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Unbelievable

With Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Colette, Merrit Wever, Scott Lawrence, Eric Lange,Brooke Smith and many others.

An interesting series to watch. From IMdB I understand this series is based on true happened events. Which is unfortunate, especially when you see the first episode. I don’t recommend watching it. Not just when you’re a rape survivor, but because it seems so unrealistic, that a rape victim would be met with such vile, bastardly rude bloody cops who care too much about their own finger twiddlings than actually helping a human being.
Why the student never got any female agent to care for her, I will never know. For a long time in this series it even remains unclear if what happened to her, Marie Adler, happened in the 70s or 60s or something?
For comparison: watch the first episode of the second season of Broadchurch, and you will notice a significant difference in dealings with rape victims.

One of the more frustating things is that Marie Adler stops sharing her actual thoughts with those who surround her. She numbs down, becomes introvert. This because the people she once trusted to be on her side, talk behind her back. As a result, she is so frozen she can’t even talk about what that does to her as a result. The cops of Lynnwood…if this truly happened in this way (for the sake of the series I do hope it was dramatized a bit, or these men are truly unworthy of their badge) they should make a formal statement and discharge themselves for being as guilty to any of the unsolved rapes there as the rapist is. This behaviour is beyond evil.
To make a young woman feel like she did the judicial system unjustice because THEY chose not to believe her…I was so incredibly sorry for that girl that she didn’t get to meet with Jodi or Rasmussen.
I also don’t understand how her therapist and counsellors and group of living were so eagerly willing to believe that she had made it all up. None of them should ever be working with someone that vulnerable again. I was amazed and not by Dara, the woman who I still mostly recognise from the one that, in Silence of the Lambs, was trapped in that well. It makes perfect sense that her face is the one that sends out the message ‘trust’ to anyone who has lost it.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2019 in Opinion, series, 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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Muriel’s Wedding

This lovely and funny film is about Muriel (amusingly played by Toni Colette), a girl from Porpoise Spit, Australia, who really only has one dream: to get married. Hence the title of the film.

There’s a few problems though, the most important one being Muriel doesn’t actually have a boyfriend. It’s not like she doesn’t try, she’s just…not getting there.
Her circle of friends (read: cheerleaders who have always thought of Muriel more like a funny lapdog than an actual person) is no help there: they are more likely to tell her exactly what to wear, what to say and what to do, then to just enjoy the girl she is. Her family is of no help at all either. Consisting of two brothers and two sisters without any other dreams than sitting in front of the telly and watch sports, plus two parents who have no idea about the needs of their children. Their father doesn’t because he’s too absorbed in his dream; to become a politician and run away with the woman he’s having an affair with. His wife, the mother of his children, has a busy life being elsewhere with her thoughts at all times. She does try. She just isn’t all there.
When her father’s business associate offers Muriel a job, something happens that changes Muriel’s life. She meets Rhonda, a former classmate, played by Rachel Griffiths. The both of them meet again, and it turns out they both have been bullied throughout their schoolperiod by the same group of bloody cheerleaders. Who ‘happen’ to be on that very same location. The mad ride goes on from there.

This film is a must see for any ABBA fan because of the soundtrack, but it’s a hilarious piece of work too. Toni Colette is fantastic playing the slightly overweight Muriel (not really though, just that ABBA suit fits her less well) who struggles to say anything interesting to anyone, which isn’t that easy when your only two interests consists of wedding dresses and playing ABBA songs.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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In her shoes

De film verhaalt over de zussen Maggie en Rose. Tegenovergestelde exemplaren.

Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is alles wat Rose (Toni Colette) niet is: wild, sexy en aantrekkelijk. Waar Maggie elke man kan krijgen die ze wil, moet Rose enorm veel moeite doen om gezien te worden. Maggie kan geen baan vasthouden, Rose heeft al jaren vast werk op een groot kantoor. Maggie is doorgaans dak- en geldloos.
Door dat laatste komt de zorg voor Maggie ook soms op Rose’ schouders neer, omdat hun vader na het overlijden van hun moeder hertrouwd is. Deze stiefmoeder heeft een dochter die zo waanzinnig perfect is, dat haar moeder (hun stiefmoeder) het liefst zo min mogelijk de slechte invloeden van Maggie in de buurt heeft. Of überhaupt haar stiefkinderen. Over deze nogal scheve relatie wordt in de film geen moment verder ingegaan. Het wordt later kort aangestipt, maar dat is alles. Je ziet vader niet opkomen voor zijn kinderen tegenover zijn vrouw. Niet echt aardig.
Maggie belandt bij haar vader als Rose en zij weer eens ruzie hebben, waar ze briefkaarten ontdekt van hun oma. Gericht aan haarzelf en Rose. Een oma waarvan ze geen idee had dat die zelfs nog in leven was. De briefkaarten bevatten geld. Met dat geld koopt Maggie een treinticket naar deze oma.
Haar oma (gespeeld door Shirley MacLaine) is blij om eindelijk weer wat familie te hebben, maar geeft Maggie toch de mentale klap die ze nodig heeft. Ze dwingt Maggie volwassen te worden. Oma zegt haar te zullen helpen, maar vindt dat Maggie toch echt mee moet werken. Er is nog wel een vacature in het ‘bejaardenhuis’ waar zijzelf woont.

De film is licht en luchtig zoals je mag verwachten als Cameron Diaz erin meespeelt. Het heeft de oppervlakkige diepgang die je van een Hollywood film kunt verwachten. Toni Colette is eigenlijk te goed voor deze film, net als Shirley MacLaine, maar vermaken doet hij heus.

This film tells about the sisters Maggie and Rose. Opposites.

Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is everything that Rose (Toni Colette) is not: wild, sexy, attractive. Maggie can have any man she wants, Rose has to to get her self noted to accomplish as much. Maggie can’t keep a job, Rose has had the same steady job in a big office.
Marggie is usually homeless and out of money.
Because of the latter, caring for Maggie is part of Roses’ live, because their father has remarried after the death of their own mother. This stepmother has a daughter that’s so incredibly perfect, that her mother (their stepmother) doesn’t feel like having Maggie’s bad influences around too much. Or even her stepchildren. This quite unbalanced relationship isn’t explored much more during the film. It’s being noted, but that’s it. You don’t really see the father stepping up for his children. Not that nice.
Maggie ends up at her dads’ if Rose and her have had another fight, where she discovers birthdaycards from their grandmother. Addressed to herself and Rose. A grandmother she had no idea was even still alive. The cards have money in them. With that money, Maggie buys a train ticket to this grandmother.
Her grandmother (lovely portrayed by Shirley MacLaine) is happy to have a bit of family at last, but in the end gives Maggie the mental push she needs. She forces Maggie to grow up. Grandmother tells her she will help her, but she finds that Maggie should work. There’s a vacancy open in the ‘elderly home’ where she is part of.

The film is light and breezy as one can expect if Cameron Diaz is part of it. It has the shallowness you can expect from a Hollywood film. Toni Colette and Shirley MacLaine are really too good for this film, but it does entertain. 

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Humour, Opinion

 

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