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.

One location, many casualties; how many low-budget horror movies does that describe?

How many filmmakers are turning out variations on the same movie where a lot of people get killed in one location, until only a plucky girl in a halter top is left alive? Can the horror market support an infinite number of these things? I'm not sure how many more I can take. Read more [...]

Now playing in L.A.: A sampling of the best recent German films

Ready to take a break from the multiplex? The L.A. Goethe-Institut's summer film series German Currents Retrospective 2007–2015 is a good starting point for anyone curious to see the most lauded recent movies from Germany. And all the screenings are FREE. Read more [...]

‘Dark Web’ is the Eurotrash version of ‘The Hunger Games’ you haven’t been waiting for

How many ways can a film be bad? It’s a question that came to me while watching Dark Web, the least heralded release of 2016. If you've ever wondered what a low-budget Euro-sploitation knockoff of The Hunger Games would look like, the answer is just a few mouse clicks away. Read more [...]

‘I Don’t Belong Anywhere’: The films of Chantal Akerman belong everywhere

Now playing in L.A.: Chantal Akerman's films are often described as feminist, queer, minimalist, and avant-garde — all terms that are accurate, but Akerman herself disdained any labels. She wanted to be called just “filmmaker,” so perhaps critic J. Hoberman had it right when he dubbed her “one of the greatest filmmakers of her generation.” Read more [...]