Nina Simone is a name many people will recognize. The singer had hits with songs like “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” “Feeling Good” and “Is not Got No, I Got Life”. They are songs that I know, but I knew nothing of the artist behind them. This Netflix documentary shows what kind of life Nina Simone had, which is a lot darker than you’d expect. Continue reading
Food doesn´t only fills the stomach, but it’s also emotion. It can bring you back to a particular moment in your life. The way a meal is presented, the service and the ambience of the place you eat are all factors that contribute to the experience of eating. Like no other Sergio Herman understands this and his restaurant Oud Sluis received three Michelin stars and a perfect score of twenty out of twenty of Gault Millau. As a chef he´s at the top, but Herman was looking for a new challenge and decided to take a drastic step and close his highly awarded restaurant Oud Sluis. Continue reading
In recent years Marvel has built a reputation when it comes to superhero movies. Not only are they financially very successful, the average quality also is very high. The audience is looking forward to new superhero movies in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” and although the Marvel logo is the thing that appears on screen this is not a film that was made by Marvel Studios. The rights to the Fantastic Four are in fact owned by 20th Century Fox (like Sony owns the rights to Spiderman) and to ensure that they would not fall back to Marvel made a new film. Not a third part to the amusing (though not exceptional) first two films, but a reboot. Continue reading
With a camera which he had stolen from his film school Werner Herzog travelled to South America to make his movie Aguirre, the Wrath of God. He got the idea for the film and turned it into a script into the back of the when his football team was travelling to games. It’s a story about a group of Spaniards in search of El Dorado, the place in which there is gold everywhere. To realize that story Herzog worked together with actor Klaus Kinski, who was very difficult to work with (still he would do so as well on other films) in circumstances which tested the whole crew. One of their sets was almost completely destroyed when the river rose considerably during the night. Continue reading
The James Bond franchise is one of the longest running ones in movie history. With its 24th movie, there still is a huge audience wanting to see 007. It’s a character that’s still appealling. This does mean that the world in which it is set needs adjusting once in a while to remain relevant. When Daniel Craig took over the baton from Pierce Brosnan in Casino Royale the series moved away from the weird gadgets en the secret agent lived in a realistic world which was a whole lot darker. Het became a man with feelings who was in real danger. Despite the fact that its sequel, Quantum of Solace, wasn’t as good it was Skyfall (with it’s winks to the past) and an impressive bad guy which won over the hearts of both the public and the reviewers. Does Spectre manage to do the same? Continue reading
Most people will know that sugar isn’t good for you, but how much sugar do you think you consume each week? It’s something which is present in more products and in bigger amounts than you might think and according to this documentary we all eat a kilo of the stuff each week. Can you imagine, like That Sugar Films shows, that the whole family is sitting around the table with a kilo of sugar in front of them, eating that with a spoon? It might seem weird, but that’s what we are doing without knowing it. Damon Gameau, who has made this film, tries to show the effects of sugar on our bodies. For the last couple of years he hasn’t eaten sugar and decides, a bit like Morgan Spurlock in Supersize Me, to start eating products with sugar in them. Specifically so called “healthy” products, so no ice cream or soda drinks. Continue reading
Much as every action movie needs its chase scene, and every romance needs its star-crossed lovers, in order for a comedy film to get the laughs, it will undoubtedly rely on a few touchstones for comedy gold.
So any film director looking to supply the perfect launchpad for some belly-laughs should investigate a few of these iconic comedy scenarios. Continue reading