When director Christopher Nolan releases a new movie you are more less obliged as a movie lover to go watch it as soon as you can. He’s someone who lives and breathes cinema, who won’t go near filming digitally and isn’t a fan of VOD-platforms like Netflix and the way they release movies. Besides that he also likes to do as much of the special effects practically. Although his movies are a joy to watch from a technical perspective, they sometimes feel a bit sterile. For his latest movie he wanted to bring an important seconds world war moment to the big screen: the evacuation of the troops at Dunkirk. Continue reading
The new series of Planet of the Apes movies, which started in 2011 is one of the better franchises in the past few years. Thanks to amazing special effects and strong stories Rise and Dawn were a joy to watch. War for the Planet of the Apes is the end of this trilogy. Does this manage to close it as strong as it started? Continue reading
When news initially broke that after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield another actor would be portraying Spider-Man, the reaction mostly was that people weren’t really looking forward to it. The movies with Andrew Garfield told the “origin” story again and most didn’t think it was necessary to go through all of that a third time. But after seeing Tom Holland in the role during Captain America: Civil War, many concluded that his take was refreshing and wanted more. It was cool to see Tony Stark take him under his wings but also fun to see him fanboying when he first met the Avengers. It is quite an achievement that Spider-Man: Homecoming has been realised so quickly after that movie and actually closely fits with that film. Does Holland’s portrayal of the webslinger also work in a two hour long movie? Continue reading
After seeing Makoto Shinkai’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, I was really looking forward to seeing his latest film, which received a lot of glowing reviews. I was already impressed by his style, but wanted to find out if the story in this movie would be stronger and how much he had grown as a storyteller in then ten years between the films. Continue reading
As you know I’ve been writing on My Filmviews since 2010 and through the years I’ve got to know a lot of cool and interesting people from all over the world. One of those people was Ruth who is running Flixchatter.net. She’s always enthusiastic in her writing about what she has seen and through the years she’s one of those bloggers that I really appreciate knowing and feeling connected with. We actually met up a couple of years ago when she was travelling through Europe with her husband and we had a great time. Besides that she is also important when I’m looking for a movie to play when I’m organising the yearly Dutch moviebloggers get together event in a cinema. It was thanks to her review of It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong that I got to know about the film and this year she was also really helpful in giving some tips and getting me into contact with a couple of directors.
Almost as long as I’ve known her she has had a dream: Making her own movie and she has made the first steps in realising that with the short: Hearts Want. Continue reading
For years Casey Affleck didn’t get as much attention as his brother Ben. Unfairly though, because in various roles he proved that he is an actor worth watching (just this of his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). With this movie his talent was rewarded, as he received the Oscar for best male performance. Is it just him who is good, or is this movie top-notch as well? Continue reading
Last year I wrote about Sunspring, a short film which was written entirely by an articifial intellgence which called itself Benjamin. When watching that it quickly became clear that there still was long way to go, but despite that it was fascinating to watch. This year Benjamin has written something again, but the approach of it has been different. This time various parts are written by humans and it quickly becomes clear when Benjamin’s work kick in as it shows a different style. Does that result in a good film? You be the judge! Continue reading