Bad Genius | Chalard Games Goeng

Film Review: Bad Genius | Chalard Games Goeng (2017); Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya.

Bad Genius | Chalard Games Goeng is a thrilling rollercoaster experience of university admission tests and mathematics. No film in a long time has made me root so much for the main character and feel the adrenaline that the main character must have felt during her nerve-wracking experiences. It’s crazy good! . . .

Reprise

Reprise (2006): “..it is hard not to constantly compare yourself to others..”

I re-watched Reprise (2006) recently and there was a lot that I could identify with. The film is about two young aspiring authors who submit their works to publishing houses at the same time, one of them finds success while the other doesn’t. . . .

The Never Ending Story

8th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: The NeverEnding Story (1984).

“Als moeder van twee kleine kinderen valt me op hoe kinderfilms veranderd zijn. Een van mijn lievelingsfilms, waar ik als volwassene ook nog steeds van houd — ik weet niet zeker of ik me daarvoor moet schamen, maar maakt niet uit — is The Neverending Story uit 1984 van Wolfgang Petersen. . .

Passage of Life

Film Review: Passage of Life (2017); Director Akio Fujimoto.

What a lovely film! Passage of Life (2017) is a reminder of a world we know off, but unfortunately many people do not wish to acknowledge or wish to see it. Refugees and immigrants is a constant reoccuring topic, but nowadays it might be even more important than ever before. . .

Daan Vree

CinemAsia Film Festival Interview ENG: Daan Vree.

“I am Daan Vree, writer and filmmaker. I am the creator of two short fiction films: Adopted (2012) and Hangul Blues (2018) in which I have converted my experiences and thoughts about adoption into fiction films. Since 2009 I have been occupying myself with filmmaking. . .

Daan Vree

CinemAsia Film Festival Interview NL: Daan Vree.

“Ik ben Daan Vree, schrijver en filmmaker. Ik ben de maker van twee korte fictiefilms: Aangenomen (adopted) (2012) en Hangul Blues (2018) waarin ik mijn ervaringen en gedachten over adoptie in fictie heb omgezet. Sinds 2009 ben ik me gaan bezig houden met het maken van films. . .

Manufactured Landscapes

7th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: Manufactured Landscapes (2006).

“Je hebt die prachtige film Manufactured Landscapes (2006) van Edward Burtynsky. Die naam doet me altijd bijna denken aan de componist. De film toont je prachtige beelden van extreme omgevingen. In China bijvoorbeeld heb je enorme fabrieken met duizenden arbeiders die elke dag van en naar de fabriek lopen. . .

Ramen Heads

Film Review: Ramen Heads (2017).

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 3.5/5. Ramen Heads: As a foodie and film lover, I HAD to see this documentary about ‘Ramen King’ Osamu Tomita and his obsessive passion for the perfect ramen. While addressing the value of such as simple dish like ramen and the hard-work entailed behind it, the film made me hungry. . .

Nobody's boy Rémi

Nobody’s boy Rémi (1977): “..I noticed that my stories are always about loss..”

Nobody’s boy Rémi (1977): “When I was growing up, there were two films that left a life-long impression with me. I forgot the name of one, but the first was about a family of foxes with seven cubs. The foxes were constantly looking for food, but as the winter became harsher the cubs would die one by one. . .

Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man (2005): “.. I learned you cant force synchronicity to happen..”

“During my studies in Italy, years back, I had this struggle with coincidence or better said, coincidence with a purpose: synchronicity. For me that’s when the magic happens while making a documentary. Like for example Grizzly Man (2005). Life is full of synchronicities. . .