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byJason Adams

Film director Werner Herzog is marking three quarters of a century on this planet today - a planet that he has probably explored the weirdness hidden away at every single obscure corner of.We should cherish him while we have him,people - even if some of his more recent efforts have been iffier than most.Go see every damn one,reviews be damned.

Funnily enough last night I was readinga reviewof theTwin Peaksfinale (no spoilers here,don't worry!) that called that series mastermind David Lynch "American pop culture's answer to Werner Herzog,"and I got to thinking about these two directors in relation to each other.Besides Herzog and Lynch easily making my list of Top Five Greatest Living Film-makers I don't usually think about them in relation to each other,but it's not an invalid point.

So here,for Werner's birthday,let's latch him onto the zeitgeist's momentarily hottest art-house auteur,and list three similarities,with one glaring dissimilarity...


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