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Netflix Review – ‘Stateless’

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STATELESS (L to R) YVONNE STRAHOVSKI as SOFIE WERNER and JAI COURTNEY as CAM SANDFORD in episode 101 of STATELESS Cr. BEN KING/NETFLIX © 2020

Stateless‘ is a powerful and timely series about four strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert: an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat running out of time to contain a national scandal.

The Handmaid’s Tale’s Yvonne Strahovski plays airline hostess Sofie Werner. Pressured in maintaining a perfect façade towards her family, she loses herself in a cult lead by Cate Blanchett – in one of the most chilling performances of her career (she also executive produces the limited series) – and her on screen partner Dominic West (The Affair). Over six episodes…

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Het museum van
verbroken beloftes

Elizabeth Buchan

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Elizabeth Buchan woont met haar gezin in Engeland. Ze werkte als redacteur bij Penguin Books voordat ze fulltime ging schrijven.

Een prachtig beeldend geschreven liefdesverhaal in Praag ten tijde van de Koude Oorlog

Parijs, het heden. Het museum van verbroken beloften bevat objecten die zijn gedoneerd – een cakeblik, een bruidssluier, een babyschoentje – en die symbool staan voor een moment van rouw of verraad. Het is een plek van verlies en hoop: bezoekers komen er om het verleden te verwerken en zo verder te kunnen gaan met hun leven. Ook Laure, de directeur en curator, heeft enkele objecten in het museum uitgestald.

Praag, 1985. Laures vader is net overleden en zij vertrekt naar Praag om daar als nanny te werken. Maar het leven achter het IJzeren Gordijn is ingewikkeld: het is er saai en grijs, met een ondertoon van gevaar. Laure kan het politieke klimaat maar nauwelijks bevatten. Totdat ze een jonge dissidente muzikant ontmoet. Haar verliefdheid heeft verregaande gevolgen voor hen beiden. Pas jaren later kan Laure haar verleden onder ogen komen.

Het museum van verbroken beloften is een hartverscheurende roman over een donkere passage uit de Europese geschiedenis.

‘Een onderhoudende roman.’ – The Daily Mail

‘Buchan schrijft over politieke onrust en ontluikende liefde. Je reist mee met Laure, die op zoek is naar vergiffenis omdat ze zelf ooit een belofte heeft verbroken.’ – The Irish Times

‘Buchan schrijft met veel compassie. Het museum van verbroken beloften is betoverend en mooi geschreven.’ – The Times

‘Een onderhoudende historische roman over liefde en verraad.’ – Metro

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Netflix Review – ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Season 1

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THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB

Based on the best-selling book series that was highly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, Netflix’s new series ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’, follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), the genius but shy Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), the artsy Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada – ‘To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You‘), the fashion-queen-with-a-secret Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph – ‘Lethal Weapon‘), and free-spirited Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez – ‘Gentefied‘) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Each episode in this first season is based on one of the books in the BSC-series, which was originally written by Ann M. Martin, who also produces the series.

The Netflix Original Series revolves around this group of inspiring girls with different backgrounds, personalities and opinions who…

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Short Film Review – ‘The Tell Tale Heart’

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First-time filmmaker McClain Lindquist takes a huge risk by adapting one of American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe’s short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart‘ – and succeeds. For those who are not familiar with the story, the film follows the Narrator (played by Sonny Grimsley), who is haunted by the “evil eye” of the Old Man (James C Morris) whom he cares for. Accused of murdering the Old Man, the Narrator gets questioned by Detective Tucker (Teren Turner) and Officer Sharpe (Mikah Olsen). What follows is a journey into the manic mind of the Narrator.

Lindquist does a phenomenal job, and knocks it out of the park from the very first minute. He jumps right in, which is necessary when you want to tell a story in a short amount of time (22 minutes, in this…

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Review – ‘I See You’

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Strange occurrences plague small town detective Greg Harper and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy. ‘I See You‘ keeps twisting its story to keep you on the edge, until the shocking ending reveals the Harper family’s secrets and a decade old unsolved mystery that will make your jaw drop to the floor.

What seems like a peaceful small town at first, actually hides a dark secret of missing children. When a boy goes missing in the woods, detective Harper (Jon Tenney True Detective) and his partner Spitzky (Gregory Alan WilliamsGreenleaf) get put on the case, discovering connections to a similar missing person’s report from a decade ago. At home, Harper’s family is dealing with their own setbacks, with wife Jackie’s (Helen HuntMad About You) infidelity being the main cause of this seemingly…

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Review – ‘Lynn + Lucy’

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Lynn and Lucy have been friends for basically their entire life. They live a normal middleclass life across the street from one another in a small town, and know they can count on each other for a laugh or a chat. Lynn is excited to be Lucy’s first born’s godmother, although the new mum isn’t sure she’s fit to be a mother, also dealing with her volatile boyfriend. After starting a new job as an assistant in a hairsalon, Lynn soon sees her tight friendship, community and own family questioned to the point of no return.

Writer and director Fyzal Boulifa has made a truly gut wrenching social drama, with at the center a subject not many storytellers like to tackle. Lynn + Lucy is the kind of film that surprises you more than once. As simple as it may look, Boulifa has found a way to ask the hard…

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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet’

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William Kelly, artist and peace activist, has been called the ‘moral conscience’ of Australian Art. For him there’s no line between life and art. Can Art Stop a Bullet is a documentary about the man himself and centered around an art piece he’s making for the State Library of Victoria. The film explores the connections between art and activism and how imagery in their own way can change people’s view on things happening in the world, their own lives and the lives of those around them.

Kelly’s art project will combine former pieces of his career and art that has inspired him throughout his life, in a collage of drawings that will tell a story of their own. He narrates the process of this important art piece, starting by taking us to his hometown in Buffalo, NY, where he explains how words and literature were his ways of escaping…

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Doc Edge Festival Review – ‘Meat The Future’

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Silicon Valley, 2016. Fortune.com releases an article about cardiologist turned innovator, Uma Valeti. He’s able to make a meatball with new technology, fully grown from real cow and pig cells, without slaughtering a living creature. The cells take about 14 to 21 days to mature in a bioreactor and the price for just a pound of beef comes to $18,000. Groundbreaking is an understatement.

Valeti could’ve been a successful cardiologist and save about 2,000 lives in the next 30 years, but wanted to do more for the world his children have to grow up in. After several failed attempts in getting his project approved, he finally succeeds and passionately start building his company, Memphis Meats, with a gender-diverse team of environmentalist, bio-medical engineers and tissue-engineers. Business Insider, Huffpost and several podcasts report on his fascinating technological innovation, explaining what impact this all could have on reversing the damage animal…

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Netflix Review – ‘The Lovebirds’

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Only a handful of romantic action comedies are actually memorable. After 2020’s pandemic put a halt on all theatrical releases, Paramount Pictures made a deal with Netflix and ‘The Lovebirds‘ has now finally been released, six weeks later than initially planned. A lot of fun is to be had, but let’s make one thing clear, this was definitely meant to be released on Netflix.

A couple (Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani) experiences a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a murder mystery. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Rae basically plays her character in HBO’s Insecure, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone knows how funny Issa can be, we also know she…

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Netflix Review – ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’

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Opening your four-part docuseries with a slide that states “The following series contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse involving minors, which may be disturbing for some viewers.”, sets the tone for what’s about to unfold. We then cut to an interrogation in 2012, where Epstein quickly uses his right to plead the Fifth Amendment to get out of some serious questioning, regarding soliciting minors for prostitution. Smiling his way through the questions and using the same answer over and over again, we jump right into the case which all started with a 2003-article in Vanity Fair.

Investigative journalist Vicky Ward is asked to write a business article on “the money manager for the überrich”, that leads her into the direction of two victims, who are labeled as survivors, a term that fits every single one…

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