Ard Vijn

Ard Vijn
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ard Vijn joined ScreenAnarchy.com in November 2006 (it was named differently then), promising its founder Todd Brown to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on cinema from all over the world, and Japanese animation in particular. A few times each year, he gets the chance to score some real scoops, most often during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, a career as an IT-landscape manager in a big oil company, writing about films, and actually seeing films.
Publications: ScreenAnarchy

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Daisy (2006) So would I recommend this movie to others? Maybe, depending on taste. But I, being Dutch, will treasure this in my collection as an interesting bit of curiosa. I'll end as the movie does: FLOWERS! - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
42% Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) (2006) I will grudgingly forgive bad logic or holes in a screenplay if there are enough pretty pictures to offset this, so for me "The Banquet" delivers in spades. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
57% Princess (2006) All in all I am very impressed with the command and restraint Anders Morgenthaler shows with his movie. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Yeui-eomneun geotdeul (No Mercy for the Rude) (2006) A fun movie although as it turns out Park Chul-Hee was right with every word in his introduction. I wouldn't go so far myself to rate this above "The Host" or "Exiled" but it's surely an easy movie to like. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
94% Antonia (Antônia - O Filme) (2007) The story doesn't break new ground but it also avoids most cliches. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
61% Viva (2007) The result is very praiseworthy and each shot in the movie can be framed as a poster. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Freesia: Bullets Over Tears (Furîjia) (2007) Watching an emotionless person zombie-ing uncaringly through a silent and empty world gets mighty boring after a while. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
93% The Lives of Others (2006) The actors are marvelous, with special mention of Ulrich Muhe who plays Wiesler. He gives a chilling portrayal of a man reluctantly driven to something approaching heroism. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Barefooted Kid (1993) Do not expect the style or overall level of quality of "Exiled", it's not a classic by any means but it's a fun movie that definitely has its moments. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Perversion Story (Una sull'altra) (One on Top of the Other) (1969) It certainly has aged quite a bit but in a good way, linking itself with the time when its story takes place. Recommended. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Blood, Boobs & Beast (2007) I'd never heard about Don Dohler but this documentary set that straight. I enjoyed watching it and it even moved me, which I hadn't expected to say the least. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
83% Days of Glory (2007) As a war movie "Days of Glory" is competent although not extraordinary. But if you like war movies you'd be crazy not to watch it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
84% Paprika (2006) This is what animation is meant to be. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox (Yeu woo bi) (2006) It may not reach the lofty high of the best Ghibli's, but it certainly holds its own against the likes of, for instance, "The Cat Returns", or anything from studio Gonzo. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (Goyôkiba: Kamisori Hanzô jigoku zeme) (1973) If you're not afraid of accidentally spotting some softcore in your action films (and don't mind them being a bit dated) these are definitely recommended. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Kyûtî Hanî (Cutie Honey) (2004) It's fluff, and not even adult fluff. But it's very well-made fluff and I enjoyed myself immensely. It managed to be far better than I expected although I have to add my expectations weren't high to begin with. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Konketsuji Rika (Rica) (Rika the Mixed-Blood Girl) (1972) Repulsive though much of the content may be, the very speed at which the thing moves is this film's saving grace. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
60% Infection (Kansen) (2004) It's certainly interesting and looks good, but it stumbles mightily around the halfway point and never really recovers. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Paradise Murdered (2007) So all in all it's a flawed but nice thriller. It may not hit all the goals it wanted to achieve, but at the same time it's not pretentious either, and as pure entertainment it's difficult to find faults with this. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Beautiful Sunday (2007) Its flaws make it fall short of true greatness, which is a damn shame as you feel that with a slightly better script it would easily have reached it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
No Score Yet Santo in the Wax Museum (1963) "Santo en el Museo de Cera" can be a nice starting point if you're about to collect luchadores enmascarados films, or even Mexican SF and horror in general. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
88% The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007) I didn't know anything about previous incarnations and/or source materials, but I flat-out love this movie. It's "deliberately paced" rather than slow, and beautiful rather than flashy. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
74% Tekkonkinkreet (Tekkon kinkurîto) (2007) Together with "Paprika" and "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", "Tekkonkinkreet" has made 2006 an unusually strong year for cinema anime. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
No Score Yet Kuchisake-onna (A Slit-Mouthed Woman) (Carved) (2007) It's all done in a very heavy-handed manner though, so don't expect to discover some hidden genius storytelling. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
100% Edogawa ranpo taizen: Kyofu kikei ningen (Horrors of Malformed Men)(Horror of a Deformed Man) (1969) Although reasons can be found to call it a bad example of either of the first three, it undeniably succeeds as a piece of art. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
88% I Don't Want to Sleep Alone (2007) A beautiful movie with a glacial pace, this is definitely NOT one for the impatient. If you can take the pace (in which case this film is VERY much recommended) you will be rewarded with lots of memorable images. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Frog Song (2005) As long as you don't go in expecting a deep and meaningful film but rather a tv-movie-of-the-week you will notice it's... surprisingly decent. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Nude Vampire (Vampire nue, La) (1974) Sure it looks good and there are a few nice bits in it (some of those attached to womens upper bodies) but you'll have to wade through a lot of ridiculous drivel to see them. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Time Masters (Les Maîtres du temps) (1982) Even though some parts are shoddily animated and it never becomes a coherent whole, I had a blast watching "Les Maîtres du Temps". - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Gandahar (Light Years) (1988) A very enjoyable film to watch. Maybe not as classic or creepy as "La Planète Sauvage" but it can safely be called a companion piece to that movie. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
80% Gruz 200 (Cargo 200) (Freight 200) (2007) Thankfully Alexei Balabanov keeps the film interesting and thrilling enough, especially when the kidnap gets underway. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
77% Dai-Nipponjin (Big Man Japan) (2009) With its wit and focus on media-manipulation, "Godzilla" meets "Network" comes close though. It's also damn funny. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
98% Let the Right One In (2008) Production values are pretty good: everything looks believably "eighties", the snowscapes of Sweden look mighty fine and everything is underscored by a suitably moody soundtrack. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet TBS (Nothing to Lose) (2008) It's just a very good movie and one of the most tense and believable thrillers I've seen in a long time. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
73% Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007) The differences in quality, but also style and length of the stories, give Peur(s) du Noir a nice change and rhythm. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
50% Able Danger (2008) The whole movie has a very professional look and the acting is good. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Skyjacker (2008) There must be loads of people you can point a camera at for seventy minutes who do more interesting things than a skyjacker does, especially if you already know what happens because you're familiar with the story. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Bang bang wo ai shen (Help Me Eros) (2007) UN-like a Tsai Ming-Liang film this one is quite flashy. It's still a heavy meal rather than a light snack though! - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
89% [Rec] (2007) Lots of films get called "a rollercoaster ride" these days, but this is the first time I've really felt like I was in a carnival for most of the movie. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Le Tueur (2007) A splendidly acted little drama which occasionally shows the GOOD side in people, even though the story arc and its execution (haha) never become sentimental or naive. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Estômago, (Estomago: A Gastronomic Story) (2007) A nice tale about the relativity of happiness, "Estômago" gives you the grandfatherly advise that 'getting there' is often more fun than 'being there'. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
30% Dragon Wars (2007) It's the ultimate matinée film, and to me (as a non-Korean) it never seemed to try and make like it was anything else. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Demonios tus ojos (2017) It helps that the acting is uniformly fantastic, especially where the two leads are concerned. Julio Perillán is almost impossible to look away from as Oliver, a charismatic and cool intellectual asshole. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet The Wedding Ring (2016) In the end, watching the film feels like taking a small holiday, and seeing new sights. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Dead Time: Kala (2007) If you love either Film Noir or fantasy, go see this film! It will take you for quite a ride if you'll allow it to. And I definitely hope Joko Anwar makes a sequel someday. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
No Score Yet Suwîto rein: Shinigami no seido (Accuracy of Death)(Sweet Rain) (2008) "Accuracy of Death" is by no means a masterpiece and will not floor you with new stunning insights into human nature, yet it still manages to be quite a pleasant little movie. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
89% Yasukuni (2007) It gets more interesting as it proceeds with ever more colorful people being interviewed, so perseverance is rewarded. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
No Score Yet Madame O (1967) Instead of settling for silly sex film or gory sensationalism, "Madame O" actually turns into an artful psychological thriller, complete with a riveting finale. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
86% Batman Gotham Knight (2008) Most of the segments are really well done though, my personal fave being the gorgeous "Have I Got a Story For You", which also has the audacity of being an anthology within an anthology. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
81% Azur et Asmar (Azur and Asmar: The Princes' Quest) (2006) An incredibly beautiful work of art, "Azur & Asmar" is a marvel for young and old. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020