Lila & Eve (2015)

Lila & Eve review

The loss of a child is one of the worst things you can experience as a parent and unfortunately that is exactly what Lila (Viola Davis) experiences. Her son is shot during a drive by shooting. She decides to go to a meeting where for mothers who have experienced the same. Although she doesn’t like to talk she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), who lost her daughter. The two get along great, help each other and after a while decide to take action themselves and do the work the police doesn’t do…and more. Continue reading

Trainwreck (2015)

Review Trainwreck

Although Amy Schumer is already well-known for some time in the US, I hadn’t heard of her. She’s a stand-up comedian who has her own Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer and Trainwreck is her first starring role in a feature-length movie. For this movie she has worked with Judd Apatow, who was previously responsible for successful comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. The question is whether the combination is successful or if its, like the title, a trainwreck. Continue reading

The Wolfpack (2015)

Review The Wolfpack

Just imagine that as a kid you would hardly be allowed to leave your house, at most five times a year (some years once). What would your image of the outside world be if it was almost completely based on the movies you have in your house? You can imagine that the more extreme situations you see in movies were what was really happening in the world. You would assume that the outside world is an extremely dangerous place. For the seven children of the family Angulo that was their reality for years. This documentary shows what kind of impact this has had on them. Continue reading

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Review Aguirre the wrath of god
2015 small blindspot With a camera which he had stolen from his film school Werner Herzog travelled to South America to make his movie Aguirre, the Wrath of God. He got the idea for the film and turned it into a script into the back of the when his football team was travelling to games. It’s a story about a group of Spaniards in search of El Dorado, the place in which there is gold everywhere. To realize that story Herzog worked together with actor Klaus Kinski, who was very difficult to work with (still he would do so as well on other films) in circumstances which tested the whole crew. One of their sets was almost completely destroyed when the river rose considerably during the night. Continue reading

Boy 7 (2015)

Review Boy 7

As you probably know I live in the Netherlands, but if you’d start searching for reviews of Dutch movies you won’t find many. I never have found Dutch movies that interesting and of course you might wonder why that is the case. A big reason is that most movies are romantic dramas or romantic comedies (and usually not very good one), in which I’m not that interested. There are exceptions, like the fantastic Wolf, but in general it’s not worth giving most of them a try. Boy 7 did interest me though as it is a science fiction movie and I couldn’t remember any other dutch movies in this genre. Continue reading

The Farewell Party (2014)

The Farewell Party review

Although I’m far from being an elderly person, I’m now 40 and am more and more realising how real death is. You notice it by people in your surroundings dying or seeing actors or artists you’ve been following your whole life pass away. We are all mortal and hope we’ll die in a peaceful way, preferably in our sleep. The possibility is there that you’ll get a disease which can’t be cured, which makes the end painful and tough. What are your options then? Do you want to wait for death to come naturally or do you decide to look at euthanasia? It is a possibility is some countries, but this isn’t the case everywhere as this movie from Israel shows. Continue reading

Banksy Does New York (2014)

Banksy Does New York review

If you’d be walking through the streets of New York and you would see the salesman above, even if you know the work of Banksy, would you by a painting? Chances are that you wouldn’t as such an piece of art can be quickly made with a stencil and a spray can. Is that worth 60 dollars? Still there were a couple of people who did decide to buy a couple. The price for which they can seel them? More than 30.000 dollar (per piece). With that street artist Banksy proves that art and its worth has to do something with how well you know the artist and really not much with the piece of art itself. It was one of the many stunts he managed to pull off during his month-long residency in New York. This documentary shows all of them, including the reaction of the New Yorkers. Continue reading