5 Centimeters Per Second (2007) – Review

Review 5 centimeters per second

Soemtimes there are movie genres or movies form a specific country you are interested in watching, but where you don’t know where to start. To me that’s the feeling I have with anime. It is such a wide genre that’s its possible to check out so many different directions and where I’ve seen so little. Yes, I did see a lot of Ghibli films and some random other films, but that’s about it. This title is one which I added to my to watch list years ago and was my first introduction to the work of director Makoto Shinkai. Continue reading

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) – Review

Review I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was an American writer who didn’t only write books, but also plays and poems. Besides this he also spoke out about various issues in American society, like race and sex. Het wanted to make the Afro-American experience clear to other and because of that he came into contact with (and befriended) Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the end of the eighties he was planning to write a book about his experiences with these men who were important for the civil rights movement. He wrote letters about what he was planning to write about and had started a manuscript. He passed away in 1987 from stomach cancer and thus the book was never written. Recently this documentary played in a local theater in Rotterdam, where director Raoul Peck was present. He told the audience how Baldwin’s books have been inspiring him for years. He wanted to make a film which would introduce him to a wider audience. He didn’t know yet in which way he would do it, until he got his hands on the manuscript. He decided to use that to make this documentary. Continue reading

T-Rex (2015) – Review

Review T-Rex
Making a documentary always is a gamble, as you never know what the thing your filming will bring you. Sometimes you start following a clown in New York and you end up making Capturing the Friedmans. If you decide to film a 17-year-old boxer, Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields, from Flint, Michigan who has set a goal for herself to become the first female boxer to win gold at the Olympic games, you can wonder how big the chance is that she’ll make that. In 2012 boxing for women at the Olympic Games in London is introduced and the documentary T-Rex starts when she is training hard to qualify. Continue reading

Obit (2016) – Review

Recensie Obit

Fingers. Sometimes it can be the smallest things in a movie which stand out to you and in this documentary, which is about the department within The New York Times which is responsible for writing the obituaries, it were the hands of the men and women working there which stood out to me. You’d expect that a journalist, who of course is doing lots of research will also spend lots of time behind a PC and be efficient at it. To my surprise though most of them couldn’t touch type. I would assume having that skill would be beneficial when deadlines are closing in. And although the newspaper has various articles written in advance for celebrities who are already old or are in bad health, there are often unexpected deaths (just think of Michael Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Prince). These journalists are dealing with death every day, but their perspective is different. They see it as a moment to stop and see what the impact of someone was on others. Continue reading

Patriots Day (2016) – Review

Review Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg lately seems to pick out roles in which real events are dramatized. He played in Lone Survivor, which showed how soldiers had to survive once their mission didn’t go according to plan and in Deepwater Horizon he worked as an engineer on an oil platform which exploded. Both of those movies were directed by Peter Berg and Wahlberg connects with him again here. This film tries to recreate the events surrounding the bombing of the Boston marathon. A terrorist attack which had a tight grip on the city for days and received lots of media attention. Continue reading

Logan (2017) – Review

Review Logan

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m getting older, but I notice that it’s usually not a good idea for me to see a movie at the cinema when it’s late in the evening. In general I go and see movies when I have a day off or during the day in weekends, but when I visit a showing late at night it will happen once in a while that I can’t keep my eyes open during the whole movie. It doesn’t matter whether the film is a moving drama or filled with action, I sometimes just nod off. It doesn’t mean I sleep during the whole movie, but I will miss between one and five minutes. So I decided I wouldn’t review a movie when that happens as I can’t form a complete opinion about it as I might have missed a key moment. When I saw Logan late at night everything seemed to go fine, but halfway through the movie I was gone again. As the reviews were mainly positive and what I saw didn’t really convince me completely I blamed it on sleeping. So later I headed to the cinema again to watch it a second time. Did that change my opinion? Continue reading

Trollhunter (2010) – Review

review Trollhunter

When you search for the “found footage” genre on Wikipedia you’ll see that once The Blair Witch Project came out it caused an explosion of titles which also used the technique. Most of those movies are titles you’ve never heard of and that’s probably for a good reason. Making a found footage movie can be done cheaply. You don’t need great equipment for the images to look good and the way the camera itself is used doesn’t have to be tight (shots don’t always have to be in focus or steady). Of course there are various exceptions of movies which did have a budget and chose to use it to tell the story in an effective way (Cloverfield, Chronicle, End of Watch and Europa Report are a couple of examples). The Norwegian film Trollhunter recently appeared on Netflix over here and also has been shot in this style. Is this a better way of approaching the Norse mythology than the horrible Trolls did? Continue reading