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About MaLadeVr

I'm a writer of all kinds of stories. I write blogposts, books and reviews. I like to write, I like to watch films, series and so on Netflix. Anything with a proper storyline and I'm hooked! I write whatever pops into my mind, this could be any genre. I've written children's books, a detective, a science fiction, a lesbian affaire. All books that are available on either amazon.com or through links on my blog. I write in both English and Dutch.

Sneeuw/Snow

Het is geweldig spul. Tenminste, als je er alleen maar naar hoeft te kijken en in de gelegenheid bent om ermee te spelen. Rollen, sneeuwballen gooien, sneeuwelven maken, gewoon kijken hoe het mooi op wat voor uitzicht dan ook ligt: ik kan er eindeloos naar kijken. Ik kan het zeer aanraden.
Plus, het is zo licht dat het een enorm blij gevoel in je aan kan maken. Dat is niet voor iedereen hetzelfde overigens. Ik word er toevallig heel blij van.

It is great stuff. Well, if you only have to look at it, or aren’t too occupied to play with it. Roll it, throw snowballs, make snowelfs, just looking at how lovely it looks just laying on anything: I can watch it endlessly. I can recommend it.
Plus, it’s so light that it can awaken a huge happy feeling. That is not for everybody by the way. It does happen to make ME very happy though 🙂

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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Willem Elsschot, Kaas

Van de week kreeg ik dit boek in m’n handen geschoven van m’n vader. Een dunnetje, daar niet van, maar nog bezig in m’n Michelle Obama, dus het kwam er maar niet van om het te lezen.
Goed, het eerste hoofdstukje dan. Dat was geen moment te vroeg, m’n vader vroeg me er onmiddellijk naar.
‘Hoe vond je dat stukje met die moeder en die aardappels?’ vroeg hij. Ja, ik vond het wel grappig.
De rest gelezen.
Ik vond het een beetje Carmiggelt-achtig aan doen, de manier van denken die de hoofdpersoon, Frans Laarmans, erop nahoudt. Hij sukkelt maar zo’n beetje mee met een paar hoge omes, die vervolgens zó onder de indruk zijn, dat hij wordt aangesteld als hoofd van de Franchise voor Edammer kaas in Antwerpen. Hoe hij dat verder in moet vullen, en dat hij eigenlijk al een baan heeft, dat doet niet terzake.
Het verhaal gaat dus feitelijk over iemand, die helemaal nul verstand heeft van dergelijke zaken, er aanvankelijk het beste van probeert te maken, tot hij tot de ontdekking komt, dat hij er eigenlijk helemaal geen zin in heeft.
De tamelijk poëtische omschrijvingen van het produkt kaas zijn hilarisch en ook de manier waarop meneer Laarmans zich uit benarde situaties weet te redden, door karaktertrekjes die ietwat aan Hugh Grant doen denken. Minus het Britse ‘ik klets me hier wel uit’, want dat heeft Laarmans niet in zich. Hij weet amper, waar hij mee bezig is.

Het is een niemendalletje waar je zo doorheen bent, lachen gegarandeerd. Tenzij u van kaas houdt, dan is dit een regelrecht drama 😉

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2019 in Books, Opinion

 

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Bird Box

With Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, Vivien Lyra Blair,Julian Edwards and others.

Bird Box bares a strong resemblance to The Happening, except this seems like the aftermath of if. Because of the timehops, it still is like The Happening though.

Sandra Bullock is Malorie, a pregnant artist, who has such serious doubt about actually becoming a mother, she is in actual deny about it. Even though she is at least 8,5 months pregnant. When her sister Jessica drives Malorie from a hospital appointment, suddenly, the wave of suicides starts happening.

I might have missed out on something, but I can’t seem to find the reason for the blindfolds. It’s interesting, of course, and that’s probably why they put it in there. It’s a bit like The City Of Blinds, except I haven’t seen that film, I’ve only read the book which was so good, I didn’t understand the need for making a film out of that).

They have made an interesting film here, despite the fact that there are so many likewise series and films of it already (The Happening, a bit of The Walking Dead, though there are no zombies here, The Fog etc). If you want some more of that, this is a perfect watch.
Also, I do like the fact that Sandra Bullock actually put enough effort in her looks to convince me she is in her 30s. I know she isn’t, but it’s convincing enough.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2019 in Films, Opinion

 

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Dicte

Dicte is a possible serie if you’re looking for entertainment, not too much to think about and nothing too heavy. None of them are truly that realistic, and Dicte is nowhere near a super hero of any kind. She is not special. Very stubborn, and more often then not, wrong. Not in the sense that it’s obviously immediately though. She does things and you’re like ‘wtf?! I wouldn’t exactly approve of such an action from any journalist soon?!’ You do forget she is a journalist quite quickly, because she doesn’t seem to care that much herself. She is just curious, goes after a vague hunch.
It’s also amazing how she just gets the support of the Danish police, because she is actually quite clumsy. Her theories are farfetched and she is far from ‘always right’. At times she has a hunch that appears to be in the right direction, but there’s never any logic to it, it seems to me.
Then again, you wonder why she doesn’t just work as a cop instead of a journalist?
Also, not all actors are that convincing. This doesn’t help either.
The series is mostly based on two episodes being connected, so it does work great to keep watching. You’re not ‘forced’ to watch the entire series to finally see it unwrap itself.

None of the romantic relationships actually work in this series. You don’t see any of them truly happening. Only the one between Wagner and Dicte’s friend, and that’s the one that gets cut short. You would have seen that one happening. After that, the friend miraculously disappears, too.
The other romances are not surprising. Not even a little bit.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Collateral Beauty

With Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Jacob Latimore.

Don’t feel like watching the standard Christmas Carol? Watch this one instead. It is The Christmas Carol in a modern version. This is the first Will Smith film I’ve seen in a while that I was moved by so very much.
The circle is truly shut in the end and it is such a beauty to watch.
The story as you know it is there, except the ‘Scrooge’ in this story fails to give a damn about his company failing. He is just an unpleasant man to deal with, while his friends/coworkers are still trying to safe what is left of a company that once was top of the edge.
To make him give a damn, his coworkers first hire a private investigator. When that doesn’t help, they hire actors to get the message through.

Though I understand why they chose the title for the film, I feel like that is missing out greatly on the huge emotiones that come pouring out on different points in the film.
But to be fair I can’t think of a proper title other than ‘A Christmas Carol’ here, and frankly that would probably take away the magic that one can feel during the film as well.
Naomi Harris is doing such a wonderful job on that end, truly: WOW! Helen Mirren is a lovely tease.

I’d say it’s a must see, even if it is only for seeing Will Smith shining his way through. I was truly taken by his performance!

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Angela’s Christmas

Very cute, short little Christmas story. Because of its start, it reminded me instantly of Frank McCourt’s Angela. Also because it’s clearly an Irish story.

It’s mostly a nice film for smaller children because it’s only 30 minutes. Not too long for quickly distracted minds there. Still, the film is quite dark. Understandable, as it’s Christmas and early morning/early nights make it so, light wise.

The film is very suitable for any audience. Siblings will recognise the rivalry that makes being a family soooo lovely (not always the case, I realise) and also recognise the compassion that Angela has in her mind for the baby Jesus. The kind of compassion adults often lack, as they see an ornament, not a being in possible want of love or attention.
And come on, only 30 minutes…

Just watch it 🙂

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

 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

With Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrel, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Katherine Watson and many others.

A bit of a dark followup of the Harry Potter series, and technically it’s a prequel, of course.
Then again, perfect casting of Eddie Redmayne. He gives the part of Newt Scamander just the bit of humanity, the bit of clumsiness you associate with either Hagrid caring about his precious, but highly dangerous creatures, or Hugh Grant in Four Weddings And A Funeral. Newt is clumsy and yet knows exactly what is the correct response to the creatures he’s got amongst him in his very special suitcase. And just like Hugh Grant: he keeps messing things up, leaving behind a trail of massive messes and surprises all the way long.

The film is a bit of a stretch for any kid, being over two hours long. It has a lot of dark atmospheres too, but given that Harry Potter isn’t exactly the lightest material the more he grows, that is not that much of a problem here.
Though the film depicts violence, any computer game will contain more of that. I wouldn’t say it’s for all ages though. It very much depends on the kid. An easily startled kid shouldn’t watch it, for it’s too dark.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Films

 

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