Both the Guardian and the Independent take a look at "Heimat 3," the third series of German director Edgar Reitz‘s epic look at the 20th century in Germany, via the lives of the inhabitants of a small village (the official site is here, if you want to slog through using a translator [for some reason, Google attempts to translate it from Italian] or if you happen to speak German). We don’t use "epic" lightly here – Reitz began the series twenty-five years ago, and though they, out of necessity, have been shown in piece on television, each is essentially a long film. The first "Heimat" was fifteen hours and forty minutes long. "Heimat 3" opens, in six parts in London on Friday.
Via AP, Loews Cinemas are going to start advertising the actual start time of their movies, not the time they start showing their various ads, service announcements, and trailers.
The Guardian has George Monbiot writing about the incredible-sounding documentary "Darwin’s Nightmare," about life on the shores of Lake Victoria in Africa, where the economy revolves around exporting perch, which were artificially introduced into the pond as an "experiment" by a visiting European adventurer – the fish thrived, wiping out hundreds of local species.
And two about L.A. ensemble drama "Crash," which opens in limited release in the US this Friday: at the San Francisco Chronicle, a talk with writer/director Paul Haggis about his inspiration for the film – getting carjacked; over at New York Magazine, an interview with one of the stars, Thandie Newton.
+ No place like Heimat (Independent)
+ The Nazis, communism and everything (Guardian)
+ Loews to Publish Note on Pre-Movie Ads (AP)
+ Death on the Nile (Guardian)
+ ‘Crash’ came to Paul Haggis in a dream – and a carjacking (SF Chronicle)
+ Actress: Thandie Newton (New York Magazine)