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I Kill Giants

In first perspective, this film seems odd at the very least. A young girl, struggling with finding her identity and, as it seems, on the verge of puberty, tries to deal with that aswell. She is depicted as an outcast in school.
During the film it reminds you somewhat of the antipole of Bridge to Terabithia. After all, that film is with a very light, cozy tone, with a girl that seems to find friends wherever she goes.

The drama is also sort of likewise, in the sense that it’s death. In I Kill Giants it becomes clear that Barbara (interestingly played by Madison Wolfe) is most certainly fighting something, as a result of not wanting to deal with her home situation. Because it keeps being mystified what’s going on exactly, the film appears quite slow for at least the first half hour to 45 minutes. Barbara gives big mouths, doesn’t even wΓ‘nt to connect to anyone, doesn’t want to cooperate and so on.

In the end you get it’s a sort of OCD, something we all pick up at some time, even for buying such a thing as lotterly tickets, to have a ritual. To make sure everything will be alright.

You have to be in the mood for a bit of drama and you’re gonna have to deal being inside the mind of a young girl and her peers, but it is, in the end, a proper good watch.

 

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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Case 39

With Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane, Jodelle Ferland and many others.

A film that reminds strongly of The Omen, and an episode of Black Mirror. They just left out the religious part.
It is a good effort to see Renee Zellweger break free from her famous Bridget Jones character. Indeed, I see someone who is well able to act well, but is deprived of true deeper intentions due to a script that won’t allow her to do that.
I’m not sure why they cast Bradley Cooper, but it could have been anybody. He is not bad, he is OK, but I haven’t seen him in anything profoundly serious, so his presence does predict to me that this film won’t go all that deep.
Which is true. The child actors in this film, I feel, could have been so much better if the story had been as such. The scene where Lily is saved is heavy and heartbreaking, it has to be said.

The following of the film, however, gives the film more and more twists that don’t develop well and in the end you’re like ‘what?’

In itself it’s not a bad watch though, even if only to see Renee Zellweger acting in a thrilling genre instead of comedy.

 

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Every Thing Will Be Fine

With James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsboury.

This film basically depicts how people deal with loss, and actually everybody, or nearly everybody involved.
A torn writer (double, I know) is on his way home by car, when he accidentally drives over a kid. He doesn’t notice this at first, as there is another one, still alive.

When he gets back to his girlfriend, he initially doesn’t want to talk about it. Later on, it appears that his girlfriend found out by local gossip, as the place they live in, is not that big. Of course she doesn’t like this, she tells him he should have told her everything. This moment, he breaks up with her.

The moments are really fragments. There’s a lot of them. Where there’s small talk about nothing and everything, then a new scene appears. The conversations had are not the kinds that I would expect. The women are usually more convincing than any of the men appearing, but overal: emotions are hard to be depicted, it seems.
Another weird thing is that all these actors, whom you know to be American, do try very hard to add a French accent to their speech. I did wonder why. Only in the end I noticed the traffic plate that made me sure it was supposed to be a French story. Then why don’t you cast French people and don’t touch it, Hollywood?!

It is a very slow film. But given that people who loose someone, really prefer the world not to go on, for time to stand still, this kind of makes sense. The short particles actually show what moments they were bugged with old memories, and how it made them feel. For instance the new girlfriend, who is herself so stressed and shaken, that she, for a moment, does not accept the fact that her boyfriend is not shaky at all. She wants him to be crying like a baby, to give her some feeling of ‘yes, you are alright to feel sad and depressed and so on’. Which is in itself understandable if you feel like that yourself, but not everybody processes things in the same way.

It’s an interesting watch for sure, but don’t expect any velocity or any real emotions, or normal conversations. They do talk weird, and I do not believe anybody would talk like that. Even if they’re French.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Wave

With Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande and many others.

Given that this film is Danish, I expected much quality. Unfortunately, even Denmark has its downsides, apparently.

I did think it was a series at first, so given that it has a very slow start (things don’t happen until over half an hour in the film) it’s not likely that you will ‘hang in there’ as I did because now it got me curious. When the shit really hits the fence, you’re about an hour in the film, and you’ve seen the main character, Kristian, make the weirdest decisions. Like leaving his youngest kid behind so he can help a woman who is stuck behind a car. He does this so she will be able to flee up the road. When it turns out this is no longer possible, they hide in the same care he just freed her from. His kid is still running for her life, out! What sane father would leave his child alone with someone who is NOT her father, to spend his very possibly last moments with someone he barely knows, in a car? To me that doesn’t strike as very believeable.

Then, after the occurrance, I noticed how much this film wants to be like War of the Worlds, but doesn’t get to do that, despite the ‘leave your kid and safe a random stranger’ effect. or like The Walking Dead, but more so because the main character, Kristian, resembles one of those actors quite a bit.
I was also reminded of Titanic at some point, of The Day After Tomorrow, and all of those, including the previously named ones, had better acting actors. The only one who truly struck a chord with me are Edith (who plays the young girl, Julia) and Margot (Kristian’s former colleague). The rest of ‘m do seem to try, but either don’t get enough screentime to actually be able to perform believeable, or simply aren’t able to.

I’ve wasted my time so you didn’t have to. You’re welcome πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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How I made a Barbarella-outfit out of an H&M jumpsuit

Yes, I am without a hobby. You’ve got to be, when doing something like this, right?

Fact is: I wrote a scifi book (well, that is my opinion, the one I wrote it for said it has a lack of spaceships?! – it has one, but, like Dr Who’s, it’s camouflaged!) and I wanted a pic of me in a Barbarella-like outfit.

So there. That was the initial goal.
Now all I had to look for, was a store that sold something that came even remotely close to such an outfit.
After studying several outfits that I was aware of, worn by the gorgeous Jane Fonda, I decided to go forΒ vlcsnap-2015-02-03-11h47m11s195this one.

When I found out H&M stores had a jumpsuit available in white, I went for it. Thankfully, I had just bought a sewing-machine πŸ™‚

 

so after cutting the legs off, buying black satin ribbons, sewing those on the halter-part of the jumpsuit, I had to undo the legs. Given that I’m not really that good at handycrafts, I ended up making a seam quite next to where the original seam already was situated, camouflaged that with some more ribbon, and so on. Then I put on some cardboard tube with aluminum foil on our wii-gun.

To be fair, I was quite pleased with the result πŸ™‚ So if anybody asks you: YES, I’m available for the remake of Barbarella! πŸ˜‰

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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in Books, Films, Humour, Projects, Uncategorized

 

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It’s Complicated

With Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Lake Bell, Zoe Kazan, Hunter Parrish, Caitlin Fitzgerald and many others.

After having been divorced for at least a decade, Jane and Jake Adler find themselves on turning points in their lives again. Jane is about to redecorate her kitchen to all of her cooking wishes, Jake is having trouble keeping his younger wife happy, who wants to have another baby and his fertility has apparently gone down the drain over the years.

Then, Jane and Jake’s youngest graduates, making the family reunite in New York. Albeit in different rooms, it appears they are staying at the same hotel. And unexpectedly, Jake is alone. His wife and 5 year old stepson didn’t come along as his stepson fell ill.

This ends up in a heavily, heavily drunken night, with Jane and Jake sleeping together.

To both their hugest shock. To Jake’s delight in the morning, Jane is the one feeling guilty (how typical, eh?). Jane feels like she betrayed her kids, while Jake feels like he did quite the opposite. Then again, they know each other so well, it happens again. The reliving of a shared past, the emotions of having shared kids and a life together, makes them very vulnerable and open to one another.

But then the architect of Jane’s new kitchen, Adam (played by Steve Martin, not sure why: he isn’t bad, but also not witty or funny in this particular part), becomes more boyfriend material. Jane finds herself more and more in moral trouble due to her fling with Jake.

A good old chickflick that shows how men can be confronted with their utterly stupid made decisions earlier. It is, as always, a joy to see Meryl Streep, with a boyishly charming Alec Baldwin and their children who have cast to look not even a bit like either of them. OK, they have all blonde hairs, but other than that? Not much.

Still, if you’re into a hilarious chickflick, this one is for you πŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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The Remains Of The Day

I’m an Emma Thompson-fan, an Anthony Hopkins-fan and Hugh Grant and so on. Plenty of people, therefor, to make this film worth while, right?

I know it has won prizes and people were full of it. I just couldn’t find it. The story keeps dragging on for over two hours.
When I was in my early teens I would have loved this film. I hated the Hollywood-formula where they would always,Β always live ‘happily ever after’. I loved Welcome To The Dollhouse for that very reason. In the end, nothing had happened to make Dawn Wiener’s life even remotedly better.

The same here, really. Two people from a house staff who only seem to look at the quality of work they both deliver within that house, have to appear as if they do so without any emotion.
Except that’s not the case. Anthony Hopkins, who plays Mr Stevens, the head of the household, makes sure his father, William Stevens, gets hired by his employer. With this step, he is no longer objective.
Emma Thompson, playing Miss Kenton, notices immediately. And this is where they are of for a wrong start.
Mr Stevens doesn’t actually allow anyone to even doubt his father being unable to fullfill his duties. It is not until his father’s ill health simply collapses, that he is forced to see that. And still then, both Mr Stevens and his father, don’t actually agree on the possibility that the job is over.

The affections Mr Stevens has for Miss Kenton are so well hidden that a few of the scenes that do make it clear, also point to the fact that Mr Stevens is not worthy of her feelings for him: someone who tries to hide it that well, for the sake of the job that needs to be done and so on, is far too much in love with that job, to ever feel any duty towards his subject of affection.

Of course, this is entirely my opinion on such matters, not especially on the film. I did think the film to be too long. For that time it was perhaps normal, nowadays it tends to get a bit long, that many speeches during dinners and people agreeing, disagreeing and noticing the staff won’t open their mouths as that’s simply not their job.

It’s also nice to see Christopher Reeve walking and being his lovely self here!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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