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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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Tall Girl

Though this film isn’t all that bad, it’s only mildly entertaining. I am surprised that Netflix has given this film any airtime at all, as being tall is not the biggest issue I’ve heard of these days.
The contrast between the sisters couldn’t be bigger indeed: tall sister versus beauty queen and thank goodness their mother treats them differently in that aspect, but still.
I am a tall girl (not as tall as she is, but there’s only a mild inch between her tallness and an inch or two in shoesizes), and I’ve actually never had to endure any of the silly comments this girl gets.
I do recall a boy coming at me, trying to playfully intimidate me, then I stood up, with the same amount of playfulness, and he was smiling as I was far taller than he had initially assumed.

The part where her sworn enemy Kimmy plays a trick on the phone should have been taken seriously and not a way to blame herself. Kimmy is an utterly vile bitch who deserved a slap in the face. Verbally or nonverbally. A best friend who doesn’t see that, I don’t trust.
A best friend who tries to actively stop a romance between his friend and an exchange student should have punched himself in the guts aswell.

The tall girl herself accepts her faith as any Jane Austen heroine does, but in current times, this shouldn’t be needed.

I can’t say I would recommend this film as it barely has any reality on show about how these things go. Even the cast isn’t as mixed as you’d expect in this time and era….

 
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Posted by on September 24, 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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Dead to Me

Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and more.

This series is very weird, to be fair, but has such a lovely and dark edge, you keep watching it anyway.
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a new widow, since her husband was killed in a hit and run while jogging. The police haven’t found so much as a suspect yet, which makes Jen very emotional. She is angry with the entire world, but especially with the one who drove over her husband and then didn’t stop.
Then she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a support group for grievers.
Though they have a lovely start, Jen and Judy, Jen discovers something about Judy that makes her angry. This continues the entire series. Judy is, however lovely, never willing to share completely who she is. Jen is a grieving woman on a very short fuse, which makes that this couple are of for a very interesting ride.

There are definitely some very predictable moments in this series, so it is good that Christina Applegate is there to safe the day. She knows how to make it interesting after all, though Linda Cardellini isn’t bad either, the personality features they gave her are not that enticing to everyone.
It is worth a watch for sure, you won’t be bored all that soon 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

I’ve watched this film so you don’t have to. Truly, don’t bother. Despite the starstrucken cast (who the hell convinced John Malkovich to do this??)I don’t see how this film should be anything other than pure clickbait, hence the title. You only come up with something like that if you don’t have anything profoundly to add to it.
I get how Zac Efron was cast as Ted Bundy, to show how he was, apparently ‘so charming’. I see how Lily Collins (‘To The Bone’) gets to show her fragile appearance and strong character again, I see the irony in a way why Haley Joel Osment ‘I see dead people’ was cast here, but how Jim Parson (Big Bang Theory) could have been concinced to do a film that is so incredibly shallow and has no base to show anything else than the apparent twofaced killed that was Ted Bundy, I do wonder. Is it because it is so different from the Sheldon Cooper character? Yes, I know he has played more roles since then, it’s just struck me how different this particular role is in comparison to that one, I’m sorry.

Given that Ted Bundy has become most famous before by the film The Silence Of The Lambs, a truly gruesome, but profound film, with showed horrific details as to why exactly this Ted Bnudy was such an utter devastating creep, it has struck me how little of these details are even described in this one. I honestly have trouble thinking why this film was made exactly? I can’t think of any reason. I’ve read on the internet that I MUST SEE the Ted Bundy tapes if I watched this film. I refuse to, as I don’t wish to watch stuff that seems to be solely made to glorify serial murderers. We have enough idiots walking around without documentaries like that being made. If they had warnings inside them, like ‘parents around the globe: please show your children the unbound love they deserve, provide them with the love, care and therapy that they need to become the most loving persons they can become, so that they don’t grow up as bloody psychopaths who just go on killingsprees because they feel like it’I don’t see the point.
At least The Silence Of The Lambs and even the wikipedia are nuanced. They don’t solely base their info on the relationships he had. WHich this film does. That film and wikipedia tell you that not only did Ted Bundy abduct these women, often bash their heads in, he also skinned them, cut off nipples (I’ve only seen this mentioned 1 time in this entire film, not being on show in court at all -no I don’t NEED this, but it would be more accurate).

If Hollywood is so dried out of stories, I have a whole twitter community of Indie authors that I’m sure would be thrilled to have THEIR stories being filmed?! Me included.

Happy Sunday by the way….

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Films, Opinion

 

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