The Lost Weekend 1945 New York skyline

The Lost Skyline

Just look at that! The pan that opens Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend is a gorgeous and fascinating look at Manhattan’s 1945 skyline. It’s quintessential New York and…

The visual wizardry of The Fury

Somehow I had never seen Brian De Palma’s The Fury (1978) until recently. Here are a few random observations, focussing on its visual wizardry. With lots of split…

Glass from the past

That cool, futuristic-looking  whiskey glass Deckard drinks from in 1982’s Blade Runner? A Cibi double old fashion whisky glass, designed by Cini Boeri for Arnolfo di Cambio. In…

IFFR 2020

IFFR 2020

Mijn verslag van de 49e editie van het IFFR, het International Film Festival Rotterdam. Met hierin waardevolle tassen, vrouwen en WOII, en films geïnspireerd door opa’s.


It’s hard to forget that scene from Oldboy (Oldeuboi, 2003). One hallway. A single take. Scores of baddies. And one man. With a hammer.

The faces of Vanessa: Miss Ives’ misery

Anyone who thinks Eva Green is just a pretty face with a lax attitude towards on-screen nudity, and hasn’t yet checked out, say, the directors’ cut of Ridley…

The Hollywood Sign

Bigger, Longer & Cut. A montage of this landmark in film.

‘You gotta go, you gotta go’

The toilet. It took a while for it to be taken serious in cinema, but now it’s the setting for many a (classic) scene, depicting it as a…

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Some observations on Werner Herzog’s version of Nosferatu. It had been on my ‘to watch’ list for a very long time. I really had no idea it was…

David Cronenberg – The Exhibition, EYE Amsterdam

Visual reportage of the large exhibition featuring the work of Canadian director David Cronenberg, which could be seen from June 22nd until September 14th at EYE Amsterdam.

The Bridges of Amsterdam Forest

Always fun when two passions collide. In this case cinema and the Amsterdamse School (Amsterdam School). One of the main figures of this design/architectural movement was Piet Kramer,…

The Fury Road

Assault on Fight Club

When seeing Fight Club for the first time (of many!), I noticed a similarity between a piece of score from this film and one in John Carpenter’s urban…

Mogwai vs Portishead

I loved the first season of French series Les Revenants. That undoubtedly had a lot to do with the gorgeous and very fitting soundtrack by Mogwai. The intro…

Jeff Goldblum’s expectations

18 years later, Jeff Goldblum still wasn’t expecting metal ships…

Pacino’s freeze frame

Here’s an odd shot from The Godfather: Part III. Michael Corleone sits by the open casket of his murdered friend Don Tommasino. When we get to the wide…

De Naakte Pistool

The Queen of Comedy

Sandra Bernhard in crazy mode in The King of Comedy. One word: loopable.

The Road to Westhoff, Texas

Towards the end of The Road, John Hillcoat’s faithful (and therefore powerful) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece of the same name, the man pulls out some decrepit pages…

Slochteren aan de Lijn

  See these opening credits for Slochteren aan de Lijn, a commissioned documentary from 1964 about laying gas pipes in the Netherlands, produced by famous Dutch film maker…

The dolly zoom focus pull

Tried hard, but can’t think of a similar shot in another film: a dolly zoom AND focus pull on a different subject. Quite subtle and effective.

Paul Verhoeven’s poke in the eye

Here’s the horrible “death in car by pole through eye” from the end of Paul Verhoeven’s De Vierde Man / The Fourth Man (1983).

Between futuristic and post-apocalyptic: Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers & Expo 67

As a kid, two of my favourite television series were Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers. Lots of scenes from those series have stuck with me, like the one…


“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”

Michael Cimino’s aircraft carriers

Before he made his directorial debut with Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, became famous with The Deer Hunter and infamous with Heaven’s Gate, Michael Cimino co-wrote two films: Silent Running…