Review: Ondine (2009)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | 3 Comments

Ondine is a modern fairy tale that tells the story of an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. She says her name is Ondine, which means “she came from the sea”. His daughter comes to believe that the woman is a selkie, something like a mermaid. However, like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand.

Ever since I saw In Bruges I have always been happy to see Coling Farrell (don’t just judge him by Miami Vice). His performance of the somewhat dim witted Irish fisherman is also very good and the mermaid in question is also veeery nice to look at 😛 (@see Alicja Bachleda) No wonder she got preggas while shooting this film … how romatic!

7.5 / 10 – Slow and touching, a relaxing flick for a sunday evening.

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Review: Kirot – The Assassin Next Door

Sunday, September 5th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Olga Kurylenko as an assassin, maybe in a black leather dress and swords as her weapons of choice? If you expect something like this you are completely wrong.

“Kirot” is a drama about brutal sex-traffic Mafia exploitation and a woman trying to get out of the business but she ends up being forced into assassinations by her boss. He is keeping her passport and without it she cannot leave. So she does what she is told to just to be able to get away from this at some point. Doing so she befriends her neighbour, who is a victim to her wife beating husband. Together they comfort themselves and try to cope with the situation – and to find a solution to their problems eventually.

6.0 / 10 – Quite okay but doesn’t really kick off at any time, could have been a lot better.

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Review: The Lovely Bones (2009)

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

I used to be a big Peter Jackson fan. Bad Taste was the first splatter film I’ve ever seen (at the age of 14!) and I almost wet my pants doing so (laughing my arse off). A hilarious masterpiece. Brain Dead and Meet the Feebles followed and I watched them quite a few times back then. Then his style completely changed. First, a disturbing drama about friendship that is to kill for: Heavenly Creatures, after that Forgotten Silver – a nice mockumentary about a supergenius filmmaker. The horror comedy The Frighteners never really got to me (even though Micheal J. Fox stars in this one). Then, Lord of the Rings got announced and like a lot of people I couldn’t believe the news at first, but later on I was convinced that PJ would be the only guy out there capable of doing it right – just because his prior films where so very special. Well, we all know he did a very good job, followed by a pretty mediocre King Kong remake (childhood dream, fair enough). After years of production (well, at least it was pronounced years and years ago) his new major release hits the theatres. The Lovely Bones. The story of a life and everything that came after…

If you are easily disturbed or very sensitive you can stop reading here. This film is not for you.

The story evolves around a 14 year old girl that get’s abused and killed by a sociopathic man. Her spirit first doesn’t realize that she is dead, and stays to observe how the famlily adapts to the new situation until she is finally ready to pass on. A very touching adaptation of the book by Alice Sebold. I don’t want to tell any more, you should have already got the hang of what you can expect from this film. Just one more thing: watching the credits I asked my wife “Who wants to see such a film, anyway?” wiping away my tears…

8.0 / 10 – a very well done film – cruel, dreamy, sad – not for the faint o’heart

P.S. – I also waited to see if my ole ‘discman’ mate Matt Dravitzki is still around. Executive assistant to PJ by now, congratz! (Yeah, IMDb could’ve provided the information right away, but that’s like cheating) – a pity I haven’t heard from him in years.

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Review: Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

Monday, January 19th, 2009 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, falls in love with Eli, the peculiar neighbour girl. “Låt den rätte komma in” (Let The Right One In) is a story both violent and highly romantic, set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982.

The Twilight mania is all around, yet here comes a little vampire gem off the beaten track. Still, a vampire always has to struggle with the same problems: immortality (boon and bane?), lack of love (problematic relationships (humans, were wolfs 😉 )), and, last but not least, the lust for blood…

Not your average vampire flick, worth a try even if you are not into the genre (or just if you to want to make head against the current Hollywood vampire hype – I am still looking forward to share a cinema with 98% lusty vampire lovin’ chicks 😀 – check out my wife’s review here)

It may be of interest that the film is – even if it is sort of an insiders’ tip – currently one of IMDb’s Top 250.

7.5/10 – I really liked it, though I do not share IMDb‘s current rating.

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Review: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Saturday, December 27th, 2008 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Finally a movie off the beaten track: Jamal, a young guy from the slums of Mumbai (a slumdog), get’s the chance to participate in India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” and is only one question away from winning the game. But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? A series of short stories explain the key to each and every answer he gave during the game.

What follows is the rather heart-breaking story of Jamal’s childhood, how he lost his parents, found his one true love and had to constantly struggle with criminals who exploit orphaned children in India. This part is really well done and quite shocking for somebody who grew up in a well protected area. Children being mutilated just for being more piteous while begging to earn more money? This is plain sick!

Based on the award winning book “Q and A” by Vikas Swarup. I guess the book might not have the (minor) flaws of the cinematic instalment.

At first I thought the movie was great* (8) then it dropped to just good (7) half way trough (the part between childhood and the grand finale is too much of a Hollywood mainstream flick IMHO), getting better at the end again, thus I rate this one:

7.5/10 – definately worth looking (I gave this on an 8 on IMDb, no .5 allowed there)

* I was thinking about my scale:

0 – there is no such thing as a 0, this is equal to not voting at all
1 – so bad it’s almost good
2 – Death Race (2008)
3 – a pain
4 – just below average
5 – average
6 – just above average
7 – good
8 – great
9 – awesome
10 – legendary (did I mention I got the Bro Code for Xmas?)

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Review: Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Monday, December 1st, 2008 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Kevin Smith strikes again. Yeah right! As if! I may upset some die hard fans but I am not afraid to say something *against* something that some people think is kewl by definition (as in “No, I don’t like Douglas Adams, even though I consider myself a geek – and laugh about 42 jokes.”).

Alright, what is the fuzz all about? It’s Jack and his flatmate Miri being broke, deciding to make a porno to get some money. The idea is anything but original and Kevin Smith fans are bothered by the oh so familiar f… word all the time (don’t take me wrong, they expect that as a quality feature 😉 )

Again the movie is dialogue driven (with some porn in it 😛 ) – which is good but never reaches the genius of past instalments. In my opinion Smith released a masterpiece with Clerks (9/10 IMHO), followed by some good movies (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma), followed by some quite boring movies (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Clerks 2). Again, just my two cents.

In the end we have a comedy / drama thing (real love is part of the story, too) that has it’s moments, too much swear words (that rather are a pain in the neck than enhance the fun factor) and nothing out of the ordinary that would make it a better than mediocre flick. It’s fun to see Jason “Jay” Mewes again and Elizabeth Banks is giving an awesome example of cuteness/hotness at the same time! Hmmmm … nice!

All together rather disappointing – considering a Kevin Smith production.


P.S. Funny thing is that I see the same development with Simon Pegg. Shawn of the Dead is a Classic, Hot Fuzz really good and the recent How to Lose Friends & Alienate People pretty boring. Well, he didn’t write the last one, just took part in it. Hope he’ll get his act together.

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Review: Keith (2008)

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

This movie is basically a high school teeny love drama, but with a tragic spin. Natalie (nice performance by Elisabeth Harnois – I couldn’t believe that she was born in ’79 – she looks like 17 in this movie!), a successful and good looking student who seems to have it all gets assigned a new partner in her chemistry class: Keith. All the popular people think he is a dork, but there is something about him …

This is not a cheesy teen flick, on the contrary, it deals with human problems, emotions and does it without exaggerating. Nothing for a boy’s night, but good if you want a quiet evening, preferably with your partner. Make sure you bring some tissues… ah, and btw, I hope they’ll release the OST soon, it’s not classical music but still very smooth and easy going.


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