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Films I watch, films I review – with special focus on 'World Cinema'.

Review: The King (더 킹, 2017)

Many film critics denominate it the ‘Korean Wolf of Wall Street’ or even the ‘Korean Goodfellas’ and ‘Scorsese crime saga’. And they are right - not in terms of ‘copycat’ or ‘wannabe’, as the film portrays a unique entertaining and solid... Continue Reading →

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Review: The Bad Batch (2016)

The trailer got me excited. The Bad Batch seemed to be a great pop culture film with remarkable actors, music and plot line - that was the trailer. The Bad Batch is a science-fiction romantic action film directed by Ana... Continue Reading →

Review: The Double Lover (L’amant double, 2017)

Before watching L’amant double, I checked out the trailer. The trailer depicted L'amant double as a suspense thriller murder/detective-ish film - just a common story that didn’t interest me that much. However, because the director is François Ozon I said... Continue Reading →

Review: Baby Driver (2017)

What do you get when you mix one of the most hilarious directors/screenwriters of this time with pop-culture and an amazing soundtrack? Exactly, you get Baby Driver. This action thriller has everything you want: romance, good and bad guys, great... Continue Reading →

Review: Une Vie (A Woman’s Life, 2016)

|Originally published in Humans of Film Amsterdam| A profound film about a young woman’s journey into an unideal adulthood. Her journey is a passionate heartbreak that is filled with hope and naivety. Une Vie is a timeless story about human... Continue Reading →

Review: Porco Rosso (紅の豚, 1992)

Who doesn’t love Ghibli films and Hayao Miyazaki’s magical touch? Studio Ghibli’s animations are delightful fairy tales that enchant young and old. In every animation that Miyazaki and Ghibli make, innocence, sweetness and love prevail (Miyazaki also explores other topics... Continue Reading →

Review: The King of Pigs (돼지의 왕, 2011)

Continuing on the subject of pigs and South Korean cinema, this week I present you The King of Pigs. A dark violent animation about the sometimes cruel reality that can be found in the South Korean culture. The King of... Continue Reading →

Review: Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-ho did it again. In Cannes 2017, this Netflix production had a standing ovation after experiencing some technical difficulties. It also generated a discussion about whether or not digital distribution (thus not theatrical) could be in the film festival... Continue Reading →

Review: The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016)

What a debut! The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016) is Raúl Arévalo’s debut film, which won four Goya Awards for Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Manolo Solo). The... Continue Reading →

Review: The Untamed (La Región Salvaje, 2016)

You know that when you cannot get a film out of your head, it is a good one because the filmmaker has hypnotized you with his/her story. It makes you think, reflect, and question things. This is the case of... Continue Reading →

Review: The Handmaiden (아가씨, 2016)

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing right now. This 70th edition of the festival not only has interesting films, but also remarkable juries such as Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, 2013), Fan Bingbing (actress and producer; see my... Continue Reading →

Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Bonjour! Good day! How is the film...? If you have ever watched the animation of Beauty and the Beast (1991), you’ve probably read these first words singing the melody of the film. After watching the live-action remake of Beauty and... Continue Reading →

Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary (我不是潘金莲 , 2016)

Before I Am Not Madame Bovary (directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Feng Xiaogang), I had never watched a film with Fan Bingbing. To me, she was just an actress with a pretty face who everyone was talking about and wanted... Continue Reading →

Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Scarlett Johansson and Takeshi Kitano in one film? Count me in. I am talking about the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell (dir. Rupert Sanders), based on the manga of the same name written by Masamune Shirow. Ghost in... Continue Reading →

Review: The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016)

The Road to Mandalay (再見瓦城, 2016) directed by Midi Z presents Lianqing (Wu Ke-Xi) who starts her journey from Burma to Thailand. In Thailand she hopes to obtain a work that would allow her to support her family back home.... Continue Reading →

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