50 Shades – take 2

Well I need something to pass the lonely nights now I’m living alone…joking (well only partly!). Re-watching the most talked about movie of 2015 sent me on a rollercoaster of feelings towards the franchise. Having read the book and seeing the movie a handful of times back in 2015 I hadn’t given it much thought since so when I found myself home alone with nothing on TV I thought I’d give Mr Grey another little go. Queue the steamy music and adjust the contrast on your tv for 50 Shades of Grey.

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A Year in Review pt.1 – Movies, Books and Music

December brings about it time for reflection and the incentive to look ahead to the new year. I’ve had a pretty darn good 2015 and I thought I would share with you a few of my highlights. In this post I am going to give you my Top 5 of the arts. Movies, Music and Books.

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10:10 Ten Dutch Movies I Want To See

Movies, I love them. For me its about escaping into a little world for a few hours and forgetting about real life. I love a good movie. I cant tell you how annoyed I am when I go to see a film and its rubbish. It totally deflates me! futurama-fry-meme-generator-not-sure-if-don-t-understand-or-just-shit-film-f636dcToday I am going to talk about ten Dutch films (in no particular order) that I want to see. Whenever I am in Holland we always make time for a trip to the Bioscoop. We always watch and English film with Dutch subtitles. Which makes sense seens as I only started learning Dutch 8 months ago!!

  1. Hartenstraat – When I brought Mannenharten I wanted this one too but they didn’t have it. This looks like a super funny movie, a feel good, easy watching kind of comedy set in Amsterdam. I read and online review where it called the film ‘a sparkling, romantic feelgood film’. It is your stereotypical rom-com – everyone is looking for love, there are young people, old people, a womanizer, a single parent. The story is about Daan who is not looking for love until Katje comes into his café. I’ve mentioned seeing this movie before I am sure of it but I STILL haven’t seen it! Its set in Holland, the music is good, the cast are all beautiful…win win win I think! I believe there is a link on youtube to allow you to watch the entire movie but I’m not going to share that because I am sure its illegal 😉

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The Filming Of Michiel de Ruyter

Whilst I was in Amsterdam, Summer 2014, we came across a bit of a commotion at The Dam. Now for those of you who have been to Amsterdam before or even those of you who are Dutch will know that just outside of the Palace there is ALWAYS stuff going on. Be it street performers, protesters, characters from the Dungeon attractions (they always freak me out!) or performers of any kind. Its no surprise to see a group of people collected around an attraction.

What we saw was something a little bigger than a man dressed up as  a robot sitting on a box (yes I’ve seen him too). We saw and actual movie being filmed. At the time obviously I had no clue what this movie was or if it was anything special but it clearly wasn’t an amateur dramatics things! The film we saw was Michiel de Ruyter.

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