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Written By: frenchy on February 6, 2005 No Comment

2005 Edition

Closing Lines
Well, this was my second year working as a volunteer at the Festival and it was truely an enjoyable experience! You get to meet the weirdest and nicest people, you get to see interesting and crap movies and you get to keep talking about movies for hours (hope you had a great time too, Krispijn!).
Big thanks to the Ruling Ladies of The Audience Award: Evelyne, Marian and Ulrike (de Juffen)!
Here’s a coupla pics from the festival (check out the rest of my festival pics at flickr.com!).

Here’s a look at the top 10 movies as chosen by the audience:
1) Turtles Can Fly
2) Brothers
3) The Edukators
4) Bin-jip
5) Le grand voyage
6) Sabah
7) The Devil’s Miner
8) Moog
9) Hawaii, Oslo
10) Forgiveness
And for the first time in my five-six years attending the festival I got to see two movies that ended on this shortlist.. Don’t know if my taste is getting better or that with age you become a bit more complaint with a more popular taste ;o)

So? My conclusion: Great festival, tired but happy puppy, that’s me!

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Written By: frenchy on February 6, 2005 No Comment

2005 Edition

“Howl’s Moving Castle“

I didn’t get my reservation through for this one and I was really disappointed about that.. So I took the chance to get a ticket at the box office itself, just an hour before it started: I got the tickets!!! Yee-hah!
Myazaki is one of the most interesting and influential anime directors/creators, with movies like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away setting the tone for conventional animation. Howl’s Moving Castle is the newest movie from this director and it’s smeggin’ beautiful! The story’s a bit complicated and somewhat vague, but as always, Myazaki compensates with funny characters, incredible scenes and a beautiful score. The traditional hero is even ridiculed in a scene where the main character throws a tantrum, that’d make Zsa Zsa Gabor seem like the Queen of Patience.
I’m a fan of this director’s work, so my opinion’s obviously a bit biased (just a little): I really enjoyed this movie, but I like Spirited Away better. The visuals are fantastic: I’d wish Walt Disney was alive, so he could take notes and start all over.. In stead of DisneyCorp just plainly stealing from original Japanese work.
So? My conclusion: Great movie, happy puppy!

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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2005 No Comment

2005 Edition

“Yasmin“

Here’s a movie that’ll be popping up in my brain at random intervals the next coupla months. Is it a great movie? It’s okay, but I liked the way the story was depicted. It’s another post 9/11 flick, but from the point of view of a young Islam woman in the North of England (subtitles were almost needed). This girl lives her double life of semi-obedient muslim woman and Westernised liberated woman reasonably well, until the towers get destroyed. Her life changes, her double-life changes, everything and everyone changes. The performances were very good and the usual shots of urban-rural life were nicely done. The plot could’ve resulted in a three-hour yarn that would’ve bored me very easily. Now you get a condensed hour and a half presentation that can give the audience the feeling that thing’re moving a bit too fast, but I prefer this condensed approach.
So? My conclusion: Good movie.

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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2005 No Comment

2005 Edition

“Hunter“

Hmm.. Central Asia. Fascinating landscapes. Ancient cultural references and values. I think this movie’s nice, but it was too early in the morning for me, so I was sitting there kinda fighting to stay awake. This is not entirely due the movie, though ;o)
So? My conclusion: Nice images.

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Written By: frenchy on February 4, 2005 No Comment

2005 Edition

“Land Of Plenty“

Wim Wenders. A Cult Hero? Well, in my mind, if you get a chance to see one of his movies, you gotta go, gotta go.. Knew the name, knew the movies, but without seeing any of them. That was something that had to be resolved, of course. So..
The story: life, two years after 9/11 from one very interesting family’s perspective. A girl looking for her uncle in the crazy world called LA. A girl with a strong Christian religious background. An uncle living with the mental and physical scars of the Vietnam conflict. A girl flying over from the incredibly complex situation on the West Bank to the totally different (?) chaos of downtown LA with its downtrodden homeless people. An uncle patrolling the city to scan for any potential threat of new terrorist attacks, beit real or total mental fabrication. She’s trying to find him and he’s trying not to be found. Enough plot blahblah.
It’s an interesting movie with great visuals, a godlike score and great acting. The different drama issues are always threatening to screw up the experience, but the movie keeps its own message and experience.
So? My conclusion: Good quality, possibly a bit too preachy, visuals and ambience are great.

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