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
3/5 No Score Yet Rise of the Machine Girls (2019) As a skeleton to hang scenes of copious bloodletting and pantsu-shots on, Rise of the Machine Girls works. But it never manages to get truly memorable, and that is a shame. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) The film itself is pleasant enough, but you get the impression you wouldn't want to see a prequel. Kore-eda shows thirst, not by filming a desert with parched people, but by filming an oasis, and the happiness of people finally able to drink. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 73% Prometheus (2012) So is this the film of the year? My epiphany in the cinema? No, because "Prometheus" is not exactly flawless. There are some crazy stupid moments in the film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
7/10 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) With this, Covenant manages to take away my biggest misgivings about Prometheus, and it delivers on the (body-)horror front, being quite probably the bloodiest of the lot so far. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) I was afraid Taika Waititi might, after a solid decade of quirky gold, stumble and fall over the double whammy of Marvel's needs and a huge budget. Thankfully, my fears have been proven wrong. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
7/10 79% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) While the plot used here is as cringe-worthingly cheesy as most alien invasions tend to be, many viewers will find plenty of worth in the emotions on display. As the aliens keep saying in the film: "This is interesting. I'll take it!" - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 94% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) It's a showcase for Joko Anwar's strengths: the film looks fantastic (Joko can make a dollar look like ten on-screen), acting is great across the board, there is some wicked humor to be found throughout, and he's not afraid to kick at a boundary or two. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Monstrum (2018) Let's start by saying Monstrum is very silly, very gory, and as long as you put your brain on "entertainment mode" and don't expect this to be remotely as good as Bong Joon-ho's The Host, you'll have a swell time. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 94% Okami kodomo no ame to yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki) (2012) Judging from his last three films, I count Hosoda Mamoru as the true hope of quality anime in the future. Because he dared to make The Wolf Children a film which is, first and foremost, for the parents! - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 92% City of Life and Death (2011) Although it is not overtly gory, the film is powerfully shocking at times, and not for the squeamish. Those squeamish are missing something though... this movie is definitely recommended. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 81% Red White & Blue (2010) The real revelations here are Amanda Fuller as a major talent to keep in sight, and Noah Taylor who through his role as Nate summersaults straight into my shortlist of favorite actors. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
8/10 90% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) It's a bit much and an overload of the senses at times, but the feelings always come across as honest and I couldn't help myself rooting for the main characters. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
8/10 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Blade Runner 2049 was totally not what I expected. Yes, bits of it are dumb. But bits of it are very good, and some bits of it are positively awesome. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
6/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) The kids loved it, the adults had their moments of fun. My favorite bit is the race. BUT... I will never love this film, and the reason is a very simple one: I couldn't help but be constantly reminded of a far better film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
6/10 83% Ghost Stories (2018) It's a tad too jump-scary to my taste, and none of the stories are mindblowing, but it is cleverly made and the film is obviously filled to the brim with love for the genre. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
7/10 100% King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2018) A bit of editing at the end would have made the documentary even better (some people start repeating themselves AND each other while lauding Larry), but all in all I had a lot of fun with this. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) As silly as the volcano story is, it turns out to be just an intro to a much darker second half, in which the franchise's Frankenstein themes get unexpectedly dialed up to eleven. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
7/10 100% Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017) Destiny, The Tale of Kamakura borders on being dangerously sentimental and saccharine, but in the end conjures up enough thrills, charms and wit to fall just on the right side of 'sweet'. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Those expecting misery can rest assured that they will see plenty of it, but director Nadine Labaki manages to also put in moments of beauty and even hope. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
8/10 71% Mug (Twarz) (2018) Director Malgorzata Szumowska starts her film with a fantastic depiction of human greed, and it's a scene which is both hilariously funny and very disturbing. It sets the tone of the film marvellously. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
8/10 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Birds Of Passage could so easily have been just another rise-and-fall gangster tale, but Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra work wonders with the setting, the background and the focus of the story. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
8/10 No Score Yet Kotoko (2011) Tsukamoto has crafted an intelligent and heartbreaking film about someone whose affliction alters her view on reality in often unbearable ways. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 56% Frankenstein's Army (2013) It takes a bit of a wait to get there, but at the end the icky gore goes through the roof, the monsters rock and the jokes connect. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
9/10 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Armando Iannucci's new film is a scathing look at vile oppression, and a heap of fun as well. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 57% The Cannibal Club (2019) Guto Parente effortlessly switches from social comedy to tense thriller and back when necessary, and while The Cannibal Club has its moments of Grand Guignol horror, they never become its centerpieces. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 95% Harpoon (2019) All in all, Harpoon is a very enjoyable comedy-thriller, with plenty of jet-black humor and the occasional dollop of squirm-worthy gore. At my screening, the audience laughed, groaned, gasped and flinched at the right moments. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 77% The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) Left-wing or right-wing, I can't imagine people getting too angry over this one. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is a great little thriller, and I recommend watching it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) In short: if you're a fan of Alien (or just agree that it's a classic) I strongly advise you to check out Memory - The Origins of Alien. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 80% Molly (2018) When the film finally enters its "attack the fortress" phase (no spoiler if you've seen the trailer), there is a shot so ambitious, so accomplished in its execution, that you can't help but wonder: how the hell did they do this?! - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
8/10 95% Shadow (2019) At times, Shadow is a feast of sound and vision. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
7/10 67% Wùlu (2017) Wùlu looks great, and it is not as dour or violent as you might fear. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019