Hysterical

Movie: Hysteria (2011)

A movie about the invention of the vibrator. That sounds like a movie that will try desperately to be awkward-funny or too serious, and fail either way. Luckily, this movie is just genuinely funny while reminding us how far women have come, without stereotyping and mocking the “crazy, prudish feminist” type. It’s also, for me, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s best role (and yes, I mean including The Dark Knight). 

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Not the Shark one.

Movie: The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

If you’re familiar with Tumblr, The Avengers and a certain God of Mischief, you might have noticed the insane amount of fangirls flocking to “Loki’s Army”. Tom Hiddleston has gotten quite the following, and I believe there are very good reasons for that. So, to really get to the bottom of this, I decided to view everything he’s ever been in, as I am wont to do whenever I “discover” a new actor. Luckily for me, I had already seen most of it, except a certain movie that is not at all about genetically modified sharks.

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Double Radio Review!

This week I saw a double feature, with two very good movies with very different tones.

The Lady: Aung San Suu Kyi’s story is told with clear passion. Michelle Yeoh’s performance is worth it all on its own.

Et si on vivait tous ensemble? A very charming french movie with Jane Fonda giving a heartfelt performance that proves that pensioners are far from dead.

Both walk away with a dice roll 5. I guess I was lifted up by the french, and then brought back down to earth (with some hope at the end) by biopic.

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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Nostalgia at Midnight

Movie: Midnight in Paris (2011)

With the Oscars over, I thought it high time to actually watch some of the winners, and Midnight in Paris, an ode to nostalgia by Woody Allen, is first up. I believe it won Best Screenplay, which I can imagine it deserved. As for Best Picture, I’m surprised it was nominated, but why don’t I get back to you once I’ve seen them all, just to be sure.

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Radio Review: This Means War.

Some people might not know this yet, but I am actually on the radio! Radio Revolt is the student radio in Trondheim, and I am part of their awesome movie show: Filmofil. I will be doing on average one review every week. All in Norwegian of course, but I can give you a tagline in English here and the dice roll.

This weeks movie was This Means War, an action rom-com starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. In all honestly, I wish this movie had just cut off the rom part and just gone with action comedy. I think Pine and Hardy could have made a fine duo.

Dice roll: 3

Listen (and read) the full review at Radio Revolt.

Probably not the best film to start with…

Movie: Twilight, Breaking Dawn, Part I.

I don’t know whether this is the best or the worst way to start a film blog, but I guess it’s sort of fitting. I don’t think I can write a proper review of this film, however, so instead I’m going to tell you a simple reason why this is a bad movie. This is not an attempt to make fun of the source material in any way. I’ll leave that to the inevitable literature blog.

To understand why this movie is a bad movie, one need only write up a description of the plot (SPOILERS ahead):

Bella and Edward get married, go on a honeymoon and get pregnant. The werewolves don’t like it, but before they can even attempt to kill the baby, Jacob “imprints” on it and they must back off. Bella, almost dead from having the baby ripped out of her, awakens with red eyes, signaling her turn to vampirism (finally).

That’s it. That is the entire film.

Now, if you hate the very idea of Twilight you might think “well, duh, that’s because the book’s awful,” try to imagine this movie without the vampires. What if this movie was about two lovers whose families didn’t want them together. Let’s say it was a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, only this time instead of killing themselves, they ran off and had a baby, and now one side of the family wants nothing more than to kill that baby.

A much more interesting idea for some, but if executed the way Twilight is, it’s still an awful movie.

I could go on about the bad music, creepy close-ups and constipated look on all the actors’ faces, but there’s really no need.

For a movie about werewolves who want to kill a human/vampire hybrid baby, this felt like one and a half episodes of Days of Our Lives.

Dice roll: 1