Dawg Fight (2015)

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When I use Netflix and have to decide what to watch, then chances are that I first dive into the documentary section. It’s a genre which I watch a lot and the number of good documentaries I’ve seen is high. I came across this title and as I always found martial arts interesting, I was very curious what was on offer this film. It introduced me to a world I did not know, that of the backyard fights. Continue reading

Naziha’s Spring (2015)

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Behind each small news item on TV or an article in the newspaper often a bigger story is hidden than you might think at first glance. If you read about a Moroccan family with 10 children who constantly come into contact with various government organisations, including the police, the odds are that you’ll be making some assumptions. You will perhaps wonder whether the parents are really involved with their children or why they have 10 children as there is so much trouble. Naziha is the mother of such a troubled family and this documentary gives her a chance to tell her side of the story, to show that assumptions are often wrong. Continue reading

Home (2015)

Review Home

Do you sometimes know that feeling? That a movie has a specific element which completely keeps you from enjoying it? On paper Home is a movie I should be able to enjoy: Fun characters, funny situations and lots of science fiction fantasy. Unfortunately the movie turned out different for me. Continue reading

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

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Spongebob Squarepants is a show which has been on television since 1999. The bizarre stories about a sponge who is working in a burger restaurant and his weird friends still manages to entertain both young and old. After his first full-length feature, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, this second movie has been made, which the trailers made out to be some sort of superhero movie. With The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water being available on DVD and Blu Ray it’s a good moment to see if the movie manages to make that come true. Continue reading

Beyond the Lights (2014)

Review Beyond the Lights

The entertainment industry is a tough business, in which a hit single isn’t always a guarantee for a long career and where popularity can be gone in an instant. You’ll have to work hard to get to the top…and to stay there. It’s something which the mother of Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Macy Jean (Minnie Driver), has figured out early. When her daughter wins second price in a talent competition she forces her to throw away her price, because second best isn’t good enough. Her mother’s drive to push her to be the best eventually pays off, but it also has a dark side. Continue reading

Cleanflix (2009)

Review Cleanflix

Everyone is familiar with the concept of specific songs having a “clean version”. They often are played during the day to make sure kids don’t hear the “bad” words and it’s something which we feel is normal. But what if that was applied to movies, that would be a bit weirder. Some movies are edited when shown on TV (I can still remember the BBC broadcasting Coming to America and Samuel L. Jackson saying “Forget you!” when he’s trying to rob the restaurant instead of the F word), but it’s something that doesn’t happen a lot. But what if you aren’t allowed to view imagery which could impact you negatively because of your religion? You would like to watch the latest movies, but you never know what kind of imagery they contain. It would mean a huge risk. Continue reading

Hollywood Banker (2014)

Review Hollywood Banker

How was a simple banker from Rotterdam able to eventually help finance more than 900 movies, including a number of big titles including Rambo, Superman, Platoon, Dances With Wolves, Terminator and Basic Instinct? That’s the question that’s answered in the documentary Hollywood Banker, a portrait of Frans Afman, made by his daughter Rozemyn Afman. Continue reading