People On Sunday (1930) – Robert Slodmak & Edgar G. Ulmar

People On Sunday is the next big stop in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Called a film without actors, the film is fluid and natural, following five people on a Sunday. Erwin, a taxi driver, Brigitte, a retail, clerk, Wolfgang, a wine trader, Christl, a film extra, Annie, a model,  are the film’s subjects, as…

Cabaret (1972) – Bob Fosse

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, following their recommendation of Blue Angel (previously reviewed) is Bob Fosse’s 1972 Oscar winning classic. Starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, the film is set in Berlin. Sally, an entertainer in a local club, is the film’s centre but…

Wings of Desire (1987) – Wim Wenders

Remade for those North American audiences who hate to to read as the less than stellar City of Angels, the beautiful Wings of Desire captured hearts and imaginations when it premiered at Cannes, winning Wenders a Best Director award. It is also the next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book….

In the Garden of Beasts (2011) – Erik Larson

  After I finished Erik Larson’s latest book, Dead Wake, I made sure to go out and track down another one. Not since Stephen Ambrose have I enjoyed a historian’s storytelling method, and it was with great delight that I picked up In the Garden of the Beasts, even the subtitle on the cover was…

The Grand Hotel (1932) – Edmund Goulding

  It’s time to check in on Greta Garbo again, as we take on another recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Anna Karenina. This one is based on the novel by Vicki Baum, and is filled with melodrama, one for almost every room in the hotel….

Muppets: Most Wanted (2014) – James Bobin

Every now and then, when I find things aren’t going as well as they could, a dose of nostalgia tends to help me get back on track. One of the things I most love from my childhood, is The Muppets. It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get, those bunch of lovable pieces of…

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Paul Greengrass

  Paul Greengrass appears on the 101 Action Movies as the director of the sequel to the successful The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon reprises his role as the amnesic assassin, this time drawn out in a cat and mouse game that leaves his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente) dead, and has him framed for a murder,…

Oma & Bella – Alexa Karolinski, Germany/USA

  Oma & Bella points a camera into the lives of two Holocaust survivors who remained in Germany after WWII.  Living together now in Berlin, their friendship has survived several decades, and has an enviable strength due to their shared memories and love of cooking.  For both women, food – and the preparation of food…