essential werner herzog films

Fitzcarraldo. Grizzly Man. Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Little Dieter Needs to Fly. These are what many cinephiles might call the essential Werner Herzog films. For anyone who saw him for the first time as an actor in The Mandalorian, were intrigued by him, learned he was also an acclaimed director, and are looking to dive into his filmography, those entries would be a good place to start.

But if you ask the man himself, another film should be included in those ranks: 2009’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which stars Nicolas Cage as a corrupt, hallucinating police officer.  Read More »

This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we’re dealing with white supremacy, things from space crashing into the earth, a legendary documentarian debuts his latest, look at the life of an American president, and carve out a little family time.
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TIFF 2020 Films

The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival is still happening this fall, albeit with a lot of changes as the world is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Though there will still be some physical screenings in movie theaters happening up in Canada, this year’s line-up features a smaller selection of films, the addition of plenty of digital screenings, and some collaboration with the Venice Film Festival and New York Film Festival. And now we known which movies will be playing

The full TIFF 2020 line-up has been announced, and it includes a total of 50 films spread out over 10 days, including new movies directed by Regina King, Viggo Mortensen, Halle Berry, Werner Herzog, Chloé Zhao, Mira Nair, and many more. Get the full list of TIFF 2020 films below. Read More »

fireball

Werner Herzog‘s next documentary is heading straight to Apple TV+. Apple announced that it has landed the rights to the new Herzog documentary, Fireball, which it will debut on its Apple TV+ platform. The documentary will explore how shooting stars, meteorites, and deep impacts on Earth have shaped human mythology.

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werner herzog baby yoda

There are two things that stand out in The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. One is a certain character we kind of have to dance around to avoid spoilers. The other is Werner Herzog. As great as he is on the show itself, the real fun of this whole endeavor has been hearing Herzog talking about the show and Star Wars in general during interviews. Everything he’s said has been fascinating, simply because he’s Werner Freakin’ Herzog.

So when Herzog was recently asked about that mysterious character I mentioned above, his answer was typically Herzogian and amazing. In short: he said it made him cry. Spoilers follow.

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werner herzog on the mandalorian

After a full month of folks obsessing over Martin Scorsese declaring that Marvel movies aren’t “cinema”, filmmaker and agent of chaos Werner Herzog has decided to shift the “cinema” conversation elsewhere. Herzog has a part in the new Disney+ Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. And even though everyone agrees that The Mandalorian is part of the TV landscape, Herzog just went ahead and referred to it as “cinema.”

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Werner Herzog Presents The Mandalorian

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, as The Mandalorian debuts the premiere episode on Disney+ today, take a look at what the series would be like if it were a documentary by Werner Herzog. Plus, Spider-Man and The Lighthouse star Willem Dafoe runs through the most memorable roles from his career, and Lady and the Tramp introduces us to the real dog stars of the movie. Read More »

the mandalorian

Fans who were lucky enough to attend Star Wars Celebration last month were treated to a bunch of footage from the upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian. The new show will be debuting with the Disney+ subscription streaming service in November, and it’s taking us back to the style of the original Star Wars trilogy in many ways. In fact, that’s one of the things that excited filmmaker Werner Herzog while working on the show as an actor.

While Werner Herzog is known for his thoughtful, often existential documentaries, when it comes to his acting career, he’s taken on an interesting array of roles, including a villain in Jack Reacher, a poker player called The German in The Grand, and a house caretaker in Parks and Recreation. But soon enough, fans will see him as a gangster in The Mandalorian, and even though Herzog has somehow never seen a single Star Wars movie, he still felt up to the task of starring in it. Plus, he also has some kind words for how this Star Wars production was executed. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we look to build a better toilet, look back on 80s horror, look back on 80s politics, remake another TV show, and get our guitars out in opposition of gentrification. Read More »

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werner herzog tv show

I don’t think anyone expected iconoclastic German director Werner Herzog to be playing a swashbuckling hero in the upcoming live-action Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, but in a new interview, Herzog himself has shed the tiniest bit of light on his role in the new Disney+ series. And yes, he’ll be playing a villain. Read his description of his role below.
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