My Filmviews

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Tim’s Vermeer (2013)

Review Tim's Vermeer

When people see abstract art many will say they wouldn’t have any trouble making something similar. There are a lot of cases where I will agree, but usually art is more than just a painting. It is a story around it, the history of the artist and the interest people have. When it comes to the Dutch masters like Rembrandt or Vermeer you wouldn’t expect someone to say that they would also be able to paint it, but that’s exactly what Tim Jenison did. What’s interesting though is that he had never painted in his life. Continue reading

The Art of the Steal (2009)

Review The Art of the Steal

Imagine, you are an art lover and through the years you have managed to acquire a beautiful art collection consisting of 9000 pieces. These pieces are not simple paintings you managed to buy on some market, but are actually made by famous painters. You bought them when the art world wasn’t very interested in their work yet. You have managed to get 181 paintings by Renoir, 69 C├ęzannes, 60 pieces by Matisse, 44 Picassos and 14 Modiglianis. It also happens that those works are amongst the best those artists made. Total worth: 25 billion dollars. Despite that you are not interested in selling any of it and also don’t want other museums to temporarily show them. You have decided to show all the paintings in a special building and make it an art school so only a few people can see them and learn about them. That is exactly what Albert C. Barnes had managed to realise during his life.

He owned the most impressive art collection in the world and only wanted those who could really appreciate the art to see it. He did not want art to be seen as something to sell tickets and make money. In his will he made a few things clear: After his death the art could not be taken from the wall and be sent to a museum. His “Barnes foundation” would remain an educational institution, which would only be open 2 days a week. But with such an impressive collection would his will be respected? Continue reading

Louder Than a Bomb (2010)

Recensie Louder Than A Bomb

As far back I have always been writing. When I was very young I used to write short stories, sometimes starring famous cartoon characters, other times something I made up entirely. During my teenage years I and in my early twenties I wrote lyrics and rapped. Now at the end of my thirties this blog is the form my writing has taken. Writing has always been a way of expressing myself and it is something I will probably keep doing. This documentary follows several young writers who express themselves in their way: poetry. They all participate in the Louder Than a Bomb competition, where groups from several schools try to win the title. Continue reading

Narco Cultura (2013)

Review Narco Cultura

Sometimes the best way to get attention for a specific issue is to show the cold hard facts. An Inconvenient Truth or The Act of Killing are good examples of that. Both documentaries made people think about a subject and cause either discussion or change. Narco Cultura also follows that path and decides to show the impact of the drugs trade and the effects of the battle between Mexican drug cartels on the small Mexican town of Juarez. It is located close to the border with the U.S. The police and other people in Juarez live a dangerous life and run the risk of being killed, but across the border the life of the drug dealers in celebrated and glorified in the form of songs, the narcocorridos. Continue reading

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

Review I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

If I were to make a “The Many Faces of…” post about actor John Cazale it would be a very limited one as he only appeared in five movies before he died of lung cancer. Those five movie are all seen as classics though: The Godfather 1 and 2 (in which he plays the role of Fredo), The Conversation, The Deer Hunter and Dog Day Afternoon. This short documentary (which is only 39 minutes) looks back at his career and his memorable performances. Continue reading

Project Wild Thing (2013)

Review Project Wild Thing

Ask yourself this question: How much time do you spend in nature? If you live in the city chances are that your answer will be “not a lot”. Although I live close to a fairly large park I have to admit I don’t go there as much as I could. David Bond also asked himself this question, but not for him, but for his children. He saw that his children were spending more and more time indoors, looking at TV’s and the screens of phones and tablets. It is something I sometimes worry about as well with my children. When the youngest one asks to watch TV and gets a no, the next question will be if she can play on a tablet. I guess it is what she sees looking at the rest of the family and it is something I am very aware of. Luckily I know that if I suggest to do other things or even call her while she is watching TV she will want to do that, but it is something that a lot of parents will struggle with. Bond decided he wanted to do something about it and try to get his children and those around the UK interested in the outdoors more, naming himself the Marketing Director for Nature. The question is how you would be able to make nature appealing to children who get immediate pleasure from television and the internet? Continue reading