Film

Now that everybody has to stay at home and the movie theatres are closed, our movie reviewers will check out what online streaming services have to offer.

A treasure trove of  900 documentaries

A treasure trove of 900 documentaries

In expectation of the re-opening of Dutch cinemas – due to happen on 1 June – Observant is taking a weekly look at films offered online. This week, it’s IDFA’s turn (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam)....

Rotterdam Film Festival online: unique films, on a cluttered website

Rotterdam Film Festival online: unique films, on a cluttered website

Downheartedness and self-pity. Those are the prevailing emotions in the Vluggen household at the moment. The reason is that this is the week when we invariably made our way to the Côte d’Azur for the annual highlight on a film lover’s cal...

Hopeful? Or slick, safe and sentimental?

Hopeful? Or slick, safe and sentimental?

The plans to reopen were at the ready, but Dutch cinemas will remain closed till June 1. And anyone casting a glance at the release list for the coming months, will see that film distributers also don’t expect cinemas to be up and running fully...

Star Wars, superheroes and National Geographic

Star Wars, superheroes and National Geographic

What is Disney+? Disney+ is the streaming service that mainly focuses on family entertainment. In addition to all Disney films, you will also find Pixar animations, everything that is Star Wars, the Marvel superhero films and t...

At one and a half metres from the nachos with cheese sauce

At one and a half metres from the nachos with cheese sauce

It doesn’t look like the cinemas will be reopening their doors any time soon, albeit that market leader Pathé has been working on a plan for ‘one-and-a-half-metre cinemas’. NRC published an article on the subject: only one...

All westerns are superficial? Not at all

All westerns are superficial? Not at all

What is Netflix? Netflix is undoubtedly the most popular streaming service in the Netherlands. Netflix spread its wings from the US out across the whole world. By offering entire TV series, the platform has made binge watching an everyday phenomen...

Nine million members, and that for a provider of obscure classics

Nine million members, and that for a provider of obscure classics

No more moaning about my aversion to video on demand (VOD): let’s take a look at another VOD provider. After Picl and Film 1, we focus on MUBI this week. What is MUBI? MUBI was set up in 2007 – at the time under the name ‘The ...

Ultra-tight Speedo swimming trunks and an oversized man’s body

Ultra-tight Speedo swimming trunks and an oversized man’s body

Just like my colleague reviewer Mark Vluggen, I am not a fan of streaming services and organisations such as Netflix or Disney Channel. As far as I am concerned, film belongs on a large screen or else on DVD or Blu-ray. But as has been said, necessit...

On ‘parasites’, forbidden love and bees

On ‘parasites’, forbidden love and bees

Call me a boomer, if you will, but I believe that you should watch films in a cinema, on a screen that is as big as possible. And not at home on your TV or laptop. That is like looking at a painting using your browser; you may derive some pleasure fr...