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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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/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 →

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