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Amsterdam Film Show | February 2018

Can a monster romance charm someone who doesn’t like monster films or romance films? Are child actors ever bearable? We’ll see, as our Amsterdam Film Show tips for February are here … 

  • David Swatling reviews The Florida Project  and The Shape of Water 
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the rest of the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month; The Post, Black Panther, and I, Tonya.
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube, TV, radio & audio versions + text script below
  • links via Pinterest

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NEW CINEMA RELEASES 

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 1 FEB

The Post | Director: Steven Spielberg | Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The Washington Post has the country’s first female newpaper publisher and she’s facing a show-down with the government over a huge cover up. How will she handle it?

@Cathycentral: “I’m so bored of the same names, same dirctors, same US focussed historical gaze. I’ll give this one a miss.” 

FROM 8 FEB

The Florida Project | Director: Sean Baker | Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch | with: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe

 

Moonee (6) lives in poverty in a Florida motel with her mother, Hallie. But that doesn’t mean the summer holdiays have to be dull. Together with her band of motel friends, they fill their days with mischief, begging, vandalism and more, while causing the motel manager no end of headaches. But when Hallie can’t make the rent money anymore, can the fun last?

@cathycentral gives it 7/10 

@davidswatling says 8/10

Screening @ Cinecenter  /  Filmhallen /  The Movies / Pathé Arena  /  Pathé Tuschinski   /  Kriterion  / at least 

FROM 14 FEB

Black Panther | Dir-Scr: Ryan Coogler (Creed – a Rocky film) | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o & many more

The new king of Wakanda, T’Challa, already faces a challenge for the throne of this advanced but remote African nation. Black Panther steps up and leads the efforts to stop a brewing world war.  

@cathycentral says: “This is your top movie choice if you are looking for spectacle and action this month, and obvs better to see on a big screen so now’s your chance. Feted for the costumes especially, but the storytelling has also had great reviews – and story often lets the Marvel franchaise down …

FROM 15 FEB

The Shape of Water | Dir-Scr: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

 

A strange sea creature kept in a secret lab in the 1960s may have found true love with a lonely cleaner. But can their love survive?  

“I highly recommend it”  @davidswatling

Screening @ Uitkijk  / Pathé Arena & Tuschinski  /  Filmhallen  / Studio K

FROM 22 FEB

I, Tonya  | Dir: Craig Gillespie | Writer: Steven Rogers | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Tonya Harding, the working class US figure skater is technically brilliant but her reputation becomes tainted when her ex-husband tries to take out her main competion.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

 

Sun 11 Feb from 19:00 | Drinks with the host before the film

The Insult | c/o CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Dir. ZIAD DOUEIRI, ARABISCH spoken + EN subs

A fight during the construction of an apartment building in Beirut between the builder, a Palestinian refugee, and Toni, a Libanese christian, becomes a conflict of national significance. Courtroom drama with great reviews.

  • also another Cine Expat on Thurs 22 March probably.

 

26 Feb – 4 March

Taartrovers Film Festival @ EYE filmmuseum | “Taartrovers Film Festival, known previously as Fantastisch Kinderfilm Festival, is a festival for young children, packed with films and imagination.”

“taartrovers” = cake robbers  

“The festival aims to plant a seed with the young ones that will grow into a budding love for film and a first understanding of film literacy … They can share their observations, and create with one another in the ‘Playground of the Imagination’, a set of interactive installations on site. It’s a national, roving festival and the Amsterdam edition  includes international classics ‘The Neverending Story and Matilda (OVs and lots of cahrming looking shorts. Nick Park’s new aniamtion Early Man is screening but with Dutch dubbing. Opening dance on Monday morning and everyone encouraged to go in fancy dress. The website gives  a lot of info in English and provides age suitability for each item on the programme.

taartrovers.nl

 

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Amsterdam Film Show | January 2018

Is Call Me By Your Name a gay love story or just a coming of age story? We discuss this plus circus freaks, middle America gets the In Bruges treatment, Churchill makes a big decision and Christopher Plummer finally getting All the Money in the World … our Amsterdam Film Show tips for January are here. 

SHOW NOTES

  • David Swatling reviews Call Me by Your Name (in NL cinemas from 11 Jan)
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions (or see text script below)
  • links via Pinterest

REVIEW   

Call Me By Your Name | DRAMA | Dir. Luca Guadagni | Scr: James Ivory (novel: André Aciman) | w. Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet | in Amsterdam cinemas from 11 Jan

“In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.”

See the AFS video above for a review from @davidswatling 

Screening @ Cinecenter / Filmhallen / FC Hyena in Noord / Rialto / Pathe City / Pathe Tuschinski / Studio K & The Movies  – so a lot of love for this film anticipated in Amsterdam.

NEW CINEMA RELEASES 

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 4 JAN

The Greatest Showman | Dir: Michael Gracey | w. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

“Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary (Barnum) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”

FROM 11 JAN  

 awards favourite …

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | CRIME DRAMA | (Dir-Scr:  Martin McDonagh | with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell) – so from same team of In Bruges.

“A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.”

 and a Kevin Spacey-less …

All the Money in the World | Dir: Ridley Scott | with Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams  

FROM 18 JAN

Darkest Hour | Dir: Joe Wright | with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

“During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.”

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

Sun 14 Jan | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER

Thelma + EN subs | DRAMA FANTASY | NORWEGIAN | Director:-Scr Joachim Trier |+ Drinks with the host before the film

“A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge as seizures with devastating results.”

Very good reviews! “Though it may seem at first like an unoriginal combination of Carrie and Blue Is the Warmest Color, Thelma is a haunting and sometimes pretty tense film centered on a young teenage girl from a strongly religious family struggling with her sexual impulses and desires.” Carlos Magalhães

wed 17 Jan pm | Raising Arizona ( NC & Holly Hunter) @ Studio K | part of their Nicolas Cage month

From 20 Jan | EYE Jean-Luc Godard series | in French with NL subs mostly but two of the series are with EN subs | One of which is: Masculin féminin … Godard dives into Parisian youth culture in the turbulent 1960s. Outspoken, wild, playful, free of form and rules, a satire and tragedy in one.”

 Sun 28 Jan AL DAY | PAC Festival @ Pathe Tuschinski | The Post / I Tonya & three more Oscar-worthy films 

Amsterdam Film Show | December 2017

A poker queen fights the FBI, Jedi knights, a young deaf actor, not one but two  Franco brothers, a migrant bear and migrant queers. Our Amsterdam Film Show tips for December are here. 

SHOW NOTES

  • our review of Molly’s Game (from 26 Dec in NL) from Megan Buxton & Cathy Leung.
  • Added commentary from guest critic David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …
  • links via Pinterest

SCRIPT TEXT

REVIEW  

Molly’s Game | DRAMA | Dir. Aaron Sorkin | w. Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba | 26 Dec in NL

After running high stakes poke games for celebrities and the totally minted in LA and New York, Molly Bloom is facing prison unless she gives the Feds intel. Will she squeal? 

 

@cathycentral:  “A 6/10 for a good story but it seems to stay close to her book, her voice and not very objective.  I think the director held back too much – there’s so many powerful people, some of which are his friends, and I think he chickened out. I, Tonya is coming out soon and that looks much more entertaining.” 

Megan: “A quick-paced script and characters speak to one-another in quick succession. This technique is also used in The Big Short and Wolf of Wall Street, and I think is intended to mind-boggle the audience, keeping them slightly alienated from the details of triple A mortgages/ shares/ poker. This made the film appear well-researched and intelligent.  One of the few films with a (formerly) successful and ambitious woman who is still portrayed as likeable, friendly and clever. had no choice but to include it.”

 

NEW CINEMA RELEASES

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 6 DEC

Paddington 2 (OV) | Director: Paul King | w. Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, + regulars | Screening @

“Paddington Bear has settled into London life with his new family but when it’s time to buy a family birthday present he gets caught up in a criminal underworld.” (OK that sounds dark. It’s not obvs.)

then, from 7 Dec …

Wonderstruck | FANTASY DRAMA | Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Brian Selznick (based on the book by) | inc Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams | Screening @  

50 years seperate a Mid western boy and a girl from New York from days gone by. But something connects them …

“Just looks magical!”

FROM 13 DEC

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Dir. Rian Johnson | Writers: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by) | w. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher | (Episode 8 in the series, the 2nd in the new trilogy.)

Having found Luke Skywalker, young apprentice Rey joins Leia, Finn and Poe in another epic battle, unlocking secrets of the Force.

@cathycentral: “I have a bad feeling about this” (that Luke will turn out to be a baddie). But it’s the one i’m most likely to go see at the cinema if I’m honest.

FROM 21 DEC

The Disaster Artist | Dir: James Franco| w. Dave Franco, James Franco 

“In 2003 Tommy Wiseau, an independent filmmaker and larger than life character wrote, directed and produced his vanity project and romantic drama, The Room, spending $6m in the process.  It’s now a cult classic. Here’s the story behind the best-worst film ever.”

  • Stars James Franco as Tommy Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Greg Sestero.”
  • So far highly rated by critics and audiences alike, hailing it as both funny and touching.” Eg “In a kooky yet vulnerable and heartfelt performance, Franco gets right at the heart of what makes Wiseau a true hero – his sheer willingness to try” Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

FROM 26 DEC

Molly’s Game (discussed earlier, see review)

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

6-10 Dec

International Queer & Migrant Film Festival @ De Bale

 

Sun 10 DecOn Body and Soul + EN subs | Hungarian Golden Bear Winner | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Drinks with the host before the film

A worker in a slaugherhousekeeps herself to herself but then she discovers her dreams and her bosses dreams are strangely similar. What can this mean?

 

 

 

18 DECEMBER | 22:00 | The Untouchables (1987) + whisky tasting @ Kriterion

21 Dec – 1 Jan| Christmas movies screening at a pop-up cinema at De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI

winterparade.amsterdam

Snow-set thrillers | Ams Film Show | Nov 2017

SHOW NOTES

  • review of Wind River (from Megan Buxton) and The Snowman (from David Swatling)
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings: the latest Cine Expat edition
  • YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …

SCRIPT TEXT

Wind River v The Snowman (“two snow-set serial killer-thrillers”)

Wind River | Dir. Taylor Sheridan | CRIME THRILLER | stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner

“Following the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation, a rookie FBI agent investigates with help from a local game tracker with a haunted past.”

@cathycentral: “Writer-Director, Taylor Sheridan, also wrote Hell or High Water and Sicario and those were both excellent films. So count me in.”

Screening @ Pathe city @ Filmhallen, EYE filmmuseum, Kriterion, Lab 111, The Movies

The Snowman | Director: Tomas Alfredson, based on book by Jo Nesbø | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg

“Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.”

screening @ Filmhallen & the Pathe chain from 2 Nov

NEW CINEMA RELEASES

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 2 NOV

 

What Happened to Monday dystopian thriller staring Noomi Rapace.  

Your Name | FANTASY ANIMATION | Dir-Scr: Makoto Shinkai |

“A random body switch between two teenage strangers lead to a magical connection and though the two long to meet, it’s far from simple.”

screening @ Filmhallen, EYE filmmuseum, Lab 111, Pathe de Munt , The Movies (but expect NL subs)

FROM 9 NOV

Murder on the Orient Express | CLASSIC MYSTERY | Dir: Kenneth Branagh | based on Agatha Christie’s classic | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, & a zillion other A-listers

“Thirteen stranded strangers on a long train ride & Poirot the Belgian detective weeds out the murderer, yet again.”

OUCH – ONLY 2 STARS FROM THE GUARDIAN’S P.BRADSHAW.

@cathycentral “mostly a vehicle for Kenneth Branagh? ‘Scuse the pun)”

Screening @ De Uitkijk, Pathe chain at least

also from 9 Nov …

The Square | SATIRE | Director: Ruben Östlund, Writer: Ruben Östlund, Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

“From the dir of The The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.”

@cathycentral says “From the make of the well-received Turist, NB it’s quite long at 2h 22min”

Screening @ EYE filmmuseum, Pathé City, Rialto, Filmhallen, Cinecenter (expect NL subs but some English spoken)

FROM 16 NOV

We can’t honestly single out a pick from this week’s new releases. But what do you think …?

Justice League | latest offering from the stable

Ghost Story | critics love it , audiences may struggle to embrace it, slow moving film- poetic meditiation on what we leave behind when we die, staring Rooney Mara.

Suburbicon | Coen brothers (scriptwriters) staring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac directed by George Clooney.

(Also three foreign-language movies, Hanneke’s latest, Happy End, Danish drama, Heartstone and C’est la Vie, a French comedy.)

FROM 23 NOV

Battle of the Sexes | COMEDY DRAMA | Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris,  Writer: Simon Beaufoy| Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough

“The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.”

FROM 29 NOV

The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Dir-Scr: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell

“Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.”

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

 

IDFA | the documentary film festvial| 15-26 Nov | all over town

Many screenings get sold out. it’s also very popular with the general public as well as the many many film industry and press people who are visiting for the festival.

idfa.nl

 

Sunday 12 Nov | The Square + EN subs

c/o CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER  | Drinks with the host before the film