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Life Itself (2014)

Review Life Itself

Roger Ebert has probably been (and still is) one of the most well-known film critics in the world. Even though I rarely read his reviews on his blog, I do own two of his books. The way he writes is fantastic to read and usually there is something to learn from his vision on a movie when compared to others. With the many years of experience he has had that doesn’t come as a surprise. During his life he watched more than 10.000 movies (as the documentary states, but my guess it would be a lot more) and you notice his passion for them. In the US he was known to a wide audience thanks to the TV show he did with Gene Siskel, which turned their “thumbs up/down” into something iconic. Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received a Pulitzer prize for his work.

In 2002 he found out he had cancer. He had to live with it and the disease eventually cost him his lower jaw and his ability to speak and eat. Last year he died and this documentary, which borrows the title of his book with the same name, tries to show the man behind the film critic. Continue reading

Boyhood (2014)

Review Boyhood

The passage of time is one of the facts of life. The moments we remember are only a fraction of what we experience in our lives. It sometimes is unreal to see how quickly we become older, but also to see how fast kids grow, learn and develop their own identity. With Boyhood director Richard Linklater has delivered a unique movie which shows the journey a boy takes into becoming an adult man, all over a period of three hours. He hasn’t done this in the way other directors approach this (by working with different actors for the various ages). He filmed this over a period of twelve years, working with the same actors. Continue reading

Sex Tape (2014)

Review Sex Tape

Sex sells, which isn’t a surprise. Whole advertising campaigns are based on it and some directors (Michael Bay is the first one I thought of) gladly show the female curves and tough men every opportunity they get. When it comes to comedies it has also been a subject that has been used a lot. From the exploitation movies of the seventies to movies like Porky’s during the eighties all the way to the Apatow movies of the last couple of years. Sex Tape is now playing in the cinema and is very clear about its story. During the last couple of years many celebrity sex tapes have surfaced and there are a lot of couples who decide they want to spice things up and record their love-making. Continue reading

The Many Faces of… Hailee Steinfeld

The Many Faces of Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld was born in Tarzana, L.A. on December 11, 1996. At the age of eight she started acting appearing in small roles. Her starring role in True Grit meant her breakthrough and earned her an Oscar nomination. Since then she has appeared in several movies including Begin Again, Ender’s Game and 3 Days to Kill. She already has five movie in production including a role in Pitch Perfect 2. Continue reading

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Review Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

After the bad reboot of the franchise by Tim Burton it seemed that it wasn’t possible to breath new life into this old movie series. My expectations for Rise of the Planet of the Apes was extremely low, but the movie managed to surprise me in an extremely positive way and even ended up in my top 10 of 2011. I was looking forward to the sequel and wondered if it could retain the high quality of the first film. Continue reading

Money, Power, Respect: Hip Hop Billion Dollar Industry (2012)

Review Money Power Respect Hip Hop Billion Dollar Industry

With the sale of Beats by Dre for a price of 3 billion dollars, Dr. Dre became the world’s first hip hop billionaire. This 2012 documentary takes a look at the business activities of four rappers who have been very successful the last couple of years: Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. It takes a look how they managed to get there. The central question this documentary asks is who will be the first hip hop billionaire. Even though we know the answer now the question is whether it offers enough other material to still make it worth checking out. Continue reading