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Before I Wake (2016)
Do not expect a "regular" horror movie
This movie somewhat reminded me of "A.I. Artificial Intelligence", a movie that started out like a drama and in the end felt like a fairy tale story. "Before I Wake" has the feel of a horror movie at times, but turns into, albeit a scary one, a fairy tale. The good: The actors did a fine job, especially the two leads. A well written story and the fantasy effects looks good. The bad: The monster did not look very scary, but I guess there is a reason for that in the story. The movie is promoted as a horror, I guess that will leave some viewers disappointed. This is not The Conjuring or Saw. This is a fantasy with some scary elements.
Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998)
Great opening titles, but...
I am a huge "Dallas"-fan, but this movie is just not good enough. Silly one-liners, the acting and direction seems rushed and contrived. And don't get me started on the story, or should I say lack of the same. The first reunion movie "JR Returns" at least had a decent script and some good and entertaining parts, but this time it just didn't work. The title is a misnomer as well, there are hardly any Ewings left on Southfork. JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen. One thing I DID like though was the updated opening titles. Classy! I liked the shot of J.R in the helicopter. If they had used the original "Dallas"-font i would have been perfect, but I guess you can't have it all.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
After reading several positive reviews of this movie (and a good average score), I found this movie a bit disappointing. First of all I would not call this a comedy, it's more of a drama with some funny moments. One thing that bothers me is that I don't sympathize with the main character, I find him selfish, irritating and stupid. On the plus side, I think the movie is well crafted and acted, the story has a lot of heart, even though for me it falls flat when I can't sympathize with Steve Carells character. Juliette Binoche stands out in a low key character role. My rating is 5/10 and unfortunately I must say that I am in a generous mood.
Vänner och fiender (1996)
Entertaining at times, but low production values
"Vänner och fiender" was a Swedish daily soap that aired between 1996 and 2000. This was in my opinion at better soap than "Nya tider" and "Skilda världar", at least in it's middle seasons. "Vänner & Fiender" had all the classic soap ingredients and had, perhaps, a more adult feel than the other Swedish daily soaps at the time. Standout performers for me are Eric Donell, Anki Lidén, Stig Engström, Anna Hansson, Allan Svensson and Daniel Nyrén. Cathrine Hardenborg was also somewhat underrated as the bitchy Dominique. Oh, and be warned...there are no real "ending" to this soap, instead we got a cliffhanger with no real resolution. Sad for the longterm fans.
7eventy 5ive (2007)
Oh, all those braindead characters..
What an utter disappointment! The score of 6,1 here on IMDb built up some mild expectations but, oh my, was I disappointed. The first thing that bugs me are those braindead, stereotyped university kids. Yes, I know teens can be childish and so on, but why are they in movies always portrayed as complete braindead morons? There was one character that I thought was alright, but he/she (not revealing it here) was killed off way before the end. The other characters was poorly executed and even the supposed hero/heroine just didn't do it for me. On the plus side: The plot is pretty good and the productions values a cut above for these kind of flicks. The acting was generally not very good, Rutger Hauer stands out in a small role. But it all fails with bland and braindead characters. You just stop caring about them after 10 minutes. 4/10 (and thats being generous).
The Fall of Dallas
The REAL decline of "Dallas" starts after this episode. People can say what they want, but the 1986-1987 season was "Dallas" back to it roots and a really good season. The season ends with Pam crashing her car into a tanker as Victoria Principal leaves the series. "Dallas" never felt the same again. Yes, there are good episodes post this one, but not THAT good. Don't miss out on J.R:s confrontation with Jeremy Wendell towards the end of this episode, a true classic for any fan, with J.R:s famous words "Wendell, you touch that painting and I'll kill you where you stand!" And, although he was no fighting ninja, J.R truly meant it.
Exciting episode, tragic outcome
This episode has tragic outcomes for Jordan Lee and April Stevens. It was a brave move by the writers, trying to shake things up a bit. Tragically it was much too late and producers have later concluded that killing off April was a mistake. An exciting episode however, one of the better of the later seasons. Trivia: Sheree J. Wilson will continue to be listed in the opening credits for the rest of the season, even though her character dies in this episode and she only appears in two more episodes (in Bobbys dream sequences). She left due to pregnancy. Trivia 2: Kimberly Foster (Michelle) & Howard Keel (Clayton) are not present in this episode.
Lost Highway (1997)
Stunning, absolutely stunning (spoiler)
Not for everyone, but I found "Lost Highway" to be an absolutely stunning movie. The camera work, the lightning, the soundtrack and the acting all blend together to perfection, telling a story about a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, or is it? Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton. Yes,the story IS complicated and it DOES NOT give straight answers. If that is something you don't like, then "Lost Highway" is simply not for you. You will miss a really good movie though (in my opinion much better than "Mulholland Drive"). David Lynch once again takes us on a ride "beyond, beyond, beyond". My rating: 8/10
Entertaining. Not always good!
In terms of acting, writing and directing this show declined considerably towards 1995-1996, many original characters left and the ideas for new stories were running dry. "Rederiet" however never failed to be entertaining. You didn't take it too seriously, but with characters like Joker (Johannes Brost), Uno (Hans V. Engström) and Gustav (Bert-Åke Varg) it was always funny to watch.
There was some mass protests when SVT decided to cancel the show. But to be honest I think it was time to pull the plug (or change the head writers). I would not mind a reunion movie though!
Cheezy ending, but pretty good
Simple, yet effective Swedish horror/thriller-movie. Ulrik Hansson is 45 years old and lives a secure life in a Swedish residential district together with his wife Monika and their two children. He's got a well-paid job as an architect and builds a new detached house which the family will move to. Everything is just great. He thinks. One morning he wakes up and shockingly discovers that they're gone. The whole family...And he is covered with blood. Did he do it? And does his persistent sleepwalking got anything to do with it? Although the story has been touched some times before in movie-land, this idea feels refreshing and although it's not crafted in the best ways (mainly due to some poor acting), it still bids for an exciting ninety minutes. The ending is a bit cheezy, but hey, many movies are.