‘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 [...]

That puzzling Best Original Screenplay win for ‘Django Unchained’

I wanted to love Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and I actually did enjoy much of it, for about two-thirds of its 165-minute running time. But it's hard to account for what a bust the last third of the movie is — and harder still to account for the script winning Best Original Screenplay. Read more [...]

Christoph Waltz’s well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ‘Django Unchained’

It's no secret that Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz steals Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino's epic spaghetti-western-in-the-antebellum-South also features memorable turns by Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. But Waltz is nonetheless the best reason to see the movie. Read more [...]