Uzbekistan trip – the Silk Road tour: arriving at Khiva

What an idea for a vacation, you might say. But then again, why not? It’s a big world and a lot to see. And I’m not one for an all-in hotel vacation. I get bored after 2 days on a beach. I’ve only been here 3 days, and feel so totally stressless. The people here…

Goodbye sweet dad

My  sweet dad, you passed away 3 weeks ago. My heart is broken. I’m proud I was your daughter, you were my precious, fragile dad. Two decades of Parkinson disease had made a strong dad a fragile man in the end. As I held your hand one last time that night before you left us;…

Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (1979)

Another visit at the film museum after a long absence to see this Estonian movie: Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel. You either think it genius or you are totally confused on how you really feel about this movie. PLOT Inspector Peter Glebsky is called out to a hotel in the snowy mountains, but when he gets there,…

The Mexico trip or the “in persuit of Frida and Diego art” trip

MEXICO – ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES OF SOUTH AMERICA You can’t imagine all the (horror) stories I’ve been told since we said we were going to Mexico for our summer vacation . Usually ending their anecdotes with “… but I’m sure it won’t happen to you.” The weeks leading up to our flight…

Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012)

A new documentary film: Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns. I very much enjoyed it and if you are a fan of his photography and art work, it’s nice to get to know a little more about the man behind the camera. I’m not going to go into it more, because it’s a visual…

Dark Shadows (2012)

With much anticipation I went to see Dark Shadows. A Tim Burton movie, with Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pheiffer. I was curious. After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Alice in Wonderland (2010), I set off to be amazed… but was I? PLOT 18th century: the Collins family set…

Mad Dog and Glory (1993)

For months I spent evenings flicking through channels in search of a nice movie, to sit in the couch and just enjoy a film with a good story. Nothing. Reality shows. Poorly written series. Infinite re-runs of sit coms that were funny last century, but have now lost their appeal because of the never-ending loop…

Predators (2010)

Don’t you also have those days when you wonder why on Earth you pay for television, cause nothing is ever on? Luckily, we borrowed a movie this weekend : Predators! Not exactly a chick flick, but those aren’t what they crack up to be either (still wished I hadn’t watched half of Confessions of a…

This must be the place (2011)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, David Byrne, Eve Hewson, Judd Hirsch INTRO How to go about this? It helps to be a child of the 80’s. Cause if you’ve never heard of The Cure (band), then you’d miss out on the striking resemblance of Sean Penn to Robert Smith….

Melancholia (2011)

What can I say about the new Lars Von Trier: Melancholia. It stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg as sisters, as well as Kiefer Sutherland (24), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) and Stellan Skarsgård (Breaking the Waves) . There are 3 parts to the movie: the intro, and 2 chapters on the sisters. Now I could go and tell you everything on this…

Summer vacation to Istanbul: part 2

Eminönü – part of Fatih district We often went over the Galata Bridge, over the Golden Horn, to get to Sultanahmet – also known as the Old City. Especially in the evenings, when we got back from our excursions, we tended to leave the tram aside and just walk through the below deck of the bridge, which…

Summer vacation to Istanbul: part 1

There hasn’t been much of a summer to speak of here in Belgium these last months, more like a fall-phenomenon, you might say. So what better place to soak up some sun than in Turkey, Istanbul! When we booked it was a bit with fear in our hearts: “will we dehydrate? will we suffer from the…

Tintin: first trailer!

Tintin is part of Belgian heritage when it comes to comic books. I’ve read all of them as a kid. (In Dutch we call him Kuifje.) The cartoons on television weren’t bad either. But I am a bit sceptical on the movie though. Even with names like Spielberg and Jackson… as long as they capture his…

Ode to Ostend

Best be warned, I’m going to rhyme again. I’m not that good at it, but I don’t care. One must amuse oneself with something, right? I’ve visited Ostend only twice and to me this city is so awfully nice Where Marvin Gaye wrote Sexual Healing this coastal city has a particular feeling  for many it’s…

Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011) film

A couple of weeks ago I saw a documentary film  on the Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters, Back and Forth (2011), to reflect on the years passed and how they ended up making their 7th album: Wasting Light. I loved the Foo Fighters since their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape. I devoured that album. For…