Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)It’s a remarkable occurrence when the prominent promotional image of the film happens to be the principal opening shot. So when Ceasar’s distinguished grimace, with white and red warrior paint, kicks off the film it’s apparent that we might just get significantly more than the marketingcampaign has shown us. Indeed, the sequel to a prequel of a nearly fifty year old franchise, is without a doubt the summer’s best blockbuster for its elaborate telling of a rather small story. Much like its protagonist, rendered from the computer, there’s a lot more soul, meaning and amusement behind the apocalyptic façade than anticipated. However, by the time the screen turns black the movie hasn’t entirely wiped the taste of a Hollywood franchise installment away. Lees verder “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)”

Veronica Mars (2014)

In mei 2007 loopt een kleine blondine in een roze jack de straat op terwijl het regent. Albert Hammonds It Never Rains in Southern California draait op de achtergrond. Het grimmige contrast is tekenend in dit laatste shot van de onpopulaire tienerdetective Veronica Mars. De titulaire heldin heeft ongekende schade toegebracht aan haar omgeving dankzij haar instinct om de waarheid naar boven te halen. Juist … Lees verder Veronica Mars (2014)

The Uncertain Future of Game of Thrones

HBO renewed the highly successful ‘Game of Thrones’ with two seasons. The show scored HBO’s highest rated episode since ‘The Sopranos’ went off the air with the season four premiere. That doesn’t even include the millions of viewers who watch through alternative channels. Meanwhile the show’s marketing reaches the far corners of the earth and the dozens of actors are upgraded to the higher levels of stardom. ‘Game of Thrones’ is a global phenomenon in every way. Rightfully so. It’s one of the most consistent shows in quality on television. Last season’s unprecedented climax sent fans screaming into their pillows. The new season is as anticipated as the Super Bowl or a Hunger Games sequel. There seems to be no end to the show’s success. Yet, the future of the show is worrisome to say the least.

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Veronica Mars – Season 1

“I’m never getting married” a soothing but feisty female voice narrates as the camera pans over a seedy motel with flickering neon lights. The silhouettes of two lovers are visible through the drapes of one of the windows. A middle-aged man walks in a female bathrobe down the wooden stairs to the ice machine. It’s the kind of back-alley, noir realism that Veronica Mars excels in. There she is, staking out in her convertible, with a jar of coffee to help her through the night as she waits for the money shot, while preparing for the calculus exam in a couple of hours. The petite blonde lead is a lot of things at once. An unconventional protagonist. A feminist hero. A teenager. An outcast. A private detective. The list goes on and on. Even as the expositional narration, the faded colored t-shirts and the spiky hair reveal that both Veronica and her show live in the early naughties, it’s apparent that this girl should not be underestimated. 

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)Filmmakers generally make films for the sake of art. Sure, there’s the whole putting bread on the table part, but most of the people on the floor working on a movie put their heart and soul into it. For a considerable part of the audiences, films are art too. There’s something quite unique about pictures capturing an essence unattainable through other platforms. But for the most part, people go to the movies to be entertained. There’s not always a need for relevant social criticism or revealing subjects. One does not exclude the other, art and entertainment can perfectly blend together. Unfortunately, not too often are movies that solely aim for entertainment considered to be ‘great films’ or even ‘good’ for that matter. There’s a taboo on praising purely entertaining films for their value. Somehow blockbusters that aim for the masses simply by focusing on spectacle or comedy, are easily taken for granted. Which is ridiculous, especially when it comes to one of the smartest, fast-paced and deviously entertaining films of the all time: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl’.

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