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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.
I’ve been away for a week, so I have some damage control to do. In stead of choosing three films that premiered this week, I just choose the three that you should not miss.
Yes, Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums) has made a new one! His colourful Moonrise Kingdom is about a boy and a girl who run away from home together. That’s it, the whole story in a nutshell. But what makes the film so entertaining and heart warming are the characters, wonderfully played by actors such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis. And Jared Gilman, the boy who plays young boyscout Sam, who is simply a cutiepie. Please, go see this film if you haven’t yet. It will be like you’re eleven years old again and on a secret adventure.
Our Idiot Brother
I didn’t have high expectations of this film. Director Jesse Peretz made films I never even hear of, like The Ex and First Love, Last Rites. Who doesn’t know these little jewels? The only thing that kind of spoke to me was the fact that Steve Coogan and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl!) have a part in Our Idiot Brother. Love them! To be honest, Our Idiot Brother is pretty funny and smart. Paul Rudd is the hippie idiot brother who just got out of jail (he sold weed to a officer in uniform). His girlfriend already has a new guy, so Ned has to spent some time at his sisters’ places (Zooey, Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Banks). Ofcourse, all the girls have their own problems and their brother isn’t really helping. Or is he? (Yeah yeah, of course he is. It’s a feel good comedy, so what else did you expect.) Just go and have a laugh. P.S. Steve Coogan is awesome.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Warning, after you’ve seen this documentary you will be in desperate need of sushi. Make sure it’s available after the film. All I got were wasabi nuts and that’s just not the same. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about sushi master (shokunin) Jiro Ono (85 years old!) who runs a tiny sushi restaurant in Tokyo. It may be small, but it’s one of the best restaurants in the world. Michelin has given it three stars a couple of years in a row already. And the Japanse government called Jiro a living national treasure for the Japanese kitchen. Still, Jiro is searching for the perfect sushi, because it is never good enough. We follow his search and see how his sons are trying to live up to their father’s huge reputation. An interesting, beautifully shot documentary. Worth it.
A wise man once told me that the he found it remarkable how much people invest in expensive high tech toys and luxurious interiors, yet when it comes to buying food people want the cheapest they can find. “Food is something that you consume, that travels through your internal system and we want the cheapest deal!” He noted that investing in your body is the most valuable thing you can do, since your stuck with it until you die. (..more)
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. (..more)
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