Filmfetish Friday: Tyrannosaur, J. Edgar, The Party (only today!)

Filmfetish Friday: Tyrannosaur, J. Edgar, The Party (only today!)

Jan 6, 2012 |  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.


Damn, how life can suck. This film contains no hope, no hope at all. One of my favourite actors, Peter Mullan, is Joseph. An older man with drinking and anger management problems, to put it mildly. By coincidence he flees into the shop of the Christian Hannah, a women from a wealthier neighbourhood. Hannah (Olvia Colman) seems happy on the outside, but has problems of her own. Her husband truly is one of the scariest men I’ve ever seen in a non-horror film. My sister and I often had to turn our heads away from the screen when Eddie Marsan was in a scene; what an actor! It’s probably clear, Tyrannosaur doesn’t make you leave the theatre with a comfortable feeling, but debuting director/writer Paddy Considine knows how to tell a story. Considine, known as an actor (Hot Fuzz, Submarine, The Bourne Ultimatum) found out not that long ago that he has the Asperger syndrome. Maybe that’s why he’s so good in keeping warm emotions out of the picture. Simply: wow.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies, Kriterion and Cinecenter.


J. Edgar Hoover was probably the most powerful man in the United States, next to the president. Hoover was head of the FBI between 1924 and 1972, so he was part of three wars and worked for eight presidents. Enough material for an interesting film, is what director Clint Eastwood must have thought. True. But why let Leonardo DiCaprio also play the seventy year old Hoover? I’m never a big fan of that kind of choices, because the make up always stands believable story telling in the way. According to the Filmkrant my assumptions are right: ‘Too bad, instead of being a compelling story about the notorious head of the FBI, Clint Eastwood’s new film distracts you with this special effect for more than two hours.’ Don’t make me say I told you so.. Still, DiCaprio is a more than capable actor, so I’ll give it a shot anyway.

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

The Party

It must have been over fifteen years ago that I’ve last seen this film. It was hilarious. I don’t remember much of it, but I remember laughing and rolling over the floor of my grandparents’ living room. The Party, a film from the sixties with Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther films) in the leading role, is about an Indian film extra who ends up at a party for Hollywood big shots. Everything ends in one big mess. Great entertainment for a windy, Friday night, if you ask me.

Watch this film in Cineville’s EYE.

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