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The Wind Rises (2013)

Review The Wind Rises

When it comes to the field of animation Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend. He co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio known for its high quality animated films, including My Neighbour Totoro, Grave of the Fireflies, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. Miyazaki has been working in the industry for more than 60 years and thus it was inevitable for him to announce his retirement. Before he did do that though he has worked on his The Wind Rises, which will be his last movie. Continue reading

Jersey Boys (2014)

Review Jersey Boys

At the end of Jersey Boys one of the characters states that in the end it was all about following the music, feeling that urge to keep making it. It is a feeling we all experience in one way or another. As a movie blogger I definitely can relate because you feel a bit empty if you are not watching and writing about film. It is a creative process as you want to keep creating new articles about interesting subjects others will enjoy. I love that feeling, having that drive, but it important you make sure it remains interesting and keeps challenging you. Clint Eastwood did that by making the move of directing besides acting and has been very successful with it. With Jersey Boys he wants to bring the popular musical to the big screen. Continue reading

Papillon (1973)

Review Papillon

2014 has been a year in which I haven’t watched as many older movies as I usually do. The cause for this is partly because there were so much new movies I wanted to see, but also because I hadn’t set myself a goal to work through specific movie lists, like the IMDB top 250 I did before. When doing it, it meant I got to discover a high number of movie classics. This was supposedly also one, which had been wanting to see, but never got around to (even though I’ve had the DVD for several years). So I finally decided to free up 151 minutes to watch it. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Christmas decoration!

The Monday Question

Look how quickly the year went! Only a couple of weeks and it’s Christmas time again. Yesterday I bought the Christmas tree and decorated it. One tradition we have in our house is to have the kids paint the windows. If you take some powdered chalk (with some food colouring) and water it is a nice paint (which can be removed with a clean cloth). So we are already prepared for the holidays to come. This year I decided to get into the painting game as well and as a movie blogger I had to do something movie related. So I decided to pick two of my favourite Christmas movies as inspiration, Home Alone and Elf. I will try to put up a quick how to this coming week (plus another Christmas inspired idea I had), but I was quite pleased with the result (although there always is room for improvement of course). So the window facing the street now has a screaming Kevin and Will Ferrell in his Elf costume doing a split facing people passing by.

So this week’s question:
Have you ever had movie related Christmas decorations?

Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013)

Review Double Play

When you compare directors James Benning and Richard Linklater don’t seem to have a lot in common. Altough they both work in the movie industry, they both do that in completely different ways. Benning is relatively unknown and experiments a lot with film. The last couple of years he has focussed in films without a story, inspired by the silent movies and wants emulate that feeling. He shows a landscape without actually doing anything else, having the viewer focus on the nature and nothing else. He thinks people do that way too little.

Richard Linklater on the other hand is well-known, of course of his recent movie Boyhood, but also his “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset en Before Midnight) and movies like Bernie, Dazed and Confused, Slacker and A Scanner Darkly. In this documentary these two men meet and talk about making movies and the way they feel about film in general. Continue reading