Did you know that the largest organism in the world can cover an area of 10 kilometer and is actually a plant? Or that there is a plant which stores water for decennia in order to be able to grow a stem many meters high, to flower and die? Those are just two interesting facts from Kingdom of Plants, the nature documentary by David Attenborough. Continue reading
The world is filled with miracles and impressive powers. At least that’s what a lot of people try to convince you of. James “The Amazing” Randi, who started his career as a magician (and did many Houdini tricks), decided to focus on proving that people who bend spoons, faith healers and others dealing with supernatural forces are all scamming people. He doesn’t believe in the paranormal and wants to tell this to everyone willing to listen. Continue reading
In the last couple of years I’ve seen various documentaries made by director Marijn Poels. He seems to be unstoppable and travels the world to point his camera on various important subjects. Often these are about big issues, which are told from a personal perspective. For his newest documentary he didn’t travel far as he looks at two men who travelled to the Netherlands from Marocco to work there. Lees verder
If you’d make a list of the most famous people in sport chances would be that Muhammad Ali would end up in the top 3. This isn’t because of the fact that he is a three time heavyweight boxing champion, but mostly because he made a big impression on people outside of the ring. Het change his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali because of his religion. He refused to fight in Vietnam, which resulted in him losing out on a lot of money and a big part of his career, because he was not allowed to fight. Still, it is not a decision he has ever regretted. Many books have been written about him and this isn’t the first movie/documentary about this famous athlete. That means this documentary has to bring something new to the table and that’s what director Clare Lewins tries to do by focussing on the man behind the boxer and the people who surrounded him. Continue reading
When you google for the worst games ever, chances are that the E.T. game for the Atari 2600 will be mentioned. When it is mentioned it usually also mentions that the game was responsible for the videogame crash of the eighties and that Atari has had thousands of unsold cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert. Whether that was true, was doubted regularly.
I have to admit that when I received the game as a kid I actually had a great time with it and finished the game various times. The game consisted of holes you had to drop yourself into to find parts of phone you could use to finally “call home” and be taken by the spaceship. Atari: Game Over looks at the history of the game company itself, but also wants to investigate whether those cartridges were indeed buried in the desert. Continue reading
When you compare directors James Benning and Richard Linklater don’t seem to have a lot in common. Altough they both work in the movie industry, they both do that in completely different ways. Benning is relatively unknown and experiments a lot with film. The last couple of years he has focussed in films without a story, inspired by the silent movies and wants emulate that feeling. He shows a landscape without actually doing anything else, having the viewer focus on the nature and nothing else. He thinks people do that way too little.
Richard Linklater on the other hand is well-known, of course of his recent movie Boyhood, but also his “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset en Before Midnight) and movies like Bernie, Dazed and Confused, Slacker and A Scanner Darkly. In this documentary these two men meet and talk about making movies and the way they feel about film in general. Continue reading
If you were to ask 50 hiphop fans about their favorite classic albums, chances will be that you’ll hear Illmatic by Nas named quite a few times. When the album was released it stood out. Nas succeeded in using his words to capture life in his neighbourhood in such a way that the listener got pulled into his world. His poetry, combined with strong beats from various producers including DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Q-Tip and Large Professor has resulted in an album which has gained the “classic” status. 20 years after its release, the documentary Time is Illmatic takes a look back on the album and the man behind it. Continue reading