Archive of ‘Series & Films’ category

Documentaires: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Pixar Story & Particle Fever

Weer een aantal documentaires gekeken op Netflix:

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.

Interessante documentaire. Soms moeilijk voor te stellen dat sommige mensen jaren blindelings alles maar volgden en geld gaven en nu pas hun ogen openen over hoe de church of scientology nu eigenlijk in elkaar zit. Cijfer: 7.

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The Pixar Story
A look at the first years of Pixar Animation Studios – from the success of “Toy Story” and Pixar’s promotion of talented people, to the building of its East Bay campus, the company’s relationship with Disney, and its remarkable initial string of eight hits. The contributions of John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs are profiled. The decline of two-dimensional animation is chronicled as three-dimensional animation rises. Hard work and creativity seem to share the screen in equal proportions.

Leuke documentaire over pixar. Ik heb al een keer de korte documentaire gezien maar deze is uitgebreider en gaat meer in op de geschiedenis van pixar en de ‘battle’ tussen 2d en 3d. Cijfer: 8

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Particle Fever
Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity…For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

De documentaire kabbelt een beetje door en laat op een vrij standaard documentaire manier zien waarom iedereen zo enthousiast is over de Large Hadron Collider. Maar wel interessant om te weten. Cijfer: 7.

Documentaires: Mission Blue, Black Fish & Planet Earth

Netflix heeft ook veel mooie natuur documentaires, deze heb ik laatst gekeken:

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Mission Blue
“60 years ago, when I began exploring the ocean, no one imagined that we could do anything to harm it,” says pioneering diver and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle. How wrong we were. In the time since her career began, the over harvesting of whales, sharks, and once reliable staples of the human diet has disrupted the food chain with impacts for species at all levels. Fertilizers from agricultural runoff have fed massive blooms of algae that choke off other forms of life. Pollution in the form of diluted chemicals as well as microscopic pieces of plastic and large items wreak havoc for fish, mammals, and birds alike. Even immaterial activities can have a negative impact: the deafening sounds of industry and sonar can cause injury and impede communication among whales and dolphins. This documentary traces Sylvia’s life of wonder and exploration, and her dedication to awakening the world to the need to give the ocean time and space to recover.

De documentaire focust gedeeltelijk op het leven van Sylvia Earle zelf en gedeeltelijk op hoe de mensheid het zeeleven kapot maakt. Echt erg dat er zoveel mensen nog onwetend zeuren dat sommige vis ineens zo duur is of niet verkrijgbaar is en dat overheden nog steeds zulke absurde visvangst toelaten.(hele scholen worden in 1 keer naar binnen gehaald, haaien worden de vinnen afgesneden waarna ze gewoon terug worden gegooid). Absurd dat in een aantal jaar tijd veel koraalriffen gewoon weg zijn en vissen bijna compleet weg zijn gevist. Deze documentaire laat goed zijn waar de mensheid nou eigenlijk mee bezig is. Van het begin van het ontdekken van de oceanen tot het vernietigen er van. Cijfer: 8

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Black Fish
Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Indrukwekkende documentaire. Bijna ongelovelijk dat veel van de trainers niet eens weten wat er eigenlijk allemaal gebeurd bij Sea World en wat hun bazen allemaal achter houden over zowel het welzijn van de orca’s als de dodelijke ongelukken van mede-trainers. Cijfer: 8

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Planet Earth
David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries. Dazzling, state-of-the-art high-definition imagery highlights this breathtaking documentary series featuring footage of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders — from the oceans to the deserts to the polar ice caps.
Hele mooie serie over de verschillende soorten omgevingen en dieren op de aarde. Hele mooie beelden en erg leerzaam. Cijfer: 9.

Documentaries: Deep Web, Indie Game The Movie, Atari: Game Over

We hebben een netflix abbonement en netflix heeft ook veel goede documentaires. Deze drie heb ik laatst gekeken:

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Indie Game: The Movie
Indie Game: The Movie, directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, looks at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their creative visions with the world. This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form.

Erg leuke documentaire om te kijken en om te zien hoe de indie-game wereld in zijn werk gaat en het vele werk dat in het maken van een game zit, door de ogen van een aantal game ontwikkelaars. Cijfer: 8

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Deep Web
Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused to be ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. The film explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

Interessante documentaire, soms wel een klein beetje hak op de tak. De documentaire gaat meer over Silk Road, de arrestatie van Ross Ulbricht en de vrijheid van het internet dan echt over the Dark Web in het algemeen. Maar toch interessant om te zien.
Cijfer: 7

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Atari: Game over
Atari: Game Over is the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to “E.T.,” the video game for the Atari 2600, disposed of hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Leuke documentaire, ook al heb je nooit op een atari gespeeld. Cijfer: 7,5

Films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucky Number Slevin, Inception, Kick Ass 2 & Interstellar

Ik loop een beetje achter met mijn film-posts. Vandaar nog eentje :)

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Guardians of the Galaxy
Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.

Leuke superhelden film die totaal anders is dan de andere Marvel’s maar toch wel raakvlakken heeft. Cijfer: 8

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Lucky Number Sleven
A case of mistaken identity puts a man named Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a war between two rival New York crime lords: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and the Boss (Morgan Freeman). While under the watchful eyes of Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) and well-known assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis), Slevin must quickly devise a plan to save his skin before his luck runs out.

Leuke film. Je wordt in het begin beetje in het niets gegooid. heel ander plot dan je verwacht ;) Cijfer: 7,5

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Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.

Leuke film, interessant verhaal. Alleen de vele actie lijkt er vooral in te zitten omdat het er leuk uit ziet maar voegt niet veel toe aan het verhaal. Ik denk dat als het minder gefocust zou zijn op de actie dat er meer uitgehaald had kunnen worden. Cijfer: 7,5

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Kick Ass 2
Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), aka Kick-Ass, and Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz), aka Hit Girl, are trying to live as normal teenagers and briefly form a crime-fighting team. After Mindy is busted and forced to retire as Hit Girl, Dave joins a group of amateur superheroes led by Col. Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), a reformed mobster. Just as Dave and company start to make a real difference on the streets, the villain formerly known as Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) rears his head yet again.

Net als kick ass 1 weer een hilarische,over de top, superhelden film.

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Interstellar
In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.

Bijzonder film, interessant verhaal, doet je nadenken over hoe alles nu in elkaar zit in het heelal.

Films: Seven Psychopaths, Sherlock Holmes, Taken, Groundhog Day & The Boy in the striped pyjamas

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Seven Psychopaths
Boozy writer Marty (Colin Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Christopher Walken) and Billy (Sam Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people’s dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward. However this time, the fur flies when Hans and Billy kidnap the beloved pooch of a gangster (Woody Harrelson), and Marty uses the ensuing events as fodder for his screenplay.

Leuke grappige film die wel een beetje over the top is maar dat past heel goed bij de stijl. Cijfer: 8

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Sherlock Holmes
When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn’t take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), to find the killer, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong). A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans. The game is afoot when Blackwood seems to rise from the grave, plunging Holmes and Watson into the world of the occult and strange technologies.

Leuke film maar toch vind ik de serie een stuk beter. Cijfer: 7,5

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Taken
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), a former government operative, is trying to reconnect with his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Then his worst fears become real when sex slavers abduct Kim and her friend shortly after they arrive in Paris for vacation. With just four days until Kim will be auctioned off, Bryan must call on every skill he learned in black ops to rescue her.

Leuke film, verhaal mocht wel iets sterker. Vooral dat zijn dochter ontvoerd wordt zie je al ver van tevoren aankomen.. Cijfer: 7,5

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Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.

Wel erg oude film maar wel leuk en grappig om te kijken. Cijfer: 7

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father (David Thewlis) has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

Zielig maar mooi verhaal over hoe een duits jongetje eigenlijk niet snapt waarom de joden zo gehaat worden en vriendschap sluit met een Joods jongetje die in het concentratiekamp zit. Cijfer: 8,5

Series: Arrow, Narcos, Black Sails, Ascension, Jessica Jones, Gotham & Orphan Black

Ik probeer op mn blog bij te houden welke series en films ik kijk maar de laaste tijd vergeet ik het steeds up te daten. Dus bij deze:

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Arrow
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Leuke superhelden / vigilante serie :) Ok het acteren en het verhaal zijn niet altijd even goed.. Maar toch is het een leuke serie om te kijken en je wilt toch steeds weten hoe het verder gaat. Cijfer: 7,5

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Narcos
Narcos tells the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers around the notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Steve Murphy (Holbrook), a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him.

Vooral de manier van filmen is apart waardoor het soms ook een beetje op een documentaire lijkt. Goede serie! Cijfer: 8

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Black Sails
A prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel “Treasure Island,” “Black Sails” is a pirate adventure that centers on the tales of Captain Flint, who has a reputation throughout the West Indies as being the most brilliant, most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. It’s 1715, and as Flint fights for the survival of New Providence Island — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers — in the wake of threats from British and Spanish forces, he aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure his people’s survival. But standing in the way are rival captains, Eleanor’s intrusive father, and perhaps the bigger obstacle of all: John Silver, a young, fast-talking, authority-flouting sailor recently added to Flint’s crew.

Spannende serie die het ‘echte’ piratenleven laat zien ipv hetgeen wat we kennen van Pirates of the Caribean. De serie blijft spannend, met veel plotwendingen. Ben erg benieuwd naar het volgende seizoen! Cijfer: 9

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Acsension
In 1963 the American government begins a covert mission sending hundreds of people on a centurylong journey aboard the starship Ascension. Its goal: to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the trip, the murder of a young woman — as Ascension approaches the point of no return — prompts some to question the project.

Leuke serie die je laat zien hoe het leven op een generatie-schip zou kunnen zijn. Ook erg interessante plotwending naarmate het einde. Cijfer: 8

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Jessica Jones
Ever since her short-lived stint as a superhero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.

Leuke serie maar toch vind ik deze wat minder dan de andere superhelden series. Ik had wat meer diepgang in het character van Jessica Jones verwacht. Cijfer: 7

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Gotham
Jim Gordon is a rising detective in corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district attorney. Brave, honest and determined to prove himself, Jim hopes to return the city to the glamorous, purer version he remembers as a child. He and his partner, legendary Detective Harvey Bullock, must navigate the dirty politics of Gotham’s justice system, even as they tackle a high-profile case, the murder of billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gordon becomes a friend to their young orphan, Bruce.
Vooral erg leuke serie om te kijken als je de batman films gezien hebt en weet wat er ongeveer aan zit te komen in de toekomst. Erg goede serie. Cijfer: 9

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Orphan Black
Sarah is a street-wise woman with a troubled past as an English orphan who bounced around foster homes before being taken in by Mrs. S, who uprooted her and her foster brother, Felix, to North America. She has made bad decisions in her life but always strives to do right by daughter Kira. When Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman, Beth (who looks like her) she decides to steal Beth’s identity — boyfriend and money included — in an attempt to begin a new life for herself and Kira, with whom Sarah hopes to reunite. But assuming Beth’s life — Sarah eventually learns that Beth was her clone — doesn’t go as smoothly as she anticipates because Beth was a cop caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, making Sarah the new target. Sarah must fight to stay alive while trying to escape from the complex web. As more threads appear, Sarah is pulled deeper, and Felix becomes her one true confidant.
Supergoede serie, interessant verhaal. Kan niet wachten op het volgende seizoen! Cijfer: 9

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