The Lunchbox (2013) – Review

Review The Lunchbox

Movies which are set in the present often have the issue that when characters communicate it is really direct and quick. If they are not meeting face to face they will send each other instant messages or tweets. It’s communication which doesn’t have much meaning and is all about instant gratification. The moviegoing audience has become accustomed to it. Not only in the way these interactions are shown, but also the speed with which stories are told. I know quite a few people who refuse to watch older movies because the are too slow (which is a shame of course). So what is a filmmaker to do when he wants to build a relationship between two characters, but wants to do that over a longer period of time without the two meeting each other? Director Ritesh Batra has found a great solution for that in The Lunchbox and the end result is a very strong film. Continue reading

Pleasantville (1998) – Review

Review Pleasantville2016 Blindspot Films

As it’s already may I realised that I was starting to get behind on my Blindspot movies as I had only seen two out of the twelve titles I picked. So time to spend some time on watching some more and Pleasantville seemed like a very interesting film. The only thing I heard about it in advance was that most of this movie was in black and white, but that color slowly was introduced. That is partly right, but the movie is much more. Continue reading

The Distance Between (2012) – Short film review

The Distance Between review

Although I’m not the biggest fan of romantic comedies, I do love romantic movies. I’ll admit that the two can overlap and do that successfully, like (500) Days of Summer, but I’d rather watch a movie like Before Sunrise than 27 Dresses. The feeling these two titles provoke is very different and I simply love the naturalistic feeling of the first one better. When I found this short film, directed by Emily Ting, I was interested to see what type of romantic movie this was. Continue reading

Jeux d’Enfants (2003) – Review

Review Love Me If You Dare2016 Blindspot Films

Love can be a beautiful thing and the bond which is shaped between two individuals can be so special that you both feel you have something which if unique. I had heard from Jeux d’Enfants (of Love Me If You Dare) that the two main characters had a very remarkable bond and it was a movie which had been on my to watch list for way too long. That’s also the reason I chose it for my Blindspot series this year. After watching the film I can only agree that Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) have something I’ve never seen before and that this is a movie which really impressed. Continue reading

Where to Invade Next (2015) – Review

review Where to Invade Next

The movie world has its celebrities. Not only actors/actresses, but many movie lovers will also be able to name various directors. When you ask them next to name famous documentary filmmakers, chances are slim they will be able to name any. But there are some well-known ones. Directors like Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Morgan Spurlock and Louis Theroux are good examples and of course there is also the man behind Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore. Continue reading

People, Places, Things (2015) – Review

Review People, Places, Things

There are moments in life where you don’t even think about the relationship you have with your partner anymore, you kind of take it for granted. The other is there for you and you know what you can expect from the other, but there is always that danger that you don’t appreciate them enough anymore or don’t take the time to give them the attention they deserve. You could slowly grow apart until you both have begun living you own lives instead of one together. In People, Places, Things it has come to that, something which Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) realises too late. Continue reading

The 5th Wave (2016) – Review

Review The 5th Wave

After a couple of big Young Adult franchises like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner which were all successful other new potential ones keep trying to repeat that success. The 5th Wave is another one that tries. But the question is whether The 5th Wave is different enough to stand out within this genre. Continue reading