The Lunchbox (2013) – Review

Review The Lunchbox

Movies which are set in the present often have the issue that when characters communicate it is really direct and quick. If they are not meeting face to face they will send each other instant messages or tweets. It’s communication which doesn’t have much meaning and is all about instant gratification. The moviegoing audience has become accustomed to it. Not only in the way these interactions are shown, but also the speed with which stories are told. I know quite a few people who refuse to watch older movies because the are too slow (which is a shame of course). So what is a filmmaker to do when he wants to build a relationship between two characters, but wants to do that over a longer period of time without the two meeting each other? Director Ritesh Batra has found a great solution for that in The Lunchbox and the end result is a very strong film. Continue reading

Where to Invade Next (2015) – Review

review Where to Invade Next

The movie world has its celebrities. Not only actors/actresses, but many movie lovers will also be able to name various directors. When you ask them next to name famous documentary filmmakers, chances are slim they will be able to name any. But there are some well-known ones. Directors like Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Morgan Spurlock and Louis Theroux are good examples and of course there is also the man behind Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore. Continue reading

People, Places, Things (2015) – Review

Review People, Places, Things

There are moments in life where you don’t even think about the relationship you have with your partner anymore, you kind of take it for granted. The other is there for you and you know what you can expect from the other, but there is always that danger that you don’t appreciate them enough anymore or don’t take the time to give them the attention they deserve. You could slowly grow apart until you both have begun living you own lives instead of one together. In People, Places, Things it has come to that, something which Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) realises too late. Continue reading

Paradox (2006) – Short movie review

Review paradox

Shorts have a challenge: in a short amount of time they have to set up a story or concept which immediately grabs your attention and Paradox is able to do that very well. A man wakes up at the bottom of a well and sees another man there. The two start a conversation and they quickly find out that they are both from different time periods. The question is who of the two is right? Continue reading