Kingsday Film Tips
With Kingsday around the corner of the weekend, we want to provide you with our “Orange“ tips: Soldier of Orange, A Clockwork Orange, Reservoir Dogs and Orange is the new Black. And although not orange or Dutch royalty, The Kings Speech as a bonus tip.
Soldier of Orange (Soldaat van Oranje)
Based on a true story, this film is about the Nazi Invasion of Holland and its effect on a group of friends from a student sorority. Erik escapes to England and joins a resistance group. Gus does the same but when he murders his friend, a Nazi spy, the Germans take their revenge. Jacques stays at home and tries to continue his studies. The film is directed by Paul Verhoeven. For him and main actor Rutger Hauer it was the launch of their careers in Hollywood. This film is still one of the best war films from the Netherlands, even if its older than most of our own team.
Available for rent via amazon/prime video. Watch the trailer here!
A Clockwork Orange
Surrealistic film by director Stanley Kubrick (also known for The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut). Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating.
Watch the trailer here!
Quentin Tarantino’s directors debut changed the cinematic world with its flashbacks and love for seventies music. Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names (Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blue and Mr. Brown) with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.
Watch it on NetFlix. Find the trailer here!
Orange is the New Black
Binge-watch all 7 seasons upcoming weekend. Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiancé when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 5 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.
Watch it on NetFlix. Watch the trailer here!
Bonus: The King’s Speech
You can watch this film as some kind of prequel of the hit series The Crown. After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable friendship.
Find the trailer here!