24X36 – A Movie About Movie Posters – Review

Review 24X36- A Movie About Movie Posters

Last year I organised a Filmblog Get Together event for Dutch movie bloggers and I’m planning to do a second one this year. I’ll be renting a cinema as a meeting place and of course with such a location watching a movie needs to be part of the program. But which movie will I show this year. Last year I happened to read about It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong over at Flixchatter. It turned out to be a movie I loved and it was the perfect choice for the event. Most bloggers shared that opinion, but that also leads to expectations for this year. Which surprise will I bring this time? I kind of feel like a musician who has released a successful first album and who has to at least meet expectations. It makes you even more critical. A while ago I read about this documentary and I decided to contact the director, who was helpful in getting me to talk to the right people. A movie with this subject sounded like the perfect film to show to a cinema filled with cinephiles. But was it was I was looking for? Continue reading

O.J.: Made in America (2016) – Review

Review OJ Made in America

At the end of last year something stood out to me when looking at best of the year lists. Often documentaries aren’t mentioned on those lists, but American critics named this 467-minute documentary often. I wasn’t able to see it when it was shown here during a festival, but luckily it was shown on TV during several nights. After watching The People vs O.J.Simpson, that other series last year about the trial of O.J., I was curious how this would compare. Continue reading

The Uncertainty Has Settled (2017) – Review

Recensie The Uncertainty Has Settled

Having a different view on a particular subject can sometimes be difficult. For example, if all the reviews for a specific movie are positive, do you dare to have a different opinion, and if so, are you looking forward to the reactions you will get on it? Now, movie reviews obviously are not world-changing, but this concept of a large consensus also applies in professional environments. There are plenty stories to be found in history of this, for example in the field of health care, in which major breakthroughs weren’t looked at seriously by anyone, simply because they deviated from the general opinion. For example, Ignaz Semmelweis suggested, in response to more women dying in one of two clinics he worked at, that doctors needed wash their hands because in one of them doctors went straight from the morgue to child delivery without cleaning up. It’s something which now may seem obvious, but it took him a lot of effort to convince others. Everyone was so stuck in a way of thinking that they were no longer open to another idea. Lees verder

808 (2015) – Review

Review 808

808 is a number you might not be familiar with, but if you do something with music chances are that you know what it references, namely the Roland TR-808 drum machine which was released in 1980. It might be an old machine, but the sounds it produces are still used today. When I made music myself I mainly did so on my PC, but I did have a digital version of this machine (in the form of Rebirth, which now is available as an app on your iPad) which I sometimes used. The 808 is a legendary machine that has left its influence and this documentary takes the viewer along on a musical journey to make that clear. Continue reading

Hip Hop Evolution: Season 1 – Review

Review Hip Hop Evolution

My favorite music genre has been hip hop for years. Since I started listening at the beginning of the nineties I’ve read a lot about it and seen various documentaries (with a lot of them of pretty bad quality). So I’m not afraid to admit that I know quite a bit about it. When this documentary series showed up on Netflix I was curious if it would have to offer something I didn’t know yet. Continue reading

How to Meet a Mermaid (2016) – Review

Review How to meet a mermaid

My first association I have when hearing the word mermaid (probably because of my kids) is Ariel and the famous fairytale. Mermaids are mythical creatures that have featured in a lot of stories and there are even people who are sure that they’ve actually seen one (including Christopher Columbus). The idea of them is beautiful, as the sea can be wild and without mercy, mermaids always look beautiful and are able to save people from drowning. Maybe that’s the reason they are some kind of comfort, something to hold onto. Despite the title of this documentary, it actually isn’t about these creatures, but about the fascination people have with the sea. Director Coco Schrijber tells three stories about Lex, Rebecca and Miguel whose fate is strongly tied to the sea. Continue reading

Being George Clooney (2016) – Review

Review Being George Clooney

When growing up I, like probably most children, watched quite a lot of TV. Most of the cartoons weren’t in Dutch, but in English (and I sometimes watch German tv as well). Thanks to those English cartoons I could pick up on a lot when I finally got English lessons at school. Through the years that has changed and now most of the entertainment aimed at children (both on TV/VOD and in the cinema) has been dubbed. It is something I’m not a fan of, because it will take children longer to learn a foreign language. Luckily there are schools who start with English lessons as soon as the kids join the school, but I think entertainment could add something extra. So slowly dubbing has become the norm in the Netherlands. In other countries though, like Italy, France or Germany that has been the case for ages. This documentary, Being George Clooney, mainly focusses on voice actors who play the role of George Clooney in various countries, including Turkey, India, Brazil, Germany, Italy and France. Continue reading