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The Impossible

This film is based on the tsunami that occurred in Thailand during Boxing Day that year.

A family of four; mother (Naomi Watts), father (Ewan McGregor), and three sons (Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast), are just vacationing in their hotel when the tsunami suddenly hits and surprises everyone on that coastline.

It’s intruiging and so very desperate to see what those poor people had to go through. Being dressed in not much more than bathing suits, they had (all of them, not just the family portrayed here, obviously) to try and find their loved ones back. Given that trees had fallen down and people probably have been trapped under there, it must have been horrific to witness and to be part of such a disaster.
You also see Lucas having to be far more of a man, all of the sudden. His mother is wounded, he just wants to go back to something that seems familiar and safe, and suddenly his mother points him to creatures that are even more vulnerable and lonely, such as the little barely 2 year old they bump into.
The adventure they have together, aswell as their husband and his father, with the two sons and siblings, is quite remarkable and shows quite well how things went.
The friendliness of local people, but also how cruel circumstances can be, despite everyone’s efforts to make the best of it.

Maria (Naomi Watts) is still being the perfect mother when in hospital and so deadly ill. Giving Lucas the assignment to go look for people who need help. It seems strange to send her son away, and yet: with the adrenaline bursting, it is truly good for his mind to be occupied that way.
The euphoric feeling he gets when he has a match is incredible.

The only thing that quite bothered me -though this is typically Hollywood, I get that- is that they team behind the film apparently couldn’t be bothered to look for a family that even slightly resembled the actual family they have been depicting. They chose their specific story, which is indeed extraordinary, and included lots of other survivors aswell, so why not choose likewise people? This wasn’t a typical American family, as is shown. They are actually Spanish.
Then again: it does not, in itself, mean that Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, nor the boys, don’t do their job well. They do so, the story is desperate and heartwarming. Just what you need on a rainy day with a cup of hot tea within reach.

It’s well worth a watch.


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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Films, Poems, Uncategorized


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With Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Tuva Novotny.

This film fascinated me from the beginning, but that stopped a bit before the end. I have always been interested in Biology, so the things that occur to Lena (played by Natalie Portman) seem quite awesome to me. Her way of looking at things and explaining them I liked quite a lot. Then other parts came into it, which made it -in my opinion- less believeable, and by the end I could no longer back the theory and so I was just watching a film with nice visual effects.

Lena has been mourning for about a year as her husband was send out on a mission and never returned. Then suddenly he does.
When he does, they are -it seems- kidnapped for whatever reasons, and what follows is a bit of a cross between The Cube (because of the highly trained backgrounds of the women), The Predator (it’s set in a weird sort of jungle and nobody seems to get out of it alive) and other scifi films, except it’s women in the team and not males.

It has its proper moments in horror, in fascination about the beings in the film being mutated -the part that I liked- and other sorts of science messing with nature’s plans.

All in all it’s a pretty nice watch, it’s just that the ending is…a bit open, I guess. It doesn’t come with a major cliffhanger, but it keeps you wondering, in a way.


Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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When I first heard and read about Brave, I thought it was so cool: a Scottish girl going after her own destiny of needing to marry someone her parents prepared herself for.

Initially, the film starts out funny and good. You see Merida growing up with her doting parents, who play hide & seek with her, tell her she’s special and so on. Her dad makes her her first bow and she learns how to shoot it. Then you see how she grows up to have three triplet brothers and how she’s basically being trained by her mother to be a proper princess.
Merida isn’t the kind of girl who’s easily pushed into ‘princess-mode’, as the trailer already shows.
The thing is: she kind of has to live with this perspective anyway.
I loved the bond between her father and her and I sort of thought that was where the film would be concentrating on.
Instead, it follows a sort of legend with a funny old woman, a witch of sorts, which makes Merida end up with her mother for almost the entire film.

In the end, it’s more about how mother and daughter get on as a result of her mother being dependent on her because of this encounter with the old and funny lady.

The music of this film is rather nice, but the whole middle piece of Merida with her mother…no, it defenitely didn’t ‘do it’ for me. Unfortunately, because I was really looking forward to a progressive film about a princess taking hand in her own course to be ran. I guess it’s set in a time where this simply wasn’t available yet.

I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re in that kind of mood, because in the end, it’s ‘just a story’. It starts of as quite impressive, but in the end, it’s just a girl understanding her mother a bit better and a girl who at least tries to adjust to her mother’s will a bit.

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Posted by on March 11, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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Bad Moms

This film is really not that funny as it wants to be. A small group of absolutely over-the-top-perfect mothers, namely Gwendolyn (perfectly bitchy played by Christina Applegate), Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo) are basically screwing every inch of proper selfesteem that any mother who is really trying, could have.
So step aside ladies, you just hit the wrong nerve with Amy (Mila Kunis, I KNOW you can do better than this?!), Kiki (Kristen Bell, same goes for you: ffs why THIS film??) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn…haven’t seen you yet, not sure if I’m willing to either).

Aside the incredibly lovely bitchy Christina Applegate (she really knows how to do that, lovely) I didn’t see all that much proper acting. You sort of want Amy to hit Gwendolyn in the face a couple of times, but Amy is really the anti-hero here and she just doesn’t.

Sure, there’s a few funny-ish moments, but it’s not wowing me that much to be fair. It’s not that much over the top acting, it’s basically girls that are hanging out.

If you really have nothing to do you coudl have a go at it, otherwise: go for something that’s actually funny and has a bit more of a storyline. Even the moment where they split up, it’s….well…emotionless and such. It’s no big deal.

And neither is the film.

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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The Cloverfield Paradox

After having seen other Cloverfield-titled films, I was a bit sceptic about this one. None of them have been particularly pleasing to me. I’ve understood it’s a bit like Star Wars: they all tie together. It’s just that the Cloverfieldlane one was actually the best so far. And that one was weird already.

Anyway. This film has a bit of a slow start. It takes ages to sum up who plays in it and to make weird figures with their names, but anyway.

It has a lot of ‘been there, done that’ in it. It reminded me of films as The Thing, Back to the Future (though only because part of the storyline there) and Armageddon, aswell as Apollo 13.
Given that it’s all supposed to tie together, I’m aware that it might needs to feel a bit like Stranger Things (that first season was a true joy to watch, as it was giving such a recognisable feeling) but that doesn’t happpen here. Not like that.

Every single time the crew tries something, another thing starts going horribly wrong. And not like in Apollo 13 where you still have hope that there might still be a happy ending.

The end surprised me though. In a good way, I suppose (I do like surprises) but errr yeah.

If you like the Cloverfield series as a hole, go for it. I still wouldn’t recommend ‘Cloverfield’…..


Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized



Red Dragon

Edward Norton against Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Fiennes, along with Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson and Mary-Louise Parker.

This prequel of The Silence of the Lambs shows how Hannibal Lecter got busted himself. Well, that’s how the film starts. He actually helps, like he did in Silence of the Lambs. And in a far less pestering way. In the sense that he has no Clarice Starling to whirl around his finger.
Will Graham, played by Edward Norton (as Anthony Heald, who plays Dr Chilton, said himself ‘Edward Norton was far too young for this part, he looked like he just got his degree from school’ I quite agree, but he isn’t all bad) is the one who he helps here. That is after Mr Graham already got him convicted and institutionalised.

The story is strong, as one might expect from an adaptation of a book of the same writer. Ralph Fiennes doesn’t have the cutest features here, but to a blind woman (fabulously played by Emily Watson) he might be.
Will Graham coming over to help to look at some evidence might not be the actual reason of his boss. I didn’t read the book, so it might be revealed there that it was for a collaboration with Dr Lecter from the start, no idea.

Nevertheless, it’s a proper thriller and Mr Hopkins sure makes your day with his daily dosage of sarcasm and wit. A lot of the riddles he feeds Clarice Starling in that film don’t appear here, but he still knows how to captivate you as an audience. Dr Chilton is quite excellent as a noisy fly in Graham’s ears, asking him like an annoying paparazzi if he might have anything that he (Dr Chilton) could work with?

I’d say it’s very much worth a watch, though for some scenes you need a bit of a stomach. Not for all though, it’s not Silence of the Lambs.

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Posted by on February 11, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized


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Cloverfield (2008)

I was barely able to watch this film, to be fair. It’s Jurassic Parc crossed with The Blair Witch Project, but worse.

Given that it is filmed with homevideo techniques, I became seasick in the first quarter and it kept that way. Not once is the camera calmly aimed at one thing at the time. It’s not straight once and this really, really didn’t help to keep up with any storyline, except that it’s a group of friends, having a surprise party for one of them, who is supposed to move to Japan for his job.
During this party, they’re quite brutally interrupted by what seems to be a sudden earth quake, but what turns out to be something like huge lizards and massively big flies, who take over the city. Everybody is running, it’s one big chaos and that’s supposed to be quite something.

Oddly enough, the batteries of this hightech camera never go flat (while everyone’s mobile IS) and the dude filming it is able to do so for as long as he likes.

Every now and then, especially at the beginning, you see two different couples discussing stuff. Given that at some point the main goal of everyone is to simply survive, you don’t care about any of these people as soon as the shit hits the fence.

If you’re really desperate to see a disaster film, I’d still go for a different one. This isn’t the one you’re looking for, unless you’re in it yourself, I suppose.

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Posted by on February 11, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized