We all know that animation isn’t only used to make movies for children (just look at Grave of the Fireflies). Directors Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats, who both work at Pixar, decided to make an animated short in their spare time. It would take them five years before they’d finish it and it has payed off, as the short is in the race for an Oscar. Enough reason to give this short a look. Continue reading
Many moviefans will consider both Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander as two of the best actors around at the moment. They both have been building an impressive filmography and are able to put a lot of emotion into their performances. In this movie the two of them worked together and that even ended up in the two of them dating. With so much chemistry the question is whether director Derek Cianfrance has succeeded to catch that for the big screen. Continue reading
The past movie summer wat disappointing for a lot of people and many films didn’t manage to make as much impact as the studio hoped. Some even didn’t manage to really show up on people’s radar and for me it was this sequel to the movie from 2014. I thought the original movie was very disappointing, so I didn’t feel any need to head to the cinema to watch it. But as it is available on DVD I decided to give it a chance as I suspected it would probably have some enjoyable action sequences.
One of the most impressive new shows this fall is HBO’s Westworld. Not only the concept of the show, which is about a realistic wild west world themepark where the people “working” in it are actually androids that are there to be used (and abused) by the rich visitors. It looks amazing as well and it’s definitely a must-see. And that’s even without mentioning the impressive cast, including Jeffery Wright and Anthony Hopkins. Still the idea of this show isn’t original. It all started with this 1973 movie, which even got a sequel named Futureworld and also had spinoff TV show (Beyond Westworld), which was cancelled after a few episodes. After having seen all the episodes which have aired of the new show I was curious about the movie which started it all. Continue reading
Online we all will present ourselves slightly different from the way we really are. We won’t quickly share our negative side or bad quality pictures of ourselves. Reactions on posts others have written on social media will generally be very enthusiastic. But what would the world look like if you’d really live your online persona, where everything is perfect and you will constantly have to hide all your frustration and negative feelings? And what if you would should it and everyone around you would turn into a reviewer and give you stars based on that? That more or less is the idea behind the first episode of season 3 of Black Mirror. Continue reading
In a relationship you share everything with each other and trust that the other person will keep some secrets from everyone else. That other person might be your partner, but it could also be one of your best friends. When a group of 7 friends meet up in order to dine and watch the eclipse of the moon there is one woman in the group who suggests to play a game: Everyone will put their cell phone on the table. Each phone call will be on speaker and each and every message that is received will be read out loud. The idea behind it is that your phone in of the most personal devices which sometimes might hide huge secrets. Not everyone is happy to join in, but group pressure eventually wins and the game begins. The end result is an evening where a lot of happens and emotions come up which might challenge some of the relationships. Continue reading
Life always has suprises in store and unexpected things can happen (just look at the past week). A stable situation at home can get out of balance because of various events. Daniel (Dave Johns) is a widow and after he has had an accident working in construction he is no longer able to work. He is forced to apply for benefits. He isn’t very young and doesn’t know how to work with computers or how the existing process of applying works. His first experience when heading to the office to apply turns into one of shock: Everyone there works according to strict tules and there doesn’t seem to be any room for actually caring for the person who is in from of them. It is here where Daniel meets single mother Katie (Hayley Squires), who he decides to help. Continue reading