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A Quiet Place – ***

Posted: July 18, 2018 in 2018, Horror, USA, XXX

Forget about Hereditary, this is a much much better and creepier horror story!

Everything works well in this one. Kudos to John Krasinski, who directed himself and his wife in this exceptional scifi horror neo-cult classic. He must have watched hundreds of horror movies, because he uses a lot of clever tricks that may not be all that original, but work really well. The story is simple: there are some creatures on earth who kill anything that makes a sound. No blablabla about the apocalypse or government plans to fight these monsters. No. Just the story of a family trying to survive by making as little sounds as possible. Background information is given by shots of new paper headlines. Nothing is explained. It’s just very clear what the movie is about. We watch only a few days in their journey, the days where events take a bad turn. The visual storytelling is excellent, which is the work of the director. There is hardly any dialogue, just the use of sign language and some whispering. There are hardly any other characters than the family. It’s short and the end is brilliant. It’s great.

Yet, there are a few flaws. For a movie that focuses on silence, the soundtrack is pretty loud, repetitive, boring and annoying. It’s also not really a movie that you want to watch again. And the monsters just look like Alien-rip offs.

But hey, it was made for less than 20 mio dollars and made more than 330 mio world wide!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200

 

 

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Wonder – ***

Posted: June 25, 2018 in 2017, Children/Family, USA, XXX

There’s absolutely nothing wrong in this positive children’s movie about a kid with a facial deformity who starts school amongst ‘regular’ kids for the first time. Yes, it’s a big sugar coated and yes, it has a happy ending. And yes, the message of ‘acceptance for those who are different’ could have been an alternative title. But it’s nevertheless a very good movie. The acting is good, the story build up is good, there’s a good balance between drama and humor, the references to Star Wars (both negative and positive) are fun and interestingly enough: it’s not just about the kid with the facial deformity. That’s a real relief. It also focuses on the other kids in the story, especially the older sister, who loves her brother to death, but who often feels ignored by her parents.

Great movie. Somehow it flopped in Europe. Weird. It’s a must see for kids (and their parents).

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543472

Classic: Life Of Brian – ***

Posted: June 19, 2018 in 1979, Comedy, Parody, UK, XXX

Haha.

Sometimes you need a good Monty Python. This is still funny. Not all of it. (the mute and stutterer scene a.o.) But a classic nevertheless. And Michael Palin is a revelation.

Watch it (again)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079470/

Friends: Season 2 – ***

Posted: May 5, 2018 in 1996, Comedy, TV series, USA, XXX

These over-sensitive, politically correct and hypocrite twenty-somethings who – anno 2018 –  claim that Friends is racist, sexist, homophobic and what not, are so exhaustingly annoying! This is a good show. It’s a great sitcom. The jokes are funny. The situations are funny. How on earth can anyone be offended by Friends?

Season 2 is much better than the first season. Not all episodes are great. And not all characters are great. But some episodes are perfect television.

 

The follow-up season to the great Master Of None is just as good. This is a great comedy show that includes diversity, gives social commentary, is never too offensive and never too pc. Every episode also has a different feel. Which was super in the first series, but which isn’t as perfect in the second series. The quality of the episodes aren’t consistent. There are a few excellent episodes though. The one with the different dates, the one with all these characters ending up in the cinema and the thanksgiving one. That’s perfect television. Especially the silent skit with the mute/deaf couple. Hilarious. Others are just okay. The love interest becomes a drag. Unfortunately, unrequited love is part of life too. Aziz Ansari plays such a super relatable normal guy that it’s refreshing. The side characters aren’t always on point. And some are just plain terrible at acting normal. But in the case of Aziz’s dad, I’d say: give him his own show!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4635276

Big Little Lies – ***

Posted: February 28, 2018 in 2017, Drama, Thriller, TV series, XXX

It’s quite a feat to make a tv series about rich, married mothers of first graders that can appeal to single, middle class men without kids. The synopsis helps: someone gets killed at a fundraiser event, but nobody knows who and by whom until the very last quarter of the series. The stellar reviews and the many awards help to trigger interest. The amazing cast is also a very strong selling point. And hey, it was definitely worth the watch. This is a great show. The acting is phenomenal and the character development is even better. This a very well written series. There is tension. There is some humor. There’s lust. There’s a lot of DRAMA. But it’s the female characters that make it all work great.

The men on the other hand are stereotypes and of lesser importance. Some side stories are irrelevant (the secret project of Abigail was a bit too much) and the misleading editing doesn’t make sense. Especially those tidbit showing statements from characters that hardly have any importance to the main story. The soundtrack is good, but it’s very unlikely that children and adults actually listen to tracks chosen for this series. One soundtrack choice was really good though: Papa Was Rolling Stone. The end disappoints a bit. But the seven episodes pass by before you know it.

Great television!

And it’s very clear why Nicole Kidman wins all the awards. It’s sad to see Reese Witherspoon miss out on so many awards, but there is no doubt about it. Kidman is the absolute best. Although Shailene Woodley is excellent too. Not sure why she gets nominated as a supporting actress. She’s a main character !

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3920596/ 

 

Top Boy – ***

Posted: February 22, 2018 in 2011, Drama, Gangster Movie, TV series, UK, XXX

Letitia Wright, impressive in Black Panther, made me watch this BBC crime series, in which she also plays a role. It’s been filmed 7 years ago, but she still looks the same! She just has a supporting role. It’s not that impressive, but you do see that she got talent!

The main stars of this series though are Ashley Walters and Malcolm Kamulete. Not sure why they haven’t turned into major league actors yet. They are phenomenal. Malcolm’s character reminds you of the kid from Cidade De Deus. He’s young, smart, wants a normal future, but is surrounded by gangs and drugs and reluctant to be a part of it. No Rio this time, but London. Ashley’s character is the up and coming drug captain of the block, also smart and with a conscience, but ready to kill when needed.

The series is well written, well acted, well-directed. It’s a lot of drama in only four episodes. A bit too much really. If HBO would have produced it, it would have been double as long with more diverse settings. It feels a bit like The Wire. It shows you a reality in a dramatic way. It’s heartbreaking at times. It’s great television. And the soundtrack is haunting at times.

Worth checking out.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830379