The Terror Live (2013) – Review

Review The Terror Live

The Terror Live is a movie I had planned to write about a while ago, but the week I was going to publish it, the attacks in Paris happened and that made me think. A lot of the movies I’ve written about this week have something to do with bombs. For the moviegoer they are a source of entertainment, excitement and spectacle. But sometimes we see the real damage they can do in real life. I made me wonder why we’d still choose to see those type of movies? In my opinion it is partly to be able to experience something we normally wouldn’t be able to. We can escape our everyday life for a moment and face our biggest fears, but then in a safe environment. Sometimes though (like after the attacks) fiction and reality come too close together and it will feel wrong to enjoy such films.

In the past various shocking events have had their effect on movies. A scene was removed from Gangster Squad after the cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the director of Die Hard with a Vengeance thought about removing the opening explosion because of the events in Oklahoma. At those moments scenes like could be considered insensitive/in bad taste. Continue reading

The Beauty Inside (2015) – Review

Review The Beauty Inside

How important is you appearance to you? For many people it will be a very important deciding thing, because it plays an important role in the first impression you make on others. It also will influence how you feel about yourself. In the entertainment and fashion industry it seems the only thing you are judged on and where getting older isn’t allowed. But what would happen if you couldn’t do anything about your appearance? What would happen if you woke up inside a different body each day? That’s the reality the main character in this movie, Woo-Jin, faces. r

Mr. Holmes (2015) – Review

Review Mr Holmes

Detective Sherlock Holmes has been popular for years. If you do a search for the character on IMDB you’ll see that since 1911 there have been 120 movies and shows about the character. The best known ones are of course the movie with Robert Downey Jr. and the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. You might wonder, because already so much content is available about him, whether it is still possible to make something about Sherlock Holmes which feels fresh. But that’s exactly what Mr. Holmes tries to do. Continue reading

The Hateful Eight (2015) – Review

Recensie The Hateful Eight

The number of directors of which I need to see their latest movie can be counted on one hand. Quentin Tarantino is certainly one of them, because since seeing his first two films I’ve been a big fan of his style. A director with his own voice, his own kind of movies where not only the images are fantastic, but the choice of music is always original and dialogues is always recognizable as his own (whether in Reservoir Dogs or in a special episode CSI). A new Tarantino film is always an event for me and I could hardly wait to The Hateful Eight, his eighth film. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – Review

Review Star Wars The Force Awakens
When a new Star Wars movie is released, this of course means a lot of hype (and marketing). It meant that the last few months it was next to impossible to stay aways from news about the film (something which I did manage, mostly). A new part in this beloved series also means impossible expectations from the fans. Does director J.J.Abrams succeed to meet them with this seventh movie in the Star Wars saga…or is this the new Phantom Menace? Continue reading

They Live (1988) – Review

Review They Live

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum” are the most iconic words from the sci-fi/horror/action movie from the eighties. Director John Carpenter, who also directed titles like The Thing, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, works together with wrestler Roddy Piper, who plays Nada. Nada is best comparable to the lone cowboy who enters a western town. Where he comes from or what his background is, is not really important, but that he´s there is. Continue reading

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Review Maze Runner Scorch Trials

Earlier this year I watched The Maze Runner on DVD and I was pleasantly surprised by the “next” young adult book series which has been turned into a movie series and where every year a new part is released (I do hope that the last film in the series will not be split into two parts because it is at the moment one of my biggest frustration for both the Hunger Games as Divergent series). The advantage of seeing the first film in February, I only had to wait a couple of months for the next part, which I was really looking forward to. Is The Scorch Trials as good as the first part? Continue reading