Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016) – Review

Review Bodyguards Secret Lives from the Watchtower

There are different forms of being a celebrity. Of course there are the actors and musicians, where being famous automatically means more popularity (and money), but als politicians get a lot of attention, especially when you have a different point of view. With fame also because negative consequences, like your safety. When people know you they want to get into contact with you, which often is friendly, but there are always a couple of people who want to hurt others. For them security is a necessity and this documentary looks at the world of bodyguards, both in entertainment, politics and the criminal underworld. Continue reading

Passengers (2016) – Review

Recensie Passengers

Before this movie came out the hype train was running at top speed. Everyone I knew couldn’t wait to see it, probably because both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence have been in some great movies the last couple of years. Add a little bit of science fiction to it and show a nice trailer and most people were sold on the concept. I let that train pass me by, so it took a while before I decided to give it a chance. I should have waited longer as this movie really was disappointing. Continue reading

24X36 – A Movie About Movie Posters – Review

Review 24X36- A Movie About Movie Posters

Last year I organised a Filmblog Get Together event for Dutch movie bloggers and I’m planning to do a second one this year. I’ll be renting a cinema as a meeting place and of course with such a location watching a movie needs to be part of the program. But which movie will I show this year. Last year I happened to read about It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong over at Flixchatter. It turned out to be a movie I loved and it was the perfect choice for the event. Most bloggers shared that opinion, but that also leads to expectations for this year. Which surprise will I bring this time? I kind of feel like a musician who has released a successful first album and who has to at least meet expectations. It makes you even more critical. A while ago I read about this documentary and I decided to contact the director, who was helpful in getting me to talk to the right people. A movie with this subject sounded like the perfect film to show to a cinema filled with cinephiles. But was it was I was looking for? Continue reading

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – Review

Review Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Harry Potter franchise was (and of course still is) a very successful range of books and movies. I once started watching the films, but I’ll have to admit that I eventually stopped watching. After a couple of them I simply lost interest and I never returned. I didn’t know J.K. Rowling kept writing books and was involved in expanding the universe which in the end has resulted in this film, the start of a new franchise. It wasn’t a movie I had any feelings about, but which I decided to give a chance. Continue reading

The Founder (2016) – Review

Review The Founder

McDonald’s was a place you’d be able to find me quite a lot when I was a teenager. There was one summer I kept going there because I had a crush on one of the girls behind the counter, but it was also the spot to meet up with friends, away from your parents and enjoying something to eat. Of course it still has that function for many, but I hardly visit it anymore. Still it is unbelievable how one small restaurant on the west coast of the US managed to grow into one of the biggest restaurant chains in the world. And as The Founder shows, that’s all because (mostly) one man, Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton). Continue reading

Paterson (2016) – Review

Review paterson

Paterson isn’t only the name of a town in the US, but also the name of the main character in this film, played by Adam Driver. He works as a bus driver and writes poetry. His girlfriend is artistic, paints almost everything in the house black and white and dreams about being a successful singer or selling cupcakes. During a week you get a look into their lives. Continue reading

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) – Review

Review Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Although Tim Burton has been making movies for a long time and has delivered quite a few good ones (Big Figh, Big Eyes, Ed Wood), he’s never been a director to me who made my heart beat faster. That’s mainly because of his dark style, which I’m simply not a fan of. That was also the main reason that I didn’t see this film in the cinema, but now that it’s available via VOD, I decided to give it a chance (despite signals by various people that this was a bad movie). Continue reading