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Fed Up (2014)

review fed up

“Hi, my name is Nostra and I’m an addict” were the first thoughts that ran trough my mind after watching the documentary Fed Up. Luckily I’m not alone in this and it’s actually most of society that is as well. We all consume something which stimulates our brains even more than cocaine: sugar. I have to admit I eat candy each day, but even if you don’t chances are that you consume more of it than you actually realise, often above the daily recommended limit. There are lots of product in the supermarket which contain it, even ones you wouldn’t expect to have it. Continue reading

Big Men (2013)

Recensie Big Men

Documentaries about big companies and a specific issue are usually pretty predictable and hardly objective: The big company is pure evil, everything they do is bad and usually this is proven by showing the company wasn’t willing to be interviewed. This isn’t to say that they might talk about valid issues, but every story has more sides to it and not everything is as black and white as they might lead you to believe. Big Men talks about oil company Kosmos Energy which wants to start with the exploitation of a newly discovered oil field in Ghana. Continue reading

Videogames: The Movie (2014)

Review Videogames: The Movie

I’ve written about it before, but I’m someone who grew up playing videogames. Starting on the first Pong machine my father bought almost every game console/computer which came out and it is something I continued. I played games on the Atari 2600, MSX, Commodore 64, Amiga, Mega Drive, Dreamcast, Playstation etc. Although time is currently an issue (I can’t dedicate as much of it to gaming as I’d like to and I might only finish a maximum of 4 or 5 games a year) my gamer heart is still pumping. The history of gaming doesn’t hold too many secrets for me. Besides reading Edge magazine for years I also have read several books about the subject. Now there is this documentary which you’d expect, purely base on the title, to be THE ultimate movie about the subject. The question is: is it? Continue reading

Life Itself (2014)

Review Life Itself

Roger Ebert has probably been (and still is) one of the most well-known film critics in the world. Even though I rarely read his reviews on his blog, I do own two of his books. The way he writes is fantastic to read and usually there is something to learn from his vision on a movie when compared to others. With the many years of experience he has had that doesn’t come as a surprise. During his life he watched more than 10.000 movies (as the documentary states, but my guess it would be a lot more) and you notice his passion for them. In the US he was known to a wide audience thanks to the TV show he did with Gene Siskel, which turned their “thumbs up/down” into something iconic. Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received a Pulitzer prize for his work.

In 2002 he found out he had cancer. He had to live with it and the disease eventually cost him his lower jaw and his ability to speak and eat. Last year he died and this documentary, which borrows the title of his book with the same name, tries to show the man behind the film critic. Continue reading

Money, Power, Respect: Hip Hop Billion Dollar Industry (2012)

Review Money Power Respect Hip Hop Billion Dollar Industry

With the sale of Beats by Dre for a price of 3 billion dollars, Dr. Dre became the world’s first hip hop billionaire. This 2012 documentary takes a look at the business activities of four rappers who have been very successful the last couple of years: Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. It takes a look how they managed to get there. The central question this documentary asks is who will be the first hip hop billionaire. Even though we know the answer now the question is whether it offers enough other material to still make it worth checking out. Continue reading

The Unbelievers (2013)

Review The Unbelievers

The world’s religions have made (and are still making) a huge impact on the world. Wars are being fought about it and people are still discriminated because they don’t have the same religion. I see it as something which could be guide you in your life to make the right decisions, even though I’m not religious myself. The two men who are being followed in this documentary, scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss, want to use science to prove that there is no God and regularly discuss this with religious people. Continue reading