When you think of Studio Ghibli the first thing you’ll probably also think of is Hayao Miyazaki, the director of movies like My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, Princes Mononoke and Howl´s Moving Castle. But he started the studio together with Isao Takahata. Takahata was responsible for the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies. Does he manage to get out the same sort of emotions with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya? Continue reading
Earlier this year an open letter appeared online, which was signed by many important scientists and business men, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, which called for building in security measures into the artificial intelligence systems which are being developed. There is a good reason for that, because the developments are going quickly, especially when a company like Google is investing in it. The first steps are already being made with self driving cars and personal assistants on your phone like Siri, Cortana and Google Now, but it is not hard to imagine that in our own lifetime we will see ourselves conversing with artificial intelligence which feel like real people. The movie Her managed to show the romantic side of that, in which someone fell in love with such a system. Ex Machina shows another side of it. Continue reading
Chris Pratt was born on the 21st of june 1979 in Virginia, Minnesota. He was raised in Lake Stevens, Washington and wrestled as a high school student. He later would drop out of college and even worked as a stripper. For a while he was homeless and lived in Maui where he worked a little to survive. While working at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company at age 19 he was discovered by Rae Dawn Chong. She decided to cast him in the first movie she was going to direct named Cursed Part 3.
Pratt played roles in Everwood and The O.C. He read for roles in the 2009 Star Trek movie and also for Avatar, but was not cast. He then landed a role in Parks and Recreation. The character he played was so popular it became a returning character. He also was in movie like Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty and Delivery Man. In 2014 he really made a name for himself in the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and voicing the main character in The Lego Movie. Both movies were huge box office successes and this year he has repeated that with his leading role in Jurassic World. He is married to actress Anna Faris. Continue reading
During your teenage years you always look forward to summer vacation. Over here it’s six weeks of freedom and you know that you are going to have a lot of new experiences. You might hang out with friends, travel abroad and might be lucky enough to find a summerlove (or more). Les Combattants (also known as Love at First Fight) is set during such a summer period and tries to capture that feeling. Continue reading
In general my knowledge of Mexican culture is minimal, especially since I live in Europe. The things I do know are usually from American shows and movies, but it isn’t much. The Book of Life though is a nice introduction though to a part of the culture. Continue reading
I regularly get requests from various (new) directors who have made a movie and ask me if I would be interested in reviewing it. Through the years I’ve learned to be very careful accepting as generally the quality usually is pretty low and it is just a bit harder to write something negative when you feel the hope and the belief in their product and you know you’ll have to hurt that a bit. I recently received a request to review The Cobblestone Corridor, directed by Erik Bloomquist. I decided to check out the trailer for his movie and it had me intrigued. Not only because the story looked interesting, but also because it looked very polished. I had a bit of hope that this short movie actually was worth watching. Continue reading
Whenever director Neill Blomkamp has finished a new movie, I always look forward to it. The South African director had his big breakthrough, partly thanks to Peter Jackson, with his fantastic District 9. Not only the story it told was fascinating, but the effects were extremely convincing (which isn’t a surprise if you know he has a background in 3d effects). He followed it up with Elysium starring Matt Damon, which didn’t exactly receive glowing reviews, but which I personally really enjoyed. Chappie is his third movie. If you look at his first short movie from 2004, Tetra Vall, you immediately see the similarities between the main character from that with this movie, also a police robot in Johannesburg. Has Blomkamp managed to turn that short film into a fascinating feature film? Continue reading