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Zillion – Movie Review

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The story of Frank Verstraeten’s dream started 25 years ago. It’s 1997, and though he’s a computer wiz all day every day, he starts to get fascinated with the nightlife. After he gets refused entrance at one of Belgium’s hottest clubs, he sets himself a goal: create his very own one-of-a-kind club that’ll destroy all the competition. Together with the self-proclaimed Porn King – Dennis “Black Magic” (Matteo Simoni – Rookie, Cold Courage), Frank (Jonas VermeulenRed Light, Studio Tarara) opens up futuristic mega club Zillion and shows that everyone, even the shortest of guys, can make it big. Of course all good things come to an end, and after a great run the cracks start to show.

For those who don’t know the history of Antwerp’s temple of techno, I won’t spoil the details of its downfall, but as someone who grew up…

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Baloney – Film Review

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Co-creators Michael Phillis and Rory Davis invite viewers to take a look behind the scenes of their beloved Gay All-Male Revue, BALONEY. While we witness them and their collaborators rehearse for their new show, which premiered just a few weeks before the global pandemic hit, we also get to know the cast a little better. It’s a surprising story that not only explores the bigger picture when it comes to fantasy and social commentary, it also delivers a different perspective on how we all navigate coming out, sexuality and living up to certain expectations in general.

Every single person in this documentary has a unique life, that also translates in an extraordinary way on stage. These authentic people have walked different paths to where they are now, yet somehow found a purpose that not only changed their lives but also those they surround themselves with. What BALONEY, the…

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Dinner in America – Film Review

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“Hey, did you turn the cricket’s up?”

Simon (Kyle Gallner) isn’t a conventional person. He doesn’t have a job per se but he is willing to put his body through drug testing in order to make a few bucks. After ditching one test, he follows Beth (Hannah Marks) home for dinner and maybe a blowjob. Beth’s family is pretty typical – dad would rather be watching football with his son and mom wants to lose herself in the bottom of a bottle of wine, and get laid. After getting busted for being too generous with his hostess and setting the lawn on fire, Simon is out on the run.

After evading the cops he meets Patty (Emily Skeggs), a young woman who still lives at home with her family and just lost her job cleaning cages at a pet store. She’s full of rage…

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Still Working 9 to 5 – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

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“Everyone was very nervous about the movie, because it had three female leads” – Lily Tomlin

In the 1970’s, 1/3 of working women were secretaries. The pay was terrible, the bosses could routinely harass and talk down to their employees and there was very little if nothing a woman could do to move up. Eventually, Karen Nussbaum & Ellen Cassedy got tired of being seen as a second class citizen and started the 9 to 5 Organization in Boston. She got women across the country to start fighting for better work conditions. Two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda and her business partner, producer Bruce Gilbert, set out to take this story and mold a narrative film around it that hopefully will be seen by the masses and get this movement going.

With the cast ready to go (before the script had even been written) the filmmakers set out to…

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Recensie Dingen die erger zijn

Dingen die erger zijn

Anneloor van Heemstra &
Lenneke Hoope

Algemene informatie:

Auteur: Anneloor van Heemstra & Lenneke Hoope
Titel: Dingen die erger zijn
ISBN: 9789401304955
Uitgeverij: Altamira
Genre: graphic novel, non-fictie, gezondheid
Aantal pagina’s: 176
Uitgave: paperback
Verschijningsdatum: 8 september 2021
Prijs: 16,99 €

Over de auteur:

Lenneke Hoope was 37 jaar toen ze onder de douche een knobbeltje in haar borst voelde. Na de diagnose borstkanker volgde een jaar vol angstige, verdrietige, maar ook bizarre en grappige situaties.

De treffende tekeningen van Lennekes hartsvriendin Anneloor van Heemstra maken dit universele verhaal over levensbedreigend ziek zijn op een bijzondere manier herkenbaar. Door die innige samenwerking, en een vriendengroep, die dit boek verrijkt met hart-onder-de-riem-berichten in de vorm van appjes, krijgt vriendschap een glansrol in Dingen die erger zijn.

Over het boek:

Dingen die erger zijn is een bijzonder en aangrijpend stripverhaal voor volwassenen over borstkanker. Lenneke Hoope was 37 jaar toen ze onder de douche een knobbeltje in haar borst voelde. Toen ze de diagnose borstkanker kreeg volgde een jaar vol angstige, verdrietige, maar ook bizarre en grappige situaties.

In dit stripverhaal lees je over haar ervaringen als borstkankerpatiënt: de chemo’s in het ziekenhuis, de merkwaardige reacties en adviezen uit haar omgeving, het ziek en uitgeblust op de bank liggen en het omgaan met een constant allesomvattende angst. De treffende tekeningen van Lennekes hartsvriendin Anneloor van Heemstra maken dit universele verhaal over ziek zijn op een bijzondere manier herkenbaar voor iedereen. Speciaal bedoeld voor vrouwen die zelf borstkanker hebben (gehad), of voor naasten en dierbaren.

In de grote thema’s en de kleine details is deze strip een intiem, grappig en eerlijk verhaal – er wordt hier niks heldhaftig “verslagen” of “overwonnen”, en dat is er precies zo goed aan.’ – Renske de Greef, schrijver, illustrator en columnist

Deze strip is het mooiste, liefste en grappigste wat ik ooit over dit onderwerp heb gelezen. – Tjitske Reidinga, acteur

Inkijkexemplaar:

https://cbonline.boekhuis.nl/pls/cover/p_get_cover_fe?p_hash=09846D15022C83B4FEF53EB400043A0C

Mijn mening:

Borstkanker… één van de grootste nachtmerries van elke vrouw… gelukkig ben ik er tot hiertoe van gespaard gebleven. Dus nee, ik kan er niet over meepraten.
Na het lezen van het stripverhaal Dingen die erger zijn over het leed dat Lenneke Hoope overkomt, kon ik mij een beetje inleven met dit vonnis.

Door middel van grappige tekeningen schrijft ze samen met Anneloor van Heemstra haar angsten, bekommernissen en strijd neer die ze van dag 1, het ontdekken van een knobbeltje tot de laatste dag ondergaat.
Heel veel aandacht voor emoties worden aan het verhaal toegevoegd. Iets waar medepatiënten zich in zullen herkennen.
Dingen die erger zijn is geen optimistisch boek, terwijl de vriendengroep van Lenneke er wel een positieve noot aan willen toevoegen. De steun en vriendschap van familie en vrienden zijn onontbeerlijk in haar genezing en dit wordt mooi weergegeven in dit boek.

Er zijn dingen die erger zijn… maar ik hoop toch gespaard te blijven van the big C.

Rating: 4/5

Dingen die erger zijn koop je bij je favoriete boekhandel of online via:

Altamira.nl
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La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

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My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his exploration into what it means to be a man while living in the shadows of his brothers. From the setting, Southern France, to the performances, Manca manages to portray the lives these men are living with a gritty realism that you just can’t help root for them.

At the heart of this story is undoubtedly the four brothers. Nour, tasked with taking care of their comatose mother at the age of fourteen, is at the point in his life where he feels he must be able to support his family instead of being…

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Bloody Oranges – Film Review | Cannes 2021

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The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” ―Antonio Gramsci

Alex (Alexandre Steiger) is a lawyer looking to make his way up in the world when he starts working with the corrupt Financial Secretary of France, Stéphane (Christophe Paou), who is trying to change his image. Meanwhile, Alex’s elderly parents are thousands of euros in debt and enter a dance contest hoping to take home the top prize. It won’t erase their debt, but it’ll get them one step closer. We also get to meet Louise (Lilith Grasmug), a 16-year-old girl who is ready to lose her virginity, after getting an interesting tutorial from her doctor.

Over the course of a few days all of these people will cross paths at one point or another. Alex will eventually do something…

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Free Guy – Film Review

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Free Guy is the story of your “average joe” bank teller, Guy (Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool) discovering that his role in life is not as clear-cut as he thought. He is actually a non-playable character (NPC) in a video game and his whole world is about to change when he meets “MolotovGirl” aka Millie (Jodie Comer, Killing Eve). It just so happens this bank teller is more than just extremely good looking and charming, he’s the good guy about to save his world from Antwan (Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit), the manically villainous head honcho of the games’ development company.

The film was set to be released in July 2020 but due to COVID-19 continued to be pushed back until its release 12 August 2021. Going into this film I had low expectations given the trailers made it seem like a new adaptation…

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The Boy Behind the Door – Film Review | Shudder

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Earlier this year I saw ‘The Djinn’ by directorial duo David Charbonier and Justin Powell. It was an effective and creepy horror tale (on the cheap) about a mute boy that ends up getting more than he bargained for, when he makes a wish he can’t take back. While it was definitely worth seeing, it didn’t quite hit home for me. But it did make me interested in looking up what the writer-director duo would be up to next. Or in this case; what they did before. ‘The Boy Behind the Door‘ was their debut, but is only released now as a Shudder original.

Twelve year old Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and his friend Kevin (Ezra Dewey from ‘The Djinn’) are inseparable. Their carefree life is about to turn into a hellish nightmare when both of them are abducted and taken to a…

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Review – The Tomorrow War

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I’m not gonna lie, I was ready to hate on this like there was no tomorrow. Chris Pratt has been “problematic” lately, so why would I waste my time watching him fight aliens for over two hours.

Dan Forester (Pratt), a happily married veteran, is ready to celebrate Christmas with the entire neighbourhood when the World Cup (which in fact will take place in 2022 during winter in the Middle-East) gets disrupted by a cosmic explosion in the middle of the stadium. A group of soldiers have come from the future to warn the entire world of an impending doom that’ll erase all of human life. We jump a year into the future and a worldwide draft has been put in place. All people over 40 will have to join the forces at some point, to time jump into the future and fight a ruthless alien race (called white spikes)…

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