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Flodder was never considered to be a good movie, but it is the most successful Dutch movie from the eighties and – like it or not – a classic in Dutch cinema.

So, when the movie is on, you watch it again. It’s as simple as that. And you rate it **, just out of nostalgia to Huub Stapel’s red jacket or Tatjana Simic’s boobs…

Not having seen the movie in 30 years, it leaves you wondering why the jacket and the breasts were so memorable and not the surprising amount of action scenes or the obvious critique to a hypocrite society, in which the rich and the marginalized families clash and mingle. The answer is a simple: any kid watching this comedy in 1986

only did so because of the bad ass attitude of the family Flodder and the many scenes with female nudity.

As an adult you watch the movie differently. The action scenes are well done for an eighties movie from the Low Countries. The critique is on point at times. The bomber jacket is still cool. But the depiction of Simic’s character would never make the cut in a 2020 version and is quite offensive to any woman. She has sex with her half-brother. She enjoys being raped by the neighbor. She doesn’t mind having men queue up to have sex with her (and have her younger brother collect the money). It’s a bit too much. Especially since she has hardly any lines to say.

Apart from that, society hasn’t changed much.

The 11 year old kid of a friend of mine named the movie old fashioned.




Paul Hogan’s famous character in this eighties blockbuster hit is racist, homophobic, sexist, naive and ignorant. But he’s also charming and ‘honest’, so he gets away with his offensive remarks. It’s hard to imagine this movie could still be as popular now as it was back then. The jokes aren’t really funny (anymore). It’s politically incorrect, full of clichés and stereotypes. And the adventurous action feels outdated. However, out of pure nostalgia, this was a fun re-watch. A man from the Australian outback, who’s never been in a city before, arrives in the New York of the eighties. A culture clash awaits. That’s it. A 100 minutes long.


The sequel isn’t any better. Some Columbian gangsters arrive in New York and kidnap Crocodile Dundee’s girlfriend because some evidence against them was sent to her (she’s a reporter). Dundee can rescue her and they leave for the Australian outback. But the gangsters somehow know how to find them there as well. The second part is a jungle chase basically.

More of the same ‘humor’, a lot shooting and some nice shots of the outback. It wasn’t really worth the re-watch. Somehow, these movies were fun to watch as a kid in the eighties, but not as an adult in the 2010s.


She’s Gotta Have It – **

Posted: December 30, 2017 in 1986, Drama, Dramedy, USA, XX

After watching the tv series, you might as well experience the original Spike Lee movie too.  It’s a low-budget black and white movie that still feels unique and fresh. The jazzy soundtrack (by Spike Lee’s dad) is excellent. This debut is creative and has humor. It has some daring sex scenes for its time. That one scene in color is a gem. But the acting is mediocre (Spike Lee himself gives the best performance – which says a lot) and the editing isn’t so good. (the ideas are great, but the execution is poor). The story isn’t all that strong either. It’s very similar to the series of course. An independent woman is having three lovers and seems to think she can get away with it. In the movie, unlike the series, the men meet each other quite early on into the story. There’s no mention of her being an ambitious artist. Nor do you get to know much about her friends, neighbours and family (a great thing about the series). Some scenes have the exact same dialogue though. Which is weird. And the aggression in the movie is much more aggressive than in the series. The outcome is also very much 1986 and totally different from the 2017 version. But that’s why a remake was necessary.