Al Pacino is already 75 years, but the actor does not even seem to think about retiring. If you look at the films he has made in recent years, their quality might not have been good for each one of them (he was criticized for his role in Jack and Jill), but as a filmfan I always look forward to his appearance. It is an actor who has more than earned his marks with a variety of classic roles (such as The Godfather, Scarface, Dog Day Afternoon, Heat and Carlito’s Way). With Danny Collins, he shows that he is still full of energy, but is it also a movie you must check out? Continue reading
Does every kid go through a dinosaur phase? It was something I was thinking about when watching the new movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. Initially I could not remember ever having a collection of plastic dinosaurs, but after further reflection, I remembered that I did make a report about it in elementary school. This was in the eighties, so it was still a time when you had to go to the library for information, write everything by hand and go to the supermarket to make copies of pictures to paste in your report. The reason that I still remember it wasn’t so much the report itself, but the way it was checked. Because I went to a Christian school (even though I’m not religious) the teacher held tightly to the story of the bible and its timeline. That meant he had put question marks when it said that the dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. That did not fit into his conviction.
So there was a brief period in which I was interested in them, but it did not last long. The first Jurassic Park I do remember though, especially because (just like today) there was a lot of marketing for the film. There were TV specials (which showed how they made the water vibrate in the glass when the Tyrannosaurus Rex arrives), and the effects in the film were breathtaking then. Those effects might not wow us anymore and a movie really needed to do something special in order to excite us. Does Jurassic Wold manage to do that? Continue reading
Not being able to die and having eternal life has its advantages, but it also has its downsides. You’ll see the people you love slowly ageing and there will come a moment when you decide to keep your secret from others. But enough talk about Highlander! The Age of Adaline uses the same concept, minus the sword fighting. The emphasis in this film is: romance. Continue reading
When I use Netflix and have to decide what to watch, then chances are that I first dive into the documentary section. It’s a genre which I watch a lot and the number of good documentaries I’ve seen is high. I came across this title and as I always found martial arts interesting, I was very curious what was on offer this film. It introduced me to a world I did not know, that of the backyard fights. Continue reading
Everyone is familiar with the concept of specific songs having a “clean version”. They often are played during the day to make sure kids don’t hear the “bad” words and it’s something which we feel is normal. But what if that was applied to movies, that would be a bit weirder. Some movies are edited when shown on TV (I can still remember the BBC broadcasting Coming to America and Samuel L. Jackson saying “Forget you!” when he’s trying to rob the restaurant instead of the F word), but it’s something that doesn’t happen a lot. But what if you aren’t allowed to view imagery which could impact you negatively because of your religion? You would like to watch the latest movies, but you never know what kind of imagery they contain. It would mean a huge risk. Continue reading
After Bad Ass and Bad Asses Frank Vega (Danny Trejo) and Bernie Pope (Danny Glover) are back in already the third movie in this franchise.
If you don’t know these films: the original movie was based on a Youtube video in which an old men beat up two other guys on a bus. The man, with his fanny pack and beard became known as “Epic Beard Man” and that event was recreated in Bad Ass. The rest of the story (just like the second movie) can be best summarised as taking revenge. The second movie introduced Bernie, who was sick and only had a short time to live. In this third movie the team is on a new mission. Continue reading
The people who usually leave a lasting impression on society and are often seen as icons unfortunately have in common that the died earlier than expected. You might wonder whether James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and also Kurt Cobain might have left the same impression had they died in their eighties. The fact that they are suddenly no longer there make us dream about the potential that will never be realised anymore and makes us appreciate what they left even more. These are people who were popular and who haven’t lived to a time where they were less popular. It is exactly that reason why they speak to our imagination.
At 27 years old Kurt Cobain took his own life in 1994. This documentary only mentions that fact at the end in a short text, without giving it much attention. It’s all about Kurt Cobain, the person. Continue reading