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Notting Hill

An utterly sweet, but quite unrealistic depicting about the love between a super moviestar Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and a travelbook salesman William Thacker (Hugh Grant).
After meeting for the first time in his travelbookshop, there’s initially no spark at all between Anna and William. He likes the fact that there is a moviestar in his bookshop, yes, and he does like her appearances, but other than that, no. She is really only there to buy a book.
Then they meet again in the streets. Given that this is after William accidentally empties a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice on her white top, this isn’t the friendliest of meetings. It becomes more unlikely when she agrees to go to his house to clean herself up. And from there it takes more unlike turns. Aside all those unlikely turns, it actually is a very sweet and cute film.
The circle of friends and family that William has around him is so charming, so cute and so funny (Emma Chambers as William’s younger sister is a true gem!) that you completely forget that you don’t ever get to meet any of Anna’s friends or family. They aren’t introduced to any of them, nor does his family. It’s just her and her diva behaviour that, at some point, drifts them apart until she realises she cannot behave like that around someone she actually likes. That life isn’t a filmscript where someone can just yell ‘cut!’ if it’s not going by plan.

The music to go along with the film is as nice and smooth as the rest of the film.

It’s a proper watch, just don’t mind the unlikelihood of any of it happening for real, and you’ll be fine 🙂

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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Gilmore Girls, revisited

This series, based on the earlier, far more successful and far more funny Gilmore Girls, about a teenmom and her daughter, should not have been made.

It’s always tricky to plunge into a project as such, when a series has been that successful. You want to retaste, you want to re-experience the good times had. Basically it’s a reunion with a script.

I too, was curious if they could pull it off. I now know they couldn’t have been more wrong. The characters of the cute little place Stars Hallow have been taken out of the drawer to do their parts again, and oddly: none of them even sounds the same. Literally. Even the voices of Lorelai Gilmore (once played fantasically by Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (once so innocently and cutish played by Alexis Bledel) have changed. It’s like with boys who grew too much. I don’t know what happened, but every single voice changed. One of the few who still sounds a bit like herself is Kelly Bishop, a.k.a. grandmother Gilmore.

The storylines are very murky to say the least. I never saw Lorelai Gilmore act so….selfishly. Her character isn’t likeable at all. And I find most of her decisions very unlike her. The book Rory wants to write at some point…the Lorelai I know would’ve fully supported it, or at the very least would have thought about it.

Sookie should have played a far bigger part in it too, but even she has lost her normal voice. The cute cook has lost most of her cuddliness due to losing weight -which is terrible to say, I know, it must have cost her quite some time and dedication and I’m sure the losing weight had a lot of impact on her health, so I really should not say that in such a way, but I have to be honest: I loved the old Sookie just as much, maybe even more.

All in all I’d say don’t watch this series because it has nothing to do with the old series, basically. The people that appear seem familiar, yes, but the basics -quick dialogue, Rory being so very fond of reading, undisturbed in her perseference to achieve for everyone to be happy, Lorelai being relaxed, well organised and knowing how to handle stuff properly: none of it is there anymore.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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The Titan

Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson and so many others.

Given that I’ve written a small scifi book myself, which more or less has the same theory in it -humans having to find a way to be able to live on different planets- I very much liked the start of the film. It’s funny to see Taylor Schilling in a completely different role than her good old Orange Is The New Black one. She does swear at times to remind you of that part, but other than that, this is quite a new one.

Sam Worthington in this role very much reminded me of Avatar. Especially after an hour. Until then, things don’t go smoothly, but the way it’s being portrayed fully has my interest. A group of people has been gathered by a list of special bodily strengths. For instance, Rick Janssen, (Sam Worthington) has been chosen as he managed to survive three days in the desert.
As the program of ‘rebuilding’ these strong people advances, the effects become more obvious. And you see more ‘Avatar’ hints floating about.

It’s not a wild chasing film, which is nice for a change, but it also doesn’t have a very strong ending. Then again, it’s worth a watch.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Jenny’s Wedding

Katherine Heighl playing a serious part in a dreadfully long film about her being gay with Alexis Bledel is a seriously bad plan. They should have switched parts, though that would barely have worked, given that Alexis is truly such a sweetheart. But the part of Kitty is barely there and you know Alexis should have been given a far bigger part. Then again: for this film that would not have worked, as you don’t expect Alexis in a film that is so incredibly shallow, really.
Grace Gummer playing the part of younger sister of Jenny (Katherine Heighl) is a proper shot. She actualy knows how to give her character the sarcastic twist it needs to make the film bearable.

All in all you won’t get any of the time you spend on this film back, and it only has bits and pieces that are good enough. Even when Anne is on about the grass….stupidly you actually get what she means, but those words never really come out of her mouth. Something just breaks within her, looking at something as ordinary as the grass. You get that. The moaning on about what that means doesn’t make much sense however.

The storyline of how everyone has a hard time dealing with the situation has no depth in any way whatsoever. The film should have been edited back to about 45 mins and even that would’ve been long.

Don’t get your hopes up, I’d say. Grace Gummer is the only one worth your while, as Alexis Bledel simply doesn’t get enough air to actually breathe here. A waste of talent, there!

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Under the Dome

With Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz, Dean Norris, Aisha Hinds and many others.

This series barely knows any dull moments until season 3 hits the floor. Until then, it’s so very dynamic, intruiging and you’re on the tip of your seat most of the time. Fantastically written, sometimes a wee bit predictable, but still: very much worth a watch!

It is all about Chester’s Mill here. A small town where, in general, nothing special happens. OK, it starts with a murderer burrying his latest victim, but that could happen anywhere, right?
When he tries to look as innocent as possible for a passing police car, it suddenly happens: he gets distracted. Drives his car into a ditch, has to get out and fix his tire (that blew because of it) and then the shit really hits the fense: a weird, loud noise and earthquake emerge. When the loud bang has gone, it appears that a large, invisible wall has been placed. A cow dramatically dropping into two pieces is quite spectacularly depicted.

A dome has emerged. From thin air. The people inside it, in the town called Chester’s Mill, cannot get out. Those on the outside, cannot get it. It’s that simple. They can see each other, but not hear one another. There’s no internet inside the dome, just a radio station.

Though ‘the dome’ becomes more and more like a god to the people living in the town (‘it seems the dome wants us to do this’, ‘the dome has spoken’, etc) it also clearly depicts how people respond when in, what is factually an apocalyps. The town counsellor can just smell the power he might have one day and can’t let go of the idea to be that important. The dirty politics, intimidation etc run around quickly.

On the other hand it has amazed me how many characters just get written out. There’s an amazing amount of people dying, constantly.

The storyline itself is quite powerful, in the sense that it makes sense (the first two seasons) and doesn’t become boring or all that predictable. It’s got features of science fiction in it, sure, but not that far fetched. It’s still pretty down to earth.

All in all I’d say watch it, it’s a pretty awesome watch.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2018 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Anomalisa

This is quite an interesting, but confusing film at the same time. In a time where so many tricks are being made with animation, this one really sticks out. It’s a grownup film, mind, with scenes that reminded me of films like Being John Malkovich, The Shining, Lost in Translation, Thunderbirds and even Little Britain. The latter mostly because no matter how many different types of characters pop up, there’s only 3 different voices used in the entire film.

The storyline is sort of dull. A man who is highly confused with himself, goes on a business trip to actually promote his book (about improving business by customer services).
The thing is: it’s puppets (hence the Thunderbirds). The cute little animals (hares, mice, raccoons, etc) you can dress and that have a velvet feeling because their plastic skin has that on the outside? Yes, well, those creatures, but now in human shape.
All the faces look pretty much the same though (this has a reason, I’ve understood). The dialogues are extremely slow, like the intention of the film is to put the record straight as to where the attention is supposed to go: that it’s ace that this film was done with these puppets. And all the voices sound alike. Nearly all of them. Even de women’s voices. Because all of those characters are done by the same person.

In all fairness it indeed is quite impressive. With little face expressions, you do kind of feel the same annoyance that Michael feels on several occasions during his trip.

The funny thing is: because it’s puppets, it’s a lot easier to show a whole lot more without truly getting into trouble. I mean a puppet won’t ask for extra money if he is filmed naked, coming out of the shower. They would ask ‘is there any use for that?’ in this case, it’s done because it can.
After a lovely evening, the storyline takes an even weirder twist. The John Malkovich-factor, if you will.

In the end it is a great film with a lot of ‘what??’ moments, and despite being a bit slow, especially in dialogue at times, it’s worth a watch.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Impossible

This film is based on the tsunami that occurred in Thailand during Boxing Day that year.

A family of four; mother (Naomi Watts), father (Ewan McGregor), and three sons (Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast), are just vacationing in their hotel when the tsunami suddenly hits and surprises everyone on that coastline.

It’s intruiging and so very desperate to see what those poor people had to go through. Being dressed in not much more than bathing suits, they had (all of them, not just the family portrayed here, obviously) to try and find their loved ones back. Given that trees had fallen down and people probably have been trapped under there, it must have been horrific to witness and to be part of such a disaster.
You also see Lucas having to be far more of a man, all of the sudden. His mother is wounded, he just wants to go back to something that seems familiar and safe, and suddenly his mother points him to creatures that are even more vulnerable and lonely, such as the little barely 2 year old they bump into.
The adventure they have together, aswell as their husband and his father, with the two sons and siblings, is quite remarkable and shows quite well how things went.
The friendliness of local people, but also how cruel circumstances can be, despite everyone’s efforts to make the best of it.

Maria (Naomi Watts) is still being the perfect mother when in hospital and so deadly ill. Giving Lucas the assignment to go look for people who need help. It seems strange to send her son away, and yet: with the adrenaline bursting, it is truly good for his mind to be occupied that way.
The euphoric feeling he gets when he has a match is incredible.

The only thing that quite bothered me -though this is typically Hollywood, I get that- is that they team behind the film apparently couldn’t be bothered to look for a family that even slightly resembled the actual family they have been depicting. They chose their specific story, which is indeed extraordinary, and included lots of other survivors aswell, so why not choose likewise people? This wasn’t a typical American family, as is shown. They are actually Spanish.
Then again: it does not, in itself, mean that Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, nor the boys, don’t do their job well. They do so, the story is desperate and heartwarming. Just what you need on a rainy day with a cup of hot tea within reach.

It’s well worth a watch.

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2018 in Films, Poems, Uncategorized

 

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