Last week I reviewed a coupel of movies in which bombs played an important role. When making a film a bomb is a perfect way to make sure you evoke emotions like tension. The ticking time clock is something which is used a lot and the next ten movies are about bombs or have bombs in them. Which are the best ones? Continue reading
It’s the start of the week again and what better way to start with something to think about. This past weekend I had a strange dream. Now I normally can’t remember dreaming, but this one somehow stayed with me since it was movie related. I was at a cinema and when the movie finished there were no credits at the end of the movie. Since I was at a cinema which normally plays the better films some audience members got upset and actually started protesting and asking questions to the staff. It was such a weird situation and it made me think about ending credits.
There used to be a time when they simply weren’t there. You saw a couple of credits at the start of the movie and when the movie was done it only showed “The End”. It’s something I always like seeing and never mind, but I’m wondering about your opinion:
Would you miss end credits?
As you’ll probably know by now I’m a huge fan of documentaries. It’s a genre I think doesn’t get enough attention when you compare it to movies with famous stars in them and that’s a shame. The great thing about documentaries is that it’s possible to find one about any subject. Which is also the case when it comes to film itself. The last couple of years I’ve seen a lot of them, dealing with various aspects of making movies and the movie industry itself. If you want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, then this long list might be a nice start in discovering a lot. Continue reading
We all, in one way or another, are looking for boundaries. Of course as a kid we often go past boundaries set by our parents, but in life we also try new things to test ourselves. We want to see what we are willing to do, to face a challenge. How far someone goes with that is different for everyone. I never felt the need to tie a huge elastic band to my feet and jump of a bridge, but a lot of people need that shot of adrenaline and some go even further. Some don’t seem to realize that they are gambling with their life, because I don’t understand what motivates them. This was also the case for me with Everest. Continue reading
Film is a powerful medium to convey certain ideas or situations in a sensitive and subtle way to others. It can open eyes because it shines light on the dark past of a country (for example The Act of Killing ) or results in changes (such as Blackfish). In recent years there were several revolutions in various countries in the Middle East. Not all of them have achieved the desired result, but it has showed the world how powerful it can be when everyone speaks up. Tunisia also belonged to those countries and it is the place where this film takes place, on the eve of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution. Continue reading
The Terror Live is a movie I had planned to write about a while ago, but the week I was going to publish it, the attacks in Paris happened and that made me think. A lot of the movies I’ve written about this week have something to do with bombs. For the moviegoer they are a source of entertainment, excitement and spectacle. But sometimes we see the real damage they can do in real life. I made me wonder why we’d still choose to see those type of movies? In my opinion it is partly to be able to experience something we normally wouldn’t be able to. We can escape our everyday life for a moment and face our biggest fears, but then in a safe environment. Sometimes though (like after the attacks) fiction and reality come too close together and it will feel wrong to enjoy such films.
In the past various shocking events have had their effect on movies. A scene was removed from Gangster Squad after the cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the director of Die Hard with a Vengeance thought about removing the opening explosion because of the events in Oklahoma. At those moments scenes like could be considered insensitive/in bad taste. Continue reading
The hope that we’ll get another new Die Hard movie which is worth watching seems to getting smaller as the movies (and the acting Bruce Willis does) are getting worse. Still the the original Die Hard movie and this third film in this franchise have gained a special place in my heart. They are wonderful, entertaining action movies in which the main characters end up in a situation which they can’t control and are forced to do anything to make the best of it with the means available. Continue reading