Festival Coverage: +MLP+ @ Pop-Kultur

This year marked the third edition of the ‘Pop-Kultur’ arts festival in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, bringing with it a host of local and touring musical acts, as well as artist talks, workshops and film screenings. Unfortunately, the act I was originally most excited to see (Young Fathers) actually dropped out of the festival just hours before it kicked off. The festival had this … Continue reading Festival Coverage: +MLP+ @ Pop-Kultur

TROUT FUN #3: Tobias Burms on ‘HOME’ (2016, dir. Fien Troch)

In the third installment of TROUT FUN, an ongoing series of articles by guest writers and fellow critics, Tobias Burms joins us again for his take on last year’s coming-of-age-cum-‘Mean Creek’ teen angst picture (from his home nation of Belgium), ‘HOME’.  A Larry Clark-lite title of sorts, Belgian flick ‘Home’ made an impression without making a splash. -MLP- The progressive educational model, where children are brought … Continue reading TROUT FUN #3: Tobias Burms on ‘HOME’ (2016, dir. Fien Troch)

Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival

Though it’s now been three months since I visited, the Vilnius Film Festival left a greater impression on me as an experience than most of the actual films.  Its director surely won’t be happy to read such an opening, but I’ll admit it as a matter of honest disclosure: thanks to my window of free time matching Barrage’s runtime almost to a T, I slammed … Continue reading Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival

Announcement: MLP at Pop-Kultur Fest

Pop-Kultur fest is coming to Berlin, and I’ll be there! The festival features a host of events; from live music and DJ sets to commissioned works, talks, and films. The live acts include a line up of musicians like French indie rockers La Femme, brit hip-hop Mercury Award-winning poppers Young Fathers and U.S. rockers Liars. Those set to spin DJ sets include Alexis Taylor (of … Continue reading Announcement: MLP at Pop-Kultur Fest

TROUT FUN #2: Tobias Burms on ‘Daguerrotype’ (2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

In the second installment  of TROUT FUN, an ongoing series of articles by guest writers and fellow critics, Tobias Burms joins us again for his take on last year’s Hitchcockian Japanese ghost mystery obsessed with old-school photography, ‘Daguerrotype’. Also formerly known by the titles ‘Le Secret de la chambre noire’ (‘The Secret of the Dark Room’) and ‘La femme de la plaque argentique’ (‘The Woman in … Continue reading TROUT FUN #2: Tobias Burms on ‘Daguerrotype’ (2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Berlinale #6: Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

“An eight-hour film spread across five feature-length episodes, the self-referential title of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, 1972-1973) opens each chapter with a reminder that it is “a Family Series.” Not only a series about a specific family household, it is an examination of applying the term to larger contexts than its most familiar usage and … Continue reading Berlinale #6: Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

TROUT FUN: Tobias Burms on ‘Band of Angels’ (1957, dir. Raoul Walsh)

As the very first installment  of TROUT FUN, an ongoing series of articles by guest writers and fellow critics, Tobias Burms weighs in on the romanticized take on the Plantation era in the American South that was ‘Band of Angels’ (1957). Raoul Walsh had a startling 52-year career as director, and his earlier screen credits include starring as a younger version of Poncho Villa (while also acting as … Continue reading TROUT FUN: Tobias Burms on ‘Band of Angels’ (1957, dir. Raoul Walsh)