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Residence: Denmark, Europe.
Omniverous when it comes to movies. I'll watch anything. Even Adam Sandler.
I like to travel the world; Australia and New Zealand being my favorite destinations so far.
An decent caricature artist, married since 2001, and father of 2.
Part time self-taught actor, appeared in Valg i Kommunen (2013) and Peter Steenberg's LISA (2016)
Clichéd, tiresome psychological thriller/horror movie with a one-note central performance by Liv Corfixen, whose titular feline is accidentally possessed by a demon, when it happens to gate-crash an occult seance by the upstairs neighbours. Eventually it turns into a panther-like monster, attacking targets of its owner's jealous rage, like her two-timing boyfriend (a miscast Martin Brygmann) and her ditto roommate (Charlotte Munck). Only Pilmark as the cop on the case manages to rise above the material and emerge unscathed from this incoherent and unintentionally funny piece of dreck. After the risible teen-horrors "Sidste Time", "Mørkeleg" and now this, the time seems ripe for director/horror buff Martin Schmidt to try his hand out at other genres.
Kunsten at græde i kor (2006)
Watch this gem
Based on an autobiographical novel by Erling Jepsen, this drama/black comedy of a dysfunctional family takes place in southern Denmark close to the German border in the early 70'es. Jesper Asholt plays the family patriarch, a whining grocer, who has a hard time coping with changing times and family patterns. As a result, he constantly threatens his wife and kids that he'll commit suicide. While his wife escapes reality with sedatives, his young son Allan is determined to keep his father from killing himself. As his dad is only truly happy when he gets to deliver tearful speeches at local funerals, Allan sees no other option than to make sure there are plenty of funerals for his father to attend... If you think you know where this is going, watch this movie anyway, as it's got plenty of surprises and twists, changing from black comedy to heartbreaking drama, with some shattering, almost unbearably intense, albeit discreet, scenes of child abuse. Made with care, a genuine feel for time and place and destined to become a modern classic. Truly unforgettable, and an impressive feature debut for director Peter S. Fog.
Admirable horror amateur feature
Nicolas Bennetzen is an amateur filmmaker, whose debut feature GLIMPSE, shot for only 25,000 DKK, premiered on cable channel DK4 in October '06. Bennetzen, well aware of his budgetary limitations, has wisely decided to avoid major special effects and large set pieces. The object was admittedly to use the filming process as a learning experience and prove that amateurs can complete a feature film on a low budget. The film is obviously inspired by Japanese horror movie hits of the late '90es like RINGU, DARK WATER and JU-ON, replete with shots of dark long-haired Japanese chicks appearing out of nowhere. Director Bennetzen knows the genre conventions, which results in a moderately entertaining, but overlong attempt at a Danish psychological horror movie. Some judicious cuts might have resulted in a tighter and more effective film. Lead actor Eliot does a fine job, but the performances of the supporting actors are highly variable. For horror buffs, the film offers nothing new. Anyone who's ever seen a Japanese horror film will see the twists coming a mile ahead, but on its own terms, a worthy and respectful amateur effort that Bennetzen can take pride in and use as a guiding tool for future projects. Hopefully he'll come up with something a bit more original next time.
Lock, Stock and Two Wasted Actors
Poor Guy Ritchie wannabe tells the thin story of gambling addict Laura (Hjejle, in an annoying one-note performance) hooking up with hard-nosed debt collector Claus (Bodnia, a bit more softhearted than usual, but on autopilot most of the time - he should definitely resume working with better directors). Spang Olsen's direction is less incompetent than usual, but with the emphasis less on action this time, the film also suffers from many dull stretches. Nikolaj Peyk's supposedly "authentic" dialog is simply not funny. A bunch of good actors are wasted in bit parts (Erik Clausen in particular) and a highly inappropriate soundtrack, as another user mentioned, make for an unimpressive movie.
Elefanter på loftet (1960)
It stinks! It reeks! Did I mention it stinks?
Unbelievably cheap, stupid farce about two aspiring actresses, who switch bodies thanks to a small jade elephant with magical powers. Chaos ensues. Filmed in Denmark, mostly on the same, barren set, with grating performances by its two female leads. Danish comedians Dirch Passer and Ove Sprogøe appear briefly in embarrassingly unfunny scenes and the whole thing drags along despite its short running time. Written by Sidney W. Pink, who was in charge of another Danish disaster you may have heard of: Reptilicus. Director Guldbrandsen had his name removed from the credits, which will give those familiar with his other work a pretty good idea of how bad THIS film is! A strong contender for #1 worst Danish movie ever.
Mimi og madammerne (1998)
The Big Shrill
Female talk show host invites her old fellow band members and their spouses (including her former lover) for a weekend in the country, but the reunion is less than joyful. An abrasive, annoying film filled with obnoxious characters that make no sense whatsoever, with dialogue reminiscent of crass feminist cinema of the 70'es. Not funny enough to work as a comedy, not serious enough to work as drama, the film is a car wreck and as erratic as its main character. Acted, written and directed with zero conviction. If you enjoy watching venomous couples arguing in front of their friends, this is the movie for you. Others beware. *½
Regel nr. 1 (2003)
Rule No. 1: Men Are Pigs
With the possible exception of love interest Sebastian (played by Levin), virtually all the male characters in this movie are depicted as selfish and complete b******s. (Chick flic Rule No. 1?)
Two sisters meet again after four years. One walked out on the other before a kidney transplant, so naturally they don't hit it off right away. Circumstances during a birthday party changes things somewhat, and they move in together and start going out, mainly to find the perfect guy for one of them.
A paperthin premise, but surprisingly realistic and compelling, thanks to Susanne Juhasz' winning and sincere performance. Mira Wanting plays the other self-centered sister. Stand-up comedians Mick Øgendahl and Carsten Bang appear in pointless cameos.
Not for all tastes, but funny and played with conviction. Juhasz' disastrous date with Nicolas Bro is as hilarious as it is embarrassing. Incidentally, alternate ending (available on DVD) changes film's message completely!
Terkel i knibe (2004)
The first Danish 100% computer-animated feature, and it's a deserved hit!
From the opening credits, a bullseye parody of Kyle Cooper's classic title sequence from SE7EN, the film hits a note far away from your usual animated fluff, be it from Disney, Pixar or anywhere else, for that matter. If Tim Burton and The Farrelly Brothers directed South Park, it would look something like this. Adapted from Anders Matthesen and Mette Heeno from Matthesen's radio play, it's a paperthin story of sixth-grader Terkel, who receives death threats and has trouble with a couple of bullies at school. But what it lacks in story, it compensates for with inventive CGI animation despite its low budget (more Jimmy Neutron than Finding Nemo), brilliant voice characterizations by Matthesen (who does all the voices), and a sharp, anarchic, non-PC and absolutely hilarious sense of humor. Extra bonus: Pixar-like "outtakes" during end credits.
Lad de små børn... (2004)
Solid non-dogme drama
Ubiquitous actress Paprika Steen makes an assured directing debut with this hard-hitting drama of a couple (Birkkjær and Gråbøl) attempting to cope (in very different ways) with the tragic loss of their teenage daughter, who has been killed by a drunk-driver (Mynster). There's no easy way out in this extremely well-acted film, which unfortunately also lacks a satisfying conclusion, and a few loose ends. Written by Kim Fupz Aakeson with music by Nikolaj Steen, the director's brother.
Lone Runner (1986)
Like watching camel dung dry...
Exceptionally dull post-apocalyptic effort from schlock director Deodato, stars ever-wooden Miles O'Keeffe (sporting another ridiculous hair-do) as Garrett, "The Lone Runner", a low-rent Mad Max on horseback, constantly out to free a princess (Savina Gersak) from the claws of greedy kidnappers, who are after her father's diamonds. Not much plot to get involved in, but a repetitive and mindless actioner with very little entertainment value. Huge disappointment from the director of "Cannibal Holocaust". It does, however, feature an outrageous performance by cult favorite John Steiner, acting like the errant offspring of Robbie Williams and Adam Ant.