After seeing this dutch movie at a festival something stood out when I listened to other people talking about it. The reactions were mainly positive, but they all ended with the words that the movie was good “for a Dutch movie”. It’s like saying “Yeah, he’s pretty good in tying his shoes….for someone who only has one arm”. In other words, many Dutch people don’t feel that the quality of Dutch movies is high.
I have to admit that I’m someone who mostly skips Dutch productions because for a great movie like Wolf there are more than ten stupid romantic comedies. The fact that a movie like Aanmodderfakker won a golden calf (one of the highest prizes a movie can win in the Netherlands) is something I still don’t understand. Recently I tried giving Dutch films more of a chance and watched one on Netflix. And in the same week I watched this one. Did it manage to change the image I have of Dutch movies? Continue reading
The Four Horsemen are back! Well, at least that’s the feeling a lot of people had when the news broke that this sequel was getting made. I wasn’t excited at all. The original movie was slick and managed to entertain, but the twist at the end was so unbelievable that it took the feeling I had about the movie, threw it on the ground, built a stadium around it and had the chariot race from Spartacus run over it. It completely destroyed the movie for me and I really didn’t feel like having to go through that again. Still, the reviews of the sequel weren’t that bad, so I decided to give it a chance. Should I have? 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
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have gained quite a number of fans with their appearances on SNL and their movie Baby Mama. That’s mainly the case in the US, because over in Europe the two of them aren’t as well known. Amy Poehler did play in a lot of tv shows and has been responsible for voice work in movies like Inside Out, Monsters vs Aliens, Horton and Shrek the Third. Tina Fey probably is better known thanks to movies like Date Night and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. The two have hooked up again for Sisters and the question is whether or not that has resulted in a great comedy. Continue reading
A couple of months ago I read about an initiative over here in the Netherlands called “Filmthuis” (which translates to Moviehome). It’s one I was very enthusiastic about: It offers a selection of movies which currently are playing in the art house theaters, which you can also watch from your own home. So they are released simultaneously in the cinema and on demand. It’s a great first step to a future in which you can hopefully do this for any film, because not everyone has the possibility to head to the cinemas as much as they would like to. After reading about it I admit I hadn’t used it, until I read that the new documentary by Werner Herzog (one of my favorite directors) would be available through this service on the day of its release over here (a couple of weeks ago).
So I set up my screen, started the movie on my laptop and sent it to the screen with AirPlay through my AppleTV. These are all things I don’t think about and really take for granted, but they weren’t possible 40 years ago (or even 10 years ago). Werner Herzog is someone who has a lot to do with technology. He doesn’t have a mobile phone and claims not to know much about the internet. With his curiosity he looks at various aspects of the web during ten chapters. Continue reading
Although there has been quite a lot of controversy surrounding Mel Gibson, it is something which I never really cared much about. When it comes to directors or actors I’m usually only interested in what they manage to put on the big screen. The past few years Gibson hasn’t acted in a lot of movies (Edge of Darkness, The Beaver, Get the Gringo, Machete Kills en Expendables 3) and he has not managed to give a memorable performance (The Beaver probably was the most interesting one). Is Blood Father the comeback he has been waiting for? Continue reading