Humanity continues to dream of adding Werner Herzog's voice to all documentaries

Werner Herzog is an endlessly fascinating filmmaker, having pivoted from helming some of film’s most daring productions to exploring our world with vital documentaries about cave paintings, grizzlies, and the internet. It’s not just Herzog’s boundless curiosity that enraptures audiences, but also the ways in which his…

Werner Herzog goes Into The Inferno, won’t shut up about it

Much like Whit Stillman adapting Jane Austen earlier this year, Into The Inferno—a documentary about volcanoes directed by Werner Herzog—seems like such a no-brainer that it’s hard to believe it didn’t already exist. Actually, this one did already exist, albeit in shorter forms: Herzog’s short doc “La Soufrière”…

Witness the fury of nature in the trailer for Werner Herzog’s Into The Inferno

It’s time to add one more item to your intimidatingly long index of Netflix originals that you’re definitely going to get around watching one day, because it’s extremely difficult to watch two frail humans staring into the burbling maw of a magma-filled crater while Werner Herzog recites apocalyptic poetry without…

Michael Shannon waxes philosophical in the new trailer for Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire

On paper, Werner Herzog’s latest feature film sounds like a big-budget action flick a la The Day After Tomorrow: Veronica Ferres and Gael Garcia Bernal play two ecologists sent to South America as part of a U.N. investigation into an eco-disaster. They’re quickly kidnapped by Michael Shannon’s villainous CEO and…

Natalie Portman plays Jackie Kennedy, and a great film takes TIFF by storm

Three actors, three ages, one soul: Barry Jenkins’ beautiful, sensitive Moonlight (Grade: A) tells a coming-of-age story in passages, each possessed of enough standalone power to operate as a wonderful short film, even as the whole proves much greater than the sum of the parts. It’s only Jenkins’ second feature, after…

Werner Herzog’s film school primarily teaches you to break the rules

Werner Herzog has a unique approach to filmmaking, one that he’s proven surprisingly willing to share. The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans and Grizzly Man director recently teamed up with MasterClass to teach the methods to his madness, which apparently include extralegal activities. At least, that’s the part…

MUBI celebrates Werner Herzog’s “Ecstatic Fictions” in a month-long tribute

Werner Herzog gets a lot of accolades as a documentary filmmaker these days, but his fiction work is a pretty big deal, too—it’s just that once you make a movie about a real guy getting eaten by a bear, people tend to forget about the other stuff. Arthouse streaming service MUBI still cares about Herzog’s fiction…

Chicago, see Werner Herzog’s Lo And Behold... early and for free

Werner Herzog tends to make movies about the heartless cruelty of nature, but for his next project, the documentary Lo And Behold, he’s diving deep into the equally heartless cruelty of the internet to show how everyone being virtually connected has changed the world. It probably won’t touch on Pokémon Go—a phenomenon…

Werner Herzog analyzes Kanye’s “Famous” video while staring into the abyss

When looking for narration about human atrocities, few could rival the analysis of Werner Herzog. His distrust of nature, humanity, and Pokémon Go makes for a cold and distant reaction to various stimuli, a seemingly objective voice that can find existential meaning and crises in even the most fleeting of absurd…

Werner Herzog is on Facebook Live talking about the internet

If there’s an argument for the existence of Facebook Live, it’s the ability to live-chat with legendary director Werner Herzog—the man who once solemnly wondered, “Is there such a thing as insanity among penguins?” Herzog is perhaps the only person who is stranger in real life than he is when Paul F. Tompkins…

The universe is indifferent to man, and Werner Herzog is indifferent to Pokémon Go

One of the core themes in Werner Herzog’s work is that the universe is a cold and unflinching place that is ruled by nothing but madness. The natural order of things is chaos, and any attempt by man to forge some stability in that chaos is a pointless endeavor. Also, happiness is an illusion. Also, working with Klaus…