators are overwhelmed by the amount of prey available. Do you know this feeling? I know I can relate to it: The knowledge that there are so many things to do out there, so many movies to watch…


by Daniel Badeda

I am sitting in a café in Mitte. Saturday afternoon. An early fall day. The sun is shining. I am drinking black coffee, enjoying a few cigarettes and soaking up the last sun-rays of the year. People are walking past me, tourists, families with kids, couples hand…

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