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In what the movie 'Moord in Extase' (1984) didn't really succeed,
'Baantjer' (1995-present) succeeded with honor. The characters created
by Appie Baantjer (writer of novels about a detective named de Cock
spelled C-O-C-K and his help Vledder) became, and still are today, a
mega hit in The Netherlands, and Belgium as well. Ever since the
beginning in 1995 De Cock (Piet Römer) and Vledder (Victor Reinier) are
loved by a tremendous group of people. Weekly the show has superb
ratings, even when RTL 4 (the channel broadcasting 'Baantjer' in The
Netherlands) shows reruns!
And why? I can only guess, because there are actually no good reasons for watching it. Except maybe the guest stars. 'Baantjer' always has a few guest actors which are very famous in the Netherlands.
But other reasons for watching this crap?
Not the main cast actors, that's for sure. They all act very uninspired and bored with their roles, which I can understand very good. They have to do the same trick every episode. Yawn! Besides that there is too much product-placing in the series. So much that it would almost make the show camp. And the so-called jokes, mostly (99%) between De Cock and Buitendam (Serge-Henri Valcke), are as anti-funny as movies like Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow and worst of all, always the same. Buitendam gets angry at De Cock for no good reason and De Cock plays along with the kinda uptight Buitendam. The best reason not to see this show is the writing. Every episode is the same as the last one, there are never any surprises or interesting motives for a killing. Never a murder unsolved, yeah right. I know a lot of series have a patron every episode, but in 'Baantjer' it just doesn't work.
Every episode starts with a body found somewhere. Then De Cock and Vledder go to the crime scene (always arriving after Vera Prins, Marian Mudder), get some clues and talk to some people who could have done it or might have a clue who did it. Then there is the little 'gag' between De Cock en Buitendam, which always makes Buitendam look like a little dumb nitwit. Followed by a few short shots so we can see how pretty Amsterdam looks (By the way, if you want to see a film with interesting and nice shots of Amsterdam you should see 'Amsterdamned'). Next on the agenda is some interrogation and the visit to the local pub, with Lowietje (played by 5(!) actors already) behind the counter and the whores at the background. A few more interrogations follow and De Cock (always De Cock) has found out who did it and why.
And the final scene is always (100% always) the one where De Cock, Vledder, Prins, Keizer (played by Martin Schwab) and Mrs. De Cock are eating and summarizing the murder of that episode so childish that it looks as if they own only one human brain together.
And while typing this I realize what makes 'Baantjer' so popular. You can shut down your brain activity a whole lot and watch this mind numbing, unfunny (but with only a few percent brain activity everything is funny I guess), bad-acted, not surprising series! It's no more than mindless, simple entertainment.
This is one of those shows where I can truly say that I have seen every
single episode. Thanks to the reruns, off course, which made me watch it
over and over again when I was just a young, little boy. Not seeing (or
perhaps not wanting to see) how bad the action, how boring and slow the
story was. And how every episode was almost the same as the previous one.
The fact that people only shot at other peoples legs (not in the head or
chest) didn't bother me either in those days.
Now it does bother me and I'm always wondering why I was such a fan in my
youth. Luckily I found out after some thinking.
When I was a fan of Hannibal, Murdoch, Face and B.A. (and Amy) I saw a group of friends, very good friends helping out good people who were oppressed by the bad people. They always won, every episode ended as a feel-good-one, there were a lot of laughs, justice was served and my friends Hannibal, Murdoch, Face and B.A. (and Amy) took me home where I was waiting for them to pick me up for another adventure. And I thank them for that joy and adventure they gave me.
This comedy, originally based on ''Man about the house'' (1973), is on
air for about eight years now, and for Dutch understandings that's
quite long. There aren't many Dutch comedy's broadcasting that many
seasons (for as far as I know only ''Zeg eens AAA'' (1981-1989) did as
well as ''Oppassen!!!'' (1991-present)). Therefore, Sam Sam can be
called a hit. Seeing it, it's quite obvious why it's such a success.
First of all, the acting is done professional and very enthusiast. Although it must be said that the (most of the time) bigger-than-life acting by John Jones is a possible annoy-factor. Secondly the series is fast, meaning there are no really long scenes, which is probably one of the reasons the series is especially popular by younger people. There isn't much time to get bored.Besides that the writing is almost perfect (very funny and not to predictable, a trap some comedy's fall in most of the time) and a few of the characters have one-liners everybody knows and loves. Riet Brouwer (played by Bea Meulman) says ''Heb ik dat!?'' (''That's my luck!'') a lot, while her husband's (Nol, played by Jules Royaards) filler is ''Gloeiende, gloeiende.'' (''Bloody, bloody.''). And when Nol meets Jimmy, Chris, Jo or Lex, he always calls them ''Eh.Dinges'' (''Eh.What's-your-name''). And almost naturally there is the boy-girl situation. The public as well as the other characters kinda know Jimmy (John Jones) and Chris (Anne-Mieke Ruyten) belong together, but they never seem to get together properly.
With John Jones and Anne-Mieke Ruyten as each-others love-interests, Elle van Rijn as the dumb, blonde Jo and Joost Buitenweg brilliantly playing Jimmy's best friend, over-sexed, and therefore disliked by Chris and Jo, Lex; the youngsters from ''Man about the house'' are replaced without a doubt as good as (or perhaps even a little better) than the original British cast. And the Ropers, originally played by Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy with their whole hearts, are now performed by Bea Meulman and perfectly casted Jules Royaards.
So the biggest threat to the show would be the leaving of one of the actors. Or worse, two of the actors. This is what happened in 2001 when Anne-Mieke Ruyten and Elle van Rijn left the series. Replaced by Angelique de Bruijne and Anneke Beukman the show went on (it still does) without to much damage, so it seemed. But in my opinion, the episode described in the trivia section (where Jimmy and Chris finally end up together) should be the final episode of the series, while the show was still at its peak. OK, I admit, already it was a little over its peak.
Watching the show with the new actors isn't a disaster and sometimes it's as funny as it once was, but it's obviously a copy of something we've seen before (sometimes more than once before) already. But luckily it's an enjoyable copy.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Jean van der Velde never had a problem with soapactors acting in his films, although the Dutch critics (and in the early nineties when soaps where introduced in The Netherlands, almost everybody involved in so called serious acting) didn't approve this. But Jean van der Velde put Antonie Kamerling (Peter Kelder in the first Dutch soap 'Goede tijden , slechte tijden') in his 'De Kleine Blonde Dood' (1993) and the critics adored Kamerling. In 'All Stars' (1997) Kamerling stars again in a Van der Velde movie. The public loved this picture so much that the film got a televisionseries for three seasons.
And in 'Lek' (2000) we find Cas Jansen (Julian Verduyn in 'Goede tijden Slechte tijden') in the lead role, with Thomas Acda (also All Stars).
Again the critics were stunned by the performance given by an ex-soapie. Some critics even said more people should have seen it in the cinema. But the public didn't really feel like seeing it in the cinema (this happened to a lot of good or at least fair Dutch movies).
That's a real shame, because 'Lek' is (one of) the best movie of 2000.
The story about a cop who wants to make a promotion, runs a criminal informant and gets in more trouble than he could ever imagine, is entertaining, topical (because of the Dutch IRT-affair, also with criminal informants) and believable. This is because the script is not just about shooting, shouting and killing people in a horrible way, but also about humans.
All the main characters develop themselves: Eddy (Cas Jansen) starts as a young greenhorn and in the end he's as tough as can be. Jack (Victor Low) used to be a criminal, but when he becomes father he wants to get out. And it turns out that Franco, Eddy's partner at the police department (played by Thomas Acda) uses his jokes to make some sort of protection shield for himself. The only main character not really developing is Ria (played by pretty girl-next-door Ricky Koole), Eddy's girlfriend. She is no more than a loving, sweet, good-looking woman providing the location for the final quite spectacular scene of the film. So except for Ria, everybody develops.
Besides the story and the more-dimensional side of the characters there is another thing making 'Lek' a stunning film: The dialogues. For instance, at the moment Jack becomes Eddy's informant Jack says: 'When I sneeze, you'll catch a cold.' (In the original Dutch version: Als ik moet niezen, wordt jij verkouden Edje). Also the dialogue between Eddy and Franco, when Franco thinks Eddy is being a corrupt policeman, is a must see. Franco: You screw your wife, you laugh with your mates and you kneel for God. Eddy, doesn't understand: Huh. Franco: Not the other way 'round: never kneel for your wife, laugh with God and screw your mates. (in Dutch it sound better: Franco: Met je vrouw naai je, met je maten lach je en voor God kniel je. Eddy: Hé? Franco: Niet andersom: nooit knielen voor je vrouw, lachen met God en je maten naaien.) And there are more good one-liners in this film.
One of the best things about the movie is that it is original in many ways. The killing of a traitor (?) to Haveman in the very first scene in the film, is not an ordinary one, but a very inventive killing, which you don't forget as fast as in other films where someone is being eliminated.
Another scene you won't forget is the one were Jack is with his baby-girl and his Lambourgini, cursing to the mother of the child because she is shouting at the kid. Then Jack makes her go away and he explains to Eddy that 'the bitch' should have respect for the little one. In a strange way, Jack's emotions really touch the viewer at this moment. This happens in more scenes and gives Jack (always carrying the baby around with him, even when he's shooting!) an emotional, believable character and it gives the movie definitely a surplus value.
The only thing not that good about the movie is the almost last scene in Ria's animal shelter where eddy is being hunted. This kind of scenes (where the hero of the story shows the public he's an animal lover by rescuing a few and he can dodge bullets and fires like the best) are not new and this particular one isn't renewing.
But that is the only blemish on this very fine film.
This is one of those Looney Tunes cartoons used by Warner Brothers not
mainly to entertain kids, but to educate them about the USA. In other
words: Tell the children how good and brilliant and important the USA
is and how many good and brave people died for 'this great country'.
This is why Uncle Sam tells a dreaming Porky Pig to learn his Pledge of
Allegiance. That's obviously the educational part of this 9-minutes
long film, logically would be to start with the entertaining/funny
things now, but in 'Old Glory' there is no fun. There isn't even an
attempt made to be funny! As if the creators forgot that Looney Tunes
cartoons are supposed to be witty or spoofing or something, but this
particular one is tasteless in it's lack of entertainment what so ever!
In the era this little film was made, it wasn't unusual to promote the greatness and beauty of the USA or to make the USA-enemies look dumb/stupid. For instance in 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips' (1944) Bugs blows up several Japanese with exploding ice-cream! This all happened during the Second World War and although it's immoral to influence children the way it's done in this cartoons (and other Looney Tuners), you have to admit it's smart to use the Looney Tunes for this purpose. The cartoons are funny ('Old Glory' being the exception to this rule) and kids (and adults as well) adore Bugs, Daffy, Porky and all the others.
And that is why we see Porky Pig in 'Old Glory' studying and dreaming of the greatness of his country. With Uncle Sam explaining him (and the unknowing little viewers) all about how important loving the USA is. In an immoral, joke-less, spoof-less, un-witty cartoon.
listen very careful, I shall write this only once: simply the best!
Somewhere in France, in Nouvion to be exactly, lives René Artois (played by Gordon Kaye). He owns a cafe, Café René, and his life is going as usual: He cheats his wife Edith (Carmen Silvera) with his two waitresses Yvette and Maria (Vicky Michelle and Francesca Gonshaw) and business goes as usual. The life of Frenchman René is going like he wants it to go, nice and steady. Nothing should change. But one detail will foil this from happening: The second World War. (Or as it is said brilliantly in the series more than once 'There is a war on, you know.') Before he knows what has happened René Artois is hiding two British airman, Fairfax and Carstairs (John D. Collins and Nicolas Frankau) from the nazi's, is he the helper of the French resistant, he has to stay friends with the Germans (they are good for business and for staying alive) and avoid interfering with the Gestapo while he's breaking almost all of the nazi rules and his life is totally disturbed. In the very first episode of the series this is all shown. For the fans of ''Allo 'Allo' this first episode is a must-see.
From now on René has got to do the most crazy, stupid, embarrassing and funny things to try to get the airman back to Britain, with the help of Michelle ''Listen very careful, I will say this only once'' of the resistance (Kirsten Cooke) who always comes up with a plan to avoid the Nazi's in the attempt to get the airman back home. Of course these plans always fail to happen on the most strange and remarkable ways, what keeps Fairfax and Carstairs at 'Café René' in the most miraculous and dumb hiding places.
Luckily the Nazi's aren't the smartest and hardest people in the town of Nouvion. Colonel Von Strohm (Richard Marner) and his assistant Captain Hans Geering (Sam Kelly, later replaced by Captain Alberto Bertorelli, played by Gavin Richards), for instance, never seem to see Michelle of the resistance when she comes in the café 'nondescript', probably 'cause they're to busy having a good time whit waitresses Yvette and Maria (and later on in the series when Maria is gone little Mimi, played by Sue Hodge). Luckily for René he is in a plot with the colonel and the captain about the painting 'The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies' by Van Klomp. The men want to sell it after the war instead of giving it to Hitler and René has to hide the painting in his sausages. So, the colonel and the captain need René.
One of the other nazi's in the little town is Lieutenant Herbert Gruber (Guy Siner).The reason René and his wife and waitresses don't get caught by him is because he fancies René. That's why Gruber is always willing to lend a hand (or more) to help out the café owner. Needless to say the situation between René and Lieutenant Gruber creates a lot of memorable funny scenes, for instance when René, who's always nervous with Gruber around, is dressed like a woman (all part of a plan from Michelle to get the airman back to Britain) and the Lieutenant comes in the café, or when René had just got back from a hospital (again because of a plan from Michelle) late at night and has only a hospital nighty on, one without a back and the lieutenant enters the café. Von Strohm, Geering and Gruber aren't such a problem for the café owner, but the Gestapo on the other hand is something timid René Artois fears even more than he fears his wife Edith finding out about his affairs with the waitresses. Not without reason; Herr Flick (Richard Gibson, in the last season played by David Janson) and his little helper Von Smallhousen (John Louise Mansi) are working all the time to rule out the resistance in Nouvion with René as the prime suspect. They also have a female assistant 'a woman of the opposite sex' named Private Helga Geerhard (Kim Hartman), but what Flick and Von Smallhousen don't know is that she double-crosses the two Gestapo-officers. She helps the colonel and the captain because she knows about their plan with the painting and also wants a part of the money from the 'Fallen Madonna with the big boobies' by Van Klomp. Besides enemy's René also has a lot of friends who are also against the nazi's. The already mentioned Michelle and the two airmen, but there are more: For Instance there is the undertaker Monsieur Alphonse (Kenneth Connor) who fancies Madame Edith but has to much admiration for the brave resistance hero René Artois to take her away from him, Monsieur 'It is I Leqlerc' Leqlerc (Jack Haig) who helps Michelle getting the messages to René. He always has the stupidest disguises to fool the nazi's. Or as René once said it so truly : 'Leqlerc, the man with a thousand faces and they're all the same.' And last but definitely not least there is officer 'Good moaning' Crabtree (Arthur Bostrom), or as Yvette once said: 'That British agent who thinks he speaks our language.' He too is a message-bringing helper from Michelle.
Overall viewed René is in a tight spot with dumb plans, evil enemies, a wife he cheats which she may not find out, naturally, a painting in a sausage, dumb helpers and a nazi who fancies him. In an other film or series this all could be ingredients for a very dramatic story, but not in 'Allo 'Allo, where everything is idiotic or at least odd.
For instance, in the series there is a big difference between English with a French accent (this is spoken by René, Edith and the waitresses and all the other French people) and English spoken with a British accent (spoken by the Fairfax and Carstairs). So when the two airman want to say something to for instance René they don't understand each other, even though they are all speaking English for the public understands. This might look very unfunny, but it's actually quite good and always good for a little smile.
Also the whole storyline about the painting in a sausage provides a lot of funny (sometimes to predictable, but always enthusiast played) scenes. This also counts for the scenes between Gruber and René, always played with passion by Guy Siner and a kind of caution by Gordon Kaye. A little bit overacted, but that is in the whole series, that's one of the reasons it's such delight to watch, I think.
Title: Too much is never good
This 130-minutes during film doesn't give you a very good feeling. Sure, the actors are all playing their parts well (not good, just well) and Val Kilmer is really terrific as the tuberculosis patient Doc Holliday (it is one of the best roles Kilmer has ever done) and the scenery is very well done, but there is something not all right with the movie. The problem is that there are simply to many characters in this work. Besides the three Earp brothers Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan there are the three wives of the brothers, Doc Holliday and his Hungarian Kate, the tempting Josephine and her colleague Mr. Fabian, Billy Breckenridge, a good role from Jason Priestley, and a hole bunch of bad guys. It just isn't possible to put all of these persons lives and problems in 130 minutes of film. The headaches that Wyatt Earp's wife has, for instance, don't get enough attention to get involved in her situation. The same goes for the whole Morgan Earp-character, played unenthusiastic by Bill Paxton. He hasn't got enough screentime to get you interested in why he does what he does. He seems to be in this movie for the reason that it's impossible to make a movie about the legendary Wyatt Earp without mentioning his two brothers Virgil and Morgan.
The second thing not making the movie a very good one is that you don't know who the main character is: Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday. In the beginning it's obvious that Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp is the most important person in the film, but slow but sure the Doc Holliday-part gets bigger and so much more interesting than Earp. This is because Val Kilmer is playing Doc Holliday with his whole heart and because you feel more for Holliday that for Earp. Wyatt Earp (in this motion picture) is a man who just wants to get a lot of money with doing as little as possible and Doc Holliday is the kind of person who wants to be there for Earp whenever he needs him, ill or not, Earp can always count on Doc Holliday. Writer Kevin Jarre and director George P. Cosmatos should have made a choice between Earp and Holliday and they didn't. That's a shame and it makes 130 minutes a heck of a long time.
Luckily, like I mentioned before, Val Kilmer is a pleasure to watch and Jason Priestley and Billy Zane are acting very good as well. The scenery's are very impressing and Joseph Porro's customs are nearly perfect. All of this keeps the movie watchable, but not much more that that I'm afraid.
The first series where Annette Barlo had the lead role (in Oppassen!!! she
was 'one of the stars'), didn't get a second chance. After the first series
of 13 episodes, there was decided to stop the show. And that's a shame,
because the series wasn't so bad. In Dutch comedy's of the 90's it often
happens that the actors in it are lousy comedians, but 'Hij en Julia' has
actors with a talent for comedy. They don't play that they are funny, they
ARE funny. Especially Hans Somers (he plays Gijs, the 'Hij' from the title),
Oda Spelbos (she plays the college of Gijs, Lonneke) and Edda Barends (she
plays the mother of Julia) do this very good. Unfortunately Annette Barlo
doesn't control this skill 100% and that isn't always good for the
credibility of the story.
The title referral to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (in The Netherlands that is 'Romeo en Julia'), tells us that the two lead roles are lovers who have trouble 'finding' each other. That idea doesn't have to be bad (in the American series 'The Nanny' it is delicious to see Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield 'finding' each other, what takes years), but for some reason it doesn't really appear clearly in 'Hij en Julia'. Why is hard to tell, because the chemistry between Annette Barlo and Hans Somers is very close to perfect. Maybe it was just to obvious they would come together.>
The writing work from Ger Apeldoorn and Harm Edens (host of 'Dit was het nieuws') is always rather good and sometimes (but not enough to praise the duo for their writing) even terrific. Besides the title reference here is no surplus value what so ever. No cameo's, no music/title song that you can't get out of your mind, no background or inside jokes.
'Hij en Julia' is just a nice dutch comedy with good acting work and a few good laughs now and then. No more, and certainly no less.
Casablanca may well be the best movie ever to be made in the whole world! The acting, the directing, the light, the script, the clothes and especially the quotes are simply perfect! You have to see this movie, this is one of those movie you may not mis, whatever your favorit genre is! I don't their are movies with more brilliant quotes dan Casablanca, with one of the best actors ever to appear on the silver screen, Humprey Bogart.
Robert Carlyle is famous because of Trainspotting (a brillant movie by the
way) were he played the b****rd Begbie who would start a fight for no
reason. With the reason that he found that funny. That he is an actor who
can play something totally different than the Begbie-role.
In 'go now' he plays a soccer player who gets MS, the disease that kills you slowly, starting with making you tired and weak. Carlyle plays the role very real and believeble. Because he don't wants to be a problem for his girlfriend he leaves his girlfriend and the house. In the next scene you see him standing outside in the rain just looking at nothing and his girlfriend staring out of the window at him. This scene is so very touching and so real that there is a good possibility that there are coming tears out of your eyes. A very good, touching and warm film.
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