Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) – Review

Review Rogue One A Star Wars Story

‘Ignorance is bliss’ is a phrase I love and one which I try to use as much as possible when it comes to movies. Of course I’m not talking about not knowing history, but about that wonderful feeling when a movie manages to surprise you, wow you and make you enthusiastic. Stepping into a cinema without any knowledge about what you are about to experience for the next two hours is a feeling I cherish, even if the movie ends up being disappointing and doesn’t meet expectations. Before seeing Rogue One I knew very little: it’s a Star Wars prequel about the rebels and has something to do with the Death Star. As this is a Star Wars movie though it came with certain expectations. When I got to the cinema early in the morning to see the film it was still closed and you could sense the feeling of anticipation in the air. Would this movie be able to surprise me as much as The Force Awakens did last year? You can find out in my Rogue One review.. Continue reading

Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown (2015) – Review

 Review Traficant The Congressman of Crimetown

We all have a certain image of politicians. We would like to see them as people with strong moral values and although many will have them, politics remains a game in which negotiation is part of it and where compromises have to be made. Some politicians stand out though and when they do the media (and the public) will love it. We saw that a couple of years ago over here in the Netherlands with Pim Fortuin (who unfortunately was murdered) and recently with Trump. You can also see that in TV shows as we love characters that approach things differently. How else would you explain the popularity of House of Cards. When details of their private lives make the news they can destroy someone (just ask Anthony Weiner). Jim Traficant, who would end up in American Congress also had a colourful career which this documentary focusses on. Continue reading

Life, Animated (2016) – Review

review Life, Animated

Movies can be a big part of our life, not only as a fun hobby to spend time on, but they are also a way to escape from reality. Some people might go to the extreme, like the documentary Cinemania showed for example. Movies are able to change our perspective or teach new life lessons. Some people might have a very special bond with specific type of movies and that’s the case with Owen Suskind. When he was growing up he seemed to be completely normal, but at three years old his development suddenly seemed to stop. He no longer talked and his parents got to hear that he was diagnosed with autism. Owen kept watching Disney cartoons, which he loved. They turned out to be the key to unlocking his mind. Continue reading

I Am Bolt (2016) – Review

Review I Am Bolt

As soemone who hardly watches sports on TV I always happily make an exception for the 100 metres (whether that’s during the Olympic Games or at other times). It’s not even 10 seconds of action, but it is a moment that’s filled with tension and drama. During the last couple of years there was one man who seemed invincible in this event. He was able to set new world records which gave you the feeling that he wasn’t even trying and could probably be even faster: Usain Bolt. Besides that Bolt also is an entertainer who manages to get crowds excited for him. The Olympic Games in Brazil were his last and with I Am Bolt he closes off his career. He allows the viewer to take a look behind the scenes and find out what it took to get as far as he has. Continue reading

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (2015) – Review


I’m someone who has always been able to appreciate the documentaries Louis Theroux makes. With a lot of respect and realistic view he has been able to get access to people who were part of special groups. With his curiosity and style of questioning he managed to give insight into the motivation of his subjects, not matter how extreme. Scientology is a religion which is present all around the world and has many followers, including celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The fact that Therous was making a film about it got me interested. Continue reading

Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016) – Review


If you have been working with computers for ages you probably are aware of the software by McAfee. John McAfee started the company and managed to real sell his software, which protects computers from virusses and other dangers. His programs were usually already installed when you bought a PC and he made millions (one moment in time it was estimated that he had 100 million dollars). He decided to leave the business and focus on yoga. A huge complex was built and started teaching there. When he had enough of it he decided to leave for Belize. There he started a new life, which would eventually make him a suspect in a murder case. Director Nanette Burstein decided to look into his story and uncovers more detail about his time there, including some shocking revelations by people who worked for him. Continue reading

Borrowed Time (2015) – Short movie review

Borrowed Time review

We all know that animation isn’t only used to make movies for children (just look at Grave of the Fireflies). Directors Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats, who both work at Pixar, decided to make an animated short in their spare time. It would take them five years before they’d finish it and it has payed off, as the short is in the race for an Oscar. Enough reason to give this short a look. Continue reading