Movies

Movie’s i’ve seen in the cinema with a rating. 1 is lowest, 10 is highest. Titles in bold are highly recommended. Movies not released in the listed year have their release year between (brackets).

2017

  • Blade Runner 2049 – 8.5 / 10
  • Solaris (1972) – 9 / 10
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – 9.5 / 10
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – 7.5 / 10
  • The Holy Mountain (1973) – 8.5 / 10

2016

  • Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000) – 8.5 / 10 – An excellent documentary about gleaners in all shapes and forms. Those who glean from the land, from the city and those who ‘glean’ those people by making a documentary about it. Combined with a personal, introspective, but not pretentious or arrogant cineast in the lead (Agnès Varda), this movie is a true gem.
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    • Machines – 6/ 10 – Nicely filmed doc about the hard work in the textile factories in India, but lacks a story and/or main character.
    • Dream Empire – 8/10 – Explains the big thing (highrise construction frenzy in China) with a small thing (foreigners being hired for opening parties of said highrises) in an informative, at times hilarious and always excellent way.
    • Burning Out – 4 / 10 – The subject is clear (doctors get bored in hospitals because of too much focus on efficiency), but it’s basically people complaining for 90 minutes. And lacks a proper main character as well.
    • Life Animated – 7 / 10 – The main character steals your heart, but the doc could have done without the American sappiness and about 30 minutes of running time.
    • Death in the Terminal  – 8.5 / 10 – Crappy CCTV recordings and talking heads for almost an hour sounds boring, but Tali Shemesh needs nothing more for this reconstruction of a gruesome terrorist attack on an Israeli bus terminal. Highly recommended.
    • To Stay Alive – 2 / 10 – This pretentious, incomprehensible ‘documentary’ only gets 2 points for the appearance of Iggy Pop. And if somebody’s English is so awful that it’s unintelligible (Houellebecq) you’d say it would make sense to subtitle him.
  • The Red Turtle – 9/10 – Wonderful, imaginative, heartbreaking. And, at the age of 63, Dudok de Wit’s first (!) feature length movie.
  • Strike A Pose – 7.5 / 10

2015

  • Repulsion (1965) – 8 / 10
  • DECODER (1984) – 6 / 10 – Sort of the German version of Cronenberg’s Videodrome, but with an even less coherent story and no budget. But a fun trip nonetheless.
  • When The Earth Trembled (1913) – 7/10
  • Inherent Vice – 4 / 10 – Imagine The Big Lebowski, but then twice as long, without the comedy, and with dialogs written by Werner Herzog or Terrence Malick. Wonderful setting, great actors, but inherently (haha!) boring. Awesome soundtrack though.
  • The Imitation Game – 7 / 10 – Every attempt of rehabilitating Alan Turing should be applauded, and Cumberbatch does a great job of depicting the troubled computer scientist. However, the low score on historical accuracy is sad, especially for a movie that claims to be ‘based on a real story’.

2014

  • The Last Edition (1925) – 6/10
  • Gone With the Wind (1939) – 8/10
  • The Voices – 6.5 / 10 – Dexter meets Garfield, or something along that line. I liked how the room where Jerry lives changes depending on the character’s perspective. But aside from that, the movie seems to be in an identity crisis and can’t decide whether it wants to be a comedy or drama.
  • Interstellar – 8 / 10 – A nice and spectacular homage to 2001, but maybe just a tad too much technobabble and psychological blabla.
  • Videodrome (1983) – 8 / 10
  • Boyhood – 7.5 / 10 – The concept is amazing, and the movie stays interesting during its three-hour run. But an interesting concept, unfortunately, doesn’t automatically make for a good story.
  • Napoléon (1927) – 10 / 10 – Bigger screen than in the Royal Festival Hall in 2013, and the synchronisation between the projectors during the polyvision scenes was spot-on. It doesn’t get better than this.
  • De Wederopstanding van een Klootzak (The Resurrection of a Bastard, 2013)  – 6 / 10 – This movie never decides what it is. Pulp Fiction meets The Sixth Sense meets The Tree of Life in Friesland? A shame, because the visuals are stunning and Yorick van Wageningen is a great lead.
  • Her – 8/10
  • Grand Budapest Hotel – 7 / 10 – Every Wes Anderson movie is a pleasure to look at, but in this one the chemistry between the characters, however well they are cast, is lacking. Especially when compared to 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom.
  • Nebraska – 6/10 – Bruce Dern is good, but the other acting is stiff, the plot is boring and the visuals are so-so. Can’t really see why this was nominated for six Oscars.
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – 7/10
  • La Grande Bellezza – 9 / 10

2013

  • Delicatessen (1991) – 7.5 / 10
  • Napoléon (1927) – 9.5 / 10
  • Dial M for Murder (1954) – In 3D! – 8.5 / 10
  • In A World… – 7 / 10
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – 6 / 10
  • What Maisie Knew – 8 / 10
  • Silver Linings Playbook – 7 / 10
  • Star Trek Into Darkness – 6.5 / 10
  • Before Midnight – 8 / 10
  • Only God Forgives – 9 / 10
  • Oh Boy – 7.5 / 10
  • Hannah Arendt – 8 / 10
  • Lore – 6 / 10
  • No – 7.5 / 10
  • Matterhorn – 7.5 / 10
  • Life of Pi – 8 / 10
  • Sightseers – 7 / 10
  • Django Unchained – 7.5 / 10
  • Searching for Sugar Man – 7.5 / 10

2012

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – 7.5 / 10
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams  – 8 / 10 – Herzog’s voice over with musings about the essence of humanity may be too much at times, but the rare opportunity to see the first footsteps of man into a cultural society make this a must-see movie.
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – 7 / 10
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    • First Cousin Once Removed – 6.5 / 10
    • Little World – 8 / 10
    • Pablo’s Winter – 6 / 10
    • Charles Bradley: Soul of America – 7.5 / 10
    • Red Wedding – 5/ 10
  • Skyfall – 7.5 / 10
  • Jagten – 9 / 10 – Made my stomach turn around in this cold gruesome portrayal about a man incorrectly accused of the molestation of his best friend’s daughter. But oh so perfectly executed.
  • The Big Cube (1969) – ? / 10
  • A Simple Life – 7 / 10
  • Teddy Bear – 7.5 / 10
  • Holy Motors – 8 / 10 – This is a really, really weird movie. But weird in a Charlie Kaufman kind of way, so i guess it might be good :)
  • Le Gamin au Velo – 6.5 / 10 – Acting is superb, but i guess it’s a little too much misery for me.
  • Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) – Poetic and visually interesting, but too long-winded and boring – 6 / 10
  • Moonrise Kingdom – 8.5 / 10
  • Marley – 9 / 10
  • Shotgun (1989) – 2 / 10 – Full movie!
  • Action Jackson (1988) – 4 / 10
  • Jesus Camp – 7/10
  • Intouchables – Funny, light, cool movie about a street-wise guy and a quadriplegic man of the arts – 8/10
  • Monsieur Lazhar – Wonderful small and well-acted movie about an Algerian immigrant who replaces a teacher that committed suicide in her classroom. 8/10
  • Anton Corbijn: Inside Out – 7.5/10
  • Take Shelter – Boring, long-winded, no plot. 6/10
  • Hugo – 7/10
  • Chronicle –  Really cool conceptual. Everything is ‘filmed’ from the perspective of a hand-held video cam. Bit long-winded and too much over-the-top fights at the end though. 7.5/10
  • Midnight in Paris – Liked the concept, but a bit too light maybe. 7/10
  • Le Havre – Imaginative, bizarre yet poetic fairytale. 8.5/10
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Unpretentious but lovely nice romcom. 7.5/10
  • Pina – Maybe i just don’t get modern dance… 7/10
  • The Forgiveness of Blood – 5/10
  • The Artist – 8/10
  • Ouwehoeren – 7/10
  • Les Géants – 7.5/10
  • Moneyball – Nice acting & plot, but you like this movie a lot more if you’re a baseball fan. Which i’m not. 7/10
  • The Hangover (2009) – 7/10
  • Larry Crowne – Dreadful moralistic boring story about a ‘normal guy’. 4/10
  • The Adventures Of Tintin – 7.5/10
  • Shame – 6/10
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Old-fashioned spy movie. But a little too intricate and complex for me maybe. 7.5/10
  • Ex-Drummer (2007) – 8/10
  • The Descendants – 7.5/10
  • The Loneliest Planet – Couldn’t detect a plot in this movie. 4/10
  • Nana – 6/10

2011

  • X-Men: First Class – Simple unpretentious action. But done oh so well. 8/10
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin – 5/10
  • The Room (2003) – You’re tearing me apart Lisa! ☠/10
  • Drive – A disgrace this film didn’t win a single Oscar. 9/10
  • The Thing (2011) – 6.5/10
  • Wake Wood – 6/10
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – 6.5/10
  • 11-11-11 – 2/10 – Cheap scares, awful long-winded dialogues and a dreadful plot.
  • The Tree of Life – I simply don’t get it i suppose. 5/10
  • The Ides of March – Nice story, bit disappointed by Gosling’s performance. 7/10
  • Rise of the Planet of Apes – Monkeys on horses! 7/10
  • The Light Thief – 5/10
  • Eraserhead (1977) – 9/10
  • Source Code – Had a drunk guy shouting ‘FAGGOTS! BAD PLOT!’ during this screening. I disagree :) 8/10
  • Melancholia – 6/10
  • Steam of Life (documentary) – 7/10
  • Chinatown (1974) – 7.5/10
  • Inside Job (documentary) – 7.5/10
  • La Nana – Everything a character/plot-driven movie should be. 9/10
  • Somewhere – 6.5/10
  • Howl – 6/10
  • True Grit – 8/10
  • Black Swan – 8.5/10
  • Ulysses (1967) – 6.5/10
  • Super 8 – Traditional SF action movie with its heart on the right spot. 8/10
  • The Trip – For those who like British humour, this is pure gold. 8/10
  • Tous Les Soleils – 7/10

2010

  • Bonded Parallels – 6/10
  • A Serious Man – 7.5/10
  • Where The Wild Things Are – 7/10
  • New Kids Turbo – Keigoeie film kut! 8/10
  • Toy Story 3 – 8.5/10
  • The Social Network – 8/10
  • Inception – 7.5/10

2009

  • Star Trek – 8/10
  • Avatar – Cool. But i would have thought that as well without the glasses. 7/10
  • Inglorious Basterds – 7.5/10

2008

  • The Dark Knight – 7.5/10
  • Burn After Reading – 7/10
  • Indiana Jones And The Crystal Skull – 7/10