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“Nosferatu the Vampyre” (1979, dir. Werner Herzog)

Horror films are a difficult thing to peg down. They often are so sloppily put together and so cheap that they tend to be nothing more than C and B movies. On top of that, Werner Herzog movies are difficult to nail down. His films are unlike anything that any other filmmaker creates. The combination of … Continue reading

Three Short Films by Werner Herzog (1967-1969)

Today I received the BFI Werner Herzog Collection in the mail. I bought it on sale on Amazon UK about a month ago and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since. I was super excited when it got here, so I immediately cracked it open and started devouring it. The very first disc had … Continue reading

“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972, dir. Werner Herzog)

Over the years much has been made of the rocky relationship between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski. At various times they would scream at one another, point guns at each other with threats of violence, and overall give the impression of not enjoying their time together. As a director myself, I’ve had some collaborative relationships … Continue reading

“Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (2010, dir. Werner Herzog)

The documentary form is very powerful because of its ability to impart ideas and facts to an audience, and because documentaries are sometimes presented with non-staged scenes they give the impression that everything in them is absolutely real. In Cave of Forgotten Dreams, German directed Werner Herzog takes us inside of the Chauvet Cave to look at pre-historic … Continue reading

Director Profile: Fritz Lang (1890-1976)

The Europeans graced us with many great artists across many different mediums, but I will make this claim: none were greater than Fritz Lang. His body of work highlights and gives great weight to that of the German Expressionism movement, and his work also is a forerunner of most everything we know today. Lang’s DNA can … Continue reading

The Problem With Talking Heads

Today I sat down and watched a favorite movie of mine: M (1931, dir. Fritz Lang). It reminded me of an issue prevalent in today’s cinema: the oversimplification of photography and image. That sounds weird since movies are by definition moving images, but they are so often not even that. What I mean by that is this: … Continue reading

Top Ten Movies (as of 4-21-16)

Every year around this time I try to make a top ten list. This morning Facebook kindly reminded me of this tradition so I now take laptop in…uhh…lap to pen this year’s list. This list kind of just evolves and changes and morphs. It’s also super off-the-top-of-my-head and by the seat of my pants, so I request … Continue reading

Five Movies With No (or little) Sound

Lists are very difficult for me to write because there are just so many movies that I love and that are important to me. So, since I haven’t written anything in a few days, I wanted to take a moment to share some movies that are either completely silent or close enough to count. This list is … Continue reading

“Die Nibelungen – Part II : Kriemhild’s Revenge” (1924, dir. Fritz Lang)

Siegfried is dead, and his wife, Kriemhild, knows who the murderer is. Whatever mythic qualities Part I had are gone. When the mythic character of Part I died, the mythic qualities died along with him. Gone are the Dwarves, Dragons, and magic abilities that define the first half of the tale, and in their place … Continue reading

“Die Nibelungen – Part I : Siegfried” (1924, dir. Fritz Lang)

Die Nibelungen begins in a steel forge hidden deep inside of a cave with our hero, Siegfried, forging a sword with which he aims to go out and conquer kingdoms. Standing nearby is the blacksmith that owns the forge with a look of terror on his face. The skill that Siegfried commands as he brings the hammer … Continue reading

“M” (1931, dir. Fritz Lang)

Summarizing Fritz Lang’s masterpiece “M” is a near impossible task. The film is just short of two hours (117 minutes, to be exact), and yet leapfrogs through so many genres and styles during that time that pinning down exactly what “M” is proves to be difficult. The film opens with the sound of children playing … Continue reading

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