One of the things I enjoy in life is to know what is going on in the city I live in. I like reading about all the different performances, festivals, flea markets, concerts etc. going on, knowing that I could attend all of them even if I finally finish hanging out with friends having a beer. A part from the agenda, I enjoy to read about movies coming out and knowing if they are worth watching or not.
Grenoble was the first city where I discovered a very nice little journal offering a combination of weekly information about events and good cinema critics. Though I must admit that I struggled even after three years to understand all articles of Le petit bulletin immediately, it was certainly a good source for my vocabulary. In Berlin, there are several journals and I finished buying “Zitty” every other week though I don’t remember the cinema critics as particularly well written.
Brussels now, has a weekly journal, I can recommend to anyone: Agenda/Cinema. Written in English, French and Dutch it is distributed for free in hundreds places throughout the city. A part from the agenda section which gives a good overview on paid and free vents, it’s the cinema review I love. Movies are rated from 0 to 4 stars. From two onwards the film is likely to be a good choice and the time and money spent in cinema a worthwhile investment. Three stars is a really good movie and four is outstanding, an absolutely “Have to see” as were WALL-E and The dark knight in recent weeks.
What I really like about their critics is that they are not afraid of saying that a movie is crap because I think that it is only through fair, sometimes hard critics that you can trust the recommendations. A part from this, it’s fun reading a scathing review like about Babylon A.D.: “While science fiction may be meat-and-drink for Americans, the French haven’t the first idea about how to do it. “This fact is demonstrated yet again by Babylon A.D. by French director Matheiu Kassovitz….”