Cinema Club // October 2017

We’re already halfway through October, which means it’s time for another fall-themed Cinema Club. The last few weeks I visited the Camera Japan festival, watched a much talked about Netflix documentary and went to see one of the most beautiful films of the year. // Neko Atsume House Based on the popular smartphone game, Japanse…

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┬áreally 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…

Music Menu // July 2017

Settling into a new house and a new city can be quite a challenge – cleaning up those last boxes with stuff, making sure the house is ready before your grandparents come to visit, then keeping the house clean, et cetera. But with your favorite music playing in the background, it suddenly becomes so much…

“M Train” (2015) – Patti Smith // Book Review

Patti Smith is much more than just the author of this beautiful book, “M-Train”. Before anything else, she is an icon. Smith is a musical artist, combining dark and abstract poetry with punk, rock and folk – resulting in the classic album “Horses”, which was released in 1975. In 2012, Smith published her first memoir,…

Daughter – “Not To Disappear” (2016) // Album Review

In 2013, Daughter released one of the most honest and beautiful break-up albums of the year, titled┬áIf You Leave. The band, whose sound is a dreamy combination of folk and electronics, has become quite the underground name, with tracks such as “Youth” and “Smother”. Daughter’s debut album dealt with heavily emotional themes, such as losing…

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) // Film Review

The internet literally broke when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released a couple of weeks ago. Fans who had to wait 32 years (!) for a new Star Wars film went crazy, while others reacted to actress Carrie Fisher’s confession that she was asked to lose 30 pounds before returning as princess Leia. Before…

Happy 2016! // My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Yesterday I spent New Year’s Eve with my family in Goes. We played quizzes, ate lots and lots of oliebollen and lit hot air balloons into the midnight sky. Standing in front of our house, we could see colorful flowers of fireworks blossoming all around us. But now, when 2016 has fully…

Adele – “25” (2015) // Album Review

Four years after “21”, Adele released her highly anticipated third studio album, traditionally titled “25”. Perhaps as expected, the album completely broke the Internet. Hours after the release of the album’s first single “Hello”, parodies, memes and word jokes appeared – with Ellen Degeneres’ spoof of both Adele’s and Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello” combined with Drake…

Placebo // “MTV Unplugged (Live)” (2015)

Last Friday, I spent the evening at my parents’ house. I came home from tutoring and my Mom pointed at the television screen: Placebo – MTV Unplugged. The new album that my Mom and I had been listening on Youtube for the past couple of weeks, was broadcasted on MTV! I hurried to the couch,…

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II” (2015)

In 2012, the first installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise was released. Based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel about Katniss Everdeen’s fight against the crooked government of President Snow, the film became almost immediately one of the biggest franchises since the Harry Potter series. Three years, three films and countless deaths later, the franchise comes…