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The Umbrella Academy

Though the trailer got me into it, after a few episodes I still can’t say it has got me hooked on it.
Putting stars like Mary J Blige and Ellen Page in front so at least there are some recognisable faces in there…it’s weird.
It tries to be Tarantino-like, at certain points, I noticed. Except the violence that is used in this film is nowhere near funny enough for that. The sarcasm isn’t that richly spread.
When my husband told me about it, I said ‘it sounds like a cross between The Incredibles and Hancock’, and he said: that’s actually exactly it?!
I don’t agree with that analogy.
It’s more like The Royal Tenenbaums, crossed with The Incredibles if they’d ever give it a second part where the children go through puberty and then young adulthood, but even then it doesn’t meet even halfway where you want to picture it. Because of the mother I was reminded of Setpford Wives aswell.

It’s about seven children, whose parents have died the same day they were born. Like the Dionne quintuplets, these seven children never actually had a warm, nice childhood, as they have been put aside by someone who’s sole goal it was to make them develop their super abilities.
When their father dies, they are put to a task, it seems.
Nice side figures are Mary J Blige as ChaCha, send to look for the boy that was always called Five and got lost when he was young.
The waitress at the bar where he goes to to find solutions for his problems is a nice one aswell. She was the librarian in The Day After Tomorrow.
The junk called Klaus is actually the most entertaining one of the squad, as he acts insane and therefore creates the funniest scenes.

Ellen Page plays a talentless violinist who has always been burdened with the fact that she has no special talent whatsoever. Her Eeyore like style isn’t the kind of thing I can watch for hours.

So in short: I can’t bingewatch this series, but it’s alright.

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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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50/50

With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Angelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Serge Houde and others.

A young man who hears of a his sudden cancer diagnosis, is facing this with factors he can no longer deal with.
His girlfriend is bitchy selfishly and perfectly portrayed as such by Bryce Dallas Howard (I only seem to catch her in these type of roles, was she born to be typecast as such? Just like Kirsten Dunst, she doesn’t ever seem to play a nice person). Kyle (very properly played by Seth Rogen) is Adam’s best friend and a true hero in this film. It doesn’t show directly, meanwhile he keeps at Adam’s side at all times. What friendship is really all about, eh?

The film definitely has a proper message: don’t waste your time. It also tells you that not all the professionals that are involved in your treatment, will actually see you as a person. The doctor telling Adam his initial diagnosis clearly shows the lack of respect that some doctors might have. I think it’s a little too strong, so you’re glad when Adam’s mother (very nice play by Angelica Huston) verbally slaps the doctor in the face for that.

The only part that was highly questionable to me, was Anna Kendrick. I can’t believe someone would be that unprofessional and that easy to persuade to bend the rules her way. It was good for Adam’s story though.

It is a proper watch. It’s not the lightest material thanks to the cancer, but it’s got enough proper good moments to go with it.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2019 in Films, Humour, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Sneeuw/Snow

Het is geweldig spul. Tenminste, als je er alleen maar naar hoeft te kijken en in de gelegenheid bent om ermee te spelen. Rollen, sneeuwballen gooien, sneeuwelven maken, gewoon kijken hoe het mooi op wat voor uitzicht dan ook ligt: ik kan er eindeloos naar kijken. Ik kan het zeer aanraden.
Plus, het is zo licht dat het een enorm blij gevoel in je aan kan maken. Dat is niet voor iedereen hetzelfde overigens. Ik word er toevallig heel blij van.

It is great stuff. Well, if you only have to look at it, or aren’t too occupied to play with it. Roll it, throw snowballs, make snowelfs, just looking at how lovely it looks just laying on anything: I can watch it endlessly. I can recommend it.
Plus, it’s so light that it can awaken a huge happy feeling. That is not for everybody by the way. It does happen to make ME very happy though 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in Daily life, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Dicte

Dicte is a possible serie if you’re looking for entertainment, not too much to think about and nothing too heavy. None of them are truly that realistic, and Dicte is nowhere near a super hero of any kind. She is not special. Very stubborn, and more often then not, wrong. Not in the sense that it’s obviously immediately though. She does things and you’re like ‘wtf?! I wouldn’t exactly approve of such an action from any journalist soon?!’ You do forget she is a journalist quite quickly, because she doesn’t seem to care that much herself. She is just curious, goes after a vague hunch.
It’s also amazing how she just gets the support of the Danish police, because she is actually quite clumsy. Her theories are farfetched and she is far from ‘always right’. At times she has a hunch that appears to be in the right direction, but there’s never any logic to it, it seems to me.
Then again, you wonder why she doesn’t just work as a cop instead of a journalist?
Also, not all actors are that convincing. This doesn’t help either.
The series is mostly based on two episodes being connected, so it does work great to keep watching. You’re not ‘forced’ to watch the entire series to finally see it unwrap itself.

None of the romantic relationships actually work in this series. You don’t see any of them truly happening. Only the one between Wagner and Dicte’s friend, and that’s the one that gets cut short. You would have seen that one happening. After that, the friend miraculously disappears, too.
The other romances are not surprising. Not even a little bit.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Collateral Beauty

With Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Jacob Latimore.

Don’t feel like watching the standard Christmas Carol? Watch this one instead. It is The Christmas Carol in a modern version. This is the first Will Smith film I’ve seen in a while that I was moved by so very much.
The circle is truly shut in the end and it is such a beauty to watch.
The story as you know it is there, except the ‘Scrooge’ in this story fails to give a damn about his company failing. He is just an unpleasant man to deal with, while his friends/coworkers are still trying to safe what is left of a company that once was top of the edge.
To make him give a damn, his coworkers first hire a private investigator. When that doesn’t help, they hire actors to get the message through.

Though I understand why they chose the title for the film, I feel like that is missing out greatly on the huge emotiones that come pouring out on different points in the film.
But to be fair I can’t think of a proper title other than ‘A Christmas Carol’ here, and frankly that would probably take away the magic that one can feel during the film as well.
Naomi Harris is doing such a wonderful job on that end, truly: WOW! Helen Mirren is a lovely tease.

I’d say it’s a must see, even if it is only for seeing Will Smith shining his way through. I was truly taken by his performance!

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Angela’s Christmas

Very cute, short little Christmas story. Because of its start, it reminded me instantly of Frank McCourt’s Angela. Also because it’s clearly an Irish story.

It’s mostly a nice film for smaller children because it’s only 30 minutes. Not too long for quickly distracted minds there. Still, the film is quite dark. Understandable, as it’s Christmas and early morning/early nights make it so, light wise.

The film is very suitable for any audience. Siblings will recognise the rivalry that makes being a family soooo lovely (not always the case, I realise) and also recognise the compassion that Angela has in her mind for the baby Jesus. The kind of compassion adults often lack, as they see an ornament, not a being in possible want of love or attention.
And come on, only 30 minutes…

Just watch it 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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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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