When I first visited Berlin (West) as a wide-eyed teenager, one of the highlights of the trip was running into Einstürzende Neubauten singer Blixa Bargeld in the back room of a shady Kreuzberg bar. Blixa, Alexander Hacke, and the rest of the Neubauten are still making beautiful noise, and watching their 2004 video Palast der [...]
Another excitement-free video, cobbled together from footage shot around Berlin-Mitte last September. Next time, I’ll put some more people in it.
In no particular order: the guys from Babel, David Hudson of GreenCine Daily, Mama und Papa, the friendly proprietor of Absinthe Depot, Andew “Filmbrain” Grant, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Danny Kasman, Martin Scorsese, Charlie Watts, and a selection of medival statues from the Bode Museum, which you can also find in a flickr set that [...]
I made it back to New York and just posted my final Berlinale piece on About.com. Below is a list of all Journal entries as well as an overview of the thirty-odd movies I saw. Also: the official Berlinale site has video from the There Will Be Blood press conference — around 40 minutes in, [...]
I’m is happy to report that Madonna’s directorial debut Filth and Wisdom, premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, isn’t bad at all. Eugene Hutz of the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello stars as a struggling London musician. Also, Antonio Luigi Grimaldi’s moving comedy of grief Quiet Chaos, Robert Guediguian’s misfire Lady Jane, and Naoko Ogigami’s [...]
Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky had critics buzzing, but I found myself shut out of the screening at the Berlinale Palast. Instead, I caught another worthy contender for the Golden Bear: Korean auteur’s Hong Sang-soo’s Night and Day. Later in the day, Errol Morris presented the first-ever documentary to screen in competition in Berlin, the [...]
The latest installment of my increasingly delirious Berlinale Journal is up, covering Elegy, Kirschblueten, Elite Squad, Heavy Metal in Baghdad, Sparrow, and United Red Army. Writing it cost me the screening of Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky, now a favorite for the Golden Bear — hopefully, I can catch a repeat. Since then, I’ve seen [...]