Cinema Club // September 2017

During the past couple of weeks I did something I never thought I would do: I went to see a horror movie and I actually really liked it. I also revived my love for costume dramas, travelled to outer space and laughed at British film actors pronouncing Dutch names in this month’s Cinema Club.

// Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

One of the feature films I got to see at Lowlands festival last August, was Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Special Operatives Valerian and Laureline. The film, based on the classic French comic series, is absolutely beautifully designed and the CGI imagery is simply stunning, but it suffers from the predictable and over-easy plot.

// Get Out (2017)

If you have the chance to watch a film at a festival, I would 10/10 recommend it, because it’s such a great experience and it possesses the magical power to persuade me to watching a horror movie. I notoriously do not like horror movies and I usually stay as far away from them as I possibly can, but the opportunity to watch the much-talked about and controversial film “Get Out”, I couldn’t resist. As I learned, the film is not really a horror film in the sense that it’s main purpose isn’t to scare you, but it’s to get you thinking about racism, white supremacy and racist stereotyping. “Get Out” is a very very dark piece of satire, a commentary of social issues with horror elements, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it – even if you really really dislike horror movies.

// Everything, Everything (2017)

I guess this illustrates my divergent interest in films and reveals my soft spot for romantic, cheesy young adult adaptations. The latest in cinemas is “Everything, Everything”, an adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel, following the love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) and Olly (Nick Robinson). Young Maddy has never been outside of her house, due to a mysterious illness, and falls in love with her next door neighbor called Olly. The story is cringe-worthily predictable, but I thought the use of color was very interesting and the performances by the leading actors touching.

// Tulip Fever (2017)

To watch “Tulip Fever” from a Dutch experience happens to be really funny, which is probably not what the filmmakers originally had in mind. The film takes place in 17 century Amsterdam during so-called the tulip mania and focuses on the forbidden love story between young Sophia (Alicia Vikander) and poor portrait painter Jan van Loos (Dane DeHaan). Although the film is very beautifully made and Vikander’s performance is lovely, I had expected more depth and to feel a more emotional connection to the story and its characters.

// The Beguiled (2017)

Sofia Coppola, costume dramas and Kirsten Dunst: three things I absolutely adore have finally come together into one feature film: “The Beguiled”. A secluded girls seminary in Virginia is stirred up by the unexpected arrival of a wounded soldier during the Civil War – it’s a recipe for betrayal, loss of innocence, and burning desires. Director Coppola created a lush, mysterious and feminine film that intrigues, seduces and lingers.


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