I Am Not Your Negro (2016) – Review

Review I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was an American writer who didn’t only write books, but also plays and poems. Besides this he also spoke out about various issues in American society, like race and sex. Het wanted to make the Afro-American experience clear to other and because of that he came into contact with (and befriended) Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the eighties he was planning to write a book about his experiences with these men who were important for the civil rights movement. He wrote letters about what he was planning to write about and had started a manuscript. He passed away in 1987 from stomach cancer and thus the book was never written. Recently this documentary played in a local theater in Rotterdam, where director Raoul Peck was present. He told the audience how Baldwin’s books have been inspiring him for years. He wanted to make a film which would introduce him to a wider audience. He didn’t know yet in which way he would do it, until he got his hands on the manuscript. He decided to use that to make this documentary. Continue reading

A Monster Calls (2016) – Review

review A Monster Calls

Before I start this review…yes, the tree in this movie looks a lot like Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, which probably is coincidence and besides that he’s completely different…now back to my regularly scheduled program:
Kids dare to let their fantasy run wild. A simple stick can change into almost anything and each new space they enter is filled with potential for new stories. Their fantasy can also be used to deal with difficult situations where the things they make up might give them comfort. Continue reading

Black (2015) – Review

Review Black

When the Belgian movie Black had its cinema run I read a lot of positive things about it. It is set in Brussels and focusses on the criminal part of society, specifically local gangs and their rivalry. Because of the subject matter and the fact I had seen various American movies dealing with the subject I watched this with some expectations, but that the movie would be so extreme during a couple of points, shocked me. Continue reading

Hidden Figures (2016) – Review

Review Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures tells a story you don’t see in many films. Of course there are enough movies which are about people who are good at something and strive to be the best, but there aren’t many which tell a story about three African-American women who played a very important role in the NASA space program while the United States still had laws in place which treated them differently. Continue reading

T-Rex (2015) – Review

Review T-Rex
Making a documentary always is a gamble, as you never know what the thing your filming will bring you. Sometimes you start following a clown in New York and you end up making Capturing the Friedmans. If you decide to film a 17-year-old boxer, Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields, from Flint, Michigan who has set a goal for herself to become the first female boxer to win gold at the Olympic games, you can wonder how big the chance is that she’ll make that. In 2012 boxing for women at the Olympic Games in London is introduced and the documentary T-Rex starts when she is training hard to qualify. Continue reading

Obit (2016) – Review

Recensie Obit

Fingers. Sometimes it can be the smallest things in a movie which stand out to you and in this documentary, which is about the department within The New York Times which is responsible for writing the obituaries, it were the hands of the men and women working there which stood out to me. You’d expect that a journalist, who of course is doing lots of research will also spend lots of time behind a PC and be efficient at it. To my surprise though most of them couldn’t touch type. I would assume having that skill would be beneficial when deadlines are closing in. And although the newspaper has various articles written in advance for celebrities who are already old or are in bad health, there are often unexpected deaths (just think of Michael Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Prince). These journalists are dealing with death every day, but their perspective is different. They see it as a moment to stop and see what the impact of someone was on others. Continue reading