Soemtimes there are movie genres or movies form a specific country you are interested in watching, but where you don’t know where to start. To me that’s the feeling I have with anime. It is such a wide genre that’s its possible to check out so many different directions and where I’ve seen so little. Yes, I did see a lot of Ghibli films and some random other films, but that’s about it. This title is one which I added to my to watch list years ago and was my first introduction to the work of director Makoto Shinkai. Continue reading
It is the last day of school and at Roosevelt High School it means that the students are allowed to pull pranks all day. This results in a school at which not everything goes as it normally does and it is a challenge for the teachers to “survive” the day as anything can happen with either their car or during their classes. Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) doesn’t realise at the start of the day what his will look like, but it will be a lot worse than he can imagine. Grumpy history teacher Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) asks him to help him, but because of what happens next it gets Strickland fired. He wants revenge and challenges Andy to a fight, after school, outside. Continue reading
During his career Vin Diesel has played various characters, but he’s mainly an actor who has been successful as an action star in his Fast & Furious and Riddick movies and the extreme sports version of James Bond: xXx. The first movie in the franchise was bizarre but enjoyable and in the sequel his role was played by Ice Cube. As the title already implies Diesel is back (after 15 years). Does that result in a film worth watching? Hell yes. Continue reading
Games allow you as a gamer to take control of another character who can perform actions which sometimes would be impossible in the real world. That’s also the case for the Assasin’s Creed games, in which you are a member of secret group travelling through old cities, running with parcours skills across rooftops to fight the Templars. As not all games are set at the same time it introduced the element of the “present”, where a machine (the Animus) is used to allow the main character to jump into the past in order to find artefacts who have a link to the creation story which can influence humanity. With popular game series it seem inevitable that they are turned into movies and unfortunately history has shown it almost always ends up being disappointing (just think of the Warcraft movie last year). Is this one different? Continue reading
In 2001 no one could have predicted that The Fast and the Furious would be the start of a franchise that would one of the biggest in the world. What once started as a story about an undercover cop who had to infiltrate a gang of streetracers as lots of DVD-players were being stolen, slowly (with some missteps) changed into a series which manages to pull in big audiences. The core elements of the first movie remained firmly in place though: that your friends are family and everything you do, of course you have to do it with a car. The family slowly grew with the addition of Dwayne Johnson and bad guy Jason Statham and they added a lot.
When Paul Walker unexpectedly died when the previous movie was being shot it meant a big blow to the franchise. His character was different from the rough and tough machos like Dominic Torettot (Vin Diesel) and Luke Hobbs. Despite him not being present anymore the movie was finished thanks to his brothers and a little bit of movie magic. He is missing in this eight movie and has this impacted the end result? Continue reading
Sometimes there are these movies which are part of a genre you don’t like, but where you have heard so many great stories about that you jsut have to give that a chance. To me that was the case with Get Out, which is part of the horror genre (which I don’t really like). When I recently talked to a fellow blogger he made a comparison to a Hitchcock movie. As that’s one of my favorite directors as he was all about building suspense I just had to see Jordan Peele’s film. And I don’t regret I did that! Continue reading
James Baldwin was an American writer who didn’t only write books, but also plays and poems. Besides this he also spoke out about various issues in American society, like race and sex. Het wanted to make the Afro-American experience clear to other and because of that he came into contact with (and befriended) Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the eighties he was planning to write a book about his experiences with these men who were important for the civil rights movement. He wrote letters about what he was planning to write about and had started a manuscript. He passed away in 1987 from stomach cancer and thus the book was never written. Recently this documentary played in a local theater in Rotterdam, where director Raoul Peck was present. He told the audience how Baldwin’s books have been inspiring him for years. He wanted to make a film which would introduce him to a wider audience. He didn’t know yet in which way he would do it, until he got his hands on the manuscript. He decided to use that to make this documentary. Continue reading