The Fear of 13 (2015) – Review

The Fear of 13 Review

Nick Yarris has a gift. He is able to tell stories in such a way that as a viewer you want to hear every word he has to say, he is that good in forming his stories. He is able to bring situations to life by painting a colourful picture full of details. It is not often you come across people who are able to do this as well as him. Of course there are great writers who turn out amazing books, tv shows and movies, but how often do you listen to one person talking about his experiences? Nick Yarris is tha kind of man. He’s also convicted to a death sentence and has decided to no longer fight it and tell his story in this documentary. About his youth, his criminal activities and time in jail. Continue reading

National Parks Adventure (2016) – Review

National Parks Adventure review

Omniversum might be one of the most unique cinemas in the Netherlands, with its dome shape it has an IMAX screen which you won’t be able to see completely, no matter where you sit. It makes watching a movie a real experience. The last time I visited this cinema was back when I was a little boy. Which movie I saw there I can’t remember, but I recall a scene in which was shot from inside a driving car and the experience made me a bit nauseous. Last week it was the first time I went back for the presentation of the newest movie which is now playing there: National Park Adventure. Continue reading

City of Gold (2015) – Review

review City of Gold

Jonathan Gold is a fascinating man. He grew up in Los Angeles, where he listened to a lot of classical music and opera. He had an obsession for the cello. He also witnessed the riots in L.A. and saw tanks driving through the streets. Now he is known as the most well-known food critic of the city, but he also was present in the studio when Dr.Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg were making the hip hop classic Doggystyle. He won a Pulitzer price for his restaurant reviews and you could name him the Roger Ebert of the culinary world, a man who is able to describe the ideas, motivation and feelings behind a dish in almost a poetic way, simply by tasting it. He’s also the subject for this documentary, City of Gold. Continue reading

Natural Disorder (2015) – Review

Natural Disorder review

When we hit puberty we usually start trying to find our own identity. Your body and brains are starting to change and it might take a while before you’ll feel comfortable with that and have found your place in society. This is also the case for 24-year old Jacob Nossell from Denmark. In his head he is like any other person, but he stands out in the way he moves and talks, because he is spastic. He is searching for the answer what it means to be “normal”, whether he should be a live and how society will deal with people like him in the future. All those questions he wants to answer in a stage play at the Royal Danish theater. Director Christian Sønderby Jepsen follows Jacob during his search and preparations. Continue reading

Thy Father’s Chair (2016) – Review

Review Thy Fathers chair

I’m sure you sometimes have one of those days where you don’t feel like cleaning up the house. You don’t do the dishes or pick up some stuff laying around. Sometimes you might do that a couple of days, but you’ll quickly realize your house will become a mess and you make sure you get rid of the mess. Jewish twins Abraham and Shraga from New York haven’t done anything around their house. The man are covered by wounds from all the vermin in their house biting them and the average person wouldn’t dare enter their house. Still a specialized team goes into the house and tries to get the brothers say goodbye to all their “precious” junk. Continue reading

Twinsters (2015) – Review

Review Twinsters

If you’ve seen the film Enemy, then you’ll probably remember that the character Jake Gyllenhaal plays unexpectedly sees someone who looks exactly like him. It might be a strange idea for a movie, but as Twinsters shows, it is something which can happen in real life. Actress Samantha Futerman receives a message through Facebook. Someone in France has seen a Youtube film and has sent it to his friend, Anais Bordier. The both think that Anais really looks a lot like Samantha and wants to get into contact with her. Samantha decides to agree and to film that. Thanks to a Kickstarter project she has managed to turn that material into a very fascinating documentary. Continue reading

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015) – Review

Stretch and Bobbito Radio that changed lives review

The music which we discover during our teenage years often forms our further musical taste. Although I listened to all kinds of music that changed considerably when I got my first job working at a supermarket. Although I was listening to some top 40 rap songs (like Fight for Your Right by the Beastie Boys or I Need Love from LL Cool J), it was a colleague the same age as me who gave me names of artists I’ve never heard of, such as Cypress Hill and Das Efx. In my hometown of Rotterdam we had a place called the Central Discotheque, where you could rent CDs for a few guilders for week and I could find these artists. It was a place where you would be able to find me a few times a week to find the latest releases and to hire older CDs if I found an artists I liked. Once I got home, I copied all the CDs onto cassettes, so it didn´t take long before I had a nice collection of music and it was me who was giving others tips about which artists they should check out. This was all in the early nineties, the golden age of hip hop. Continue reading