About Mark Tompkins

Mark Tompkins was born in Winterfell, Connecticut and received a B.A. in Communications from Stanford University. He has studied German language and culture in Berlin and Munich. When not exploring the beer halls of Mitteleuropa he lives in Los Angeles.

Achtung! This month, two film series bring Berlin to L.A.

It may come as no surprise that Berlin is a hub of indie filmmaking creativity. This month L.A. cinephiles can see for themselves, with the Goethe-Institut's series New Berlin Cinema, featuring four award-winning new films from the Achtung Berlin film festival. Read more [...]

‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’: The most sincere tribute 1980s Hollywood will ever get

The documentary Chuck Norris vs. Communism recounts how bootleg tapes of Hollywood movies became an underground phenomenon in Cold War-era Romania. The real-life intrigue that swirled around the bootleg videocassettes — and the accompanying paranoia and absurdity — makes for a fascinating, “only in the Eastern Bloc” story. Read more [...]

‘What Our Fathers Did’: An uncomfortably topical documentary about the legacy of Nazism

A dual character study of the sons of two high-ranking Nazi officials, What Our Fathers Did is a fascinating but disquieting coda to the history of 70-odd years ago. But maybe 'coda' is the wrong word, because in 2017 the movie feels weirdly topical. Read more [...]

Today is Record Store Day 2017: Please don’t steal ‘les disques’

In honor of Record Store Day 2017: You can't always get what you want, and you can't make a cool prop out of an MP3. The appearance of the Rolling Stones' 1969 album Let It Bleed in Jacques Rivette's 1971 opus OUT 1 is one more detail adding to the movie's authentic sense of period. Read more [...]

Countdown to ‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch on the big screen

One way to pass the time until Twin Peaks returns in May: Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre is pairing seven David Lynch features with classics by other directors, in double bills that feel just right. If you don't know these movies already, don't read a thing about them beforehand; just come and let them blow your mind. Read more [...]