My Filmviews

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Master of the Universe (2013)

Review Master of the Universe

How can you make it big in the world of banking? At the start of Master of the Universe it is former investment banker Rainer Voss who tells that you start out working lots of hours and not making waves by saying something shocking or political. When other people have formed an opinion about you and are willing to give you big assignment you have to be willing to sacrifice everything for the company. He compares it to working in the army. The fact that banking hasn’t got a positive image after the financial crisis is caused by the way it developed. Continue reading

Maidentrip (2013)

review Maidentrip

Would you allow your 14-year old daughter to sail around the world by herself?

It was a question which many parent in the Netherlands asked in 2009 when Laura Dekker wanted to do this. When a civil servant heard about her plan, which would mean a big impact on her going to school, he made a note of it, which finally ended up in a court case. She was placed under responsibility of the state and with that her plan to sail around the world seemed to be merely a dream she would never be able to realise.

Everyone had an opinion about it and many thought it was irresponsible of the parents to have their daughter make such a long and dangerous journey by herself. Many based this on very limited knowledge of the case. Finally Laura Dekker won her court case and could start her journey. This movies documents that trip around the world. Continue reading

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