Filmfetish Friday: Take Shelter, Weekend, Titanic 3D

Filmfetish Friday: Take Shelter, Weekend, Titanic 3D

Apr 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.

Take Shelter

This film creeps under your skin without you realizing it. Take Shelter is about Curtis (Michael Shannon), a hard working family man in the American countryside. He has it all: a nice job, good friends, a loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and daughter. But he also has apocalyptic visions and nightmares about devastating storms. Curtis starts building a tornado shelter in his backyard, with a toilet and enough water for weeks. More and more people get worried about him, but all Curtis can think about is the upcoming storm that will be like “nothing you have seen before.” Is Curtis right? Or is showing the first signs of schizophrenia, just like his mother did 25 years ago?A must see.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Kriterion. Also in Pathe (City and Tuschinski).


Shot in only 17 days in Notting Hill and in chronological order. Maybe that’s why Weekend feels so natural, like a real slice of life. The story is about Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New), who have sex after a drunken night in a gay bar. It’s supposed to be a one night stand, but it turns into a short love story. Short, because they only have the weekend together due to Glen moving to the United States. Weekend, written and directed by Andrew Haigh, is intense and rippling at the same time. Although it’s a lot of talking and not so much action, it’s never dull. Haigh i.a. won the British Independent Film Award. He earned it by making a film about two gay people, that’s not necessary a ‘gay film’.

Watch this film in Cineville’s Kriterion and Cinecenter.

Titanic 3D

I was eleven years old and I cried for the first time during a film. The story made a huge impression on me, and I listened to Celine Dion, all the time. My room was full of posters of Leo and Kate. My father, who took my emotions nor the film seriously, called it “Tietenlik”. I still hate him for it. Anyway, Jack and Rose promised me a most romantic love life in my near future. How disappointing life can be… Well, at least my boyfriends didn’t die in a shipwreck. Winning! Titanic 3D is Titanic like you’ve never seen it before. Really, you probably didn’t even see it in the cinema before. If you’re a fan, you must do so. The 3D effect isn’t that astonishing, but Rose and Jack haven’t changed. Make sure you pee in advance, because you’ll have to sit in your chair for over three hours. Enjoy.

Watch this film in Cineville’s The Movies. Also in Pathe (all of them).

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