Boyhood; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Obecná škola, an interview…

Here’s my latest reviews for the Expat Centre here in Brno, Czech Republic –

20/8 – Boyhood (2014) – Life, or something like it…


Boyhood is a remarkable project, filmed over twelve years using the same actors and actresses. Richard Linklater is a director who likes to take his time with his personal projects.

His Before trilogy was almost twenty years in the making, revisiting the young lovers of Sunrise at regular intervals to see how life has treated them in the meantime. The technique allows the actors to bring their own hard-won wisdom to their roles, and Linklater treats his characters as real people…”

Click here to read the full review (opens in a seperate tab)

01/09 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be…

TMNT pic

“Just one adult?” asked the girl behind the ticket counter, looking around behind me to see if I had any kids in tow. It occurred to me then that the last time I queued for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I was a kid myself.

I was about twelve during the height of Turtlemania, and just about everyone I knew was into Turtles. In fact, the only kids who weren’t were the ones who’d mastered Bach’s first book for the Well-Tempered Clavier and were moving onto the second, or the ones still making pictures out of fuzzy felt.

A generation later, and now I’m a guy in his mid-thirties going to see a kid’s movie by himself on a Saturday night. “Yes, just one adult,” I confirmed, trying to hide my shame…”

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26/09 – Obecná škola (Elementary School) – the perfect introduction to Czech film…


“Czech humour in movies doesn’t always translate well – to the uninitiated, it tends to fall somewhere between two extremes: bitter and deadpan, or sweet and broad.

As a Brit, the former usually works better for me, as our own humour tends toward the sarcastically straight-faced and understated, whereas the broadest excesses of Czech comedy reminds me more of the bawdiness of our 70s sex farces…”

Click here for the full review.

09/10 – A few beers with António Nobre, co-director of CZizincII


“So it’s a glorious September afterwork outside Tři Ocásci, and the warm sunshine, cold Polička and hard antibiotics combine to give me a fine beer buzz. I’m talking to António Nobre, screenwriter, producer, director, and self-styled video author.

This autumn, António and his directing partner Emanuele Ruggiero start production on a documentary about Brno expats, entitled CZizincII. It occurs to me that it doesn’t get much more “expat” than this – an English expat writer discussing a Portuguese expat film maker’s latest endeavour, a documentary about expats talking about expat life…”

Click here to read the full article.


About leerobertadams

Lee is an English writer, blogger and film critic living in Brno, Czech Republic. When not watching and writing about movies, he loves football, reading, eating out, and enjoying his adopted home city with his girlfriend and baby daughter.

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