The Bridge

I don’t normally review television, though god knows I watch enough of it, (especially since we signed up to Netflix – honestly, I haven’t even turned our DSTV on since October.) But last night we completed the ten episodes of the first season of The Bridge, a completely remarkable Danish-Swedish co-production. From the macabre and…

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

So here’s what I understood from Fincher’s English-language re-telling of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: James Bond (great titles by the way) has retired from the secret service and is now living and working in Sweden where he’s surrounded by perfectly cast Europeans with great accents. He is hired by a wealthy industrialist to…

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Melancholia

So I’m sitting here imagining an alternative marketing push for the movie Melancholia…… “It’s about this huge meteor, right, that’s heading straight for earth, right, so it’s a race against time coz its gonna kill, like, everyone, right? And it’s got Kiefer Sutherland from 24 in it, and also that Swedish dude who’s the vampire…

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Let the Right One In

Let the Right One In, is a Swedish vampire movie based on a book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist (he also wrote the screenplay.) Set on a Swedish council estate in the dead of winter, it’s a gritty, grim tale – full of alcoholism, bullying, pedophilia, broken homes and long, long nights….

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Babylon AD

Zrnka, bear with me on this review of Vin Diesel’s shlocker Babylon A.D It’s pure violence and stupidity. The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical…

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As it is in Heaven

When I say As it is in Heaven is a Scandinavian Sister Act, I mean no disrespect to either movie. Both films feature a wild-haired, fish-out-of-water protagonist who unwillingly becomes involved in teaching harmony to a characterful, cacophanous choir, thereby allowing both choristers and choirmaster to discover joy and music, independence and community, redemption and love. There’s even a…

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