‘Berlin Blues’ and films by Detlev Buck, at the L.A. Goethe-Institut

Wednesdays this fall at the L.A. Goethe-Institut: Films directed by and/or starring the award-winning German writer, actor and filmmaker Detlev Buck. For me the biggest attraction here is Berlin Blues, co-starring Christoph Waltz, about a West Berlin deadbeat whose drinking is interrupted by the fall of the Wall in 1989. Read more [...]

This week in NYC: David Bowie’s film career looks good in retrospect

This week in New York, The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts a retrospective of David Bowie's film and video work — a collection of almost nothing but cult movies and intriguing rarities. A couple of the more obscure entries in Bowie's acting resume are what make this series stand out. Read more [...]

Jess Franco (1930–2013) directed about 160 movies, almost all of them sleazy

The late Jess Franco (1930–2013) was a master of Euro horror and grindhouse fare, as a list of titles from his oeuvre makes clear — it's possible that no other director has a more colorful IMDB page. Read more [...]

‘Pola X’: French auteur loses his mind, makes one of his best movies

Leos Carax’s Pola X (1999) is an unhinged work, at times virtually daring the audience not to snicker at it. And yet, prior to this year’s Holy Motors, it was Carax’s most successfully realized film — a lacerating portrait of the artist as deluded fool. Read more [...]