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Review: Shooom’s Adventure – L’odyssée de choum (2019)

Shooom’s adventure – L’odyssée de choum (2019)

Directed by: Julien Bisaro | 26 minutes | animation, adventure, short film | Dutch voice cast: Meghna Kumar, Murth Mossel, Daysha Ligeon, Peggy Sandaal, Daphne Flint, Davian Mardjoeki, Juneoer Mers

‘Shooom’s Adventure’ is a 26-minute gem of an animated film. The film is made for children between the ages of 4 and 7, but it is guaranteed that many adults will count this beautiful work as one of their favorites after seeing it.

The video is set in Louisiana. An ideal setting because the variety in the landscape provides a lot of variation in colour, shape and sound. The adventure begins in a small coastal town, where the harbor master sounds the alarm for the approaching hurricane. People, but also animals, quickly seek the safety of their homes. We follow a small squirrel who suddenly spots a nest in a hollow tree from a high tree. He takes a look worried. It turns out that there are two eggs – the parents are nowhere to be seen. The squirrel takes them out of the danger zone. Not long after, one of the eggs hatches: it turns out to be a baby snowy owl. This little one sees the squirrel as his mother of course, but the squirrel doesn’t want to know about that and runs away. The little snowy owl stands alone, but hey, there is sound coming from the other egg!

What follows is a nail-biting, but above all oh so moving adventure in which ‘Shooom’ (the eldest owl) does everything to save his brother or sister. Danger lurks everywhere and such an egg easily rolls away. Shooom is then also opposed by Walter and Rosie, two children, who of course don’t mean so bad, but in their innocence they separate the family owl, because they want to keep ‘Piep’, the unhatched egg, for themselves. .

The 2D animation is phenomenal, the use of color and the application of light and shadow is perfect and the attention to even the smallest details makes ‘Shooom’s adventure’ a feast for the eyes. The animation is not realistic, but still quite natural. The expressive faces of the animals, especially the owls, are very endearing. But also the ‘body language’, the funny movements and the different sounds they make to communicate, provide a unique viewing experience. So clever how the makers seem to have created their own owl language. Whether Shooom “says” ‘beep’, ‘beep’ or ‘beep’, you understand exactly what she means.

Besides the fact that these animals will irrevocably conquer your heart, ‘Shooom’s adventure’ also has an ecological message, but it is very subtle. This impressive film has already won several awards (including best animated short at the Césars, the French Oscars) and puts all the checks in the right places. This is perfection.

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Full Movie: William | Full Adventure Drama Movie

William | Full Adventure Drama Movie

William – Two scientists fall in love and conceive the idea of cloning a Neanderthal. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth in 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world but his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking set him apart and provoke fear. William struggles to assert his own identity in a hostile world.

2019
Stars: Brody Wilkinson, Connor Wilkinson, Obada Adnan

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Full Movie: Canadian Muscle | Full Adventure Drama Movie

Canadian Muscle | Full Adventure Drama Movie

Canadian Muscle – When a headstrong teenage boy buys his first car, without his parent’s permission, he and his friends are launched through a series of comedic adventures on the last day of High School and first night of summer vacation.

2015
Stars: Derek Dowling, Shaden Dehaan, Alex Lyon

 

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Full Movie: Rum Runners | Full Adventure Drama Movie

Rum Runners | Full Adventure Drama Movie

Rum Runners – is the epic story of two best friends, Vic Hanson and Don Calyer. They get caught running illegal booze across the Canadian border. This outstanding screenplay is inspired by actual events. This story promises to have you entertained, and the topic of many conversations for years to come. Vic and Don escape through a hail of bullets and car crashes that will leave its viewers breathless. After their heart stopping escape, they resort to flying a biplane over the US/Canadian border full of illegal rum, thus the name “RUM RUNNERS”.

2016
Stars: Yves Bright, Brian Stuart Boyd, Crystal Bell, Vernon Wells

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Full Movie: Moby Dick | Full Adventure Movie Mini Series | Part 2

Moby Dick | Full Adventure Movie Mini Series | Part 2

BOTH PARTS ARE HERE! –
PART 1 – https://youtu.be/yRG0oc2p9ag
PART 2 – https://youtu.be/h09P-aTyrWQ
Moby Dick | Part 1 – The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

1998
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Gregory Peck, Henry Thomas

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Full Movie: Moby Dick | Full Adventure Movie Mini Series | Part 1

Moby Dick | Full Adventure Movie Mini Series | Part 1

BOTH PARTS ARE HERE! –
PART 1 – https://youtu.be/yRG0oc2p9ag
PART 2 – https://youtu.be/h09P-aTyrWQ
Moby Dick | Part 1 – The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain’s self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

1998
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Gregory Peck, Henry Thomas

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Review: Treasure Planet-Pirate Planet (2002)

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker | 91 minutes | action, drama, comedy, animation, family, romance, adventure, science fiction | Original Voice Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Martin Short, Emma Thompson, Laurie Metcalf, Roscoe Lee Browne, Corey Burton, Dane A. Davis, Tony Jay, Austin Majors, Patrick McGoohan, Michael McShane, Michael Wincott

By casting the classic story of Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Treasure Island’ (‘Treasure Island, 1883’) in a modern, in fact, futuristic guise, Disney has succeeded in making an already timeless story even more attractive to young and old. Disney’s ‘Treasure Planet’ has become a spectacular adventure that young and old can enjoy.

The directors of ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Hercules’ wanted to make ‘Treasure Planet’ as early as 1985, but each time they were offered a different job. After all, they directed ‘Hercules’ in 1997, on the condition that they were allowed to do ‘Treasure Planet’. It’s been worth the wait, the animations are fantastic, the film is a sight to behold. CGI was often used for the background, the combination of this with traditional animation is very nice. Fans of the original story may take it hard to see Jim Hawkins and John Silver in a ‘Star Wars’ setting, but if you indulge in them, you’ll love the funny similarities and the clever transformations some have undergone elements of the story. For example, the Disney version of John Silver is not a pirate with a wooden leg,

The humor in the film mainly comes from the funny robot BEN, who has fun one-liners. The aforementioned figure Morph is also very touching and humorous. The character Dr. Doppler, who accompanies Jim in search of the treasure, has some amusing scenes with the (female!) Captain of the ship, Amelia. The action scenes are really exciting and draw the viewer into the story. Unlike in previous Disney classics, the characters in ‘Treasure Planet’ don’t burst into song every few minutes. There is only one song in the movie, during the scene of the growing friendship between Silver and Jim, and this song actually reinforces the scene.

The main theme in the film is the struggle between good and evil in humans. This is an important aspect in RL Stevenson’s publications (see also his later work as’ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)). This is what makes the story so special. (Almost) nobody is completely good or bad in this movie, not even the hero of the movie, Jim.

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Review: Undertow (2004)

Directed by: David Gordon Green | 107 minutes | drama, thriller | Actors: Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Devon Alan, Kristen Stewart, Robert Longstreet, Terry Loughlin, Eddie Rouse

Undertow is set in the south of the United States. A calmly progressing drama is set in beautiful atmospheric images and colors. John Munn is a hardworking single father and taxidermist. He has two sons, Chris and Tim, and lives with them in the middle of the woods on a remote farm, where he keeps pigs.

When the film starts we see how Chris throws pebbles at a beautiful girl’s window. But the stones he throws are a bit too big and before he knows it he has to run for his life when the girl’s father chases him with two guns and a Dobermann pincher. The movie starts off very strong. During his flight, Chris jumps into a long rusty nail that goes right through his foot. You literally feel the pain that follows that jump through you, you see him limping further with the plank nailed to his foot. He is arrested and his father picks him up from the sheriff for the umpteenth time. Brother Tim’s birthday is no longer celebrated. Later, the family is unexpectedly confronted with the arrival of John’s brother Deel. This one just got out of jail. Deel still has an old account to settle and is clearly the “bad guy” necessary for this genre of films. Part can stay as long as he lends a hand on the farm and keeps an eye on the brothers.

Part has actually come to claim its share of the inheritance. John says he doesn’t have it. In a fight, Deel’s thirst for revenge strikes and the family is shattered. The two boys just managed to escape death and flee with a bag of gold coins that their father has hidden. Part is injured, but give chase, target is the bag of gold.

The two boys make their way through the country and a world opens up for them full of adventure, but also danger. During this flight, the film has a number of side steps that apparently have to build in a resting point and give new developments to the story, but which do not always come across as convincing. The characters that are then introduced do emphasize the stereotypes and clichés about the southern states.

They feel the hot breath of Deel on their necks all the time, and they have to look very carefully for food and shelter. Chris and Tim eventually come into contact with a group of hippie-like young people who have withdrawn to nature and live on the fringes of society, just like they themselves. In this new world Chris meets Violet with whom he bonds. It doesn’t take long for the two brothers’ violent legacy to knock on the door again. Violet protects Tim and Chris while provoking Deel to an ultimate showdown. For lovers of the southern states there is a lot to enjoy in ‘Undertow’. The film starts strong, but halfway through it starts to lose a lot of its tension and then looks for a number of developments in side paths that do not benefit the story.

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Review: Valley of the Wolves Iraq (2006)

Directed by: Serdar Akar, Sadullah Sentürk | 120 minutes | action, adventure | Actors: Necati Sasmaz, Billy Zane, Ghassan Massoud, Gürkan Uygun, Bergüzar Korel, Kenan Çoban, Erhan Ufak, Diego Serrano, Gary Busey, Spencer Garrett, Tito Ortiz, Nusret Senay, Tayfunlan, Ismet Hürmüzlü, Erasavsel, Jihad Imsel, Jihad Imsel Mauro Martino, Egemen Yavuz

On July 4, 2003, the US military arrests a group of Turkish soldiers at Turkish headquarters in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. The Americans hold the Turkish soldiers at gunpoint and force them to leave the base with bags over their heads. The Turks are interrogated and detained for 60 hours. They will only be released when the Turkish prime minister lodges a protest with the United States. This arrest is known as the ‘Zakafaire’ and caused a serious breach of trust between the Turkey and the US. In Turkey, the newspapers were full of this incident. One of the arrested soldiers committed suicide out of shame.

The film ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’ starts with this event and further refers to other truth-based incidents – hence the year has been changed in 2004 – such as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in which American soldiers have the human rights of the prisoners. violated. The film is the first of a series of cinema films from the Turkish television series of the same name, around a team of Turkish secret agents Polat Alemdar (Necati Şaşmaz), Memati (Gürkan Uygun) and Abdülhey (Kenan Çoban). Hopefully the other parts are not as politically colored as this one, because the filmmakers make it very colorful in ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’. It seems that they want to give the Americans a tough job with this print. They are the worst portrayed as villains next to other nationalities such as the Kurds and Jews. Turkish secret agent Polat Alemdar (Necati Şaşmaz) is traveling with his colleagues to Iraq after receiving a farewell letter from Lieutenant Suleyman Aslat. Polat is determined to avenge the death of his friend Aslat. He goes in search of Sam William Marshall (Billy Zane), the principal behind the arrest of the Turkish soldiers. Violence already erupts when the Turkish trio come across a Kurdish group guarding the border crossing. Then Polat and his companions go to a hotel where they wish to speak to Marshall. This works, but the American uses a tactic that Polat has not taken into account … On the local market, the secret agent comes into contact with the handsome Leyla (Bergüzar Korel) who also prefers to see Marshall dead rather than alive.

It is remarkable to see the famous face of actor Billy Zane in a production like this one. Perhaps the makers gave him and Gary Busy a considerable amount so that they had no problem playing in such an anti-American film. It has to be said, Zane is as formidable as the villainous Sam William Marshall. He knows exactly how to give the right panache to this superficial character. His trademark, the sneaky smile and dark look as he also used them in ‘Titanic’ are back again. Necati Şaşmaz pales next to Zane, his game is dull and stiff. Counterplayer Bergüzar Korel also surpasses Şaşmaz with her strong facial expressions. She knows how to convey Leyla’s grief and feelings of revenge spicy and at the same time in a credible way. As said before, the filmmakers put the Americans as ultimate bad guys. The worst examples include the scene in which a boy with a branch in a rifle barrel of a military port, where he is shot, and the moment when a soldier goes completely crazy and shoots at a container containing captured Arabs. What is striking is that the other incidents run like vague sidings next to the main story. For example, you have a doctor who carries out illegal organ trafficking and a sheik who prevents murder. It is as if as many wrongs as possible in the film had to be touched on, because they form the loose ends of ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’. when he is shot and the moment when a soldier goes completely crazy and shoots at a container containing captured Arabs. What is striking is that the other incidents run like vague sidings next to the main story. For example, you have a doctor who carries out illegal organ trafficking and a sheik who prevents murder. It is as if as many wrongs as possible in the film had to be touched on, because they form the loose ends of ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’. when he is shot and the moment when a soldier goes completely crazy and shoots at a container containing captured Arabs. What is striking is that the other incidents run like vague sidings next to the main story. For example, you have a doctor who carries out illegal organ trafficking and a sheik who prevents murder. It is as if as many wrongs as possible in the film had to be touched on, because they form the loose ends of ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’.

For fans of the hard action genre, ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’ is a must. The scenes are violent enough. But in terms of story there could have been much more. Magnifying the suffering caused by Americans and attributing other incidents to the US military is a very easy approach. In addition, the fact that Saddam Hussein gives Marshall a piano is also very silly. It seems that the makers of ‘Valley of the Wolves Iraq’ have taken the slogan ‘In times of war everything is permitted’ for their script, which is too literal. However, the contributions of Billy Zane and Bergüzar Korel ensure that the film is still worth watching.

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Review: Owl Ball (2016)

Directed by: Simone van Dusseldorp | 80 minutes | family | Actors: Hiba Ghafry, Matheu Hinzen, Jashayra Oehlers, Felix van de Weerdt, Mimoun Oaïssa, Birgit Schuurman, Mariana Aparicio Torres, Fabian Jansen, Rene van ‘t Hof

If anyone knows how to put themselves in the perspective of children, then it is screenwriter and director Simone van Dusseldorp. The television series ‘Otje’, after the famous character created by Annie MG Schmidt, was critically acclaimed, as were her films ‘Kikkerdril’ (2009) and ‘Life according to Nino’ ​​(2014). Van Dusseldorp, in whose films often play a prominent role for animals, is a welcome guest at the Cinekid children’s film festival. For the Cinekid 2016 edition, Van Dusseldorps ‘Uilenbal’ (2016) was selected as the opening film. A youth film according to Van Dusseldorp’s proven success recipe, so including songs that seem to be made up spontaneously on the spot, but also with a leading role for animals. Not just the owl from the title,

‘Uilenbal’ is about eight-year-old Meral (Hiba Ghafry), who has just moved. She wants to play with the children from her new neighborhood, but making new friends is not easy. Desi (Jashayra Oehlers) and her Velcro friends are not easy to approach. And Jason (Matheu Hinzen), who is in a wheelchair because he broke his leg, is more interested in nature and the small animals around them. Only shy Vito (Felix van der Weerdt) is interested, but he has a lot of rules for their friendship. During the first night in her new room, Meral discovers that she is the little mouse Piepiep, with whom she befriends. The next day Meral goes to her new school, where she sees the neighborhood children back in class. The new class is busy with preparations for the upcoming school camp. Of course Meral would like to come along. On the day Meral goes to school camp, her mother (Mariana Aparicio Torres) discovers the mouse and wants to start spreading poison. To save her new boyfriend, Meral secretly takes Piepiep with her.

Meral is placed in the same room as Desi, Vito and Jason, who soon discover her secret boyfriend. However, the shared secret brings them closer together and they decide to befriend. But when they go into the woods to play, Piepiep is suddenly caught by an owl. Sad and angry, Meral blames her new friends for believing that the mouse cannot be saved. This is not what Meral wants to hear. She leaves alone in the woods to look for Piepiep …

The set-up of ‘Uilenbal’ is fairly standard: a girl has to find her way around a new environment. She eventually finds friendship with those children with whom she initially seems to have little in common. Friendships are crucial for children, especially when they are new somewhere. Children with characteristics that initially seem negative to you can help them in certain situations. This dynamic can be seen most strongly between Meral and Desi. The newcomer opposite the popular ‘Queen Bee’, who has a swarm of followers around her who copy all her gestures and movements. Add to that the timid Vito, who makes anyone interested in becoming friends with him sign a contract stating, among other things, that they should be no more than five meters away from each other,

And for children of about eight years old, a school camp in the woods, where they are away for a few nights without their parents for the first time, is of course a great adventure. The film was largely shot in the woods and dunes near Schoorl, which produces beautiful pictures. Nature, which plays such a prominent role in Van Dusseldorp’s oeuvre, comes into its own so well. And for eight-year-olds, there really is still plenty to discover in the woods. The songs, which worked so infectiously in ‘Kikkerdril’, also now hit the mark (although they are not all sung equally cleanly). The lyrics are funny and stick well. ‘Uilenbal’ is not as original as ‘Kikkerdril’, but this film by Simone van Dusseldorp also offers more than enough entertainment for a rainy afternoon.