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The Balad of Buster Scruggs

With a starloaded cast, this series of stories is a very intruiging one. Though it starts indeed with The Balad of Buster Scruggs, it continues with other ones. The Coen brothers have known how to tell the stories very well. The first one, of Buster Scruggs, reminded me of House of Cards (the giving attention to the audience) and a bit of Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. This has nothing to do with the setting, but since it’s put up a bit clownesque, and I’ve never seen that actor sing, so there was a surprise. There’s a few Tarantino-like scenes in there, which I loved so very much.

This first two stories have something of dark humour in them, the rest lives mostly of atmosphere. They are not ‘quick’, or immediately obvious. All of the stories know how to grab your attention by the balls, but none of them every bore. By the time it could become boring, it’s changed into something else already.

I enjoyed watching this film very much, even though I’m not that much of a cowboy story lover. There’s nonsense to be expected and to be enjoyed.

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Posted by on November 21, 2018 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Titanic

Undated artist impression showing the 14The boat sinks.

The End

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Django Unchained

This film by Tarantino is with, amongst others, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo diCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz and Kerry Washington.

Unusually long, this film nearly takes 3 hours (?!). It is different from former works of Tarantino that I’ve seen, because this has nothing to do with the fantasy of Tarantino running wild. Yes, there’s lots of blood splashing around, but this time around, it’s in the age of apartheid, where African-Americans were not seen as a full human being, nothing more than a possession of sorts. I could only watch this film by skip-hopping it. It has fantastic moments though, I assume the entire film is fantastic, I just couldn’t watch all of it.

Who loves Tarantino shouldn’t miss it.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2018 in Films, Opinion

 

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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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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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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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Dinner For Schmucks

The first ten minutes are alright, then just pretend it says ‘the end’, think ‘huh, I would’ve thought more of it’ and let that be that.

I don’t know why people keep thinking Steve Carell is funny. He isn’t, he never will be. The fact that de film greatly leans on him to be just that, means it’s a complete waste of time.

It reminds of The Cable Guy in a way, but less funny and with less storyline.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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