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

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Review: Suburbicon (2017)

When I went to watch Suburbicon I had no idea what it was about - I had not seen or read anything related to the film. At the end, Suburbicon was quite enjoyable, not a masterpiece or a great film,... Continue Reading →

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Review: 120 BPM (120 Battements Par Minute, 2017)

During the end credits no one talked, there was no noise, and there was not even a sound. That was the impact the film had on the viewers. Everyone slowly put their coats on and left the screening room. My... Continue Reading →

Review: You Disappear (Du forsvinder, 2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| You Disappear started by captivating me with a shocking scene and then it moved on to confuse me and amuse me. This film brings to the table issues of mental health... Continue Reading →

Review: Manifesto (2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| Now that I see the runtime I realise that Manifesto is not that long. Probably it felt long because I was thinking during the whole screening, reflecting on the words spoken... Continue Reading →

Review: A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica, 2017)

A Fantastic Woman became one of my favourites of this year, if not of all-time. It is a sublime combination of great cinematography with a perfect coherent story accompanied by the excellent music of Matthew Herbert. This film is a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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: A Woman’s Life (Une Vie (, 2016)

|This article first appeared 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... 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 →

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