For this weeks edition of Movie-Blogger’s Most Wanted we flew all the way to Belgium to catch up with our good friend ikkegoemikke, aka Peter Pluymer. We met up with Peter in his favourite coffee shop and talked about the benefits of Shawshank Redemption and The pitfalls of DinoShark over some coffee.
Hi Peter, it is good to finally meet you, how long have you been writing movie reviews?
I guess I started last year in June to write down my opinion on a dutch website about movies. In the beginning these were just short opinions. But after a while I noticed that writing was kind of fun and people said it was fun reading them, so now I do an effort to write a decent text.
You write some excellent reviews, we thought you had been writing for a lot longer.
What made you start writing movie reviews?
Well that’s my wifes fault. One day she suggested to write about movies and possibly start my own blog. I thought that was a nice idea. As a result I am now writing about films on a daily base in the evening, updating my blog and reading other social media’s about other people’s opinion. A tiring hobby that ensures I’m having short nights now.
Its strange that sometimes it takes someone else to push us to do the things we want.
What is your favourite genre and why?
My favourite genre is Horror,fantasy and SF. But it’s not restricted to that. I can easily enjoy a drama or comedy. There’s not a genre I really hate, but I’m not a big fan of musicals and rom-com’s. But after looking at the ratings I gave the last year, strange but true there are two rom-com’s I enjoyed a lot. But I really like watching those low-budget, B-movies. All my life I’ve been a maverick when it comes to liking things. I’ve always been a fan of music or movies which aren’t really well known to the general public. Who wants to read another review about the latest blockbuster again? The downside is that there is a lot of rubbish in between, but occasionally you come across a gem. Like “Chariot” for example, a low-budget thriller that costed around $40,000. Amazing.
We think some of the lowest budgets need the biggest imaginations to make the work effectively, which always makes them interesting, either for better or for worse.
What was the last movie you saw?
Yesterday I saw Honeymoon. Once again a low profile,low-budget horror/SF. In a way an intriguing film, but with a total lack of explanation. Not everybody will appreciate it, but I thought it wasn’t that bad.
That sounds pretty interesting.
What are your top five movies?
That’s a difficult question because there are so many great movies that impressed me. I’ll just choose the ones that pop in my mind.
The Shawshank Redemption
The Lord of the Rings : The fellowship of the Ring
What are your worst five movies?
Damn that’s also a difficult question since there are a zillion movies that deserve the label “worst”. I’ll just consult my blog:
DinoShark is an awful movie, its hard to argue with that.
What do you do when your not watching movies?
Well as a husband and a father I’ll spend my time with my family when I’m not watching. Two lovely kids (Karolien 5 years and Filip 3 years) who ask a lot of attention. And my wife watches movies together with me most of the time. As long as it’s not a horror or something cruel and violent. Music once was a passion, but due to the lack of time it moved to the background.
You sound like a pretty busy guy!
Describe yourself in three words?
Manic, positive, tireless
one thing I will never do is …..
Spend a night in a creepy rundown house which is said to be haunted. Maybe I watch a lot of horror and other creepy stuff, but that’s still done safely at home in my comfy chair.
We are with you on this one.
If someone had to star in a biography about your life who would it be?
Tom Hanks alternating with Bruce Willis. The first one because he would manage to play such a complex personality like me. The latter so he could play the tough guy I wished I could be.
Thats an interesting mix. I dont think there is anyone who hasn’t wanted to be a tough guy at some point in their life.
Where can we STALK you? (Facebook, Twitter, blog, any other sites you write for?)
I have a facebook account, but I only use it to put pictures of my kids on it, so my parents-in-law can watch them. My twitter account is @ikkegoemikke. You can find my blog here and the dutch version here. I have a google+ profile and next to that I post my reviews on IMDB, Movie-Blogger (of course), Wikinut, Bubblews, Letterboxd, moviemeter.nl and filmjaar.nl. And once and a while a New-Zealand website (Stuff Nation) publishes a review and an Australian website (The Blurb Magazine) asks me to review a movie. Pffft, that’s a lot I realise now !
Well, you seem to be very busy Peter, and it is great that your getting your work out there. It has been excellent catching up with you and hopefully we can do it again sometime soon. We have also overdosed on this Belgium coffee, but it is simply too good to stop drinking!