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Maidentrip (2013)

review Maidentrip

Would you allow your 14-year old daughter to sail around the world by herself?

It was a question which many parent in the Netherlands asked in 2009 when Laura Dekker wanted to do this. When a civil servant heard about her plan, which would mean a big impact on her going to school, he made a note of it, which finally ended up in a court case. She was placed under responsibility of the state and with that her plan to sail around the world seemed to be merely a dream she would never be able to realise.

Everyone had an opinion about it and many thought it was irresponsible of the parents to have their daughter make such a long and dangerous journey by herself. Many based this on very limited knowledge of the case. Finally Laura Dekker won her court case and could start her journey. This movies documents that trip around the world. Continue reading

Fed Up (2014)

review fed up

“Hi, my name is Nostra and I’m an addict” were the first thoughts that ran trough my mind after watching the documentary Fed Up. Luckily I’m not alone in this and it’s actually most of society that is as well. We all consume something which stimulates our brains even more than cocaine: sugar. I have to admit I eat candy each day, but even if you don’t chances are that you consume more of it than you actually realise, often above the daily recommended limit. There are lots of product in the supermarket which contain it, even ones you wouldn’t expect to have it. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Archive!

The Monday Question

A big part of blogging is the sense of community and I enjoy visiting other blogs to read about other people’s opinions about specific movies. I’ve got more subscriptions to blogs than I am able to read each day which always leads to a big backlog in emails of blogposts I still want to read and comment on. I’ve been steadily trying to reduce the unread emails and my backlog ran all the way back to July. When you read such blog posts that late you notice something: Unless it is a timeless post there will not be any comments made after only a couple of days. The average relevancy for a post therefore is extremely low and it is quite a shame how “disposable” that time you have put into something is. It made me wonder how you feel about this:

Do you read older blog posts of blogs after you have seen a specific movie and how do you feel about the average relevancy of the posts you have written?

The Better Film: Scarface vs Carlito’s Way

There always discussions between people when comparing two (very good) movies, which usually comes down to one question:
If you have to pick only one, which is the better film?

My goal is to have that discussion in the comments and see which of the two gets the most support, thus being the better film of the two. This does not mean the other one is bad, it is just to see which one is the preferred choice.

For the last couple of weeks it were sequels going up against the original. This time though the choice is not about movies that are part of the same universe, but which in my mind are spiritually linked. One is about someone making it in organised crime, while the other is about someone wanting to leave it. Which of these two do you think is the better film? Continue reading

Patria (2014)

Review Patria

Ambition can take you quite far and Patria is a good example of this. First time director Klaas van Eijkeren wanted to make the first Dutch movie about the first world war. He based the story on the letters soldier Arthur Knaap (Timothy Flohr) sent to his father while he was fighting. This Dutch-Indonesian young man lived in France and decided to join the foreign legion to fight in the trenches. It is clear that van Eijkeren really invested a lot of time in his research to transform this into a full length film. Ambition unfortunately doesn’t always mean that you will be able to get your passion project financed, which van Eijkeren had big issues with. He finally managed to get a small amount of money, 15000 euros, and decided he would make the movie with this very limited budget. Continue reading