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Reviews: Golden Twenties
Reviews: X, Total Thrash! – The Teutonic Story, The Dark and the Wicked, Trouble Every Day, Vicious Fun, Titane, Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Look Me Over: Liberace, Homo Communis, The Two Sights, Bliss, Knives Out, Jojo Rabbit, The Peanut Butter Falcon, Memory Games, Bait, The Operative, Rocketman, O Beautiful Night, Knife + Heart, Stan & Ollie, Little Germans, Edie, Bohemian Rhapsody, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, In the Middle of the River, Hagazussa, SPK Komplex, You Were Never Really Here, The Death of Stalin, The Greatest Showman On Earth, Tehran Taboo, Seven Sisters, David Lynch: The Art Life, Baby Driver, Die vergessene Armee, Einsamkeit & Sex & Mitleid, Last Days in the Desert, Ma vie de courgette, Hell or High Water, Die Habenichtse, A Good American, Entertainment, Queen of Earth, Where to Invade Next, Legend, Men, Glass, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, IT (2017), Atomic Blonde, My Nazi Legacy, A Good American
Reviews: Servus Papa – See You in Hell, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, Rimini, Shall I Compare You To A Summer's Day?, Wir könnten genauso gut tot sein: We Might As Well Be Dead, AEIOU – Das schnelle Alphabet der Liebe, Jump Darling, The Black Square, Why Not You, Borga, Bliss (2021), Neubau, Schlaf – Sleep
Reviews: Lieber Thomas
Dolissa Medina is a filmmaker and writer. Her first movie was Disney’s “Bambie.” The movie exposed her to power of cinema so much that according to her parents, she cried terribly when Bambie’s mother was killed by the deer hunter. Then she threw up. Luckily since then, she hasn’t had to be removed from too many other movie theaters. As a San Francisco transplant who first came to Berlin in 2010, her favorite movie of all time is unsurprisingly “Vertigo.” She loves attending DIY microcinemas in Berlin like Tristeza, where she is an occasional guest programmer for the Queer Film Klub. She’s also a big fan of the city’s many Freiluft Kino spaces. Dolissa is currently at work on her first feature documentary, “Small Town, Turn Away,” about growing up in a Texas border town during the 1980s.
Reviews: Searching Eva, Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc, Campo, Berlin 4 Lovers, Normal, Midsommar, The Report, The Wild Boys, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Little Men, Desire Will Set You Free, Riverbanks, Palo Alto, Midsommar – Director's Cut, Joan of Arc
Elinor Lewy is the co-director of the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, a film festival showcasing horror directed, written, or produced by women that launched in early 2017. She is based in Berlin and works as a translator, editor, and filmmaker. She is currently working on her feature-length documentary debut 'THE EVERYDAY SCHIZOPHRENIC.'
What was your first movie? My first movie memory is watching CANDYMAN (1992) at 9 and being utterly horrified by it. I couldn‘t sleep alone for 3 months and was fascinated by the hold it had on me. That‘s how my love of horror began.
What’s your favourite movie of all time? THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985)
Who’s your favourite character in film history? I don‘t have a definitive answer, but I‘m going to go with Susan Weinblatt from Claudia Weill‘s GIRLFRIENDS (1978).
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? So many great ones to choose from! Some favorites are fsk, Wolf, filmkunst 66, and b-ware! Ladenkino.
When did you come to Berlin? I lived in Berlin for some years as a child and moved here in 2007.
Reviews: Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song, Call Jane, Sonne, Vesper, Land of Dreams, Alcarras, Nico, The Orphanage, Adam, Trans – I Got Life, Toubab, Orphea, Los Reyes, Bruno, Honeyland, Easy Love
Reviews: Darkroom – Tödliche Tropfen
When I was 19 I was working in Brussels for a year. Around the corner from my place the "Cinémathèque royale de Belgique" was screening different classics every night for 50 francs (~ 2,50 euro). Being relatively poor and not knowing anyone in the city I went there almost every night and watched absolutely everything from the silent THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1928) to Peter Greenaways THE FALLS (1980) to FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980). That's how it started. In 2013 I founded INDIEKINO BERLIN with Tom Dorow, in 2019 we launched Cinema Berlin.
What was your first movie? DER RÄUBER HOTZENPLOTZ (1974)
What’s your favourite movie of all time? DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990) by Wong Kar-Wai
Who’s your favourite character in film history? Paddington Bear
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? Favourite programming: fsk-Kino, favourite architecture: Neues Off, favourite bar: Sputnik-Kino
When did you come to Berlin? 1997
Reviews: Emily, Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris, Armageddon Time, Triangle of Sadness, Bros, Nope, Everything Will Change, One Second, A Chiara, Blue Bayou, The Batman, Nightmare Alley, The Alpinist, Pleasure, Bergman Island, Ammonite, Aware – Reise in das Bewusstsein, Räuberhände, Coup, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, I'm Your Man, God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya, Falling, Und morgen die ganze Welt, No Hard Feelings, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Pelican Blood, Undine, Emma, Narcissus and Goldmund, Sorry We Missed You, Little Joe, The Kindness of Strangers, After the Wedding, The White Crow, System Crasher, Gloria Bell, Late Night, Aren't you happy?, Aladdin, Everything always all the time, A Regular Woman, Der Boden unter den Füßen, Von Bienen und Blumen, Atlas, The Aftermath, Free Solo, On the Basis of Sex, If Beale Street could talk, Green Book, Beautiful Boy, Capernaum, Styx, Utoya 22. juli, Ava, So was von da, Napoli Velata, Visages, Villages, 303, Die Tochter, Breathe, Das schweigende Klassenzimmer, Phantom Thread, Wonder Wheel, The Darkest Hour, Madame, Paddington 2, A Date for Mad Mary, Detroit, In the Fade, Lady Macbeth, The Square, Victoria & Abdul, The Circle, Magical Mystery oder: Die Rückkehr des Karl Schmidt, Tulip Fever, Viceroy's House, The Dinner, Sommerfest, This Beautiful Fantastic, O Ornitólogo, 20th Century Women, Berlin Syndrome, Zwischen den Stühlen, Shot in the Dark, Manchester By The Sea, Juste la fin du monde, American Pastoral, Der Ost-Komplex, Tschick, Das kalte Herz, Gleißendes Glück, Southside With You, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Maggie's Plan, Vor der Morgenröte – Stefan Zweig in Amerika, Fuocoammare, Junges Licht, The Lady in the Van, Freeheld, Results, Unbranded, The 33, Mustang, Je suis Charlie, Carol, Song from the Sea, Bridge of Spies, Steve Jobs, Macbeth, El club, You’re Ugly Too, The Program, The People vs Fritz Bauer, Mediterranea, Il racconto dei racconti, Amy, Victoria, Le meraviglie, Ida, West, Nymphomaniac: Volume II, Alceste à bicyclette, A Long Way Down, Parallel Mothers, House of Gucci, Intrigo – Death of an Author, On Chesil Beach, The Sense of an Ending, The Dinner, Tschick, Hail, Caesar!, Crimson Peak, Nymphomaniac 2, Her, The 100-year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Between Worlds, Grand Budapest Hotel, Everything we want
I've lived in Chicago, Phoenix, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Istanbul with brief stints in Montezuma, Costa Rica and Barcelona. If I ever had a past life, that person without a doubt was an inhabitant of the tropics. I enjoy all forms of escape, and usually feel anxious leaving home without a book. I suffer almost daily from trypophobia. My cures to the stresses of daily life are capoeira and exploring the drum and bass scene in Berlin. I like all film genres but the current guilty pleasure is all things zombie.
What was your first movie? Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
What’s your favourite movie of all time? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Who’s your favourite character in film history? Vernita Green (Kill Bill)
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? Odeon Kino
When did you come to Berlin? November 2014
Reviews: Piazzolla – The Years of the Shark, Long Shot, Mission Lifeline, A Man of Integrity, Pet Sematary, US, The Front Runner, Just Mercy, Escape Room, The Prodigy, The Hate U Give, Unfriended: Dark Web
Reviews: The Nest
In addition to being a lifelong film fan, I’m a writer, musician and letterpress printer. My focus for the past few years has been on games (both computer and analog) and architecture, and I write regularly about these and other subjects at degradedorbit.com.
What was your first movie? The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was Dersu Uzala by Kurosawa. The first movie I ever owned on video was Ghostbusters. Each affected me in its own way.
What’s your favourite movie of all time? If push comes to shove I’d have to say The Big Lebowski.
Who’s your favourite character in film history? Any Toshiro Mifune character, but Kikuchiyo from Seven Samurai is the best of the best
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? I love the tiny neighborhood cinemas and Freiluftkinos, but if I had to choose a favorite it would be the Kino Babylon. The sheer breadth of what they play and their focus on silent films reminds me of my favorite childhood theater, the UC Theater in Berk
When did you come to Berlin? Spring of 2014.
Reviews: Corpus Christi, The Wild Goose Lake, Color Out Of Space, Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, Im Niemandsland, Mishima: A Life in four Chapters, Barstow, California, A Dog Called Money, Carmine Street Guitars, Becoming Animal, Metti la nonna in freezer, Five Fingers for Marseilles, Ray & Liz, Undir trénu, The Last Movie, Datsche, Wij
Reviews: Fuck Fame
Reviews: Red Joan
Reviews: German Class
Reviews: Bones and All, Peter von Kant, Corsage, Dear Memories – Eine Reise mit dem Magnum Fotografen Thomas Hoepker, Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, Axiom, The Death Of My Mother, Bettina, Red Rocket, Everything Went Fine, Happening, Compartment No. 6, Belfast, Operation Mincemeat, Niemand ist bei den Kälbern – No One's with the Calves, Grosse Freiheit, Nahschuss, Co-Pilot, Percy, Matthias et Maxime, My Little Sister, Kajillionaire, Ema
Reviews: The Curse of La Llorona
Reviews: Can You Ever Forgive Me?
British American with a taste for kitchen sink realism and black comedies. In it for the free film tickets.
What was your first movie? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (I was five and it scared the crap out of me)
What’s your favourite movie of all time? The Night of the Hunter
Who’s your favourite character in film history? The Tramp
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? Regenbogenkino
When did you come to Berlin? September 2014
Reviews: Charlatan, Dark Waters, Siberia, Waves, Seberg, Little Women, Queen and Slim, A Rainy Day In New York, The Lighthouse, The Good Liar, The Photograph, Tenet, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Midway, 21 Bridges
Reviews: Nelly och Nadine, Echo, Sweet Disaster, The Seed, Trümmermädchen, The Reason I Jump, Dear Future Children, Walchensee Forever, The Sunlit Night, The Booksellers, Babyteeth, New York – The World Before Your Feet, White, white Day, Bonnie and Bonnie, Babyteeth
Studied Film, Theater, Television and Comparative Literature. Was a film projectionist and part of the collective at Filmrauschpalast for a long time, worked as a writer and director for Off-theaters, wrote about films, theater, literature and theory for Junge Welt. Editor of Indiekino Berlin since 2014.
What was your first movie? The Jungle Book, 1967
What’s your favourite movie of all time? Sunrise (F. W. Murnau) and Richard Linklater's Trilogy Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013)
Who’s your favourite character in film history? The Girl with all the movie posters on her wall in PEOPLE ON A SUNDAY (1930) who stays in bed, hungover, while her friends go to Wannsee to have fun. She's still in bed when her boyfriend shows up again.
What’s your favourite cinema in Berlin? fsk am Oranienplatz, Cinestar, International
When did you come to Berlin? 1981, escaped from Vegesack, Bremen.
Reviews: Crimes of the Future, Inu-Oh, Atlantide, Sing A Bit Of Harmony, Elvis, Spiral, One of These Days, Memoria, The Worst Person in the World, Final Account, Death of a Ladies' Man, C'mon C'mon, The Card Counter, This Rain Will Never Stop, Licorice Pizza, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Lamb, Drive My Car, Annette, Respect, Last Night in Soho, A Dark Song, Nowhere Special, Le Prince, Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr., Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, The Green Knight, Nomadland, The Trouble With Being Born, Felicite, Raving Iran, Freies Land, Motherless Brooklyn, The Lodge, Amazing Grace, Wild Rose, Official Secrets, Parasite, Zwischen uns die Mauer, Joker, The Island of Hungry Ghosts, Paradise Hills, Fisherman's Friends, Ich war zuhause, aber..., Yesterday, High Life, At Eternity's Gate, The Image Book, First Reformed, Destroyer, The Sisters Brothers, Mary Queen of Scots, The Favourite, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Under the Silver Lake, Suspiria, First Man, Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot, Mandy, A Star Is Born, Happy as Lazzaro, BlacKkKlansman, Thoroughbreds, Itzhak, Submergence, Don't worry, he won't get far on foot, The Endless, Love, Cecil, Woman Walks Ahead, Hereditary, Time Trial, Tully, Finding Your Feet, The Rider, The Happy Prince, 7 Days at Entebbe, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Incident in a Ghost Land, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Über Leben in Demmin, I, Tonya, Der Hauptmann, The Post, Shape of Water, All the Money in the World, Happiness, Battle of the Sexes, Borg McEnroe, Blade Runner 2049, mother!, Die Migrantigen, Dunkirk, Western, Wilson, Loving, The Birth of a Nation, Free Fire, Ghost in the Shell, Gimme Danger, Don't Blink – Robert Frank, A United Kingdom, Moonlight, I Am Not Your Negro, Le jeune Karl Marx, Certain Women, The Evil Dead, Lion, The Girl with all the Gifts, The Eyes of My Mother, Personal Shopper, Nocturnal Animals, Paterson, Arrival, The Florence Foster Jenkins Story, All of a Sudden, Snowden, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, The Shallows, Race, Toni Erdmann, High Rise, Green Room, Evolution, A Bigger Splash, Remainder, Wild, The Forbidden Room, Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise, Room, La Loi du marché, Tomorrow is always too long, Above & Below, Colonia, The Revenant, Valley of Love, The Hallow, A Perception, Love, Youth, Cartel Land, A Perfect Day, A Walk in the Woods, Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared, The Tribe, 45 Years, California City, Frank, Freistatt, Trash, It Follows, Out of the Furnace, Flores Rares, Dune, Curveball – Wir machen die Wahrheit, The Golden Glove, The Beguiled, Get Out, Ryu san, Florence Foster Jenkins, Beltracchi – Die Kunst der Fälschung, Journey to Jah, The Station, Verbotene Filme, My Sweet Pepper Land, Moj pes Killer, Äta sova dö