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We Zijn Weer Thuis

Ge-wel-dige serie van Wim T. Schippers, waar ik als kind, toen het voor het eerst zag, welsiswaar nog niet de helft begreep, maar het al wel heel leuk vond.
Toen het op dvd uitkwam, bedacht ik me geen moment.

Volgens wikipedia:

De weduwe Nel van der Hoed-Smulders (Truus Dekker) beschikt over een fortuin, een aantal miljoenen uit de nalatenschap van de vader van haar jongste zoon Thijs (Dick van der Toorn). De oudere zoons Simon en Govert mogen het huis niet verlaten zonder toestemming van Nel want dan verspelen zij hun erfenis van 1 miljoen. Thijs is de enige die zonder voorwaarden over zijn erfenis kan beschikken, maar zijn kinderlijkheid houdt hem ook in het ouderlijk huis. Notaris Henk Born (Carol van Herwijnen) beheert, tussen het betasten van vrouwen door, het familiefortuin op dubieuze wijze. Simon houdt zich bezig met schrijven, intellectuele taalgrappen maken en eveneens vrouwen betasten. Govert probeert een bloeiend computerbedrijf op te zetten. Thijs is voornamelijk bezig met kinderlijke bevliegingen, eten en het slachtoffer zijn van oudere mannen die op jongetjes vallen.

Hoewel dit niet direct als een aanrader kan klinken, is het dat wel degelijk. Het is namelijk Wim T Schippers met taalgrappen en chaos tot en met. Een regelrechte aanrader.

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Posted by on November 9, 2018 in Humour, Opinion, series

 

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Wanderlust

wanderlustWith Toni Colette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton, Emma D’Arcy and many others.

I’d read that Wanderlust could have easily been a spinoff of sorts of Love Actually. After watching it, I can’t quite confirm this.
It’s far too American for this to be true. It’s far too unfunny. They’ve kept far too many unnecessary, dull moments in there.

Joy and Alan are a generally happy couple, but when it comes to sex, they’ve been out of it. They do no longer enjoy the idea of it. Not together.
Joy has had an accident, which has made it particularly painful for her, whilst Alan has simply sort of wiped it from his memory. When they try, he needs to have a lot of confirmation that what he’s doing is actually enjoyable. When Joy doesn’t, he can’t do it anymore.
Frustrating for the both of them.
So Joy offers an alternative way of doing things, after Alan confesses he has kissed with someone and enjoyed it. The moment that this happens, his hypocrisy clearly shows, by the way. Joy tells him so. I did like that very much.

But to be fair, Joy being a therapist is the thing that keeps most of this series so incredibly boring. It is supposed to add to the story, to give it an extra dimension. To me it did not. I skiphopped through those scenes. Only one of them I truly watched, at the end, and that was the only part I needed to see. More than half of it could have been cut out and for me, that would not have made the story less understandable or relatable to anyone. It’s mostly looking for reasons why behaviour is acceptable or not, under certain circumstances.

Toni Colette is the biggest star in the whole, obviously. I have always been surpised how she never ended up more in thrilling stories suchs as The Sixth Sense. Toni Colette can do anything, ace as she is with acting with her eyes, complete facial expression, her entire body. Just for her I could watch this entire series. Their son and eldest daughter do the rest. The way they experience their steps into adulthood are very interesting.
I couldn’t get along with Alan or with their middle daughter. I thought Alan was an sad, ugly, prick. I couldn’t wrap my head around why on earth Joy wanted to be with him at all, nor why Claire would bother herself with him. This could be something personal from me. He isn’t Bill Nighy, even though -given the Love Actually intention- he is made to look sort of like him. Naomi’s storyline is, somehow, not properly set up. It doesn’t show exactly why she makes the choice that she does. The unexperienced son and gay daughter are far better portrayed.

In the end it’s not too bad, but you will be severely bored at times. Still, it’s Toni Colette, so not a bad watch altogether.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Timeless

With Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Sakina Jaffrey, Claudia Doumit and many others.

To be fair, the background storyline of this series is quite weak -bastard Flynn (excellent part of Goran Visnjic) has found out the government has invented a timemachine and is trying to change history with it. Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus (Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett, only the last one convinces from the start) are send to find Flynn and to stop him. Wyatt is supposed to kill Flynn, but with every attempt he makes, Lucy stops him, because someone historically important is in the way and should not be killed.

That is the dull part of it all. The exciting thing is, that unlike the series of Back to the Future, you get to see a lot of history changing. Flynn doesn’t give a flying monkey if he kills off someone important, as he has his own goal. Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus are the ‘goodies’ here, as they have been told ‘don’t try to change history, that’s not your job’, while Flynn does.
Given the events that they get to attend, which makes this series lovely, you get to be tossed around with the feeling ‘what if’ far more than Back to the Future ever did. That series was based on the technology, this one purely on History. It is quite an interesting for your history knowledge. Rufus for instance keeps complaining that most of world’s history wasn’t exactly appreciative of his race and Lucy is faced with quite a lot of sexism at times.

It’s a jolly good watch for those who indeed wonder ‘what if?’ to some crucial points in history. Not all the acting work is that convincing though. Lucy has the worst storyline to be fair (the riddle she will solve for herself, it’s the first thing I thought about, to be fair, I did think it was lame).

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in Opinion, series

 

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The Haunting of Hill House

With Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Annabeth Gish and so many others.
A proper thrilling series. If you liked American Horror Show this might be less your alley, given the lack of amounts of blood, but it truly is a good thriller.

It strongly reminds me of the House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, it has traces of Frozen (yes, by Disney) in it, aswell as reminding of Six Feet Under and The Addams Family. The beauty of the settings and the strong storyline got me captured. It all connects and makes sense in the end, though you are quite thrown of in the beginning, because they throw some confusion around. They do that by making a ‘then’ and  ‘now’, and though I’m not sure that that’s what’s supposed to happen, I’m pretty sure they did that on purpose: confusion by characters. It took me a while to figure out who was supposed to be who.

The make-up artists deserves a bloody Oscar, even though at some point, they could have tried a bit harder on Luke. If you’re wondering why he has eyeliner smeared on his cheek and lip, while they give you a thriving heart attack on several ghosts, you’re like ‘what?? This can’t be right?’ it’s like they stopped midway or something.

Other than that: bloody brilliant series. Not for the faintest of hearts, I should add. You really have to love ghost stories. I watched the entire series in silence, because yes, I’m actually that much of a wuss.

 

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2018 in Opinion, series

 

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Call The Midwife

With Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen McGann, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Cliff Parisi, Bryony Hannah, and many others, all doing so well.

This absolutely endearing series on Netflix, starting with fresh new nurse and midwife Jenny Lee, who joins the order of the midwives of Saint Raymond Nonnatus House, is also a huge tearjerker.

Jenny Lee -voice over by the fantastic Vanessa Redgrave- is escaping a life where she couldn’t have what she wanted. She’s there to improve her midwivery skills and is a bit surprised when it turns out she’s joining a convent. Or so it seems. She is surprised by nun sister Monica Joan, who immediately invites her to have some cake.

Who has seen the film Matilda, will recognise one of the nuns as the headmaster of Matilda’s school. Here she has pretty much the same stern sort of character, but far less appalling towards other human beings. She’s strict, yes, but reliable.

The series handles the issues typical for the time and age it plays in, namely the 1950s near London, but also depicts the issues that weren’t an issue then. For instance, you see nearly every single mother smoke like a chimney in the waiting room. So does the doctor. And yet, some medications that are being used, are still in use today.

Given that some of it may be dramatized, the series still holds a very powerful performance as you know it’s based on actual happened events.

For instance, Miranda Hart is in this series. Not as the comedian, but as the very religious Chummy, midwive of a higher class. I’ve read that her part was one of the first to be set in stone, as even the one who wrote the script (or the actual memoirs) thought of Miranda Hart being the perfect person to play the part.

I’d highly recommend it. It’s less for men, even though depicted scenes are of historical value to anyone, the dramatised parts will no doubt make some men leave the room.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Good Girls

For someone who lives in The Netherlands, where health care is actually part of a healthy part of ‘caring for each other’ through taxes and paid jobs, part of this storyline is quite ridiculous. A child in need of certain drugs would normally qualify for such a treatment. Aside that, that motivation is the one that grabs me the most at my nonexistent balls. The woman catching her husband cheating and then that he spend most of their money on her is quite devastating, but no reason to rob anyone. The young mother in a custody battle: again, I can sympathise with that.

Anyhow: that’s how all this starts. Given that there’s a health care thing involved, I was reminded of Breaking Bad immediately. After all, that series also bases its existence upon the nonexistence (in the USA) of a healthcare system where just everybody can rely on.

I was also reminded of the latest Ghostbusters, because of the all female cast. But these are better cast. They are all equally important, part of the deal. They come from different backgrounds, yes (one divorced or at least broke up, two married) but they all have their own types of trouble. And their own ways of dealing with those. And it just baffled me.

The gangmembers I was less impressed by. No gangmember would ever respond in any of those ways.

Other than that, the first few episodes sure look promising.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Luther (season 3+4)

The 3rd episode has a less sucky end. For the rest of it: you keep hoping something amazingly smart happens so that anyone actually listens to John Luther, instead of trying to work behind his back to proof that he is not a decent coppa. The two who try are the kind of people you expect to work at gossip magazines: none of it is even near well founded. I have no idea how they even get Ripley to work for them. The girl is just an annoying little bitch without any work ethics. You can’t find any reason for them to be that nasty, nor why Luther or Ripley should even care one bollock that they even do. The way the new girlfriend is being harassed is vile, and you do wonder why Luther doesn’t slap Stark’s lights out.

Alice Morgan in this season actually makes sense. You do get why she is there and this time, she does make her chemics work with the others.

Season 4….I did notice the first seasons that Luther’s team is a different one each time. That is all fine and dandy, but the bloke has no spirit, the woman’s only job description seems to be ‘look stunned and horrid’. Well, she does do that job pretty good.

Other than that: just don’t do it. Look for any of these actors in different plays. I’d like to slap the writers and tell them to return when they have a proper background on every single one of them.

The entire series feels, especially when it’s supposed to be thrilling, like you’re watching the bloopers instead of the actual work. And I do know it’s not meant like that. Luther warns people, they don’t listen, and it never ends well. You think ‘oh no, that’s not a good idea’, and indeed, it turns out not to be. It’s breathtakingly stupid.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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