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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boogschieten/Shooting a bow

Op het idee gebracht door diverse vrienden die ik dat al eens had zien doen op foto’s, had ik besloten dat ik dit als verjaarscadeau wilde. Dat liet m’n man zich geen tweede keer zeggen. Een oud schermmaatje van hem, Michiel Fritz, bleek lid te zijn van een boogschietclub. Hij kon ons beiden wel instrueren.

Nou, echt geweldig! Nog afgezien van het feit dat ik aanleg bleek te hebben voor tamelijk raak schieten (niet onbelangrijk voor het ‘hoera!’ gevoel, kan ik u meedelen) is het ook geen zware sport. De boog die ik vasthield was in elk geval niet heel zwaar, en omdat er al een viziertje op zit, bleek het goed te doen om het mikken ook behoorlijk te doen. Er is ook geen warming up nodig van eindeloos rondjes rennen (waardoor je al uitgeput bent voor je met weet ik wat begint) en je kunt het jezelf makkelijker of moeilijker maken door een grotere afstand of juist een kleinere tot het doel te maken.

Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar! Nogmaals dank Michiel Fritz! (OK en m’n echtgenoot, maar die had ik al bedankt 😉 )

 

I had seen pics of friends of mine shooting a bow, and I thought: oooooh me like! So there I went, whining to my husband, who had asked me what I desired for my birthday. By a lucky coincidence, one of his fencing friends, Michiel Fritz, turned out to be a member of a local shooting a bow club. He so happened to be able to instruct us both,

It was such a joy! Even aside the fact that I turned out to be talented enough to shoot my arrows quite close to the core, (an important feature for the ‘hurray!’ factor, I might add) it turned out not a too complicated sport either. No running around the field for warming up (leaving you exhausted when you just start out), no heavy bows, just doable. Meanwhile, it’s easily possible to make things easier or, in fact, harder on yourself, by making the distance to the ‘goal’ either smaller or bigger.

I’d very much recommend this type of exercise!

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2018 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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