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Stoner by John Williams – my review

Stoner John Williams 1965 Republished by the New York Review of Books in 2003   ‘Stoner’ by John Williams reads like admiring the smooth patina of a dessert meringue doused in maple syrup, and then seeing it devoured by a pack of hungry hyenas. It is a fine novel, told with the utmost elegance and gravity, and with a gentlemanly undertone of destruction. And I could not put it down. Williams recounts the slow story of a man whom he sentences to a life of insignificance ... continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth (del Toro, 2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro 2006) “A beautiful film!” said my friend Kees while I shrunk away into my cinema seat during a snippet of this bizarre film at our local art house cinema. A grotesque inhuman figure with eyes in his hands staggers after a small girl. If it had not been Kees I should not have believed it, but with his predicate I took the leap into a kind of film I would normally take the trouble to avoid. So doing, I now have discovered a real jewel of a film. I recommend ... continue reading

Filmhuis Lumen recensie

BANKSY ‘Exit through the gift shop’ – 2010 Opvallend is dat het in Banksy’s film niet om zijn eigen werk gaat, maar om het ‘fenomeen’ Theirry “Mr Brainwash” Guetta, een Franse cameraman die jarenlang met de elite van de iconoclastisch ‘Street Art’-beweging meeliep, en nu als nep kunstenaar zichzelf en het publiek met succes heeft belazerd. Tijdens nachtelijke wandelingen in capuchontruien met spuitbussen, ondergaat een lief en welwillend mannetje een transformatie tot Pop-Art ... continue reading

Until the End of the World – Wim Wenders 1991

Until the End of the World is German film director Wim Wender’s epic road movie – which came out at the beginning of the nineties and captured my heart for all my years of intense travelling. It is one of those films I would call a Real film. It drags you in to a surreal, impressionistic atmosphere set in a future which convinces easily due to understated acting and the deliberately casual way it deals with 'new' technology. Technology we now take for granted. The delightfully imagined appliances ... continue reading