The Lost Cinemas of Rotterdam: Arena

Lost cinemas of Rotterdam Arena

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Although most people in Rotterdam will know this location, on the Kruiskade, as the former stage Nighttown (where a lot of famous musicians have played, it was a cinema for a couple of decades before. It was also one of the few cinemas which survived the second world war.

After the success of his W.B.Theater located on Nieuwe Binnenweg Karl Weisbard decides in 1930 to open a second cinema: Roxy Theater. The building is designed by Jac Van Gelderen. It has a thousand seats and opens its door on May 31st. Besides movies some stage performances take place as well. Continue reading

Citizenfour (2014)

Review Citizenfour

The information that was made public by Edward Snowden in 2013 has had a lot of impact on the technology sector. In these documents there was information that the NSA had access to personal information (like email and phone records) of millions of people, both in and outside of the US. It is the reason many companies have added encryption options to their data or are planning to do so in the future. It’s something organisations like the NSA and FBI are not happy about as it will limit their access and the usefulness.

As a system administrator Snowden managed to gain access to a huge pile of sensitive documents and he started looking for a way to publish these that would have the most impact. He decided to contact documentarian Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald resulting in this movie, showing how the world got to know about the information and him. Continue reading

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers Age of Ultron review

One of the most visually striking elements from the first Avengers movie was the long shot in which the camera showed all the Avengers in one swooping move through the city. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) managed to beat their enemy by turning into a team. They are now back and this second film opens with a similar impressive scene, all in one shot, where all the Avengers are introduced while attacking a Hydra base. This action filled opening shows a lot of promise, but does Age of Ultron succeed in keeping the movie at that level? Continue reading

Three Colors: Blue (1993)

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The second film from my Blindspot series of this year is the first movie out of the “Three Colors” trilogy. The three colors that are those of the French flag, blauw, white and red. The themes those colors represent are freedom, equality and brotherhood and each of these movies is based on these colors and its meaning. These movie have been written and directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and have been om my to watch list for years. And now I have seen the first one! Continue reading

The Getaway (1972)

Review The Getaway

If you watch as many movies as I do, it colors the way you experience other films. Whether you’d want to or not you make connections, start guessing how the story will unfold and you hope that you will be surprised. Especially when watching older films you notice the impact of modern films on what you’ve come to expect. The biggest difference usually is the tempo, which is much slower with longer shots. Different techniques are used as well. The Getaway has moments that are typical for the seventies. You immediately notice this at the start of the film, where the only thing you hear is the annoying sound of a machine, played against imagery which stops with a freeze frame. Blood looks different (more like red paint). These are probably things a modern audience won’t appreciate anymore, but I love the nostalgic factor of them. Continue reading

Mean Girls (2004)

Review Mean Girls

Nowadays Lindsay Lohan is better known for her appearances in the tabloids than for her acting, but before that all began she was a young, popular actrice who attracted a big (younger) audience. She appeared in various successful Disney movies as innocent girl, but girls do grow up. In Mean Girls we see her as teenager Cady Hero, who lived in Africa together with her parents and now has returned to the United States. It is the first time she has to go to school (as she was home schooled) and is unaware of life in high school. It’s a world with various subcultures in which nerds, jocks, alternative people and the popular girls all claim their own spot and have their own ways and it’s hard for her to find out the rules. One wrong conversation could mean that the dynamics within the groups changes. You could become an outcast. Continue reading