Archive for the ‘1996’ Category

Classic: Secrets and Lies – ***

Posted: August 14, 2020 in 1996, Drama, Dramedy, UK, XXX

Winner of the Palm D’Or and nominated for 5 Oscars, this British dramedy from the mid nineties is still a great pleasure to watch. And not outdated at all. Apart from the lack of a navigation system and the constant smoking inside of the houses, this could have been made this year.

A young black woman wants to find out who her biological mother is. Only to find out that she is white. She does continue with the search and the two finally meet.

It’s a simple synopsis, but a great story. The performances of the two main leads are extraordinarily great. But the rest of the cast does a great job as well. The super realistic dialogues are just perfect. A reminder that you cán get scenes on the screen that don’t sound fake. You feel for these women. You care for them.

The climax feels a bit forced, but works. Especially since alternative finales would have been worse. This just is great storytelling and great acting. Endearing and funny at times. A true classic.

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.


Classic: Trainspotting – ***

Posted: October 2, 2017 in 1996, Action, Dramedy, UK, XXX

Just back from a visit to Edinburgh. Decided to watch some movies from Scotland. Starting with a classic.

Damn. This movie dates from 1996. Back then, it was a riot! A movie with a killer soundtrack, the first chart topping techno club filler (‘Born Slippy’ by Underworld), the mainstream debut of Ewan McGregor (who’s been EXCELLENT ever since), great surrealist scenes with the main character sinking into a dirty toilet for instance, with Robert Carlyle being incredibly violent, with heroin and shit and hiv and sex and alcohol just splashing around on the main screen. Yeah. Back then, this was THE movie to see.

And, hey, it’s still a pretty cool movie anno 2017.

Favorite line this time around:

Tommy: Doesn’t it make you proud to be Scottish?

Mark “Rent-boy” Renton: It’s SHITE being Scottish! We’re the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don’t. They’re just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can’t even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We’re ruled by effete arseholes. It’s a SHITE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won’t make any fucking difference!


A tip from the local guides in Versailles: L’Allée Du Roi, a French television movie from the nineties. It’s long (over four hours) and very literary (the dialogue sounds like it is memorized from the book it’s based on). The acting is solid, but theatrical. And there is little humor. The dvd has no subtitles, so it’s tough to sit through if you’re not a native French speaker. There are tons of historical characters, so you may want to have wikipedia opened while you’re watching (it really helps). And the first part is a real drag. BUT once the story takes place in Versailles, things change. The care for historical details is amazing. And the acting between the main characters is excellent at times. Too bad the end becomes a drag as well.

L’Allée Du Roi takes place at the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King and is quite intriguing. It recounts the story of his second wife, marquise de Maintenon Francoise D’Aubigné. The years of marriage only account for the last half hour or so as they got married quite late. Before she became his wife, she was one of his mistresses. Before she was his mistress she worked as a nanny to the children he conceived with his most famous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Before that she was married to a cribbled poet Paul Scarron. And before that she was a poor orphaned Hugenot who had been brought up in Martinique.

Dominique Blanc is okay as Francoise. Didier Sandre is also good as the king. And Valentine Varela is excellent as madame de Montespan. The scenes between these three actors are excellent. But you may just want to buy the book after your visit of France’s most visited palace.

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