The Martian (2015)

Review The Martian

The inventiveness of the human mind has brought us far in different areas in life. Some of those are things you don’t even think about anymore, like how efficiently the food on your plate was transported there or how certain diseases which killed millions of people centuries ago can now be easily prevented or cured. Despite all those developments there still is a lot left to explore and when it comes to space we have only just started. The last time we were on another celestial body is already 43 years ago and although Dutch businessman Bas Lansdorp has big plans with his Mars One project (which has been receiving a lot of critique), it is something which probably won’t be realised anytime soon.

Fortunately the movies gives us an opportunity to dream about that and in The Martian the human race has come that far and the first people have landed there. Directed by science fiction specialist Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña and Chiwetel Ejiofor the question is whether that dream has been successfully brought to life with this film. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Which movies would you like to experience for the first time again?

The Monday Question

A great joy of watching movies is that sense of discovery. Knowing that there is so much out there you haven’t seen and the thrill of finding one which ultimately touches you unlike any other movie has done. I love that first experience you have if it is a movie you have a deep connection with, of the unknown and it’s a shame that you know that the second time you’ll see it that feeling would be slightly different. It made me think:

Which movie(s) would you like to experience for the first time again?

Of course you could go for movies which have big reveals, something like Oldboy. But if I was forced to only pick two or three I’d probably go for my top 3 movies, Black Swan, Pulp Fiction and Mr.Nobody as I’m sure that they would have the same impact on me and would end up in the same spots. It would be thrilling to not know what would happen. Interested to know which movies you’d pick!

Fabergé – A Life of Its Own (2014)

Review Faberge A Life of its own

If you think of one thing when you hear the name Fabergé, it’s eggs. They were made by Peter Carl Fabergé and his many expert jewellers from 1885 till 1917. It’s estimated that about 50 were made, of which 43 are still in existence and a couple of them are hoped to be discovered. The thing which makes these objects so special isn’t only the fact that they are made of expensive metals and precious stones, but also something a collector of them calls “the closest thing which comes to human perfection”. The eggs are extremely detailed and some of them contain surprises. This movie doesn’t only show his famous product, but also the circumstances in which the company became successful. Continue reading

The Guest (2014)

Review The Guest

Usually when we deal with other people we assume they are good people. If someone approaches you with a friendly smile and is nice to be around you will quickly trust that person. When David (Dan Stevens) knocks on the door of the Peterson family he comes across as a very charming man. He tells them he was a soldier who fought together with their son, who died while serving. David promised him that he’d visit his family and give them his final message if he would pass away. From the moment David arrives though some very shocking events start taking place. Continue reading

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Review What we do in the shadows

My knowledge of vampire movies is extremely limited. The horrible Dracula Untold is the last vampire related movie I’ve seen and I honestly can’t remember the one before that. When I initially heard about this movie I wasn’t interested in seeing it at all. A mockumentary about vampires didn’t sound very appealing to me and I didn’t add it to my “to watch” list. That all changed when a friend of mine showed me the trailer. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Statistics!

The Monday Question

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a question and as you might have noticed my posting schedule hasn’t been as regular as it used to be. Partly that’s because I’ve been focussing a lot of my attention on the Dutch version of this site this past year, but there is also another reason: statistics. Yes, I do appreciate everyone who visits my blog, but since the beginning of the year I’ve seen quite a drop in numbers. I still don’t know the reason for this, but compared to last year the numbers were around half of what they were before. It might be that Google has changed some of its algorithms, meaning specific articles aren’t found as easily anymore or maybe because some popular articles have been less relevant, but still it has been something that’s been bothering me a bit. So that made me wonder:

How important are the statistics of your blog to you and have you noticed any changes the last year?

The Many Faces of… Michael B. Jordan

Michael B Jordan

Michael B. (Bakari) Jordan was born on the 9th of february 1987 in Santa Ana, California. After having lived there for two years the family moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he went to school. He played basketball and didn’t really plan on having a career in acting. He modeled for various companies and eventually wound up acting. After initially having cameos in Cosby and The Sopranos and a role in the movie Hardball, he eventually was noticed for his role as Wallace in The Wire. He acted in the soap opera All My Children and did guest appearances in CSI, Without a Trace, Cold Case and Law & Order. He had a recurring role in both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Movies he has appeared in include Red Tails, Chronicle, Fruitvale Station, That Awkward Moment and Fantastic Four. In his next movie, Creed, he plays the son of Apollo Creed from the Rocky films, together with Sylvester Stallone. Continue reading