• The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★

    Steven Spielberg is now one of the Grand Old Directors in film. The Fabelmans is the most unadulterated form of that he dhas ever ventured into. In this way he combines the bravura of his youthful cinematography with an emotional maturity that he could never have shown earlier. Perhaps that's why it took some time for Spielberg to make this film: he might wanted to show what he's capable of before he'd show his dreams, hopes, love and where he's…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    Honestly, I've been looking forward to this movie ever since I read it was being made. It was not released in the cinema in the Netherlands, so I had to wait for the blu ray, for which I'm still waiting. Two days ago I found out that you can also watch Apple TV via Google Chrome - I'm not very smart with that kind of thing - so today it finally happened.

    I do need to tell you that I…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    What's the secret of a good friendship? Why is ending a friendship perhaps as painful as ending a relationship? Because it's a relationship as well. The Banshees of Inisherin is a great film which explores themes like these and more. Director McDonagh uses the breakup between two friends as a starting point in an absurdist, darkly comical story. The films has a variety of layers, which, thematically speaking, all have a certain emotion like cynism, camaraderie, loneliness and empathy. The…

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★★★★

    Even tough I ask myself why it took this long, there's a first time for everything. I never read the novella it's based on, but Breakfast at Tiffany's is a lasting experience. After blocked writer Paul Varjak (Peppard) meets his downstairs neighbor Holly Golightly (Hepburn), they roam the streets of New York, visit the jet set parties and in between Varjak gets to know her vulnerable side. He falls head over heels for her, but Golightly has reservations about it.…

  • The Pelican Brief

    The Pelican Brief

    ★★★

    This is my first re-watch since I saw this film in a cinema back in 1993. I was excited to watch it back then, since I was a Pakula-adept already and what could possibly go wrong with Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts in the lead and Culp, Shepard end Heard co-starring? I knew the answer to that question about an hour in the film: a lot.

    The eternal discussion about which is better, the book or the film, is often…

  • Monsignor Quixote

    Monsignor Quixote

    ★★★★

    It's been a while since I saw this film (televison), but the Graham Greene/Alec Guinness combination sticks in my head, as it did with Our Man in Havana - I read that book when I was twelve and saw the film when I was fifteen and since then the film and the book about the British vacuum cleaner dealer in Havana, pathetic as it sounds, have a special place in my heart.

    The story of Monsignor Quixote is quite simple:…

  • Murder in Three Acts

    Murder in Three Acts

    ★★★

    Apart from the bigger cinematic Poirot films, Ustinov also starred in three other Poirot films - obviously made to be broadcast on tv: Thirteen at Dinner (Lord Edgware Dies), Dead Man's Folly (also starring Jean Stapleton as Ariadne Olivier) and this one, Murder in Three Acts, based on the novel Three Act Tragedy, but also known as Murder in Three Acts. Much less attention is paid to the production and art direction, but it doesn't alter the fact that the…

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★

    This version of Raymond Chandler's novel is a very British affair with a couple of lost Americans. It's not as good as the Bogart/Bacall version, but still quite decent and closer to the source material than Howard Hawks' version.

    Detective Philip Marlowe (Mitchum) is summoned by the old, weakened, rest-seeking General Sternwood (Stewart). The general has two daughters. Charlotte (Miles) is a gambler and hangs out with villains. Camilla (Clark) is the victim of a blackmailer. Their behavior drives the…

  • Starting Over

    Starting Over

    ★★★★

    We all know 1979 was the year of the ultimate divorce drama Kramer vs. Kramer, starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. After all the sexual frivolity of the previous years, the time apparently seemed ripe for films about the consequences of changing sexual morals (which is a changing moral in itself as well). Starting Over is admittedly not of the same caliber as Kramer vs. Kramer but Alan J. Pakula's bittersweet drama similarly strikes the zeitgeist with Burt Reynolds as…

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    ★★★★

    Rebel Without a Cause is still al very entertaining melodrama about the struggling, lonely teenager Jim Stark (Dean), who doesn't exactly vent his post-war frustrations with restraint. James Dean is undeniably cool in the lead role, but also a bit over the top when he cries out to his parents: "You're tearing me apart!" I understand certain people consider his acting style - or the film as such - outdated, but Rebel Without a Cause is undeniably a landmark in…

  • That Most Important Thing: Love

    That Most Important Thing: Love

    ★★★★

    Beautiful and brilliant film, but when I notice Jacques Dutronc, I always have to wait a while before continuing to watch until Il est cinc heures, Paris s'éveille has left my head.

  • This Property Is Condemned

    This Property Is Condemned

    ★★★½

    This Property Is Condemned is the second non-TV job as a director for Sydney Pollack. Francis Ford Coppola co-wrote the script, an adaptation of a story by Tennessee Williams, who didn't want to be involved in it because the final scene(s) were changed.

    On a given day, sometime during the Depression years, Owen Legate (Redford) enters to a small Mississippi village carrying his boss' orders to fire the railroad's employees. A drama, especially since most of the village works for…