The Great Wall (2017) – Review

Review The Great Wall

Matt Damon is one of those actors where I basically watch every movie he is in automatically. In general his appearance makes a movie worth watching. When this movie was in the cinemas I decided not to see it as I didn’t find the poster very appealing. Once it was available on DVD I decided to check it out. The question is if a movie set in China in the year 1000, starring Matt Damon (amongst others), works? Continue reading

Saving Banksy (2017) – Review

Review Saving Banksy

There doesn’t seem to come an end to the number of documentaries which have something to do with street artist Banksy. Everyone seems to know his name and he is popular, so using it should be enough to get some interest. Unfortunately not all films which have something to do with his work are of the same quality. Exit Through the Gift Shop was fantastic and is a title I’ve watched several times. Banksy Does New York showed how he took residence in New York for a month and placed a new piece each day, looking at the reactions of the public to them. How to Sell a Banksy was a horrible documentary to watch (in which someone tries to sell one of his pieces he removed from a wall). And now this documentary showed up on Netflix, in which an admirer of Banksy’s work wants to save one of the pieces he made in San Francisco and donate it to a museum. Continue reading

Betting On Zero (2016) – Review

Review Betting on Zero

In Dutch we have a saying which translates to “The death of one, means food for someone else”, which basically is similar to the saying “Their loss, your gain”. It’s something Bill Ackman follows closely because he is convinced that Herbalife is a pyramid scheme and will eventually no longer exist. He is so certain of this fact that he, together with his investors, has bought shorts on Herbalife shutting down for the sum of one billion dollars. This documentary doesn’t only look at his battle against the company, but also looks at Herbalife’s history, the way it operates and the many participants who eventually lost a lot of money because they believed that Herbalife would be the way for them to make the American Dream a reality. Continue reading

The Mars Generation (2017) – Review

Review The Mars Generation

It’s already more than fifty years ago that Lance Armstrong set foot on the moon for the first time. Thanks to the cold war America wanted to prove it was superior, which drove it to innovate. If you look at the period afterward you’ll notice that there have been some developments, but the human race really hasn’t reached a new goal when it comes to space. Yes, the ISS space station was built and private companies like Elon Musks SpaceX have made big strides to make it all cheaper, but we haven’t made a journey further into space. But there are a lot of young people who think they will be the first people who will be on a mission to Mars. In this documentary a group of them is followed while they participate in Space Camp at NASA. Continue reading

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) – Review

Review Bright Lights- Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

When last year news broke that Carrie Fisher, who immortalized herself by her role as princess Leia, had died unexpectedly after a flight to London, many were shocked. People loved seeing her and she was someone who had also become successful as a script doctor. A day after her death her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away. She has had a very successful career as well. This documentary looks at both of them (they lived right next to each other) and had already been made before they passed away. Continue reading

Comfort (2016) – Review

Recensie Comfort

Each year I organise a filmblog get together in the Netherlands during which I rent out a cinema screen so movie bloggers can meet each other, watch a movie together, battle each other during a movie quiz and basically have a great day. Last year I decided to show this movie. Like last year’s title, It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, it’s a movie which wasn’t released in the Netherlands so it was a first showing. This wasn’t the only similarity, as this movie also is about two people meeting and getting to know each other while they are struggling with some issues. But why did I like this movie so much and chose to show it? Continue reading

Demain Tout Commence (2016) – Review

Review Demain tout commence

Thanks to Intouchables the career of Omar Sy has had an enormous boost. After that film he hasn’t only appeared in French movies, but also made the move to Hollywood. He appeared in Jurassic World, Inferno, Burnt and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although he wasn’t bad in those roles he’s better when he is the focus of the movie. Thanks to him Intouchables was a success, but also in Monsieur Chocolate he showed that he was strong in a role that asked for a bigger range of emotions. In Demain Tout Commence this is also the case, although it mainly is about his comedic talent. Continue reading