Two years ago I was contacted by the University Press of Mississippi. They were in the process of making a book containing various interviews with Paul Verhoeven. They asked me if I would allow the interview I did with him in 2013 could be included. Of course it’s something I was immediately enthusiastic about, because I think it’s an honour to have something you have done to be included in such a collection. It took quite a while, but since a couple of months the book has been available to buy and I have a copy proudly displayed on my bookshelf. But how did I manage to speak to him? Continue reading
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
Smash hit movies always seem to have plenty of tie-ins, sponsors, merchandise and other ways of squeezing as much money out of a release as possible. Blockbusters capture huge audiences who are always looking for new ways to enjoy their favourite scenes and characters and gaming makes this really easy, with developers providing experiences that allow players to take control and live out their movie fantasies. Here’s a brief look at some of the best games available that are inspired by big screen hits. Continue reading
Dutch directors Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil are well-known for their not so subtle humour. Their creations like New Kidz and Bro’s Before Ho’s are filled with crude jokes, but which I did manage to appreciate. I even seen their previous movie several times. As a movie blogger you’d expect I’d be up to date on what movies will be released, but honestly it is something I never look into. So it was a surprise when I saw this title mentioned as playing in the cinema. The title alone was already enough to get me interested and when I saw who directed this I just had to see it. I was ready for it. Continue reading
Yeah, that might be shocking title but it’s something I’ve been thinking about quite a few times. The reason for this question popping up is of course the statistics. A couple of years ago I was getting almost a quarter of a million views each year, thousands each day. But those statistics have been dropping at a steady rate and it was also the reason I’m not updating as regularly as I used to. There are still people commenting once in a while, but these are mostly people who’ve been reading my posts for ages. Not a lot of new bloggers drop by and it’s a shame to see as it isn’t very motivating to keep going. I’m wondering what your thoughts on this are, is blogging dying?
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
At the end of last year something stood out to me when looking at best of the year lists. Often documentaries aren’t mentioned on those lists, but American critics named this 467-minute documentary often. I wasn’t able to see it when it was shown here during a festival, but luckily it was shown on TV during several nights. After watching The People vs O.J.Simpson, that other series last year about the trial of O.J., I was curious how this would compare. Continue reading