Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Wow. I haven’t written in a while. Well, let’s get on with it and not wallow in the sorrow of wasted time!  And, there’s no better filmmaker to begin again with than Werner Herzog. I’m sure I’ve said it in nearly every single post I’ve ever written about a Herzog film, but what I like most about his films are their characteristically Herzoggian qualities: real … Continue reading Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Woyzeck (1979)

I had forgotten that this particular Herzog film starred Klaus Kinski, even though I now remember scenes from it that were on the documentary, My Best Fiend, which is about the tumultuous relationship between Herzog and Kinski. Actually, watching My Best Fiend really helps one to appreciate the evil genius of Kinski’s acting. As Woyzeck is drawing to a close, and Woyzeck is wielding the knife … Continue reading Woyzeck (1979)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

I’m blown away by this film. It is the best Herzog film I’ve seen yet. The pace is perfect. The story is profound. The characters are well presented. What struck me as I was watching this film was Antonio Gramsci’s concept of the organic intellectual. (I’ve noted this also in my post on Slumdog Millionnaire) This comes out most profoundly in the scene when Kaspar … Continue reading The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

Empire of the Sun (1987)

It’s amazing how much the Little Christian Bale looks, acts, and speaks like the Big Christian Bale.  His voice, his lips, his eyes:  all Christian Bale.  Now, you might be wondering why I say his lips here, but since he became Batman, one can’t help but focus on his lips when he’s in the Bat Suit. It’s a legitmate observation.  And, it makes me think … Continue reading Empire of the Sun (1987)

Major Lull in Brain Activity: An Attempt to Catch Up

I’ve recently experienced a major lull in brain activity that has kept me away from my blossoming blog.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t been watching any films.  On the contrary, I’ve been watching just as many as I normally do, I just haven’t been writing about them.   I’ll just say a few things about a few of the films I’ve watched recently, because … Continue reading Major Lull in Brain Activity: An Attempt to Catch Up

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

I suppose one of the most powerful scenes in this film was at the beginning when we see the Spanish soldiers, and many chained slaves, traipsing through the thick forest carrying the two women in their carriage-box things.  At that moment, something became clear to me:  the absolute ridiculousness of the colonizers’ absurd attempts to not only conquer but to bring their inappropriate cultural practices into an … Continue reading Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

Invincible (2002)

This feature-film by Werner Herzog presents an interesting view of the time period concerning the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and their effects on Jews in Germany and Poland:  1932 & 1933.  What stands out the most to me is how obvious it is to viewers today (it’s amazing to think it was over 70 years ago!) that the incomprehsible “racial” divide between Germans and … Continue reading Invincible (2002)

Wheel of Time (2003)

This documentary is about a Buddhist monk ordainment festival that takes place in Bodh Gaya, India and in some place in Austria.  Herzog takes the viewer through the long journey to the festival (at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment) and to various other important locations.  One monk had traveled for 6-7 years straight, making the journey by prostrations.  While Herzog only encounters this particular … Continue reading Wheel of Time (2003)

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) & Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

The Wild Blue Yonder:  I just watched this fictional, quasi-documentary style film by Werner Herzog after watching his documentary about an American scientific research facility in Antarctica (Encounters at the End of the World, 2007), which recently played at the DFT.  Encounters provided the viewer with amazing footage of undersea-and-ice life on the sub continent.   As Herzog tells the viewer at the beginning of … Continue reading The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) & Encounters at the End of the World (2007)