After seeing Makoto Shinkai’s 5 Centimeters Per Second, I was really looking forward to seeing his latest film, which received a lot of glowing reviews. I was already impressed by his style, but wanted to find out if the story in this movie would be stronger and how much he had grown as a storyteller in then ten years between the films. Continue reading
As you know I’ve been writing on My Filmviews since 2010 and through the years I’ve got to know a lot of cool and interesting people from all over the world. One of those people was Ruth who is running Flixchatter.net. She’s always enthusiastic in her writing about what she has seen and through the years she’s one of those bloggers that I really appreciate knowing and feeling connected with. We actually met up a couple of years ago when she was travelling through Europe with her husband and we had a great time. Besides that she is also important when I’m looking for a movie to play when I’m organising the yearly Dutch moviebloggers get together event in a cinema. It was thanks to her review of It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong that I got to know about the film and this year she was also really helpful in giving some tips and getting me into contact with a couple of directors.
Almost as long as I’ve known her she has had a dream: Making her own movie and she has made the first steps in realising that with the short: Hearts Want. Continue reading
For years Casey Affleck didn’t get as much attention as his brother Ben. Unfairly though, because in various roles he proved that he is an actor worth watching (just this of his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). With this movie his talent was rewarded, as he received the Oscar for best male performance. Is it just him who is good, or is this movie top-notch as well? Continue reading
Last year I wrote about Sunspring, a short film which was written entirely by an articifial intellgence which called itself Benjamin. When watching that it quickly became clear that there still was long way to go, but despite that it was fascinating to watch. This year Benjamin has written something again, but the approach of it has been different. This time various parts are written by humans and it quickly becomes clear when Benjamin’s work kick in as it shows a different style. Does that result in a good film? You be the judge! Continue reading
The number of VOD-platforms keeps growing, which sometimes can make it difficult to make a choice as not every service offers the same content. Still it can sometimes be worth looking around and recently I was asked if I was interested in seeing The New Adventures of Aladin, which is available through Walk This Way (a platform which focusses on European productions). It is a new version of the well-known story, but with some modern influences. Continue reading
Soemtimes there are movie genres or movies form a specific country you are interested in watching, but where you don’t know where to start. To me that’s the feeling I have with anime. It is such a wide genre that’s its possible to check out so many different directions and where I’ve seen so little. Yes, I did see a lot of Ghibli films and some random other films, but that’s about it. This title is one which I added to my to watch list years ago and was my first introduction to the work of director Makoto Shinkai. Continue reading
It is the last day of school and at Roosevelt High School it means that the students are allowed to pull pranks all day. This results in a school at which not everything goes as it normally does and it is a challenge for the teachers to “survive” the day as anything can happen with either their car or during their classes. Andy Campbell (Charlie Day) doesn’t realise at the start of the day what his will look like, but it will be a lot worse than he can imagine. Grumpy history teacher Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) asks him to help him, but because of what happens next it gets Strickland fired. He wants revenge and challenges Andy to a fight, after school, outside. Continue reading