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Movie review: The Honest Thief

30 Oct 2020. by Martina Leonard. We were so lucky to have had our movie night before the 2nd closure of cinemas!

Hoping to cut a deal, a professional bank robber agrees to return all the money he stole in exchange for a reduced sentence. But when two FBI agents set him up for murder, he must now go on the run to clear his name (“In-and-Out Bandit.” ) and bring them to justice.

Tilburg International Club Expat Movie NightMany thanks to Anne for arranging the bag of goodies, a must for munching during the film. All 10 tickets were taken and the usual suspects attended at the Pathe. We met in the lobby and had no trouble recognizing each other with masks!!

I was excited to see Liam Neeson in a role as the baddie….. turns out he was the bad guy turned good !!! and all because of Love. What a shock… poor Liam has aged drastically, his acting skills also deteriorated. The rest of the cast were cutout carboard actors!! All in all, a forgettable non-thriller, lacking action for 90 mins. Some scenes were staged so badly it was laughable…… and there were some laughs during the time spent in the cinema …..

Unfortunately due to restrictions there was not a real opportunity to discuss and share opinions afterwards over drinks and nibbles ….(those were the days!) I will not be going to the sequel …….Love after Lockup …….

 

We congratulate Anne van Oorschot for receiving a Royal Decoration!

Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau

Tilburg International Club Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassauby Hein van Oorschot

April 2020. 

Anne van Oorschot is one the founding members of the  tilburg international club.

She established the club in 2008 and served as its first president for 6 years.

She recently received a decoration from the Royal House of the Netherlands (Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau) in April 2020!


What is the Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau?

The Order of Orange-Nassau is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry founded on 4 April 1892 by the Queen regent Emma, acting on behalf of her under-age daughter Queen Wilhelmina.

The order is a chivalric order open to “everyone who has earned special merits for society”. These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.

Anne’s many years of contributing to Dutch Society

Anne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She moved to The Netherlands in 1981 and married Hein van Oorschot in 1982. She became a Dutch citizenship in 2003. They have 3 children (all in their 30’s) and Anne took up many volunteer jobs which led to the Royal recognition. (more…)

tícMovie Night: The Secret is out!

Tilburg Movie Club for Expatsby Val Fraser

25.09.2020. I woke up this morning with the pleasant buzz of knowing I’d enjoyed a good night out and have made new friends! It was movie night with tíc.  A simple idea, we watch a movie in its original language (English) and after the movie discuss it, over a drink, in a neighbouring pub.

Fourteen of us met at the Pathé.  The movie was ‘The Secret’ based on the book by the same name.  Reviews of the movie were divided, some enjoying it more than others.  Afterwards, sitting comfortably in the pub, the movie did not manage to hold our attention for very long as we quickly moved on to getting to know more about each other and our diverse, colourful backgrounds.  Laughter, fun & friendship!  As we left the pub around midnight, I knew I would be back for the next tíc event!

Check out our movie review of The Gentlemen!

#TBT Movie: The Light Between Oceans

light-between-oceans-1Next week we’ll meet up for another Movie Night.  For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a look back at the Cinecitta movie “The Light Between Oceans”!

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11 November 2016. by Anne van Oorschot. We had our first #TilburgInternationalClub movie evening of the club year at Cinecitta to see the film The Light Between Oceans. This beautiful film is based on the debut novel by M. L. Stedman and tells the story of Tom (Michael Fassbender), a Lighthouse keeper in Western Australia and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander). Tom, a WWI veteran, is damaged by the atrocities he has seen as a soldier and feels his past will prevent him from having a happy future, so accepts the job of lighthouse keeper on a desolate island. He is surprised by the affection of Isobel, a lovely girl who lives on the mainland and they are married and head off to the island where they create a solitary, yet happy life together. (more…)

#TBT: Movie night: Far From The Madding Crowd

Tomorrow night we’ll meet up for another Movie Night.  For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a look back to 2015’s movie night to see “Far from the Madding Crowd”!

by Michael Dizon

On a warm Friday evening, tíc members descended on Cinecitta to watch a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Before the movie started, we had time to lounge in the courtyard, have a drink and enjoy the still bright late spring sun. (more…)

Movie review: A Street Cat Named Bob

street-catby Martina Leonard

Friday, 6 January 2017, was the first #TilburgInternationalClub Movie Night of 2017. The film chosen was showing at Cinecitta, in Tilburg city center.

A Street Cat Named Bob, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, is based on the novel by James Bowen of a true life event. It shows the moving and life-affirming  story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Depending on your feeling towards felines, this is the sort of film that you’ll either find dangerously mawkish or utterly charming. But it’s impossible to watch a film about a happy-ending story like James and Bob’s without a warm glow. There are a few jarring scenes when the camera shoots from Bob’s point of view and it almost feels like it’s going to become a talking animal movie, however the remainder of film focuses on James’ story and his ability to return to “”reality””, and yes , there were some watery eyes at the end of an entertaining movie!!

Ten TIC members met for Movie Night , and where better to pass a very cold evening  (-10) than at the beautiful emporium of Cinnecitta where it is possible to eat and drink before, during and after watching a good movie. It is always nice to share opinions with a good healthy discussion and typically, TIC discussions  “go around the world” with a Global Borrel! Dutch cheese /bitter ballen,  French mustard , Italian Olives, and a mixture of toungues being spoken …..

It was a great start to a cold and  white weekend.

Movie review: The Light Between Oceans

by Anne van Oorschot

light-between-oceans-1On Friday, 11 November, we had our first #TilburgInternationalClub movie evening of the club year at Cinecitta to see the film The Light Between Oceans. This beautiful film is based on the debut novel by M. L. Stedman and tells the story of Tom (Michael Fassbender), a Lighthouse keeper in Western Australia and his wife, Isabel (Alicia Vikander). Tom, a WWI veteran, is damaged by the atrocities he has seen as a soldier and feels his past will prevent him from having a happy future, so accepts the job of lighthouse keeper on a desolate island. He is surprised by the affection of Isobel, a lovely girl who lives on the mainland and they are married and head off to the island where they create a solitary, yet happy life together.light-between-oceans-2

To their joy, Isobel becomes pregnant, only to suffer a miscarriage…and then another. Isobel is bereft, but one day, a small boat washes up on shore containing a dead man and a crying baby. Isobel sees it as a gift from God and convinces Tom to bury the dead man and they raise the little girl, whom they name Lucy, as their own. The little family leads a charmed life on their island and Lucy is nurtured and loved unconditionally. Several years later the family returns to the mainland for a celebration, and Tom meets a grieving woman (Rachel Weisz) who is desperately searching for her daughter who was lost at sea in a small boat with her German husband…

light-between-oceans-3The 3 main actors were excellent, giving convincing and emotionally true portrayals of their characters, and the cinematography was absolutely stunning!!

While Tom tries to honor his family, he also tries to secretly reassure the grieving mother that her daughter is safe and well loved. In spite of his best intentions, that – of course – goes wrong and leads to emotional heartbreak and near disaster…

What I found most memorable about the film was a comment made by Frank, the German father of the light-between-oceans-4lost little girl. Via a flashback, we learn about him through his wife as she remembers her lost love. After the war, Frank is very discriminated against and shunned due to his German heritage and his wife marvels at his seeming inability to become angered and resentful of the prejudices he encounters. He tells her, “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things.”  A good lesson from a stunning film!

Watch for more TIC movie nights in the New Year and plan to join us for a good film followed by a drink and snacks to start the weekend off in a relaxing way.

Movie night: Far From The Madding Crowd

article by Michael Dizon

On a warm Friday evening, TIC members descended on Cinecitta to watch a film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel “Far From the Madding Crowd”. Before the movie started, we had time to lounge in the courtyard, have a drink and enjoy the still bright late spring sun.

Compared to the big cinema houses, catching a movie at Cinecitta felt comfy and pleasant. The theater only seats a limited number of people and the intimate size gives every seat a good view. The film itself was quite engaging and the climax elicited emotional reactions from the crowd. Some of the loud comments (and shouts) at the end from people who got really involved in the characters and the story came from the chairs occupied by TIC.

Afterwards, we headed to the resto-bar to talk about the movie over rounds of drinks and borrelhapjes. Inspired by the film, we had interesting conversations about love and loss and all things in between. It was a perfectly gezellig way to start a long May weekend.

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