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  • The Hunting Party

    The Hunting Party 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    I'd kept postponing this film since the moment of discovery, thinking it was a contemporary tale.
    Today I found out it was set in the Old West, and having longed for a new western experience, I didn't hesitate for a second.

    Trying to sympathise with any of the players in The Hunting Party is like playing the old kids' favourite; chair game. What I mean by that is that it switches around depending on the previous scene, as they all…

  • A Somewhat Gentle Man

    A Somewhat Gentle Man 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2015 2

    A somewhat gentle film as well. Most of the time. Except for the short bursts of sex, they're really something though.

    When Hans Petter Moland calls, Stellan Skarsgård answers, I think this is their 4th collaberation, a great director/actor partnership.

    Staying in the shoddier side of suburbia, the film manages to keep a small town feel, even though it is set in Oslo, and our somewhat gentle man just tries to get on with life after a 12 year prison…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life 1946

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2015

    Last Sunday my local (in fairness the only one in Oslo) arthouse theatre put on a 35mm free screening of this film, and as I'd yet to see it I thought this would be the perfect time for it. Not only because I've wanted to see it for ages, and my own DVD copy was lent to someone never to be seen again, but also for some much needed Christmas spirit.

    For a good, long while, it's not that "christmassy"…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane 1941

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2015

    Yeah.....

    Maybe I wasn't in the finest of moods ( majorly pissed off for reasons that, for you boredom's sake, will remain in the dark) when I chose this long overdue pick from my sheld of DVDs and Blu-Rays.

    It couldn't go too wrong, right? Greatest film of all time, after all. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Sort of an odd title to give out anyways, but even so, I was slightly underwhelmed. It starts off (after that Rosebud/death…

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    Why Don't You Play in Hell? 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Dec, 2015 2

    Ha!
    This was something else entirely.

    No wonder most of Sono Sion's films are quite long, his brain is so full of off-beat ideas that to pack it into an economical running time would be a crime to the art of filmmaking.

    WDYPiH? is pretty far from perfect, but I beg of you not to ask for any detailed insight as to why. What it is, is hilarious, cute, mad, nostalgic and a whole lot more. Hell, when Ken Takakura…

  • Man Up

    Man Up 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2015

    Man Up is a film indebted to the chemistry and charisma of its two leads. A built-up appreciation of Pegg and Bell, as I have gathered over the years, was in fact the sole reason I sought it out in the first place. Their chemistry is, by all intents and purposes, what lifts the more or less play by play rom-com above average. Bell even pulls of a British accent (a pet peeve of mine is accents and dialects, and…

  • Child 44

    Child 44 2015

    ★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2015 6

    This film's outcome was on a hiding to nothing the moment they went with "Sovietlish" or whatever you wanna call it. And then there's the inconsistency of it as well, with Charles Dance, and some nobody with one line, just not giving a fuck and pronouncing in their British tongue.

    I do feel for Tom Hardy, though, as he evidently is the only one caring enough about this film to actually lay down some effort. The script is just let…

  • Penis Boy

    Penis Boy 2015

    ½ Watched 18 Oct, 2015 17

    It would seem not enough people in your life has told you this, so allow me, James; fuck you.

  • The Visit

    The Visit 2015

    ★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2015 2

    Steven Anthony Lawrence. I could not shake off the resemblance, and it occupied my mind to the extent that the film itself was rendered meaningless.

  • Kronprinsen

    Kronprinsen 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Oct, 2015

    This film is not a film to put on when you just feel like switching off after a long day's work. Not that you'd find it anywhere, mind you. I was lucky enough to get to go to a special 35mm screening introduced by the living legend that is Per Haddal (think Roger Ebert, if Oslo were Chicago, and you get the gist).

    It's a film that effectively meant all of director Pål Bang-Hansen's future efforts to get films funded…

  • The Sentinel

    The Sentinel 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    I'm in the process of moving into a new flat. Not a wise choice to watch this right now. Having second thoughts about this move, haha. Need to check out who lives at the top, that's for damn sure.

    I think I picked this film a bit randomly, and was more and more dumbfounded as one famous name after the other came up at my screen during the opening credits. "How is this not more well known?" I asked myself.…

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke 1967

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Sep, 2015 2

    Growing up as I did in the 80s and 90s, this film is closely connected in my mind to Guns 'n' Roses' Civil War (though this was a first time watch), but my mind drifted towards Steady Rollin' by Two Gallants after the end credits. Mainly this part:
    "Well I come from the old time baby,
    too late for you to save me.
    If I remain then I'm to blame."

    I'll be back with more, so Zap won't stab me, but for now, I'll just say that Conrad Hall bossed it.