Filmfetish Friday: The Rum Diary, New Year's Eve, En waar de sterre bleef stille staan

Filmfetish Friday: The Rum Diary, New Year’s Eve, En waar de sterre bleef stille staan

Dec 23, 2011 |  by  |  Art, Event
About the author
As a freelance journalist, Anouk (26) usually writes about what other people do or like. In her precious spare time she watches arthouse films. Not a few. A lot, thanks to her trusted Cineville pass. Here she can finally share her film-fetish with the world.

To watch or not to watch? I will tour around Amsterdam’s cinemas and answer this crucial question every Friday. Without mercy, of course. Sucky movies will be slaughtered, cinematographic pearls will be appreciated as such. Or the other way around. After all, good taste is in the eye of the beholder.

The Rum Diary

You probably know Hunter S. Thompson’s work without knowing that you do. Saw Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Well, that’s originally a book and Thompson wrote it. The drunk/stoned/coked out journalist Raoul Duke (played by Johnny Depp) from Fear and Loathing is based on the writer himself. Before he shot himself through the head with a shotgun in 2005, Thompson definitely knew how to live. According to Depp, he and the author were great buddies, so no wonder he is starring in a ‘Thompson film’ again.

This time as Paul Kemp, also a journalist, who goes to Puerto Rico. The land of rum and a burning sun. Doesn’t sound like the right place for an alcoholic, does it? Yes and no. The storyline isn’t that interesting, it’s also not that important. This film is all about great acting and a good drink (and then some). Just go see it if you want to laugh and feel like you’re on a forbidden holiday. And ignore the morality that pops up now and then.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies. Also in Pathe (Arena, City and De Munt).

New Year’s Eve

Brace yourselves, partners. This film is like a huge American super sized McDonalds menu. Greasy, fat and way too much. But hey! It’s about New Year’s Eve, a night we can all relate to, and all the different story lines are quite amusing. I actually liked this big bowl of sugar. And I mean that. There are too many familiar faces in this film, so I won’t even start summing them up. All I want to say is that this film covers almost all of Hollywood. From the annoying teenager Zac Efron to big hero Robert de Niro. How are all these fellas spending their NYE in NY? Go see, find out, enjoy.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies. Also in Pathe (Arena, De Munt and Tuschinski).

En waar de sterre bleef stille staan

What is it with those Belgians and handicapped people? A few weeks ago Hasta la Vista premiered, about three handicapped friends on a holiday, and now we have three people with Down Syndrome playing the wise men from the east. Yes, the three guys that were the first to visit baby Jesus. Gotta love the blasphemy, thou. I haven’t seen it and I don’t know if I’m going to. I think I can guess which emotions this film will arise in me: mollification and boredom of that same mollification.

Watch this film in Cineville’s EYE.

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