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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. Beware that on all of my texts there's copyright! Let me know if you want to publish/reblog/whatever any of it. Ideas I put on here that I need help with and you feel invited: please let me know!

A Fall From Grace

A film that has a strong, though a bit of a cliché start, a quite weak middle and a heck of a strong ending.

It is so good to see Phylisia Rashad (Dr Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show)! You can totally see why Jasmine (played by Bresha Webb) and Grace (Crystal Fox) develop such a warm bond with her.
You don’t immediately see why Jasmine is so attracted to the case. After all, she tries convincing her boss not to let her have to have this case, as she’s already swarmed by work as it is, and yet in the entire film there is no case that presses itself upon Jasmine with any urge at all. Given her initial response to this said case, that is quite…odd.

In the middle, when things start adding up, it is my believe that the downfall for Jasmine shouldn’t have been portrayed like that. Jasmine is basically the superstar that the powerful men want to see fall and that’s exactly what happens. They could have done that within fewer time, in my opinion. It’s a trend I see nowadays, to let even the ‘superhero’ in a story, fall. Quite hard. I don’t know of any lawyer/barrister who would rather have themselves be jailed than to follow the orders of the judge, and yet that’s exactly what happens. I do not see why that scene had to be added to the film. I do wonder if there’s material on the cutting floor that could have been sufficient instead.

Anyway, in the end we finally get to see all of Alice, played by Cicely Tyson. Her face rang a bell to me, and indeed she plays Constantine in the film The Help, which is about slavery. I loved that film, but that’s quite another story.

Also, Jordan Bryant (played by Matthew Law) is seen to make several mistakes by handcuffing people who he then tells to ‘don’t move!’ as he quickly follows up another order. You do wonder: how does he think that’s gonna work out then?

All in all it’s a good film with some outstanding actors. I myself especially loved seeing Pylicia Rashad and Cicely Tyson again.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2020 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Arne Dahl

Named after the author of the books, this Swedish detective series has really good background stories. Too bad that in at least the first few episodes, none of the facial expressions actually make sense with the news they either receive or spread. Honestly, I’ve never seen such blank faces. It’s hardly believeable.
Anyway, it does get better after a while, but oddly in the second season, it’s mostly due to a new, younger face of Ida Jankowitsch.

One of the nice things about this series is that yes, it starts with what goes wrong and with whom, but it never completely goes by a certain script. It is always a surprise what you’re looking at, which keeps you at your toes.

OK, so you don’t need to watch it for the emotions (not saying they’re not there, just that they aren’t well-played by the cast), but the storylines are really quite powerful.
And: not every case ends necessarily in a completely ‘happy ending’. I like this too, as it means variety.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Man In The High Castle

This series, provided by primevideo, an amazon channel, interested me as it is Science Fiction mixed with history. The serie is based on the idea: what if Hitler would have WON the second world war?
In this series, The United States of America are devided in a Chinese part, an American part and a so called neutral zone.
It starts around the fifties/sixties and this gives it a very weird vibe somehow. It is like Back to the Future’s Dr Emmett Brown has send you to an alternative universe. And like The Usual Suspects’ Kaiser Soze has gotten a different alias…
A thing that really dawned on me was that despite the fact they claim the war is over, you still see so much tention in the streets. Nobody is truly taken with one another. Anyone who looks even a simmer of differently, is approached with suspicion, only people who look ‘Arian enough’ are met with instant friendliness. I myself thought ‘wait, this is what it would look like when there’s PEACE in such a world?!’

Though the first season dwells on quite long about the partnership of Juliana Crain (played by Alexa Davalos) and Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank), it made me cringe a bit. Maybe that’s because loads of series now have a female lead that isn’t so easy to persuade by a man with obvious bad intentions. Then again, this were the fifties/sixties, when women might have had this sort of pleasing attitude, either by nature or nurture.

I have understood the series is based on a book, and the films this series is on about, are only that because it is a serie. I wasn’t much impressed by the films anyway. I assume you need a bit more of a backstory to understand what they stand for? A bit more than what is handed to you by the chars, yes.

After the first season, I actually gave up. This has two reasons: first, I thought the background story started crumbling. I couldn’t go aboard with it.
Second, and this may sound weird: I had a severe problem with the Nazi-symbols being worn so openly, without an actual addition to the story. I felt exposed to something I didn’t feel comfortable with. In the country I come from, the symbol is forbidden. I do not wish to associate it with anything worthy of entertainment. The first season the symbols were met with all the horrors that I know came with the second world war. It should what a tremendously bad people these were and still are.
It made me think: through this series, that symbol is gonna be even more ‘normalised’. Something I ma not willing to participate in.
Yes I know that sounds silly.

Anyway. The first season had its interesting moments, especially when you see some of the rules that are being followed for the ill, the elderly and so on, and how that effects the people who live in families with chronically ill persons.

I did think it was worthwhile at first and if you read the books I am sure you will love it. For me it was a bit much.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in Opinion, series

 

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Lieveling, Kim van Kooten

Leest weg als een trein, vooral doordat het is geschreven vanuit het perspectief van een meisje dat opgroeit met een stiefvader die zijn handen niet thuis kan houden.
Op zichzelf al een drama. Een meisje dat uit haar vertrouwde omgeving wordt weggetrokken en het moet hebben van haar moeders grillen, die eruit lijken te bestaan dat ze kan shoppen tot ze een ons weegt: dat beloofd niet veel goeds.

Hoewel er op een goed moment hoop aan de horizon gloort als eindelijk duidelijk wordt wat er met dat kleine meisje gebeurd is, wordt op de laatste pagina toch je hoop keihard de grond in geboord.
Dit is eveneens wat er zomaar overal zou kunnen gebeuren.

Zelf heb ik net zo’n boek geschreven, althans: met hetzelfde soort onderwerp.
Het was daarom heel interessant om te lezen hoe Kim zich in het hoofd van het slachtoffer heeft verplaatst.

Je blijft je wel tot het einde afvragen waarom de moeder van Puck niet wat meer betrokkenheid toont bij de dingen die de stiefvader van Puck graag met Puck doet. Zoals haar haren eindeloos vaak wassen. Waarom is ze, vanaf het begin, nooit ook maar een seconde aanwezig?

Het boek wordt geprezen om de humor die er toch nog in voorkomt. Ik weet niet of ik incest wel met humor bestreden wil zien worden. Je ziet een slachtoffer, wat eigenlijk die rol niet eens aan kan nemen omdat ze continu bezig is om voor iedereen om zich heen te zorgen. Het commentaar van wat kennelijk haar oom is: totaal onaanvaardbaar.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2019 in Books, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Colossal

With Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and various others.

I love Anne Hathaway. Her ability to combine her good looks with a comic timing and still be able to also carry along a more serious role, has something that I admire greatly.

I also greatly like Dan Stevens. His actings in Downton Abbey showed a lovely and kind character and I hope to see much more of him, in films that are nothing like Colossal.

This film is a complete waste of time. Not only is the background story so very weak, the ending is so lame that I literally started making lists of what I could have done instead of watching this film.

Anne Hathaway is supposed to play a drunk, while there she is: only hairs not completely lovely combed, but a perfect teint, her make up always there where it should be and not walking the streets, talking with a double tongue. Nothing of the sorts. Nothing about her person implies that she drinks even more than a glass of water.

THe fact that the monster appears when it does etc: there is no reason why it should be in Korea, of all places.

I have no idea what sort of nice thing to say about this film, as I wasn’t able to find it. Yes, Anne Hathaway plays in it, but I urge her to go look for a different script if she gets offered something like this again. You are far too good for this type of shit, Mrs Hathaway!

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Downsizing

With Matt Damon, Kirsten Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Rolf Lassgard, Udo Kier and many others.

Given that the main quote in this film is that it’s so much better for the environment to be small, it is in itself no surprise that so many people are up for it.
The idea is that because people let themselves be shrunken down to only a few inches, they get to have a life that is richer to themselves (huge mansions including tenniscourts, swimmingpools and god knows what else), is far better for the environment and so on. It is a popular thought, but at the same time people have doubts about it. Healthy thinking, in my opinion.
When Paul and Audrey go to one of the gatherings to do the math on how their life would continue, they are more and more persuaded to go for it, even though there seems to be a downside. Their social life will simply never ever be the same again. After all, being that small means your friends have to take your size into consideration and all that comes with that. Besides, you live in a special village where you can never ever invite them, as they simply wouldn’t fit anywhere.

There is never any explanation as to why all of the bodyhairs are being shaved off, why bowels and bladders are being emptied, only why fake teeth are being removed before the shrinking down.
Also weird is that despite the fact that one of the ladies that does the math for Paul and Audrey explains how she can’t live the shrunken life due to her husband who recently got a new hip, doesn’t explain why that sort of life can’t be continued in the shrunken version.
In senses of logic, this film leaves quite a few reasonable questions unanswered.
The ‘why would you, and really ANYBODY, let themselves be shrunken forever?’ because that is also a catch: once shrunken down, you can never reverse the progress. Which means you can never life the life you once had. Not unless your friends and family do the same.

The atmosphere in the film is good though. Thanks to the music being played it feels a bit like watching Being John Malkovich. Thanks to the fact they live in a special developed place, it looks a bit like The Truman Show. Because of some things that Paul experiences, there is a hint of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. The film doesn’t bore, not especially, it’s just that most questions you can have, keep being unanswered.
Paul isn’t one to question life very deeply, it seems. He just lives his life, despite the odds against him at times, making you question seriously why someone like him would make this choice? And why he never develops full friendships with the people he got shrunken with simultaneously.

It is watchworthy, but more than once? No, not for me. I do that mostly with films that I like, but not in this case. Once was more than enough.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Unbelievable

With Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Colette, Merrit Wever, Scott Lawrence, Eric Lange,Brooke Smith and many others.

An interesting series to watch. From IMdB I understand this series is based on true happened events. Which is unfortunate, especially when you see the first episode. I don’t recommend watching it. Not just when you’re a rape survivor, but because it seems so unrealistic, that a rape victim would be met with such vile, bastardly rude bloody cops who care too much about their own finger twiddlings than actually helping a human being.
Why the student never got any female agent to care for her, I will never know. For a long time in this series it even remains unclear if what happened to her, Marie Adler, happened in the 70s or 60s or something?
For comparison: watch the first episode of the second season of Broadchurch, and you will notice a significant difference in dealings with rape victims.

One of the more frustating things is that Marie Adler stops sharing her actual thoughts with those who surround her. She numbs down, becomes introvert. This because the people she once trusted to be on her side, talk behind her back. As a result, she is so frozen she can’t even talk about what that does to her as a result. The cops of Lynnwood…if this truly happened in this way (for the sake of the series I do hope it was dramatized a bit, or these men are truly unworthy of their badge) they should make a formal statement and discharge themselves for being as guilty to any of the unsolved rapes there as the rapist is. This behaviour is beyond evil.
To make a young woman feel like she did the judicial system unjustice because THEY chose not to believe her…I was so incredibly sorry for that girl that she didn’t get to meet with Jodi or Rasmussen.
I also don’t understand how her therapist and counsellors and group of living were so eagerly willing to believe that she had made it all up. None of them should ever be working with someone that vulnerable again. I was amazed and not by Dara, the woman who I still mostly recognise from the one that, in Silence of the Lambs, was trapped in that well. It makes perfect sense that her face is the one that sends out the message ‘trust’ to anyone who has lost it.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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