Monthly archives of “September 2011


The Edge of Heaven, Fatih Akın (2007)

Watching this, I was thinking, what was that other terrific movie I saw that dealt with the interpenetration of Turkish and German cultures, and then I remembered it was Head-On, from 2004, and then I found that Akin directed that, too! This one’s a bit less visceral, but it’s just as affecting and intelligent. This is a young director to watch. It’s too bad that Washington D.C. is so far away from Kabul. If the flight between them were as brief as the one between Hamburg and Istanbul, I think the world would be a different place.


My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog (1999)

Well, you have to have a serious predisposition for these two madmen to find any pleasure in this, and if you do have the predisposition, you’ve probably already seen this. It’s somewhat about the relationship between two quite thoroughly co-dependent collaborators, but it’s also a “making-of” documentary about Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, which is a lot of fun for nuts like me.