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
How many clueless parents have taken their children to Sausage Party? I hope the cinemas who showed this film have made sure they informed them in advance as this movie could traumatise quite a few of them. This might be an animated movie, but it is to be seen by adults only. One with rude language, sex and many “shocking” moments. Continue reading
At the start of the nineties Kevin Costner was one of the biggest stars in the movie world, but because the number of visitors slowly started dropping after the success with Dances with Wolves he slowly disappeared from the spotlight. This doesn’t mean he didn’t keep working and during the last couple of years you slowly see him appearing again doing small roles in big movies (like Man of Steel or Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). And although he was starring in 3 Days to Kill, the movie itself wasn’t that good. Two years later and now he stars in Criminal. Is this the comeback Costner’s been waiting for? Continue reading
When filming a subject you are not only capturing it, but also depending the moment it is viewed can give also create a specific feeling. If you now watch something like Taxi Driver you are not only watching the story about Travis Bickle, but you also get an idea what New York in the seventies was like. If you travel even further back in time, to the first filmmakers, the brothers Lumière, than their first films also create a specific feeling. After they bought the patents to the “Cinématographe” from inventor Léon Bouly, as he didn’t have the financial means to realise his invention, the made the first movie camera. On the 19th of march 1895 they made their first film, in which they simply documented factory workers leaving their work. A lot of those first movies only show daily life. The arrival of a train at the station probably is their most famous one. The images you see are rough and jerky, but it was a very important first step to get to the moment we are now when it comes to film.
But what would happen if you took that very first movie camera and would allow directors from now to make something with it? What would they do? And what kind of feeling would the viewer have? That’s the idea behind this documentary. The rules these directors have are simple: Their movie can’t be longer than 52 seconds, no synchronised sound is to be used and they can have no more than three takes. Continue reading
Although our bodies eventually will give up on us, we are only truly gone from this earth if no one remembers us anymore. The number of soldiers who died during the second world war is huge. You only have to look at all the crosses on the American military cemetery Margraten in the Netherlands to get an idea as 8301 men and women have been buried there. Although the crosses do have names on them, most of these people have been forgotten, simply because they don’t have any family left. This also was the case for Private First Class James E. Wickline.
That all changed because of Maarten Vossen, who, after seeing Saving Private Ryan, became interested in the second world war and decided to adopt a grave. At age 13 he was assigned Wickline’s. It would be the start of a long search of the story behind the name and the grave. In Ageless Friends he is followed during his final steps in this journey. Continue reading
It has been a while since Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in his own movie. His last one was The Dictator in 2012 and in the meantime he has appeared in various smaller roles, like in Alice Through the Looking Glass, Les Misérables and Anchorman 2. His roles in those were different, but in his own films he is known for one thing: being able to shock. Whether he does that by not conforming to social norms or embarrassing others, there’s always something you’ll remember. Grimsby is no different and he even seems to take it a step further. Does het go too far here? Continue reading
Recently I was approached by Vincent Lodder and Jonathan Kray with the question if I would be interested to watch their film Lost in Laos. Often my experience in these type of situations is that the quality of the movie is disappointing and a waste of my time. Because of that I always first watch the trailer before I decline in a friendly way to watch and review it. But the trailer which I saw for Lost in Laos made me curious. Trailers can paint a false image of the final quality of a movie, but in this case I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading