We all know that the amount of news and information available to us is extremely high. So chances are that you might miss some stories. That was the case for me with this case around the American Amanda Knox. According to this documentary searching for her name on Google gives you 7 million results back, but I had missed all of it. Luckily you don’t need any knowledge before watching this documentary, which is available through Netflix. Lees verder
What’s the reason we watch movies? Is it to be entertained? To experience art? Or simply to kill time? The answer will differ from person to person, but movies do offer us the ability to experience something someone else is going through. While watching you might recognise something of yourself in a chracter or how you react to events which you normally don’t encounter. Movies also can be a reflection of what is going on in society. It can look at a specific issue (like the use of drones in films like Eye in the Sky and Good Kill) and make the ethical side understandable. It can make us face our biggest fears. Horror movies might be the first thing you’ll think of, but this is also the case with dramatic films. Bastille Day is about terrorism in Paris. After the various attacks all over Europe it’s a sensitive subject, which is why I started to watch this movie with mixed feelings. Continue reading
What will the future look like? It’s something none of us can predict accurately, as the past has proven. Still the various visions of the future are fascinating and the number of movies which paint a picture of a possible future is immense. Usually they revolve around one idea. In Logan’t Run everyone can do anything they want until they are 30, when they disappear. In the Divergent movies people are grouped based on a strong characteristic and Gattaca shows that only people with perfect DNA have a good life. It’s easy to think of varioius other examples Continue reading
How often do you listen to covers of well-known songs? Unless you are at a company party or a wedding where you’ll encounter cover bands, it probably won’t be that often. The reason for it is simple: The original song is usually better. With that thought in the back of your mind it is really weird that when it comes to movies people love visiting covers of movies, although it is called a remake then. And usually they aren’t as good as the original. The reason to make them though is obvious. For the studios it’s a fairly easy way to make money, using nostalgic feeling to audiences in the seats. But what if you don’t produce a remake for the money, but puerly because you love a specific film? That doesn’t happen as often. I can remember it from the brothers in The Wolfpack, but they only did it to entertain themselves. Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos and Jayson Lamb were three teenagers who, after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, decided to remake every shot in the film. Continue reading
On first sight Julieta, who probably is in her fifties, seems to be happy. She’s about to move from Spain to Portugal with her boyfriend. Everything has been packed, but when she meets someone from her past something changes in her. Emotions she had ignored for years come flooding back and take control of her. She decides to stop with her plans and write a letter. A letter for her daughter she hasn’t seen in years. Continue reading
If you’d ask me to name some movies which star sharks I wouldn’t be able to name many titles. Of course there is the biggest classic in the genre: Jaws. I can still remember Open Water, in which two divers are left alone in the middle of the ocean and of course Sharknado (which I’d rather forget). From this list it is easy to conclude that there aren’t that many memorable movies with sharks in them. The Shallows tries though by comparing itself to Jaws, but should it? Continue reading
As movies evolved, the way in which stories were told changed as well. That happened in various ways, like the positioning of the camera, the introduction of sound and color and the use of special effects. Movies were edited to suggest suspense or speed and during the eighties, influenced by the music videos on MTV those cuts kept getting faster. Long shots slowly got the image of being slow and boring.
Luckily that has changed during the last couple of years and more movies use long scenes made in one-take. Just think of movies like Children of Men of the opening shot of Spectre. But directors want to push that concept further. Of course Birdman is a well-known example, which manages to suggest it is all made in one shot (even though it is done through smart editing and hiding the cuts). Russian Ark from 2002 was the first movie which, thanks to developments on equipment which could film longer, could be made with one shot (and 2000 extras who all showed pieces of Russian history). That was a more artful movie, but Victoria is a “proper” film. It has one story and has been shot in one take in the streets of Berlin. The end result? A one take 138-minute movie. Continue reading