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…

Rundskop (2011) (Bullhead)

New Belgian movie by Michaël R. Roskam. It touches the subject of the hormone mafia, which is a sensitive topic here in Belgium. STORY The story centers on Jacky Vanmarsenille, a cattle farmer in Limburg, that deals in hormone induced cattle. Together with a friend veterinarian, he is taking part in a possible deal to do…

Carless Brussels, just for a day

This Sunday it was again carless Sunday in Brussels, as was in many other major cities, I heard. It was fun to see how bicycles and pedestrians took over the roads again. Though some guys, and I don’t mean to put a bull’s-eye on anyone in particular like the man who was driving his Porsche Carrera, could just…

Unspoken (2008)

The new movie by Fien Troch is one about a couple, Grace and Lucas, whose daughter disappeared 4 years before. The story takes a look at how the couple goes on, in some way living rather next to each other than with each other. The focus of the movies does not lie on finding the girl again….

Zinneke Parade 2008

This Saturday, the fifth annual Zinneke Parade was held in Brussels. Zinneke Parade? What is that? The parade is a city project that has as goal to bring the inhabitants of Brussels, associations and clubs, schools and artists from the different parts of Brussels (which also includes 19 Brussels’ communities next to the city centre). It’s actually…

“De Japanse tuin” by Pieter Aspe

Dutch translation below – no literal transcription!! Pieter Aspe is a famous crime novelist in Flanders (Belgium). His novel series with Deputy Commissioner Pieter Van In, in the setting of Bruges received several awards. In 2001 he won the Hercule Poirot Award for his novel Sweet Sacrifice (Zoenoffer). Unfortunately, the novels are not translated into…