Schiermonnikoog

Posted in actueel, foto's on August 9th, 2009 by diedericky

Witte bijna verlaten stranden. Ongerepte natuur. En dat allemaal in Nederland. Wat een mooi eiland!

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Helemaal tot rust komen…

Posted in actueel, film, foto's on July 25th, 2009 by diedericky

Als je helemaal tot rust wilt komen, raad ik je aan dit filmpje te bekijken.

Gentse strip 2

Posted in actueel, foto's on July 24th, 2009 by diedericky

Nog meer Gentse strips!

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Bella Matha (mostly Martha) – recensie / review

Posted in film, foto's on June 15th, 2009 by diedericky

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Er zijn maar weinig Duitse films die mij aanspreken. Bella Martha uit 2001 vormt de uitzondering op de regel. Martha (Martina Gedeck) is kokkin in restaurant ‘Lido’ en krijgt na het plotselinge overlijden van haar zus de voogdij over haar de 8-jarige nichtje Lina. Voor de perfectionist Martha blijkt het combineren van haar baan en de zorg voor Lina een lastige opgave. Gelukkig krijgt Martha hulp van haar sympathieke Italiaanse collega-kok Mario (Sergio Castellitto) die haar leven – letterlijk en figuurlijk – overhoop gooit. En de rest laat zich raden. Er wordt goed geacteerd. Van de heerlijke Italiaanse gerechten die in beeld worden gebracht loopt het water je in de mond. Leuke ietwat voorspelbare romantische komedie.

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Lantana – recensie / review

Posted in film, foto's on June 11th, 2009 by diedericky

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Lantana is een twee uur durend als thriller gepakt relatie-epos. We volgen diverse personages met relationele problemen. Zo maken we onder andere kennis met een overspelige politieagent, een bekend schrijfster en haar man die al jaren langs elkaar heen leven en een jong stel waarvan de man zonder werk zit. De personages hebben geheimen voor elkaar, liegen en bedriegen alsof het een lieve lust is. Droevigheid alom dus. Er is ook geen sprankje humor of hoop. Toch wordt goed geacteerd en dat vergoedt een hoop. De film wordt pas halverwege weer interessant als de schrijfster spoorloos verdwijnt en de film op een “whodunit” moordmysterie uitdraait. Dan blijken de personages allen, op een ietwat gekunstelde manier, met elkaar in verband te staan. De film weet de spanning goed vast te houden en de afloop  is toch verrassend. Het positieve en oversentimentele slotakkoord van de film had, wat mij betreft, niet gehoeven. Geen gemakkelijke zit dus.

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Slumdog Millionaire recensie / review

Posted in film, foto's on February 24th, 2009 by diedericky

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Jamal Malik (Dev Patel ) groeit op in de sloppenwijken van het overbevolkte Mumbai, India. Door een bizarre samenloop van omstandigheden kwalificeert hij zich als kandidaat voor de Indiaanse versie van het televisieprogramma ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. Op alle vragen weet Jamal een antwoord. Hoe hij aan de antwoorden komt, wordt vertelt in diverse flashbacks uit het leven van Jamal. Tegen de achtergrond van de diepte armoede ligt het accent van de film met name op de driehoeksrelatie tussen Jamal, zijn oudere broer Salim (Madhur Mittal) en zijn grote liefde Latika (Freida Pinto). Laat ik voorop stellen dat het in cinemagrafisch opzicht een mooi gemaakte film is. De beelden van de vuilnisbelten, de grote hoeveelheid mensen maar ook de felle kleuren overweldigen. Echter wordt het thema van de armoede niet verder uitgewerkt. Terloops komt Jamal in aanraking met corruptie, prostitutie en geweld. Maar niets wordt echt uitgediept. Naar mijn smaak deed Cidade de Deus dat veel rauwer en (daardoor) beter. Hier is de armoede niet meer dan een decor. Jammer is verder dat het film draait om een vrij simpel maar erg ongeloofwaardig ‘Van krantenjongen tot miljonair’ verhaal zonder verrassende plotwendingen. In essentie is het dus een feel-good movie. De hoofdpersonen komen bijzonder sympathiek over maar hun acteerprestaties vind ik tegenvallen. Eigenlijk kun je daar niet teveel van zeggen omdat er – naar verluidt – geen professionele acteurs zijn gebruikt. Vermeldenswaardig is wel de originele muziek die in de film is gebruikt. Desondanks is de met 8 Oscars bekroonde ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is naar mijn mening de meest overschatte film van 2008.

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Een interview met Tom Noga!

Posted in film, foto's on February 10th, 2009 by diedericky

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Hieronder vind je een recensie van ‘Redemption’. Hoofdrolspeler Tom Noga wilde desgevraagd wel wat vragen van mij beantwoorden. Zijn antwoorden hieronder geven een aardig inkijkje in de wereld van de wereld van de Independent film. Thanks again Tom!

1. Can you introduce yourself to the Dutch readers?

I am an American actor who began working professionally in the film business in the 1970s. Although I studied acting extensively, I got my start as a stunt man and I still perform and coordinate stunts. In the mid 1990s, I decided to “retire” from the film industry and explore new things in life. I traveled a little, invested in stocks for a while, then the real estate market, and I taught High School Drama and English Literature while I returned to school myself to earn a Masters Degree in Education.

I was happily investing in real estate and re-building an old Harley Davidson motorcycle (a long time passion of mine) when a friend, Robert Conway, asked me if I would help him out by acting in a short film he was making. I told him, “No, I don’t do that anymore”, but for old-times sake I would help coordinate some stunts. He was grateful but kept pushing for me to act in it as well. I reluctantly agreed. Well, I ended up having so much fun doing this little film it made me miss the business so I decided it was time to get back into it again. I made a couple of phone calls to the few people who still remembered me after ten years and I was soon doing a feature film, then another and so on.

2. Redemption being a western, why do you think nowadays movies in

this particular genre are scarcely made?

One big factor, especially with independent filmmakers, is budgetary. It always costs more to do a period piece. Wardrobe, weapons, buildings, furniture, means of transit of the period all cost more to acquire or reproduce than things that are readily available at any given current era.

Another factor is that, for nearly seventy years on film and television, Hollywood produced an enormous glut of westerns. I think people finally became bored with the genre in the 1970s when the production of westerns began to noticeably decline. Since then, there has been occasional resurgence in the popularity of the western and I believe that these resurgences will continue in waves as long as there are still devoted fans of the genre who want to see new westerns.

The popularity of film genres, like fashion or home décor, runs in waves. What is popular now might not be next year but at some point will likely rise again.

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3. Redemption is an Independent movie. Why do you think people should take an interest in Independent movies?

Because that is where the most creative movie making happens. A filmmaker can do anything if they have the money to do it. But when you don’t have the money you have to be very resourceful. For example, we populated the town with members of various western and Civil War re-enactment clubs who all had their own authentic period wardrobe and weapons. Cost for wardrobe and weapons – $0 !

So, believe it or not, it can be a lot easier to make a big-budget studio film than a micro-budget indie. On the big budget film, if you want something you simply write a check. On the indie film, you quickly learn ways to increase production values without forking out bundles of cash which means you better have an outstanding and devoted creative team.

As an audience member, I am always intrigued by a filmmaker who creates brilliant things out of sheer resourcefulness.

4. Besides being an actor, you’re a stuntman as well. Did you do any

stunts in Redemption?

That was one of the ways we got resourceful on this movie. My primary concern on this set was the safety of the entire cast and crew. We didn’t have the money to hire an entire stunt team so I did all the more difficult stunts myself. Here are some examples:

We had three horses on the set, one still a bit wild. So I rode the difficult to handle horse in the scene where we needed it.

There was a dynamite explosion scripted to occur. We could not afford any elaborate pyrotechnics so I built an explosive device and detonator for around $20.00.

I actually appeared as no less than four other characters than The Apostle in the film. Some of the bodies you see being blown away are actually me in various wardrobe and makeup. My favorite example of this is when the Apostle arrives for the big showdown. I walk down the street shooting the bad guys down right and left. You’ll recall that I shoot a guy off of the second story balcony of a building. That was me doubling as the sniper. And since we were on a very restricted budget, we only had one rifle so the Apostle and the sniper shared the same rifle. Are you following this? So, the camera cuts from the Apostle (me) firing at the guy on the balcony to the guy (me) getting shot and falling off the balcony. To summarize: I shot myself off the balcony with my own gun!

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5. In Redemption you play the part of Gods avenging Apostle, a man

who preaches justice with a gun. What makes this character

interesting for you?

Robert Conway called me and said he was writing a feature film called Redemption and asked if I’d take a look at it. There was a character known as The Apostle he wanted me to consider. I thought it was a great character – for someone else. I just did not picture myself as the Apostle. I told Robert that I would love to coordinate the stunts for the film and perhaps play another character. So, done deal.

But after several casting sessions, Robert called me and said, “I’m just not seeing anyone else as The Apostle. I know that you would be perfect.” I love that Robert has so much faith in me and his persistence paid off when he convinced me to do that first short film. I did love the character so I took on the challenge.

To answer your question, what makes this character interesting for me is that The Apostle is so different than me. I always try to find ways to bring a character alive through me – what can I find in myself that would make this character real? I certainly have a personal spiritual aspect, but I am not so completely consumed by it that I feel the need to go around and bring to justice people whom I believe have violated the sanctity of Heavenly Law. I was, however, able to find modern day examples of that on the television news and newspapers. We do live in a world in which religious beliefs drive entire cultures in very extreme ways. So I compiled a variety of examples of real-life characters with zealous, faith-driven passions as my reference for developing the character of The Apostle.

6. Can you describe the relationship between The Apostle and the

Native American ‘Black Feather’ (Grady Hill)?

Well, first just let me say that I enjoyed working with Grady very much. He is a very nice, down to earth kind of guy and I loved the fact that he is very much like Black Feather in real life – Thoughtful, wise, and quietly but resolutely opinionated. A man who always speaks from the heart.

The simple answer to the question of the relationship between these two characters would be simply professional or economic. The Apostle needs Black Feather’s acumen as a guide in his quest to carry out the Lords justice. Black Feather needs money.

The filmmaker’s use of the relationship between these two characters is more complex. I thought it was very effective to place these two characters together. Black Feather is the voice of reason to The Apostle’s single-minded pursuit of carrying out the Lord’s justice at any cost. Black Feather questions everything, which often annoys The Apostle. There is, however, a level of unacknowledged respect that Black Feather has earned from The Apostle. By placing these two characters together, we achieve a balance within the story – The Apostle sees everything as either black or white, good or evil. Black Feather brings more hues, alternative ways of looking at the world.

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7. Can you sum up some other movies you played in?

Before I left the business for those ten years, I did a lot of television. I appeared in shows like Matlock, Knight Rider, Knots landing, The A-Team, Highway To Heaven.

I had smaller roles in movies like Leathal Weapon, Tank Girl, Lightning Jack.

In these recent few years since my return I have had lead or supporting roles in about five feature films besides Redemtion. One that I am especially pleased to be a part of is Alien Raiders. It has won eight awards in various film festivals across the US. It is a very cleverly written, handsomely filmed sci-fi thriller with a great ensemble cast. I play a high school shop teacher who is taken hostage in a supermarket, along with several other customers and employees of the market, by a band of mysterious paramilitary type scientists looking for people who might be infected with an otherworldly alien virus. It is due for release on DVD from Warner Brothers February 17, 2009.

8. What are your favorite movies watch?

I have very eclectic taste – I like a variety of movies of all genres from old to new. These are a few movies that have really influenced and inspired me:

M, the 1931 crime thriller with a twist from Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre.

Elia Kazan’s 1956 classic presentation of Tennessee Williams’ screenplay Baby Doll, starring Karl Malden, Carrol Baker and Eli Wallach.

My all-time favorite, Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy and a roster of some of my favorite character actors ever assembled including Strother Martin, Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton.

9. What part would you really like to play someday?

I love a challenge. I thought that The Apostle was my most challenging role until I recently tackled the role of Burdette in the world premiere of a new play, Peoria by Hal Corely (winner of five Emmy and two Writers Guild awards). His psychologically complex characters and story lines have placed Hal in my highest esteem as a writer equal to the great ones like Williams, Pinter, Albee, and Inge.

I guess the part I’d most like to play is the one that presents the next big challenge to me.

10. If the opportunity arises, would you like to reprise the role of

the Apostle?

Yes. Robert and I have talked about that recently. We are exploring some ideas about that.

11. Can you tell me something about your latest project?

The next one in line is another one with Robert Conway. It is a very edgy action/horror thriller. We haven’t quite started pre-production yet so I can’t give you too many details right now. I can tell you that it will be wild, scary and clever and sure to please fans of murder and mayhem.

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Winter 2009

Posted in actueel, foto's on January 12th, 2009 by diedericky

 

 

Hieronder volgen een aantal winterfoto’s die ik dit jaar heb gemaakt in Gouda en De Lutte. Klik op de foto voor een grotere afbeelding.

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Happy 2009!

Posted in actueel, foto's on December 31st, 2008 by diedericky

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Boom

Posted in actueel, foto's on December 26th, 2008 by diedericky

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Ik heb mijn handen om jouw schors gelegd
en zacht bevoeld, zoals een blinde tast.
De diepe barsten in jouw bast betast,
het braille dat op stam is ingelegd.

Een oud verhaal dat hier geschreven staat,
hiërogliefen uit een verre tijd,
zo zorg’loos ooit de liefdesgod gewijd;
van altijd zomer spreekt dit stil dictaat.

Mijn vingertoppen raken haar gebied,
gaan langs haar naam, het half verweerde hart.
Ik maak me van je los, zo vreemd verward,
zoveel nog hier, alleen wij samen niet.

Atze van Wieren
Bekroond met de Concept Poezieprijs 2000.
Publieksprijs literair festival ‘100 jaar Sonsbeek’.
Opgenomen in verzamelbundel ‘Als je weggaat’

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