Passengers (2016) – Review

Recensie Passengers

Before this movie came out the hype train was running at top speed. Everyone I knew couldn’t wait to see it, probably because both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence have been in some great movies the last couple of years. Add a little bit of science fiction to it and show a nice trailer and most people were sold on the concept. I let that train pass me by, so it took a while before I decided to give it a chance. I should have waited longer as this movie really was disappointing. Continue reading

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) – Review

Review Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Although Tim Burton has been making movies for a long time and has delivered quite a few good ones (Big Figh, Big Eyes, Ed Wood), he’s never been a director to me who made my heart beat faster. That’s mainly because of his dark style, which I’m simply not a fan of. That was also the main reason that I didn’t see this film in the cinema, but now that it’s available via VOD, I decided to give it a chance (despite signals by various people that this was a bad movie). Continue reading

The OA – Review

Review The OA

Brit Marling is an actress who might not be well-known to a big audience, but I have been watching her movies with great pleasure. Whether that’s Another Earth, where a second earth appears next to ours, Sound of My Voice which deals with a cult of the rebellious The East. The special thing about her is that she wasn’t only in front of the camera, but also wrote and produced these titles. They stand out by their science fiction/mysterious elements which usually it doesn’t focus on. What makes all these movies great is the personal stories that are told. Netflix only announced the show a few days before it was released and surprised everyone. Is this show just as surprising? Continue reading

The Handmaiden (2016) – Review

Review The Handmaiden

When I took my first steps into the world of South Korean cinema a couple of years ago, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy was one of the first movies I saw. I was deeply impressed, as you can imagine if you’ve seen the film. I watched other movies he made like Joint Security Area, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance en I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK and really enjoyed his work. His foray into American cinema was visually beautiful, but the story was a bit too strange for my taste. With The Handmaiden he returns to Korea and manages to impress again. Continue reading

Black Mirror – Season 3: San Junipero

Recensie San Junipero

*This review contains spoilers*
The bodies in which we live are temporary and through the influence of time, they are slowly getting worse. We might be young in spirit, but eventually we’ll succumb to the failure of the cells from which we are made. For centuries, there has been a search for a source of eternal youth, but to no avail. However, a new mindset seems to be getting more momentum, one that also has been depicted in several films, which is leaving our body behind and uploading our personality to a computer. The Matrix showed a simulated world and you could see in the last Terminator movie or Transcendence wat kind of powers such an environment could add. This episode of Black Mirror looks at how our consciousness and computers could work together.

Review San Junipero

San Junipero is initially confusing, because as a viewer you aren’t shown yet how the world works (on purpose). You see how a young woman in the eighties is feeling uncomfortable visiting a club. She starts talking with another girl and after spending the night together with her she disappears. She wants to meet her again, but can’t seem to find her. Someone else tells her that she can find her in the nineties and that’s when you start wondering what is going on. Slowly you discover what’s happening and this is one of the few expisodes of Black Mirror which doesn’t end on a low. It’s all about a possible answer what are lives could look like if we would no longer be contained by our physcial bodies and could live forever. One of the best episodes of season 3, with great roles by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis.

Moana (2016) – Review

Review Moana

As a fan of animation 2016 was a pretty good year when it came to Disney movies. At the beginning of the year the excellent Zootopia was release, which introduced a new world you wanted to spend more time in and at the end of the year they released their second animated movie, Moana. Is it just as good as Zootopia? Continue reading

Spectral (2016) – Review

Review Spectral

The amount of new content Netflix puts out is sometimes hard to keep up with. Some weeks ago they released the Netflix Original movie Spectral. It is a science fiction/action movie with supernatural elements. When the army is fighting a war in Slovenia one of the soldiers is killed in a mysterious way by something which isn’t visible to the naked eye. Dr. Mark Clyne (James Badge Dale), a researcher at DARPA, is asked to analyze the event, which was recorded by a special system, and find a solution. Are the things they are seeing advanced camouflage suits or are they dealing with something completely different? Continue reading