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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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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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De Telegraaf vs integriteit & kinderrechten

We hebben het hier niet over een krant die bekend staat om de diepgaande interviews, de kritische blik op het eigen werk, en al helemaal niet om verantwoording afleggen tegenover anderen.
Ik denk dat het fluisterspel dé manier van HR is om iemand aan te nemen, daar bij De Telegraaf.
Dat zou in elk geval veel verklaren. (‘Het gaat niet om feiten, het gaat om wat verkoopt, wat mensen toch wel geloven, als je het maar zo schrijft dat het geloofwaardig overkomt’)
De Telegraaf kotst feitelijk op alles wat waar is, die gaat liever voor de snelle hapsnapverhalen.
Misleidende koppen. Het gros van de ‘journaille’ zijn Copywriters die elders maar niet aan de bak komen, maar wel regelrecht ‘clickbait’ kunnen maken. Voor de koppen dan. Inhoudelijk hebben ze dan weer niks te melden.
Heerlijk, als je verder eigenlijk niks kunt. Toch nog een krant die je aan heeft genomen.

Normaal gesproken stoor ik me er niet zo aan. Ik koop de krant niet en spreek eigenlijk nooit mensen die de krant lezen.

Deze morgen viel me alleen ineens op dat ze zich ook niet aan de wet houden. Dat vind ik dan wel weer kwalijk, vooral omdat dat specifiek kinderen betreft.

Van kinderen blijf je af. In elk opzicht. Het is ethisch onverantwoord om een interview af te nemen bij een kind die de leeftijd van 18 jaar nog niet heeft bereikt, zonder daar de toestemming van de ouders voor te hebben.

Bij De Telegraaf denken ze daar alvast heel anders over.

Kunt u zich nog herinneren, hoe, jaren geleden, in mei 2010, een zakkige journalist met jeuk aan d’r puisterige pruimendoos (daar heb je zalfjes voor!)de enige overlevende van een vliegtuigramp opbelde om te vragen hoe de zaken ervoor stonden? NEGEN JAAR OUD was dat kind. NEGEN. En tóch. Er móest gebeld worden. Het kind móest laten weten hoe het met hem ging. Het móest gepubliceerd worden. Waarom?
‘Nou ja, wij zijn De Telegraaf, wij doen niet aan integriteit en ethiek. Wij hebben geen morele waarden. Het enige wat ons aan onze zak zal jeuken, dat zijn verkoopcijfers’.

In verder alle kranten, op internet en op papier, zal het u zijn opgevallen dat minderjarige delinquenten niet bij naam worden genoemd. De leeftijd, en misschien een deel van wat er heeft plaats gevonden. Gezien de leeftijd van zo iemand, valt dat onder de wet op privacy. Dat er verder geen inhoudelijke mededelingen over gedaan worden. Niks doofpot, gewoon de wet.

Nu is het een kind van de burgemeester. En nu had De Telegraaf kennelijk weer zó’n jeuk aan de puisterige primeureikel, dat het besloot om het kind met naam, toenaam én het exacte vergrijp op de voorpagina te slingeren.
Aan de schandpaal, heette dat vroeger.
Vijftien jaar is dat kind. Die nu door mogelijk het hele land met de nek wordt aangekeken, omdat De Telegraaf vindt dat lezers, er recht op hebben om dat te weten.
Wie er even op googled, ziet al snel Artikel 16. Recht op Privacy. Ook voor kinderen.
Je staat niet boven de wet omdat je nog net genoeg legale papieren hebt om jezelf ‘krant’ te maken noemen.
Het kan niet anders of de gehele redactie van De Telegraaf is gevuld met psychiatrische patiënten, die mogelijk goede vriendjes zouden kunnen worden met mensjes uit Den Dolder.

Daar zitten ook heel veel mensen die vinden dat ze boven de wet staan, die dat alles negeren.
Ondertussen lopen de bladen en kranten te smullen van een burgemeester die haastig probeert te redden wat er te redden valt (dat zou u ook doen), terwijl niemand zelfs maar oppert om De Telegraaf eens een lesje te geven in Kinderrechten.

Waarom wordt dat stuk journaille nooit eens gedwongen om de excuses aan te bieden, krijgen journalisten geen taakstraf in de zin van een cursus Rechten, wat ze wel en niet mogen schrijven? Waarom is de voorpagina nooit gevuld met excuses?
Waarom waarom in jezusnaam is De Telegraaf nog altijd niet gedegradeerd tot louter ‘verkoper van onzin’ en krijgen ze überhaupt nog perspassen? Ik zeg intrekken die hap. Eerst maar eens wat forse taakstraffen.
Liefst in strafregels.
Honderd keer opschrijven (met pen, op papier, het liefst een veer en inkt):
‘Ik mag de wet niet overtreden en kinderen mishandelen op de voorpagina’.

De enige delinquent waarover ze nooit schrijven, dat zijn ze zelf. Het hele zwikkie.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2019 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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It

The old film with a new coat, so to speak. If you still liked Pennywise-like clowns, this film will gladly help you to get rid of that safe harbor of feelings.
Mostly this remake gives a new batch of actors a chance to reach for fame. It is in that sense nearly funny to see a castmember of Stranger Things (Finn) appearing in this film aswell. He is made a bit less nerdy (sporting some jarlike-glasses now though) and a bit more unsypathetic. He is not an arse, but you don’t easily like him as much as you do in Stranger Things.
I do wonder if he will continue to be typecast as a boy from another era now?

Aside that, I quite liked how they cast a girl with very Annie-like features to play the only girl in the cast. She needs to be a bit streetwise, with the type of father that can barely be called a father, with that attitude towards her.

If you liked the original It, then I think you will have no problem with this version.

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The only thing I thought was…unfortunate, was that for a moment it seemed as if a boy with a slightly different figure than the rest of them, was gonna get the girl. But no, the boy who barely even tries, but is far slimmer, ends up getting the girl. The chubbier boy only gets one chance and she doesn’t even have the guts to tell him why he is not the boy of her dreams, while his words, technically, were.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Dark Shadows

A Tim Burton production with Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, to begin with, the story is so very slow. It doesn’t start to get fun until about 25 minutes in. This is when Johnny Depp enters the scene and adds some good old silly moves in there. But not enough. As far as I can see, this film is a bit of a sad attempt to make Johnny Depp look good again after the lawsuits of his ex-wife. A bit like Huge Grant in that film nobody liked him in, after that car-scene with the prostitute.

The film has funny moments, yes, but since Pirates of the Carribean I kind of expected a bit more out of Mr Depp. Maybe I am hard to entertain these days.

It’s just that in a scene where Barnabas’ (Depp) back is on fire, you see him looking a bit disturbed and confused, and it takes quite a bit of time before Michelle Pfeiffer (yes, she’s in the mix aswell) tells him: ‘Barnabas? You’re back’s on fire!’
To me the moment where this could have been said to be funny was gone.
It strongly reminded me of Death Becomes Her, Mother!, Mum’s The Word and Batman. The latter because that one by Tim Burton lacked speed in a way too.

Could be just me though.

It is not a bad film, but I really missed the music of Danny Elfman (though that would have been a misfit here, I admit) and so the complete ‘being swiped off my feet’ didn’t happen.

Better luck next time, team Burton-Depp-Bonham Carter…

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2019 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Ballerina, Netflix

This film tells the story of two orphans in the old France of 1880. Felicie and Victor want to go to Paris, to follow their dreams. Felicie wants to be a dancer, Victor wants to be an inventor.

The story is nice and all, but it doesn’t have much dept. You see some terrible behaviour expressed towards Felicie and not the attitude to fight against that. As as orphan, I sort of find that hard to believe. We’ve all seen Annie, the streetfighter kickback. I know not every girl is the same, but for Felicie, who has to tried to escape her miserable existence, this doesn’t seem very logical behaviour.

Also, the mother of the Camille is a grossly terrible woman, but it never shows exactly why she is so vile. Yes, envy and her wanting her own daughter to be the best of all, but you see her act in a way that is beyond child abuse even, and there is never a moment where the woman is truly held accountable for those actions. Or for the things she says. Except for the man from the dance academy, and even that is only briefly.

Most of the music in this film is far, far too modern for the time setting. So are most of Felicie’s clothes.

The music box that keeps falling down in Felicie’s dreams becomes annoying after the second time. You still have two more times to come after that.

All in all it is a nice watch for children, who won’t notice any of this, but as a grownup you might wonder about a thing or two in this film. It is not bad, but they should have worked a bit more with certain background stories, in my opinion.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 
 
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