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The Haunting of Hill House

With Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Annabeth Gish and so many others.
A proper thrilling series. If you liked American Horror Show this might be less your alley, given the lack of amounts of blood, but it truly is a good thriller.

It strongly reminds me of the House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, it has traces of Frozen (yes, by Disney) in it, aswell as reminding of Six Feet Under and The Addams Family. The beauty of the settings and the strong storyline got me captured. It all connects and makes sense in the end, though you are quite thrown of in the beginning, because they throw some confusion around. They do that by making a ‘then’ and  ‘now’, and though I’m not sure that that’s what’s supposed to happen, I’m pretty sure they did that on purpose: confusion by characters. It took me a while to figure out who was supposed to be who.

The make-up artists deserves a bloody Oscar, even though at some point, they could have tried a bit harder on Luke. If you’re wondering why he has eyeliner smeared on his cheek and lip, while they give you a thriving heart attack on several ghosts, you’re like ‘what?? This can’t be right?’ it’s like they stopped midway or something.

Other than that: bloody brilliant series. Not for the faintest of hearts, I should add. You really have to love ghost stories. I watched the entire series in silence, because yes, I’m actually that much of a wuss.

 

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Posted by on October 15, 2018 in Opinion, series

 

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Eat Pray Love

With Julia Roberts, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins and many others.

A divorced woman goes in search of herself. She chooses to do so in Italy, India and Bali. Though the backgrounds of this film are fabulous due to their ssurroundings, I wasn’t quite swept off my feet in the way I hoped I would be. It’s basically Liz (properly portrayed by Julia Roberts, but you kind of expect that, it’s her, after all) trying to cope with her divorce by tasting some life experiences from people in the various places she visits.

It’s a proper romcom, ideal to watch if you’re not into thinking that much. It will make you laugh, smile and ultimately relax. It’s not the best film you will ever watch, but there are definitely far worse ones.

It’s OK.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Call The Midwife

With Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen McGann, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Cliff Parisi, Bryony Hannah, and many others, all doing so well.

This absolutely endearing series on Netflix, starting with fresh new nurse and midwife Jenny Lee, who joins the order of the midwives of Saint Raymond Nonnatus House, is also a huge tearjerker.

Jenny Lee -voice over by the fantastic Vanessa Redgrave- is escaping a life where she couldn’t have what she wanted. She’s there to improve her midwivery skills and is a bit surprised when it turns out she’s joining a convent. Or so it seems. She is surprised by nun sister Monica Joan, who immediately invites her to have some cake.

Who has seen the film Matilda, will recognise one of the nuns as the headmaster of Matilda’s school. Here she has pretty much the same stern sort of character, but far less appalling towards other human beings. She’s strict, yes, but reliable.

The series handles the issues typical for the time and age it plays in, namely the 1950s near London, but also depicts the issues that weren’t an issue then. For instance, you see nearly every single mother smoke like a chimney in the waiting room. So does the doctor. And yet, some medications that are being used, are still in use today.

Given that some of it may be dramatized, the series still holds a very powerful performance as you know it’s based on actual happened events.

For instance, Miranda Hart is in this series. Not as the comedian, but as the very religious Chummy, midwive of a higher class. I’ve read that her part was one of the first to be set in stone, as even the one who wrote the script (or the actual memoirs) thought of Miranda Hart being the perfect person to play the part.

I’d highly recommend it. It’s less for men, even though depicted scenes are of historical value to anyone, the dramatised parts will no doubt make some men leave the room.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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When The Waves Break The Silence

When the body of a man is found on the beach of Luing in Scotland, it appears that nobody knows who he is.
He hasn’t been filed missing, nor is there anyone to claim the body. It remains a mystery who he is and what his story is, until Stella McFee, new officer in town, Lily Cochrane, intern at the local newspapers and Fiona Diggs, intern at the coroner’s office, stick their heads together.
It then appears the man has anything but a pretty past.

Based on true events, but altered for obvious reasons.

This book isn’t suitable for the under 18, contains strong language and may cause bad memories to arise. Help for the latter is included in the last pages.

 

kindle edition: https://kdp.amazon.com/amazon-dp-action/uk/dualbookshelf.marketplacelink/B07J5WPF57

paperback edition: https://kdp.amazon.com/amazon-dp-action/uk/dualbookshelf.marketplacelink/1726854302

Dutch publisher (book in English, publisher situated in the Netherlands):

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Books, Projects, Promoting

 

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Fences

With Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and many others.

A film that stretches for over two hours, in a certain time set in the USA. After you’ve seen some films of both of these magnificent actors, you kind of expect an excellent storyline aswell.
It’s not the play of any of the actors that bothers me, it’s the complete lack of excitement in the entire film. This was the first time I utterly hated the character, Troy Marxson, played by Denzel Washington. He was once about to become an important sportsman, but due to it being different times -he would have been one of the first black men there – this didn’t happen. Because of this, he now works as a trashman and he carries around a misplaced type of pride that even prevents him from allowing his son to succeed in the same career. His son is very good in football, but Troy doesn’t want him to become that. Troy so much doesn’t want that, that every opportunity the boy gets, is slammed down by his father. A scout is coming over for him. Troy refuses to even meet the guy. He has to quit his job at the supermarket, in order to have time to train with his team. Troy forces him to ask for his job back, because he should never pursue a career in football in the first place.

Rose, Troy’s wife, is stuck in the days where she has to do what her husband says. She can’t make him do anything. You see the frustration running down Viola Davis with each scene she plays, and yet it’s not enough.

The film is an interesting one in so far that it shows how misplaced pride makes that no flower grows the way it’s supposed to. Because Troy wants to be god.

If you’re into action or victory, don’t watch this one. It’s highly frustrating. But if you like to watch what is effectively a play and to get an insight in someone’s head, it’s actually quite good. I mean I was bored very much, but I was waiting for things that didn’t cross the mind of the one who wrote it.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Boogschieten/Shooting a bow

Op het idee gebracht door diverse vrienden die ik dat al eens had zien doen op foto’s, had ik besloten dat ik dit als verjaarscadeau wilde. Dat liet m’n man zich geen tweede keer zeggen. Een oud schermmaatje van hem, Michiel Fritz, bleek lid te zijn van een boogschietclub. Hij kon ons beiden wel instrueren.

Nou, echt geweldig! Nog afgezien van het feit dat ik aanleg bleek te hebben voor tamelijk raak schieten (niet onbelangrijk voor het ‘hoera!’ gevoel, kan ik u meedelen) is het ook geen zware sport. De boog die ik vasthield was in elk geval niet heel zwaar, en omdat er al een viziertje op zit, bleek het goed te doen om het mikken ook behoorlijk te doen. Er is ook geen warming up nodig van eindeloos rondjes rennen (waardoor je al uitgeput bent voor je met weet ik wat begint) en je kunt het jezelf makkelijker of moeilijker maken door een grotere afstand of juist een kleinere tot het doel te maken.

Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar! Nogmaals dank Michiel Fritz! (OK en m’n echtgenoot, maar die had ik al bedankt 😉 )

 

I had seen pics of friends of mine shooting a bow, and I thought: oooooh me like! So there I went, whining to my husband, who had asked me what I desired for my birthday. By a lucky coincidence, one of his fencing friends, Michiel Fritz, turned out to be a member of a local shooting a bow club. He so happened to be able to instruct us both,

It was such a joy! Even aside the fact that I turned out to be talented enough to shoot my arrows quite close to the core, (an important feature for the ‘hurray!’ factor, I might add) it turned out not a too complicated sport either. No running around the field for warming up (leaving you exhausted when you just start out), no heavy bows, just doable. Meanwhile, it’s easily possible to make things easier or, in fact, harder on yourself, by making the distance to the ‘goal’ either smaller or bigger.

I’d very much recommend this type of exercise!

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2018 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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What If

Daniel Radcliffe, Mackenzie Davis, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall, Adam Driver and many others.

With a cast that consists of players you’ve seen on Black Mirror, Harry Potter and It’s Complicated, it’s good enough to stick around. I do believe they had to, as some of the dialogue really, really doesn’t make any normal sense. And I’ve watched Tarantino.

No, this is not a horror movie.

In fact, the concept itself is incredibly dull. Nearly too dull to put down, but given that it is the entire storyline, you need it. The film is floating on the concept that men and women can’t be friends.
Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet at a party of Chantry’s cousin Allan (Adam Driver), who meets his new girlfriend Nicole (Mackenzie Davis) there. Wallace who has just split up, is there to have a miserable time, thank you very much, while Chantry is just trying to make conversation, really.
They have an amazing click, it seems, so Wallace is quite desillusioned to learn that, when he brings her home and hands him her number, she has a boyfriend. He decides not to say anything.

The film shows how Wallace is actually quite struggling with the fact that she has a boyfriend. The film shows how it can be, but the cliché type. I must say I don’t like that, but as I said the dialogues have, at times, such a weird subject that it made me curious. There is nearly no normal dialogue between Nicole and Allan. They are seriously weird.

I would recommend it, because it’s not a bad watch, just keep in mind that this is only one story. Friendship between men and women CAN happen.

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2018 in Films, Uncategorized

 

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