DEFERRED MAINTENANCE – VIVE LA DIFFERENCE!

I must admit I neglected this blog somewhat. HEY PEOPLE, I’VE BEEN BUSY OKAY!? Anyway I will put that right as there’s good news in the offing. MOVIE★INK. AMSTERDAM will rise again in a new gallery space sometime in early 2018. To catch up I will post my past columns for Schokkend Nieuws as quick as I can. The first one – VIVE LA DIFFERENCE-  is for the 25th Anniversary issue from March 2017. Filmposterprofessor Wim Jansen is having his own Silver Anniversary, …

THE HORSE ATE THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT

I love old movies. However talking with friends about old movies I find myself in discussions on the Ferrari in Risky Business or the DeLorean in Back to the Future. Come on people, I’m talking about old movies, not yesterday’s fare. It’s lonely sometimes, sniff. Who for example has heard of LE CHAPEAU DE PAILLE D’ITALIE aka THE HORSE ATE THE HAT or THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT? Not many. To be perfectly honest, until a few weeks ago I knew of …

GOODFELLAS 2: REVENGE OF THE WHITE COLLAR NERDS

Managed to avoid the early reviews of WOLF OF WALL STREET, hurray! Just walked out of the cinema, the beautiful Tuschinski.  Going to watch it another time to and find some more flavours as you all know that a Scorsese movie is something to taste over and over again.   Okay verdict, I wasn’t shouting in the streets afterwards with pure excitement, but it was fun! Minor point: dare I say it, it was too long. I think I’m starting to …

The secret was always in the clockwork – Scorsese’s own Tales Of Hoffmann

Finally, finally, finally I saw HUGO. I’ve been rather expectant of this since October 2010. Those of you have read my blogs earlier, probably know what I’m on about. If not, here a few links: Million Dollar Weekend, Scorsese In Osdorp, Seeing Is Believing and Seeing Is Believing Visited – Hugo and George. Before I saw HUGO my initial excitement had turned to slight trepidation as I heard so many different reactions to the film, not all good ones. So …

Kotoko, slow talking mirrors and Brazilian snuff

That’s the joy of a festival, the sheer international diversity. In Rotterdam the focus on young directors and cinema in non-developing countries brings an always interesting programme of hits and misses. Yesterday I saw three very different films. One of them I had picked beforehand. I really wanted to know what you get when the man who made this and this collaborated with the woman who made this. I’m not getting in review mode here, but I will say this. …

Seeing Is Believing Visited – Hugo and Georges

As I’ve written earlier in Seeing is Believing, I went to the discussion session on Magic In Cinema at the Rotterdam Film Festival. As it happened I should have taken that literally. Focal point of the discussion was the magic being used in HUGO and the authenticity of the film against the background of the importance of Méliès in cinema history. Contributors to the discussion were art historian Theodore van Houten (father of actresses Jelka and Carice), filmcollector Serge Bromberg of …

Seeing is believing

If all goes well I’ll be in Rotterdam tonight for the International Film Festival. My friend Rick is “moderating” a discussion about magic in film and it looked like a good plan to go together and discuss several aspects of this theme. I’d like to go into more detail, but as I am stupid I’m just not able to find this part of the programme on the IFFR-site. All I know is that three persons will debate this topic and …

Scorsese In Osdorp (4)

Last part of the article for the Filmjaarboek 2010-2011 Crappy English Marijke Boonstra’s first film for Pim en Wim, Obsessions aka Bezeten – het gat in de muur from 1969, is the second link between Scorsese and Amsterdam. Obsessions was the first feature of de la Parra as a director and was quite ambitious as a project. After a few commercial failures $corpio Films needed a success. obsessions was meant to be English spoken and de la Parra asked Scorsese …

Scorsese In Osdorp (3)

THE CROSSROADS Scorsese has become the ultimate smuggler, after a brief early period of icon clashing. In that period he made mean streets, taxi driver and raging bull, founded in the New York of his younger years with the rules of the Italian community, the church and the local underworld. He followed up on his earlier successes with a few commercial failures, like new york, new york.  Eventually he chose for the more mainstream cinema of Hollywood and adapting to …

Scorsese In Osdorp (2)

Here part 2 of my article for the Filmjaarboek 2010-2011. MUSE “One could have an aspiration of making a film about impressions or feeling, emotions. But they have to be translated through a very primitive piece of equipment and they have to be as ephemeral as your dreams. Yet, it has to go through hard lenses and hard concrete and hard cables and projectors and lights. But it’s gotta be like dreamlike, it’s gotta be wispy, it’s gotta be something …

Scorsese In Osdorp

I wrote this article for the Dutch Filmjaarboek 2010-2011 which is published a short time ago. I’ve translated it in English. As it is quite long I will post in chapters, so I can add pics and stuff later on. For you guys who do read Dutch here is one critique from Movie2Movie.nl. Here it goes, I hope you enjoy it. Martin Scorsese Smuggler In Osdorp A lesser known episode from Martin Scorsese’s career, who’s SHUTTER ISLAND was shown in …