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 [...]