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)

Berlinale #5: ‘Golden Exits’ review

“Slowly we’re brought into a film through in-between spaces; Brooklyners out for their afternoon strolls lit by near-‘golden hour’ evening light underscored by leisurely relaxing piano notes which unfurl with calm and a lingering hint of mystery. The film is Golden Exits, the fifth feature by 32-year-old American independent wunderkind director Alex Ross Perry…” So begins my review, which you can read in full over … Continue reading Berlinale #5: ‘Golden Exits’ review

Berlinale #4: Interview with Mathieu Denis about ‘Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves’

A three-hour venture about the 2012 Quebec student protests and four fictional characters as they carried their ideas forward in the following years, and featuring an overture and intermission to boot, ‘Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves’ (‘Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau’) is a large work of a stylistic formalism not too … Continue reading Berlinale #4: Interview with Mathieu Denis about ‘Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves’

Berlinale #3: Interview with Julian Radlmaier about his debut feature film ‘Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog’

As the 67th International Berlin Film Festival came to a steady close, I sat down with the (relatively) young German director Julian Radlmaier about his debut feature film ‘Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog’ (‘Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes’) which premiered a few weeks earlier in Rotterdam and which screened in the ‘Perspektive Deutsches Kino’ (Perspective of German Cinema) category in Berlin. It is a film just … Continue reading Berlinale #3: Interview with Julian Radlmaier about his debut feature film ‘Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog’