My Filmviews

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Review Edge of Tomorrow

Does such a thing as talent exit? Was your favourite artist of director really born that way? Or was it something else? Is it possible that they have become as good as they have simply because they put in enough time to learn their trade? As someone who likes learning new things I really don’t believe in talent. It is all about gaining experience, making new techniques your own and repeating something a lot. If you put in enough time you will become good at it. Of course the speed you learn that skill might differ from person to person. Edge of Tomorrow proves that with enough time you will be able to amaze everyone, but in this case that might take you a couple of lives. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Concert!

The Monday Question

Hi, hope you have enjoyed yourself. This past weekend jazz was everywhere over here as it was time for the yearly North Sea Jazz festival. Although I didn’t go to the big performances (Robin Thicke, Pharell and other (more jazz related) artists), I did catch part of them on TV and saw some live performances walking through town. This made me think about something you don’t see reviewed a lot: Documentaries which consisting of a concert. I started to wonder about why that might be the case. Could it be because the people who will watch them in general will see them for the artist(s) and their music, not how it all was shot and therefore will probably love it. Then I started thinking about concert recordings which stand out because they are more than just music and usually it are the ones which have behind the scenes footage. One of my favourites is Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, where it wasn’t just about the music but about the people too, not even the famous ones. So my question:

Do you review concert registrations and if not what would you think be the difficulty in doing so?

The Many Faces of… Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale roles movies

Kate Beckinsale was born on July 26 in London, England. Her parents were both actors. When she was growing up she already was involved with theatre and writing, winning the WH Smith Young Writers Award twice for both poetry and fiction. As a teenager she suffered from anorexia. At Oxford University she did theater. She didn’t finish university because she decided to focus completely on acting. In 1991 she appeared on TV in Devices and Desires and the TV movie One Against the Wind. She had a role in Much Ado about Nothing. Together with Christian Bale she starred in Prince of Jutland. She did various other films and also appeared in stage plays. Around 1998 she decided to head to the United States. Her first American movie was The Last Days of Disco. Other movies she appeared in are Pearl Harbor, Serendipity, the Underworld movies, The Aviator, Van Helsing, Contraband an Total Recall. Continue reading

The Terminator (1984)

Terminator review

Various movie franchises exist where I suffer from selective memory loss. In my movie mind a second and third Hangover movie don’t exist, Analyze This never got a sequel and after the first Matrix movie only some spectacular outtakes appeared. After the first two Terminator movies it was a shame no others were made. It was time to revisit those two movies, starting with the first one. Continue reading

Snabba Cash 3 (2013)

Review Snabba Cash 3

The last part of the Snabba Cash (or Easy Money) trilogy takes a further look into the lives of the characters of the first two parts. JW leaves for the United States to find out what happened to his sister who disappeared years ago and Jorge is also trying to change his life and escape the criminal environment. Does this third movie succeed in keeping the same high level as the previous two movies? Continue reading

The Monday Question: Famous faces!

The Monday Question

The past weekend I went to see Transcendence (I’ll probably write a review for it soon), which has a cast with quite a few famous faces. While watching it though (especially at start of the movie) I initially didn’t mind that, until I suddenly saw Kate Mara appearing. It was just a “throwaway moment”, but because I know her face (in my case from House of Cards) I knew immediately that there was a whole lot more to her character. It wasn’t just some extra and that, even if it only was for a moment, took my out of the movie experience. This made me wonder (even though I know those famous faces are selling the film):

Do you think having a famous actor/actress in a specific role can take some tension away or take you out of a movie because you know they must have a big role? Would you prefer less famous actors/actresses in those type of roles?