Archive for January, 2012

Movie I dig 033: Tierra y Libertad (Land and Freedom) (1995)

I’ve never known much about the Spanish civil war or the Franco regime. So stumbling on Tierrra y libertad seemed like an excellent opportunity to get to know a bit about it. No regrets there. It’s a great film.

It’s about an unemployed young man from Liverpool. He hears about the Spanish conflict at a meeting and being a communist he decides to go to Spain and fight for what he believes in, against the fascists.

I learned a lot about the conflict and the complexity of it (a lot of different factors and sides have their own interests). I didn’t learn much about the bigger picture and the politics behind the events of that era in Spain and Europe, even though there was a lot of talk about it in the dialogues. What I liked especially is that the film shows what life was like at the front and in the Spanish cities during that time. After the film I was kind off left with a feeling of sadness of how individuals throughout history have often been used as nothing more than mere pieces on a chessboard – and often replaceable.

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Music I dig 043: The war on drugs – Needle in your eye #16 (2008)

I love this video. Actually, this song and this video are hardly related, but it works so well together. The songs sticks.

Movie I dig 032: Få meg på, for faen (Turn me on, dammit!) (2011)

Få meg på, for faen is a short – maybe a bit too short – youth film about a young girl in a small boring village on Norway. Usually I’m not the kind of person who get’s all excited about youth films, on the contrary. I tend to think youth films make all youth look like idiots and makes the youth who watches them even bigger idiots. Not so much in this case though. I’m not sure why how I ever came up with the idea of checking this youth movie out, but I did, and I’m glad. However, let me point one more thing out, this is not a film that will rock your world, change your life forever or make you think about – your – life for days afterwards. None of the above, it does however, entertain you while you’re watching it.

It’s about Alma (Helene Bergsholm) – as mentioned before – a young girl living in a small boring village in Norway. Alma is in that age where girls start to explore their sexuality. In Alma’s case: she is exploring her sexuality on a turbo, but her age and the place where she lives, somewhat puts the handbrake on it. At a party a guy pokes her on the hip with his dick (pikk). She promptly – and not very tactically – tells this to everyone. The guy in question denies everything and everyone believes him, making her a social outcast at school and in the village.

It’s a funny film, maybe a bit short, but I certainly did not regret watching it.

Drit i idiotene, pikk-alma rule!

Movie I dig 031: Tyrannosaur (2011)

Tyrannosaur is a grim  reality check. In fact at times it seems so real that one might forget this is a movie. A few factors contribute to this sense of realism. I’m only going to mention one, because first and foremost it is the acting that shakes one up.

Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan play similar roles. Both have huge force and fragility at the same time. The only difference in their characters is their background and the fact that one – in the plot – tips over to be the maniacal  ‘good guy’ and the other plays the maniacal ruthless ‘bad guy’. Both give this dark, grey-shaded film a big pulse of different shades of grey. It is Olivia Colman, however, who really takes the acting to a new level. Just like her character – who is the factor between Joseph and James – her acting also lifts up the performances of respectively Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan.

Tyrannosaur is an uncompromising film that will give you some things to think about long after you’ve left the theater.

Music I dig 042: Amalie Bruun – Dirty Beaches (2011)

Another Scandinavian music gem. Amalie Bruun makes dark music. I like.