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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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Tall Girl

Though this film isn’t all that bad, it’s only mildly entertaining. I am surprised that Netflix has given this film any airtime at all, as being tall is not the biggest issue I’ve heard of these days.
The contrast between the sisters couldn’t be bigger indeed: tall sister versus beauty queen and thank goodness their mother treats them differently in that aspect, but still.
I am a tall girl (not as tall as she is, but there’s only a mild inch between her tallness and an inch or two in shoesizes), and I’ve actually never had to endure any of the silly comments this girl gets.
I do recall a boy coming at me, trying to playfully intimidate me, then I stood up, with the same amount of playfulness, and he was smiling as I was far taller than he had initially assumed.

The part where her sworn enemy Kimmy plays a trick on the phone should have been taken seriously and not a way to blame herself. Kimmy is an utterly vile bitch who deserved a slap in the face. Verbally or nonverbally. A best friend who doesn’t see that, I don’t trust.
A best friend who tries to actively stop a romance between his friend and an exchange student should have punched himself in the guts aswell.

The tall girl herself accepts her faith as any Jane Austen heroine does, but in current times, this shouldn’t be needed.

I can’t say I would recommend this film as it barely has any reality on show about how these things go. Even the cast isn’t as mixed as you’d expect in this time and era….

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Demain Tout Commence

With the fabulous Omar Sy ( do NOT tell me you haven’t seen Intouchables, please?!) Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, Last Love), Antoine Bertrand and Gloria Colston.

Samuel is enjoying life as a bachelor, when, after a night of partying hard, a one night stand is in front of him, with a baby. Telling him the baby is his. She has a lot of bags with her, asks him for money for the cab she just came in.
He thinks.
Kristin Stuart dissappears from Samuel and the baby, named Gloria, only to return after about eight years.

While Kristin was gone, Samuel has been a perfect, albeit not very grownup, father for Gloria. He has found a friend while searching for Kristin, which means Gloria has grown up with a single dad and his gay friend Bernie, who feels to be just as much Gloria’s father as Samuel is himself.
Samuel has made it his mission to give the girl not only a weird home (where she is VERY happy), but also the thought that her mother is a secret agent who is simply flying across the world to visit every country possible, and so that is the reason she has never come to visit Gloria and her father.
A far better solution than to tell such a young girl the awful truth, in my opinion.
That what is shown of her childhood is far from anything that would seem realistic, giving the film a very childish, but lively and lovely vibe.
Which is exactly the reason that the Kramer VS Kramer bit around the middle, didn’t quite catch my appealing. Nor the dreadful end. I have no idea why the makers of this film thought that was bloody necessary?!

Aside that, this film goes to show that, indeed, a family isn’t purely made out of DNA. It’s presence, it’s being there, it’s making sure that you know what goes around in that little head of the young ones. Samuel provides exactly that.
OK, he doesn’t always send Gloria to school because of his busy schedule as a stuntman, and yes, he still doesn’t speak English so Gloria has to translate everything into French for him, even after eight years of living there. Meanwhile, he makes bloody sure that Gloria is shielded for all types of bad information that she could possibly get, that the world just isn’t all that pretty and lovely.

It was also a pleasure to see Omar Sy again.
The things the film is missing in dept, is, amongst other things, the fact that we will never know what the hell made the mother leave her own child. She never explains. And like in Kramer VS Kramer, you want to know.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Unite 42

After having watched Black Spot I couldn’t leave this one unwatched.
It doesn’t resemble each other one bit though, except for the spoken language (French), one actor, and the fact that it is about police again. OK and the fact that Unite 42 only seems to handle particular cases.
They are into hacking. Not in the truly legal way, so to speak.

The episodes are easy to watch; not too difficult stories, it’s entertaining and it has a likewise development each time: a murder takes place or a body is found, Unite 42 goes after it. All of them have a life of their own, with some this is shown a bit more privately than others.
After the first few episodes you kind of get the gist of how it’s supposed to go, so the revelation of who did it no longer truly surprises, but it keeps being entertaining enough to finish the entire season.

A light refreshment, so to speak.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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