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Review: Moonlight (2016)

What a powerful story! I am not saying this only because the main protagonist is a strong one, but also because of the amazing empathy created by the narration, cinematography, and sound. Moonlight (dir. Barry Jenkins) is a story about... Continue Reading →

Review/Report: Mikio Naruse – Unknown Master of Japanese Cinema

From 12 through 29 January 2017 the EYE Film Institute introduces Mikio Naruse to The Netherlands by showing 14 of his films. This Japanese filmmaker is an “unknown master of Japanese Cinema,” as EYE denominates him. After watching two of... Continue Reading →

Review: Passengers (2016)

When you have two of the most popular young actors of this time in one film, you expect that it will be great. Unfortunately, for Passengers this didn’t work out well. The film could be seen as a mix between... Continue Reading →

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Tom Ford surprised us with his debut film A Single Man in 2009, in which a professor deals with the death of his partner. This was an eloquent, detailed, and marvelous composition. In Nocturnal Animals, Ford astonishes us once again... Continue Reading →

Review: Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū; パーフェクトブルー; 1997)

These last few weeks I was in the mood for animation films. So, after doing a brief research, I came across various wonderful animations that thematically and cinematographically are very interesting. Here, I review Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū; パーフェクトブルー; 1997).... Continue Reading →

Review: Train to Busan (Busanhaeng; 부산행; 2016)

What a ride! This zombie-apocalypse-horror-thriller-drama film took me on a roller-coaster of emotions: from happy surprised to dramatic sobbing. This mix of genres is not something unique of the film itself, but a well-known characteristic of contemporary South Korean films.... Continue Reading →

Review: Waterboys (2016)

This is not your typical Dutch film, and just in case you thought about it – no, it is not a documentary about The Waterboys (a U.K. folk rock band that was big in the 1980s). This film is about... Continue Reading →

Review: Before the Flood (2016)

Think green, act green. How? Just watch the film directed by Fisher Stevens, co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. In this insightful documentary, the actor and appointed United Nations representative on climate change, shows us an overview of one of... Continue Reading →

Review: The Red Turtle (2016)

Describing this film without giving it away, it's a hard task, but here it goes. This astonishing animation is the work of Dutch filmmaker Michaël Dudok De Wit, who has won several awards and an Oscar for best short film... Continue Reading →

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