The Assassin (2015) – Review

Review The Assassin

In all aspects of life compatibility is very important. In you personal relationships you search for people who complement you and with whom you can get along, when it comes to technology you want your laptop or phone to work with accessories you get for it. But it’s also something which is present when it comes to movies. It’s the reason why one person is praising Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad and someone else absolutely hates it. For me I had compatibility issues with this film, which generally was praised in review and which won Hou Hsiao-hsien the price for best director at the 68th Cannes film festival. After struggling through this movie though it’s really hard for me to understand why. Continue reading

Time Renegades (2016) – Review

Review Time Renegades

One of the movies I had in my top 100 favorite movies was Frequency. The concept, in which two people living in different time periods have a connection and use that to communicate is fascinating. It’s not the only movie which does this, just think of the South Korean film Il Mare (or the American remake The Lake House), but also the romantic Somewhere in Time. Time Renegades (also from South Korea) is the latest addition to the genre and I loved it. The fact that this has also been directed by Kwak Jae-yong, who was also responsible for My Sassy Girl which also was in my top 100. Continue reading

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Review

Review Hitman 47

There are exactly two things I remember about the Hitman movie from 2007:
1. Timothy Olyphant played the hitman
2. That that’s the only thing I can remember about the film
And after seeing this movie, which I assume is a reboot, I am certain that I will be saying the same thing about this movie in a couple of months as I will probably have forgotten everything about it. Continue reading

Eega (2012) – Review

Eega Review

Through the years I’ve seen many revenge films, from Death Wish to Oldboy and John Wick. They all have lots of violence, but as you are watching them you understand why the protagonists want to have their revenge for the injustice they’ve been through and take justice in their own hands. Because sometimes emotions can be so strong that that’s the only way to find peace. Of course it is something you can say is right, but despite that you understand why in those type of films. Eega is also a revenge film, but its story is so bizarre that you start wondering if you should take it seriously. Continue reading

Lost in Laos (2015) – Review

Review Lost in Laos

Recently I was approached by Vincent Lodder and Jonathan Kray with the question if I would be interested to watch their film Lost in Laos. Often my experience in these type of situations is that the quality of the movie is disappointing and a waste of my time. Because of that I always first watch the trailer before I decline in a friendly way to watch and review it. But the trailer which I saw for Lost in Laos made me curious. Trailers can paint a false image of the final quality of a movie, but in this case I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading

Maigret Sets a Trap (2016) – Review

Review Maigret sets a trap

For some Rowan Atkinson will always be Mr.Bean. When I was watching a review copy of the film and my father in law walked by he was waiting for something funny to happen. I had to make clear to him this wasn’t going to happen. Of course Mr.Bean was an iconic role, but I’m always able to separate actors from well-known roles. What’s Atkinson like in this detective? Continue reading