Flash Gordon

by Rob on

Yesterday Sanne, Marion and I watched the movie Flash Gordon. A rather old movie that was made in 1980. The movie is based on the comic Flash Gordon.

One should keep in mind that it is indeed an old movie and that the techniques and special events are in no compare to what is possible at the moment. Maybe I am wrong, but somehow I have a feeling that even for the eighties the movie is… ermm… simple?

The story is one that always works…. the hero save the world and gets the girl. And that in this movie literally!

Of course there is the music of Queen. To be honest, only that makes the movie already worthwhile to watch.

And yet, I am happy that I finally have seen this movie. It is a true classic movie.

I think Sanne said it very well: This movie is so awfully wrong that it is fun to watch. She is right there :)

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Today Marion arrived back home again from her holiday on Hawaii. And of course I am very happy to have her here with me again.
The idea was to visit my mother today (who lives on the other side of the country). But Marion was suffering a lot of the jet-lag. It would have been irresponsible to let her drive that long distance while she was so tired.

After we spent some time together, Marion crawled into my bed and took some hours sleep to rest. Meanwhile she was asleep I finished off some work (I was working from home). After she waked up again, she still did’t felt capable of driving to Haaksbergen (which is very understandable btw). It would be better to go there tomorrow.
But Marion also did not feel after staying all evening at home. So I came up with the idea to go to a movie and that idea she liked. Just this week a new movie was released that I was very interested in… “Sucker Punch”. After a little persuasion from my side, Marion agreed to go to that movie.

The main story is about a young girl (Baby Doll) who is locked away in a mental asylum by her wicked stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in 5 days time. Faced with unimaginable odds, she retreats to fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her companions battle various creatures and enemies to retrieve the 5 items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it’s too late…

I really liked the movie. The actors did play very well and the special effects were great.And yet after the movie I heard some younger guys complain that the movie was awful.
While Marion and I walked relaxed to KFC (when we go for a movie at Pathe Amsterdam Arena, we always go to KFC) we disused this.
We came to the conclusion that some of those that complained about the movie didn’t see the underlaying story. They came for an exciting some kind of horror movie…. and that they didn’t get. For us (and yes, this is open for everyone to have an own interpretation on) is about fighting when there seems to be no hope, trust, love and courage. And in the end it was all about sacrifice.

This made me think back of an online game I used play called Ultima Online. Marion really liked when I told her about the text below (and when I showed her later home the exact words):

“As many long-time fans of Ultima Online will tell you, one of the most unique features of its gaming world is the fact that they center around philosophical morality issues. These issues, as designed by Richard “Lord British” Garriott, many years ago consist of three Principles – Truth, Love, and Courage. Derived from those Principles Lord British came up with 8 Virtues in which he wanted his players to learn and understand. From Truth we gain Honesty. Love leads to Compassion. And from Courage grows Valor. By combining Truth and Love we get a better understanding of Justice. Love and Courage combined is Sacrifice. Truth and Courage is Honor. All three principles together brings us Spirituality. And the lack of all three brings pride, the opposite of which is Humility. This philosophy has come to be known as the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom.”

It seems to me that the movie Sucker Punch is also around these Principles and Virtues of the game “Ultima Online” (who said games where only about violence, slaughtering and death?).

As so often in real life, even when it seems there is no way out… there is always a solution, but one just has to see it. And that is very nice rephrased is the last lines of the movie:

You got all the weapons you need!!! Now fight!!!

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by Rob on

Yesterday I watched the Dutch movie “Interview”. I had the DvD already laying around for rather some time, but I never got to it to watch it. But yesterday I finally did.

The movie was made in 2003 and tells about a interview between a war correspondent and an actress. But the interview takes a very strange way as it becomes a strange exchange of word games, emotions and secrets. And the end of the movie is quite surprising.
Although I mostly don’t like the movies made by Theo van Gogh, this movie is the exception to that.

Funny detail… In the beginning of the movie there was an actress of who her face was so familiar to me, but I could not place it. Deeply ashamed when I saw the credits of the movie I realized it was Ellen ten Damme. But Ellen ten Damme really changed in looks since the time that the movie was made… and not for worse :)

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Next Sunday Patrick and I will go to see the new Transformers movie in Amsterdam.

This morning I did read a critic on that movie and it was a very negative critic. But mostly when the “experts” write negative about a movie, the movie is great. I have seen this so often by now.

So most likely a great movie is awaiting us Sunday :)

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Transformers, the movie.

by Rob on

Somewhere last year I have been with my friend Patrick to the preview of “The Transformers, the movie”. It was a great movie to watch. Great special effects, tension and a good dose of humor. After seeing the movie Patrick and I agreed on the fact that this was a movie to have on DvD as well.

But somehow this all slipped my mind and life continued to go its own way. Until last weekend when I was with Marion on Schiermonninkoog! We were just looking around in some kind of touristic shop, mostly just being curious and not meaning to buy really something…
That is when my eye was caught by something… A small DvD-box with the title “Transformers”. I started to wonder… And yes, a fast look on the backside of the box confirmed that this was the movie…. and it was really cheap. Just €7.50.

This afternoon I have been watching the movie again and yes, I still think that it is a great movie which will be fun to watch every now and then.

And I just learned that in the summer of 2009 there will be a new Transformers movie… “The Revenge of The Fallen”! Something to look forward to!

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