Baywatch (& the current heatwave)

On days like these, when the temperature hits about 34°C, I’m not able to do much. I try to move as little as possible, avoid the outdoors, although the indoors is not always a great idea either. If I could, I’d love to just go sleep and wake up when it’s all over (so probably in the fall). I also try not to do anything that would require too much energy or brain activity as my brain is not properly oxygenated to be able to fully perform. So, with not enough oxygen in my system and feeling half asleep, I thought these are the perfect prerequisitions to go and watch the new Baywatch! So I did.… Read More Baywatch (& the current heatwave)

I Am Not Your Negro: A Picture of America You Were Not Supposed to See

I’m not much into documentaries, unless they deal with a topic I’m genuinely interested in, or they stand out by its unique filmmaking style or great storytelling. I Am Not Your Negro has has got it all and it excels at storytelling. It paints a picture of America you were probably never supposed to see. You might be disgusted by what you’re gonna see, but I promise, you’ll end up feeling inspired, too. And I just wanna say, that I, as a white person, want to bow down to all of you black people and your bravery. Fighting against a society that’s been against you since day one. The fact that you resisted, that you are thriving despite the circumstance and the world being so much against you, is truly inspiring. If you’re black, you should be so damn proud.… Read More I Am Not Your Negro: A Picture of America You Were Not Supposed to See

Beauty and the Beast: The Ultimate Fairytale Dream

If we’re to talk about prejudice, I’ve got one for you: I was absolutely sure that the new version of Beauty and the Beast will not just turn out to be bad (real bad, actually) but that it will also prove itself as a completely unnecessary film. Because who needs a remake of the (already perfect) Disney animated classic, that brings nothing new other than the live action? I mean, from what I’ve seen on the stills, it seemed like a complete copy of the animated scenes… so, I was asking myself, what’s the purpose of it? Why not rather come up with something new and original? (yes, I am fed up with all the remakes being made lately). Then I went to the cinema to see a different movie and caught a trailer for Beauty and the Beast. I was intrigued. It actually looked beautiful. And pretty spectacular. Could it possibly be any good? Well, now that I have finally seen it, I am happy to report that yes, it could! In fact, I was totally enchanted.… Read More Beauty and the Beast: The Ultimate Fairytale Dream

Naomi Kawase’s An and Why We Need to Stop Making Our Lives a Prison

Naomi Kawase has created a truly inspiring movie which will leave you stunned and feeling empowered. Empowered to make changes in your life right that minute. That is – if you make it till the end of the film as An really is a very slow-paced movie. It’s once again one of those almost meditative films and even I, who loves slow storytelling found it a bit challenging at times. But please, do yourself a favor and persevere. We all need the powerful life lesson it delivers at the end. I know I do. And it once again proves that sometimes all you need to do for yourself is to sit down and watch a film. … Read More Naomi Kawase’s An and Why We Need to Stop Making Our Lives a Prison

Why Paterson Is Good For Your Soul

I am looking at the book on my table here – 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die with a still of Leonardo DiCaprio from Revenant on its cover and I’m thinking, when there’s a next edition, will Paterson be on the list? For as far as I am concerned, it might easily just grace the cover, as it is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. A movie, that truly is one of a kind and which you should definitely put on your list and watch it as soon as you can if you haven’t yet. Because it’s not only beautiful, it’s good for your soul, too.… Read More Why Paterson Is Good For Your Soul

Personal Shopper and Why I Owe An Apology to Kristen Stewart

A lot has been written and said about Olivier Assayas’ latest movie Personal Shopper. From being booed at Cannes, yet winning an award for best directing for Assayas, through the high praise from the film critics, to the mixed acceptance among the public. I’ve read it all. And since it had Kristen Stewart in the lead, whom I hated since the Twilight days, I was hoping it was the people at Cannes that booed the film, that were actually right. But man, was I wrong. I absolutely loved this film and I owe a huge apology to Ms. Stewart.… Read More Personal Shopper and Why I Owe An Apology to Kristen Stewart

Why Every Movie Matters

Movies can be mighty revealer. They might not exactly win Oscars, nor be critically acclaimed. They might even be films no one ever heard of, or films you would have never watched if it wasn’t by a chance. But maybe, just maybe, especially those, might become ground breaking for you. Not for the film industry, not for Roger Ebert, but for you, my dear. After all, inspiration and wisdom often lies in the most uncommonly places. So please, do take chances on films.… Read More Why Every Movie Matters

Entering the 29 aka Demain tout commence!

This post is going to be a little personal.
Last week, I went to see a beautiful French movie called Demain tout commence (Two Are Family) directed by Hugo Gélin with the great Omar Sy in the lead. It was on a day, when I felt stuck and uninspired. I was also a little nervous about returning to the cinema, where I have spent six wonderful editions of the festival I used to work for. This was my first visit since leaving the job. … Read More Entering the 29 aka Demain tout commence!