Geir Friestad

Geir Friestad


Senior projectionist at the Norwegian Film Institute. Occasional freelance film critic.

I especially like animation, Japanese and Australian cinema, and American independent cinema.

Cynicism is intellectual cowardice.

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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure


    If Doctor Who was a stoner.

  • Tenet



    “Don’t try to understand it.”

    That’s a line uttered early on in Christopher Nolan’s latest addition to his oeuvre of puzzle box cinema. Though it’s a cute wink to the audience, it’s also bad advice, as Tenet, per usual with Nolan, is a movie entirely focused on narrative contortions, at the expense of characters and emotional involvement. If you don’t make an effort to keep up with the plot’s zigging and zagging, you’ll find little else of substance here to…

Popular reviews

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill


    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    Battles Without Honor and Humanity


    Energy and chaos.

    If you were to sum up the first entry in Kinji Fukasaku's groundbreaking series of movies, those would be the words to choose. The Battles Without Honor and Humanity series (a.k.a. The Yakuza Papers) shook the yakuza movie genre to its core, and turned it upside down. Up until then, Japan's organized screen mobsters were chivalrous – outlaws, but still adhering to their own strict code of honor bound conduct. These were the ninkyo days of yakuza…