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Old rehash of the original
Where to begin. It's supposedly cast 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, but that would make Kylo Ren in his late 20s?!!? Snoke (Kylo Rens master) looks like he is 100 years. Where was he during the return of the Jedi? Also how did the fallen Empire manage to be rebuilt as the First Order within that short time? Do they make these Death Stars in lightspeed? The movie is ridden with so many flaws and errors it's a mockery of everything done by Lucas. It also has so many similarities with A new Hope that it's basically the same movie redone. I found this whole movie to be a huge disappointment, perhaps the biggest in movie history. The CGI is OK but for the budget they had it's not impressive. I hope that people convey to Disney how much they messed up the Star Wars universe. It's a turkey of a movie. Perhaps the biggest ever.
The Revenant (2015)
It's like you are into the movie: strong, immensive and real
No story spoilers here ;) I just watched the Revenant again today. It's such a crowd pleasure of a film (phun intended). But it's truly an artwork of a film. It's like you are INTO it and the story - even thou not a happy one, its profoundly spiritual and makes you think in a new way about yourself, life and what's it's all about. If you've not seen it go do so. I am sure some people are not checking it out because the massive talk and awards to the film, but please do not hold that against it. Go see it with fresh eyes. Make up your own mind. And the scenery is just amazing. 4K resolution on the BlueRay version must be like out of this world.
Vikings the alternative take on their life and myth
What is there to be said about this series that hasn't already been said? If you want an action filled series with good plots then you should be in for a treat. I would like to mention the series spiritual aspect. The Vikings were clearly very spiritual. And we get to see them encounter the new religion, Christianity, that was to replace their old belief system. This is a topic that is central. Most clearly seen in the lead characters Ragnar, Floki and their trell Ahtelstan (who is a devoted Christian, but who finds himself in conflict in his spiritual journey). I think the series does not hit the nail completely, but to their credit they try and do an OK job. I do miss more details of the Viking rites, their lore and how integrated it was into everything they did. It's also a very good portrait of how England was formed, from being divided into regions into the unity that later was to be known as United Kingdom. If there's something negative to mention I'd say that they chose some odd music (imo) to accompany the Vikings. I did not know that Scandinavians were into Mongolian throat singing :)
The Sex Movie (2006)
A movie about sexual identity and being honest about it...
The acting is top notch, the dialogs are also great - however the characters are a bit too "perfect" to portrait real life, but in a movie it works. In reality people are rarely (if ever) this good in expressing polished/perfect ideas, with smart and witty comments, perfectly timed and executed. But in a movie it works and comes across both funny and in place - we believe in the characters, they are cool, like we would sometime want to be. Perhaps the director could have used the dogme approach to the film - it would have become more believable?
Here's my conclusion; what is this movie really all about? What is being told to us? What do we think when it is all over and done? OK I will try to express my view: When looking back at the story I feel that the "straight" angle is somewhat missing; as all 4 seem to end up homosexual (or bisexual). Perhaps the intention of this movie is to tell us that everyone is not locked into a sexual finite box, that deep down, when the mental armor we put up around our sexual being is removed (by the right words, setting or persons)? Perhaps that is the directors view? When looking back at how the movie ends.
If I agree? Yes, I kinda do. We are sexual beings, man or female, and sex does not always have to be about reproducing our selves. It CAN be a good experience, just focusing on the pleasure-part. Not always, but it should be explored at some point in anyones life.
I think the "gay dude" explains this rather good in the movie at some point. If one think back and remembers how sex was first encountered, how the feelings where, before being "programmed" by society, porn, TV, books, parents, or whatever - what is felt inside oneself - I do not think it was important if one had sex alone or with a boy/girl - but rather with a person - another individual - mostly someone at the same level and age. We can close our eyes and imagine. Later we turn into either heterosexuals or homosexuals and this become the norm. But even later in life it is possible to return to the "source" and have sex without thinking it to death. If one is safe in his/her sexual identity. Sometimes friction does the trick and is all that we need :-)
Even if you paint a zebra black, it's still a zebra - it does not become the black stallion - or whatever.... Go see the da*n movie!
One of the most complex horror movies I've seen
I found this movie disturbing, as it should be, yet, compared to other movies in the same genre: Hostel, Saw, Devils Rejects - it's the movie with the most gore, blood and shock value. I too, at first, found the script a bit on the light side, but it grew on me throughout the movie; It portraits the dark side of humanity in a very shocking, disturbing and sadly - true - state. None can deny there is murder going on - every day. Gruesome. Gory. Bloody. That is for all to see. But beneath this gore? Is there some other story told? I actually find "the photographer" more sane and mental appealing than for example: George Bush (or other world leaders), who have more death on his hands, yet he does it with a smile into the camera. He smiles to us from the TV. The photographer hurts as we can see, time after time, he hates himself, he shouts in pain and yet he can not escape the broken child that still exists inside of him, making him keep on killing females & children. I found the subtle connection to 9.11 very suitable, when thinking about the mentioned connection with murders committed by the "leaders" of the country. First the lives of young American soldiers, then the children and women of Iraq who suffers daily upon this leadership. I am not surprised that most Americans never saw any connections like this, as most people are lost inside their little glass bubble, in denial about the state of planet Earth. This is not simply a gory horror flick - it is a mirror of the times we all live in. That's why I give it 9 out of 10. Another common thing with the photographer and George is that they both like to quote from the bible. As to justify their actions to some kind of good or justice, that most people can relate. Yet, it is completely madness, as we can all see. Nothing is covered here, it is all in the open - and rightly it is almost too much for anyone to see, the gore, the horror - Abu Grabi like - crazy - concentration camp like. Yes, there were the 3rd Reich connection as well. Did everyone who gave this movie 1 out of 10 not get anything out of all the connections, the symbolic languages told? It is almost as I would recommend those of you to buy the Twin Peaks box set and start study analogy and symbol languages therein. Just to fresh up that ability and then I hope many of you watch M.S.P. one more time. Last: plz try to see the whole thing this time. Despite the blood, gore and un-human like behaviour.
10 Year celebration
I was a fan of this series when it was shown here in Norway, and I agree with the other comment before this saying it was sad it got canceled. I also would like to see new episodes, picking up from where it left, 10 years ago. Or perhaps even better, a new script with the same lead character now 10 years older, talking about what took place, summing-up the old plot, and later start a new plot, more up to date.
I also agree that the reason why it was taken off, is probably due to the rather uncommon plot/story - where the lead role act out a darker side than normal. I esp. liked the fact that he crawled to sleep inside a cardboard box, instead of a nice bed with a standard to his wealthy income. I guess, he could not forget his past, more difficult, life? I feel like "profit" could have been directed by David Lynch, it somehow fall into his style of making TV series (Twin Peaks, etc).
American Beauty (1999)
an important movie for the new millenium
American Beauty is movie on many levels. Different induviduals interacting and living together in the most realistic way I can ever remember to have seen in any film. There is a part of the movie that deals with an plastic bag, a symbol for the spiritual nature. I must admit that this film made me cry and laugh, think and relate to myself. It is amazing how the whole movie can put all the loose ends into a well organized structure in aprox. 2 hours, leaving the viewer changed forever. Very good casting by the actors, Kevin S. especially, but all the others was very "real" and did a very good job.