Memory: The Origins of Alien

What is your favourite science fiction film? Mine is Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’. Just like me, this iconic film turned 40 this year. And to celebrate this special event, director Alexandre O. Philippe made the documentary ‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’, showing never-before-seen materials, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

If you’re looking for an unconventional feel-good movie to watch this summer, then I’d definitely recommend ‘Heavy Trip’. This Finnish comedy about an upcoming amateur black metal band has been hailed as the Scandi version of the cult film ‘This is Spinal Tap’. Even if you’re not the biggest metalhead, the bizarre adventures of the ambitious metal quartet will rock your socks off!

From an eerily silent apocalyptic sci-fi to a thriller that feels like a Shakespearean tragedy, from new insights into Viking culture to an African American police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan: find out my Top 10 Films and Series of 2018 and what other 208 (!) films and series I’ve seen this year so far!

Could you imagine watching a 24-hour long film without a main plot and with clocks as its main protagonists? Although this principle might sound like it could be a tedious ordeal, Christian Marclay’s impressive video collage ‘The Clock’ consisting of about 12,000 film and television clips actually makes for an unforgettable experience. This special video work opened at Tate Modern on Friday 14 September and I went to see it yesterday morning, spending four hours in Christian Marclay’s carefully curated cinematic world.

How far would you go to be able to work with someone you admire? Would you give up your own promising career in the spotlight only to disappear behind the scenes, without getting any credits despite the painful amount of blood, sweat and tears you put into your work? Meet actor Leon Vitali, he dedicated his life to the work of Stanley Kubrick and was his right-hand man for 20 years. Tony Zierra’s documentary ‘Filmworker’ tells the untold story of Vitali, the hidden figure behind one of the most celebrated directors in film history.

Halloween is upon us! Besides dressing up and devouring tons of sweets, there’s no better way to mark this demonic date than by watching a scary film. However, what would you watch if you are a bit of a scaredy pants, like me, but still want to join in the Halloween movie fun? Well, then you might enjoy one of the films on my alternative and arthouse Halloween film list!

Do you choose your clothes by how they look or who designed them? Now think about films. You probably choose to watch a film based upon who directed it or who stars in it, but have you ever considered who’s responsible for how these film look? Who takes care of the majestic images before you? While the film director will describe the desired feel and look of his/her film, it’s the cinematographer who actually creates the images that lock into your memory. The current exhibition on acclaimed director of photography Robby Müller at EYE film museum in Amsterdam provides insight in the importance of the cinematographer.