Radio Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful CreaturesWow, been a long time, but I am slowly getting back into shape with the radio. This week I managed to see the “cashing in on Twilight” movie Beautiful Creatures. Surprisingly, it’s actually better made, shot for shot, than Twilight, and the characters feel more real (which isn’t actually hard). The problem arises when we get boggled down in book-lore and Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson try to make it a little too epic. It still gets an agreeable dice roll 3.

Read the full review in Norwegian at Radio Revolt.no

Why I loved The Hobbit

the-hobbit-thorinOut of all the fandoms I belong to, I think I’m probably most geeky about Tolkien. At least I was back in my even more awkward than now teenage years. I could answer every question in my official Tolkien Quiz Book, and I wrote a grammar book for Elvish I would study in my spare moments.

I am therefore always excited when a new Tolkien film comes out. This time, however, I was much more weary than with the previous trilogy.

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Second Place in Scandinavian Film Championship: the best and the worst movies

I am a proud member of Team Trondheim, one of 18 teams that competed in the Scandinavian Film Championship last weekend, and well into this week. Despite serious misgivings on my part, we went all the way to the silver medal, though sadly we didn’t get an actual medal, just the well-deserved prize of sleep.

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Radio Review: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II

This week I was the lucky one who got to see the last Twilight movie. You can tell I’m excited, right? Actually, it’s become sort of a tradition for me to see them because, while I am not a Twilight fan, I do understand them thanks to by Anne Rice fangirling past.

So, I decided to review the film for the fans and not the haters! By that standard Breaking Dawn Part II is actually the best of the bunch in my opinion. It has cool vampire powers, some nifty effects here and there, and the lease amount of staring!

In the non-Twihard world, it actually comes away with a decent dice roll 3.

Listen and read the full review at Radio Revolt.no!

Old review: Brave

Since I didn’t get to see any film premiers this week, I thought I’d review a film I saw a while ago and didn’t write about. Pixar’s Brave. 

Set in a fantasy version of Scotland, Brave stars the young princess Merida (voice by Kelly MacDonald) who is the rebellious type. Although she has a good relationship with her father Fergus (instantly recognizable as Billy Connolly), and her three rascal brothers, she does have problems with her manner-obsessed mother (Emma Thompson). Hating the idea of being forced to marry one of the sons of the three other clans, she comes across a witch who offers a spell to change her fate by changing her mother. If you know Disney you will immediately know that some things are too good to be true, which is exactly the case when the mother is indeed changed, into a bear.

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Five Favourite Specific Film Genres

I love all kinds of movies – the good, the bad and even the just-good-looking, but there will always be more movies than I can watch, so how to pick which one? Usually, I catch whatever is at the cinema, or maybe a friend recommends a movie. On top of these standard ways of thinning the herd, there are a few specific “genres” that will always get me to watch a film, even though I know it’s probably going to be bad. I say genres, but every entry here can include everything from romance to action, so I guess you can say if a movie contains one of these five things, I’m watching it.

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Kosmorama recap

Trondheim’s International Film festival is at an end, and I had an absolutely fabulous time. I watched a lot of movies, though I wish I’d seen even more. Here is a list of the movies I saw, with links to the reviews posted on radiorevolt.no! The dice rolls are in parenthesis, with a short explanation after.

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Old Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

Dropping down the rabbit hole to see what’s been happening in “Underland” leaves me with a feeling of disappointing nostalgia. I think Tim Burton was replaced by a robot replica a long time ago, and all we see now is its automatic movie-making capabilities.

Alice in Wonderland is all about Alice finding her way back down the rabbit hole to discover she’s the prophesied savior of Underland. This means the movie has a very specific plot: the “reluctant hero steps up at the last moment to save the day”-story, but in a world where nothing is suppose to make sense. This means that the plot makes so sense!  The predictable plot made it seem like a traditional fantasy summer movie, like Eragon in drag.

Take the Mad Hatter. He isn’t suppose to be sad or angry at the queen’s tyranny. He’s mad, and while Depp is surely the man for the job, I felt his too mad costume made him stiff and unable to show off his true skills.

There are redeeming qualities. Sometimes, when the nostalgia is at its peak and there’s dialogue that’s in true Carroll spirit, I felt glad to be there. It’s just a pity they so quickly jump into action sequences instead.

The white queen I found very funny for some reason, and I’m not sure that was intentional from the Burton, but I liked it. Anne Hathaway was very good.

So all in all it’s watchable, but perhaps Burton should have just done another remake of the original.

Dice roll: 3