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!
Are you also counting down the hours until the start of season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’? To help you prepare for its final season and to help jog your memory I’m going through the 10 most memorable deaths so far.
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.
A large tree causing a neighbour conflict, a catastrophic sex video, chainsaws, missing pets and one of the slowest car chases in recent film history: the new dark Icelandic suburban satire ‘Under the Tree’ might start off as a comedy, but soon develops into a bloody Jacobean tragedy with events that will both make you laugh and cringe in your seat.
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.
When you read this, I’m en route from Athens to Amsterdam. This trip has been filled with ancient myths and fairy tales which made me wonder what the iconic tales and stories of the future will be. Will they include the Marvel films or Game of Thrones saga?
I’m an avid list-making person, from my daily to-do lists to my weekly meal plan to lists with all the films I’ve watched over a year to exhibitions or concerts I’ve been to or the books I’ve read. So, of course it makes sense to finish off the year with my List of Favourite Films, Trips, Art and Books for 2017!
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!
Happy birthday to Dutch Girl in London! Not the website that is, but the actual person behind the website. To celebrate this extraordinary occasion, film director Ridley Scott has been so thoughtful to arrange a big birthday present for me!
Halloween starts a week early this year with the much anticipated new season 7 of ‘The Walking Dead’. To get you in the mood for the new season, here’s a very enlightening and most entertaining recap of season 1 to 6 by none other than John Cleese!
A very special guest post by my hubby Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) on the forthcoming film screening of ‘Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present’ at Tate Modern on Friday 14 October 2016 and an interview with the director Tyler Hubby.
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.
My first acquaintance with Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve was in 2014 on a British Airways flight from London to New York. We shared an inflight vegetarian Indian meal and a glass of red wine together. That moment changed my life.