To Be or Not to Be (1942) – Review

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For the past couple of years I’ve been making a selection of twelve movies for my Blindspot list at the start of the year. Movies which for example have been on my “to watch” list for ages or ones for which I’ve got the feeling I should have seen them at least once as a movie lover. I’ve also made a list for this year and as we’re already in october I noticed that I almost hadn’t watched any of them. So it was necessary to change that so I decided to check out this 1942 movie, by director Ernst Lubitsch. I hadn’t seen any of his previous work, but this one often is named as one of his best. Continue reading

The Cooler (2003) – Review

Chances are that at some point in your life you’ve felt unlucky. Even if it was just for a day, you may have felt as though you have been bequeathed a superpower that causes you to get the raw end of every deal, to trip up constantly despite there being nothing there to fall over. It is this feeling that has led to thousands of books, charms and DVDs on the topic of luck being sold on Amazon and elsewhere, though it’s difficult to really explain. In the 2003 movie The Cooler, our protagonist Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) not only feels this way constantly, but can even pass his bad luck on to others. Continue reading

Top Knot Detective (2016) – Review

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Ronin Suirai Tantei, also known as Top Knot Detective outside Japan is a TV show from the eighties, starring Takashi Takamoto. Besides that he also wrote and directed it. In this documentary several people are interviewed who were involved with the show together with old VHS-video of the show, of which the originals have been destroyed by the production company because of controversy surrounding Takamoto. Or at least that’s what this movie wants you to believe. Continue reading

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) – Review

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After seeing the Netflix documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower there is only one question you’ll ask yourself: What have I accomplished in my life? At the age of just 14 Joshua Wong started Scholarism, an activist pro democracy student group. He would eventually get tens of thousands of people on their feet who were al interested in hearing what he’d have to say in his battle against one of the most powerful countries in the world: China. Continue reading

The Wailing (2016) – Review

Review The Wailing

Maybe I’m slowly starting to sound like a broken record, but South Korean cinema has been offering the most interesting and unpredictable movies in years. An action movie can contain humour or the hero turns out not to be exactly who he seems to be. The director of The Wailing, Na Hong-jin, previously made the tense and dark The Chaser and The Yellow Sea, in which a cab driver with a debt gets an opportunity to get rid of it by committing a murder. It managed to get the adrenaline pumping. The Wailing is no exception and is a true rollercoaster ride of emotions (and genres). Continue reading

The Keepers (2017) – Review

Review The Keepers

When you start watching the first episode of the Netflix original series The Keepers, you get the idea that this is a series which is all about the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a nun who was a teacher at a catholic school in Baltimore. It paints a picture of who she was, how she saw life and what she meant to others. She disappeared unexpectedly, her deserted car was found near her house and finally her body was found in a deserted location during winter. Two older women have made it their main priority to solve this murder case as they feel the police hasn’t done enough. When you watch the other episodes you realize that much more was going on, which means there are more victims than just Cathy Cesnik. Continue reading

Despicable Me 3 (2017) – Review

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The return of the yellow creatures was looked forward by many, this time together with their boss Gru again who is working for the Anti-Villain League (AVL). He has to fight Balthazar Bratt, a bad guy who seems to still think he lives in the eighties, when he was successful as a child actor. Gru’s mission doesn’t entirely goes as planned and together with his wife he’s fired. No longer making money he has to wonder what he is going to do now, but when he hears he has a twin brother, Dru, he decides to see him, together with his family. Continue reading