Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Nice Guys (2016) Review

8/10 In 1970s Los Angeles, two private investigators are forced to cooperate to solve the murder of a porn star. Their personal investigation styles don’t match, but through blunder, fool’s luck and freak coincidences do they win the day. The … Continue reading

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) review

5,5/10 Alice Through the Looking Glass is the hyperactive sequel to Alice in Wonderland from 2010. The Mad Hatter is still mad, the evil queen is still evil, and Alice herself is still without real character. Alice in Wonderland was … Continue reading

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Special Report: Hans Zimmer live!

Composer Hans Zimmer played his movie music in Rotterdam, NL yesterday, in front of thousands. He was happy to wear an orange belt for the occasion. Zimmer gave a passionate and personal performance and chose a nice selection of highlights … Continue reading

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) review. On the current state of the franchise.

7.5/10 After seeing some three dozen superhero movies these last two decades, I think I like the X-Men movies the most. I’m sure many will disagree with me here, but I’ll try to explain why. Marvel and DC Comics seem … Continue reading

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Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)

7/10 Jeff (Jason Segel) is an aimless 30-something, still, as the title says, living at home. His brother moved out ages ago and lives with a wife in a difficult marriage, and his mother is desperately trying to get Jeff … Continue reading

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Stanislaw Lem – The Star Diaries (1957)

8/10 comedic SF from behind the Iron Curtain These are the adventures of Ijon Tichy. To boldly go where no one has gone before. Tichy is Stanislaw Lem’s hero astronaut who, as a representative of Earth, travels the universe in … Continue reading

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Absolutely Anything (2015) review

4/10 More like Absolutely Awful. A failed teacher (Pegg) is given godlike powers by aliens to test humanity. He mostly uses his powers to eat and dress without using his hands and to chase Kate Beckinsale. Expect lots of toilet … Continue reading

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Midnight Special (2016) review

7,5/10 Roy (Michael Shannon) frees or kidnaps his own son from a religious cult who thinks that his son gives them messages from God. Roy and his friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton) try to keep his son Alton safe, while they … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)

8.5/10 Gothic literature Oscar Wilde the wordsmith is a powerful force of creation. The way he conjures up witticisms and stimulating little insights with a turn of a phrase is still like a bright ray of light a century after … Continue reading

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Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)

8.5/10 Fantasy In the first 200 pages, The Lies of Locke Lamora reminded me of a dozen other books: Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar, Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, the Arya chapters of A Song of Ice and Fire, Mieville’s Perdido … Continue reading

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