German Film Festival 2021 Review – Berlin Bouncer

Taking place across the sprawling metropolitan, Berlin Bouncer follows the lives of three of Berlin’s most famous bouncers — Sven Marquardt, Frank Künster, and Smiley Baldwin. Director David Dietl tries to capture the history of what Berlin was, what it has become, and where it is expected to go. As an outsider, the idea of …

German Film Festival 2021 Review – Berlin Alexanderplatz

For someone who has never read Alfred Döblin’s classic German novel or watched the series, this modernised version of Berlin Alexanderplatz was an interesting experience. Not only does it tackle very relevant themes, it’s a saga in the life of one man, who gets used and swallowed by a climate that’s chosen the life he’s …

Review – ‘The Elfkins: Baking a Difference’

German animated film, The Elfkins: Baking a Difference is a bland blend of Gnomeo & Juliet and The Smurfs, and strictly made for pre-teens, with a very on-the-nose message on capitalism and finding one’s purpose in the world to keep this somewhat manageable for parents forced to sit through this. In true Elfkins of Cologne …

Fantasia International Film Festival Review – ‘Sleep’

Marlene, a woman plagued by horrific dreams, suffers a breakdown in a remote village. As her daughter Mona follows, she comes upon a well-kept family secret and an old curse that ultimately threatens her life – a never-ending nightmare. ‘Sleep’ has a serious ‘Twin Peaks’-vibe, with some interesting ideas that feel like a darker version …