It’s been a while since our last Lounge, but times have been crazy so that’s what you get! Let’s pick a nice lounge for us to hang out at… Let’s go to Norway!

Colosseum Kino, Oslo, Norway - source: Roar Bœvre

Colosseum Kino, Oslo, Norway – source: Roar Bœvre

colosseum inside

Inside the Colosseum Kino, Oslo, Norway – source:

That’s a pretty unusual cinema, right? Very cool. I’d love to go there some time.

I’ve a few announcements to make this time around! March has been a great month for The Movie Scrutineer (and April is looking even better, already)!

A warm welcome to our new contributors!

Since early March, six new contributors have joined us and although I’m late, I’d like to give them a very warm welcome to our team!

They are Tyler Rowe, Kim Gamble, Jeffrey Peterson, David Kahen-Kashi, Derrek Greene and Ben Roden!

Thanks so much for joining the Scrutineer, all of you! You’ve already had the pleasure of reading their articles, but I’ll list a few of them below:

The Well-Rounded Cinephile #0: An Introduction to Becoming an Insufferable Know-It-All About Movies

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014): On Wes Anderson’s Homage to Stefan Zweig

Open Grave (2013): This Survival Story Is Not a Philosophical Journey

Why The Lego Movie Isn’t Just For Kids

New logo!

This is something I’m especially excited about. The Movie Scrutineer has a new logo! It’s very befitting of The Movie Scrutineer – we twirl our imaginary moustaches and scrutinize movies up close with our monocles. JUST LOOK AT IT, IT’S AWESOME.tmsbanner2And for social media use: tmslogo

What do you think, do you like them? :D

Life in Australia & What I Watched Last Week

In the last few Cinephile’s Lounges I discussed my move from The Netherlands to Australia. I’m starting to get settled finally, which is great. We also finally got our furniture – took 13 weeks (and a bit), while the moving companies told us it’d take 6-9 weeks. But now that we have our stuff, we’re starting to feel at home!

While the rest of the world is happy spring’s finally coming, we’re heading into winter here. The weather’s already shifted a bit, it’s still a decent temperature outside but the sky isn’t always clear and sunny anymore, and we’ve already had quite a bit of rain. I’m curious to see what winter’s like here, apparently snow and frost are rare here, which is what I’m used to for winters.

Anyway, I’ve been watching some movies, good ones (Noah I guess I could say was good, and The Wolf of Wall Street), and really bad ones (Free Birds, Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls 2, apparently I was in the mood for bad animated movies?) and Divergent which fell somewhere in the middle.

This weekend I’m attending the screening of Only Lovers Left Alive, which I’m curious to see, and Monday I’m attending the screening of Chinese Puzzle (“Casse-tête Chinois”), a French movie. I think it’s fairly ironic that the movie’s called Chinese Puzzle, is a French movie and is set in New York. Very curious to see how all that makes sense.

As for TV, I’ve been very disappointed with the second season of The Following – the characters are just flailing about and no one has ANY clue what the story should be, least of all the writers. The first season was amazing, and this is such a major let down. A second season that’s not a let down is that of Hannibal, which is as amazing as the first. I know I have to rewatch it to get all the fine nuances, but that show is just brilliant.

Finally – who’s excited for the start of season 4 of Game of Thrones? Wait, let me rephrase that. Who’s NOT excited? …*chirp chirp chirp* That’s right! Just a few more days!

Chatter in the Online Moviesphere

Here are a few articles I enjoyed reading this week, and can heartily recommend!

Andrew Ellington discussed Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac movies

At Cinema Axis, they covered The Metamorphosis of Matthew McConaughey, which I loved to read about since I just finished True Detective last week – McConaughey has proven to be capable of more than he let on!

Here’s Cinematronix’ podcast on their favorite songs used in action movies

At FilmDebate, they wonder whether the film industry can do justice to the female heroes, as they seem to be largely ignored and mashed in with the male super hero movies.

Candice at Reeltalk discusses the outrage surrounding the film adaptation of Jem and the Holograms.


So what did you guys do and watch last week? Let’s chat!