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,…

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…

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…

Offscreen 2011: Red, White and Blue

It’s a movie that came out in 2010, directed by Simon Rumley, and on the bill of the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels. At Offscreen, Simon Rumley and Bob Portal (director and producer of ‘Red, White & Blue’) introduced the movie before the screening and there was a Q&A afterwards in the bar (I did not attend,…

Offscreen 2011

Offscreen Film Festival is back and started this Thursday. It’s the fourth edition of the festival, and so far I’ve been to the last two. It’s held from 9th till the 27th of February 2011 mainly in Cinema Nova, but also at the Cinematek, Bozar  Cinema Rits in Brussels. This year’s themes are Outer Space science fiction,…

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…

The Fog (1979)

Last night I went and saw this movie at the film museum. The movie is directed by  John Carpenter who seemed also to have written it and composed the music (that really sticks in your head when you leave the movie theatre (pom pom pom pom …) … anyway. It’s a horror movie, but even though I’m not really into…

Lord of the Flies (1963)

Lord of the Flies is a film adaptation of the book by the same name by William Golding. I saw the version filmed in 1963,  directed by Peter Brook. There is a remake: Lord of the Flies (1990), directed by Harry Hook – but I cannot comment on it because I just haven’t seen it. PLOT The movie…