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werner herzog

Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

Apocalypto Now! It’s hard to behold delusional Europeans flailing in the depths of the Amazon without Werner Herzog coming to mind, and so he does in Embrace The Serpent, an impressionistic meditation on the clash of modernity with…

Queen of the Desert (2015)

Herzog opens Queen of the Desert with an impressive shot. Sand drifts across the dunes like a growing mist, rolling up each peak before flowing down the other side. Into this remote land comes a group of travellers led by Gertrude Bell;…

Jack Reacher (2012)

Satisfaction and vindication, that's what I felt when I walked out of the cinema after seeing Jack Reacher. I like to feel satisfied as the end credits of a movie roll, I like to feel as if I made the right choice (especially considering…

Jack Reacher (2012)

A snappy mystery-thriller that fizzles In a world where nobody actually reads books anymore and every other novel is a "bestseller," the Lee Child "Jack Reacher" stories are so categorised, and Paramount figures on making a franchise out…

Dinotasia (2012)

A documentary about dinosaurs narrated by Werner Herzog sounds amazing right? Well, Dinotasia deserves credit for effort but never really gains momentum. Beginning 250 million years ago in Siberia at the end of the Permian period, the…

Into the Abyss (2011)

Varieties of murder While Herzog's last documentary delved into prehistoric caves where ancient paintings lie hidden, his new one, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, penetrates the modern darkness of the prisons and…

The Berlinale 2012

 The Berlinale has become synonymous with high quality World Cinema, last year’s festival awarded A Separation (2011) the prestigious Golden Bear award, the film went on to win many more awards, is nominated for an Academy Award and made…

Death Row (2012)

*** Warning 'ere be spoilers *** This documentary series is a companion piece to Werner Herzog’s 2011 film Into the Abyss and is part of his death row project. The series is in four parts, each part focusing on one person on death row…