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Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of C.J. Walker

This capturing of the life of the first black millionaire business woman in America is a true joy to see, especially because it’s got Octavia Spencer (from The Help). It tells the story of Sarah, who, after an especially rude ending of her relationship, falls in the arms of a woman who happens to sell door to door hair products. Made by herself, Addie Munroe (played by Carmen Ejogo). The product works, much to the satisfaction of Sarah.
Sarah wants to help Ms Munroe so badly, that she, despite Ms Munroes earlier decline on Sarah’s offer to sell her products for her, again declines this offer.
Sarah wants to proof herself worthy and so does this secretly.
Ms Munroe not only hates the fact that Sarah has had success, she decides to become so very angry at Sarah that Sarah decides to leave Ms Munroe.
Ms Munroe tells Sarah ‘people want to look like me, I don’t want my product to be associated with working people from a plantation’. She never apologises for this.

It is quite interesting to see how everything develops from that point. Sarah has to swallow quite some dignity here and there, but rises above all because of her stubborn nature. It is wonderful to see how some of those who are against her, fall because of their own stupid character.
The quotes that fly by seem like a cliché (‘I want a woman to know her place in life!’) and still: you know that happened at the time.
Garret Morris as Cleophus is a lovely wise surprise for a man at that time.

I definitely recommend watching it, for all the intriges that are involved too. A girl with a girl, a woman who chooses not to betray ‘her kind’ by not chosing a woman so beautiful that your eyes become bedazzled on packages. No, she chooses herself. The woman who made it all happen.

Fab!

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2020 in Uncategorized, Opinion, series

 

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The Crown

We started watching this because we were curious, and oh boy wa it worth while! Coming from the Netherlands, where royals are also part of the government, this series is quite enlightning.
For starters: I couldn’t grasp the whole ida of why anyone could be against Kate Middleton at first. We have several friends in the UK and one of them explained to me/us why they didn’t like Kate. I was stunned until they stopped talking.
In the Netherlands, we’ve seen how our queen has stopped and interveined with every prospect of any new additions to the family by means of girlfriends. For any parent this is quite normal, but for a king and queen perhaps even more so. After all, a new addition means having to rule together, or at least having to pretend you’re all more or less on the same page when it comes to ruling the beloved country.
Our queen (now princess) Beatrix made very sure that her future replacement had brains in every direction possible, as she did for her own offspring. None of our princes had less than a university degree. One of the girlfriends of our then crownprince wasn’t royal enough for the queen. Her parents were ‘merely dentists’ and so the queen held off any type of engagement. Then the big surprise of Máxima came along. A shot right in the heart of our crown prince and of the country. A woman who had studied abroad, who’s father just happened to have a very unfortunate connection to our country, but put that aside and we had ourself a lovely future queen.
It was set in stone: this could happen.

So, growing up in a country with a royal family where the queen actually had an active hand in the marriages of her children, it was quite a surprise to me to hear that Kate Middleton was only more or less educated to become a princess. Her parents only having some sort of party agency and that this had been, apparently, enough for the queen of the UK.
Yes, highly unusual.
Then we started to watch The Crown. Only to realise that Elizabeth had initiated her own education as she felt she wan’t fully up to date – quite an understatement – but hadn’t she done so, nothing would have been offered her as well.
Yes, that was quite a shock. And I am sure many more will follow. Not by the acting or anything like that, because this series is splendid and superb. Absolutely worthwhile to watch. And we haven’t even come across the new seasons yet. Saving best for last?

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2020 in Opinion, series, 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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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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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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The Missing, 3rd season

As a Dutchie, this season of The Missing is watchworthy even solely based on the fact that it was filmed in The Netherlands. Amsterdam more specifically, because where else could you film so freely about human trafficking?

Baptiste is brilliant as usual, but I do think the more the ending of the season is neigh, the more the man speaks in pearls of whisdom that could easily endup on a tile on the wall of one’s loo.

That aside, it was quite fun to see some pretty famous Dutch actors speak louzy English. Yes you can understand what they are saying, but you can also easily hear they are not used to speaking it quite so frequently.

The killings that happen are quite brutal and it only goes to show why one shouldn’t bother going into dealings with drugs. I even think that a chasing scene was made to show how a certain happening that occurred a few years ago in Amsterdam, happened. Criminals trying to eliminate each other and as such, were wreckless and started shooting where other, completely innocent civilians could easily be wrongly targeted.

Back to the story itself.
Though I did see at least one twist coming (because I’ve seen that actor pull the same kind of trick in a different film, ‘Bird Box’) and I didn’t get why one of the actors was involved in it like that, it certainly has it’s proper features. I would certainly recommend watching it, if only for Baptiste and Edward.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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