Movie Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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Folk music, a genre that these days got a pretty mixed reception. Some love it, some hate it and then we have some stuck in the middle type of people. It’s always interesting to know what people think of stuff like that. What are your thoughts? Share ’em in the comments.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us go… “Inside Llewyn Davis”.

It’s the early 1960’s and we follow folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he deals with all kinds of hardships throughout this week of his life. And I have to say that it was a very interesting and entertaining watch. The stroy really makes you feel for Llewyn as he goes through all of these terrible things. And I don’t mean terrible things in the usual Coen brothers’ sense, but more as in he can’t seem to catch a break. It’s a very personal story that I somehow related to despite not being a shit-out-of-luck musician. It was great.

The characters are all very interesting, entertaining and realistic. Oscar Isaac was absolutely phenomenal as this broken man who’s just trying to make a living through his passion for folk music. After seeing Isaac in this movie and a bunch other over the past two(ish) years I think I am justified in saying that he’s become one of my favorite actors. Anyhow, we have a bunch more great people in this movie. Carey Mulligan (Sidenote: whom Isaac played together with in “Drive”) plays a friend of Llewyn’s and she is terrific in this movie. Justin Timberlake plays her boyfriend and he is also really good in this movie. Then we have a ton of other great supporting actors who I will only mention quickly because otherwise we’d be here all day. *DEEP BREATH*. Adam Driver, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, F. Murray Abraham and a lot more.

Let’s just get this out of the way: If you strongly hate folk music, you’re absolutely gonna hate the soundtrack to this movie. The entire soundtrack is basically folk music. I personally kind of like it. I wouldn’t say that I absolutely lvoe folk music overall, but I do think the songs used in this movie were really good and fit the movie very well. I guess one of the main reasons why I really liked the songs here is because they are terrifically performed by the actors in the movie. Yeah… they do that. Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake,  Adam Driver… they all perform the songs in this movie. Sure, some songs take help from outside sources (such as Marcus Mumford), but for the most part they are performed by the actors in the movie.

Like I said before, this movie was directed by the Coen brothers and as with everything I’ve seen from them, this is very well directed. It’s a little sad though that their regular cinematographer, Roger Deakins, was unavailable at the time. But the guy they got instead still did a fantastic job with it and the movie looks really great and interesting. And as per usual, the Coen’s sharp writing is here and it’s as great as ever. What I do really like about it is not only that it’s quick and witty, but also how it can so easily switch between serious and melancholic to darkly hilarious without fucking everything up. And every piece of dialogue seems so real and genuine which adds to the greatness of it.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 92/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing. 

“Inside Llewyn Davis” is a very funny yet dramatic movie featuring a great story, fantastic performances, great music, excellent directing & cinematography and terrific writing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Inside Llewyn Davis” is a 9,88/10. That means it msot definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “Inside Llewyn Davis” is now completed.

Oscar Isaac, you awesome man.

 

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Two Years

Holy fucking shit, is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Am I trying to ruin one of the best songs ever made? Here are the answers in order: Yes, maybe, hell no. But where does all this crazy stupidity come from? Well… I have been on this here blog for two years now. To me this is a really crazy thing considering I was anti-blogging for a while there. And then I tried out doing this thing where I focus on something I really wanted to do (in this case it’s movies). And from that on I’ve actually had a surprising amount of fun with the whole blogging thing. I guess that I’ve enjoyed it because I decided to talk about something I am kind of passionate about and also because I have met so many great people within the wordpress community.
I’ve loved my time here and I hope that I can keep on doing this for a long time. Thank you all for helping out by following and liking and stuff because it’s really been helping me out. You are all fuckin’ awesome!

Have a good one!

My Top 10 Favorite Rock/Metal Albums of 2015

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the first list/countdown of 2016 (not counting the “Most Anticipated” list). And it’s not the list that I think most people would expect from me based on what I usually cover on this here blog (movies). but I do listen to a lot of music and as some of you might know, most of it is rock. And from that I wanted to do a list of my favorite albums of the year since I didn’t wanna pick my favorite songs since that would just take fuckin’ forever. So instead, list of albums. Time for rules.

Rule #1: As I usually state, this is my list and that means you have no right to bitch and moan about your favorites not being on the list or if an album you hate is on the list. These are my opinions and should be treated as such; opinions, not objective facts.

Rule #2: No re-releases allowed here since those are just older albums with updated audio quality being released.

Rule #3: There is no rule #3…

Before we officially begin, I do officially have an honorable mention to give out. And that honorable mention is for the album “Totally Driven” by Uriah Heep. The reason it didn’t make the main list is because it has technically been released several times before under different titles to no real success at all. And even though it didn’t make the main list, I do still really recommend it because it’s pretty fucking great.

Now that all of that is done, laides and gentlemen, I present to you… My Top 10 Favorite Rock/Metal Albums of 2015.

Number 10: Toto – Toto XIV (Sample: Burn).

So at the bottom of the list we see the release of “Toto XIV” by… Toto. You know, Toto, the guys that made “Africa” and “Hold the Line”. In 2015 they released this album which does carry the regular Tot style but without the late 70’s/mid 80’s style that their classic songs have. And while I don’t think this album will live on with as big of a reputation/admiration of those classics, it’s still a good album.

Number 9: Motörhead – Bad Magic (Sample: Fire Storm Hotel).

This album just shows how badass Motörhead has been throughout the entirety of their career. And with that said, rest in peace Lemmy, you awesome bastard.

Number 8: Def Leppard – Def Leppard (Sample: Dangerous).

Anyone else here who’s surprised that Def Leppard never having released a self-titled album before this? I mean, most bands release a self-titled album pretty early in their careers, but Def Leppard here decided to wait until 2015 to do it. Oh well, at least it’s a good album. It’s very diverse in how it sounds which is something I really liked about it, the songs don’t really sound like each other.

Number 7: Ghost – Meliora (Sample: Cirice).

Now we start getting into what I would like to call the creep-metal. It’s the type of metal that kind of creeps me out. And I think that is kind of what Swedish metal band Ghost intended with this album. I mean, if you look at the band you would agree that they are a creepy bunch. But honestly, I don’t care because it’s a really good album with several great tracks and I think that’s a good justification to listen to it.

Number 6: W.A.S.P – Golgotha (Sample: Hero of The World).

W.A.S.P. is one of those bands I have heard of for several years but never really paid attention ot/listened to. But after listening to their 2015 album “Golgotha”, I believe I might have to keep an eye on them because this album is pretty great. This album has a lot of tracks that sound a surprising amount like a lot of older songs I have listened to. And I don’t really mean in chord progression, but more in style. Not that I’m complaining, on the contrary, I really like it. It’s a style that I just find really great.

Number 5: Browsing Collection – Greeting From Neverland (Sample: Don’t Tell Me).

This is the part where I recommend some kind of relatively obscure band that most of you probably haven’t heard of. This is Browsing Collection, a hard rock/metal band from a small town not too far from where I live. What I find interesting too is the fact that that band consists to 100% of girls. I know that’s not entirely weird, I jsut find it interesting and fun… especially since they make some great fucking music. Seriously, go listen to their albums on Spotify and wherever you can find them because they need a lot more attention than they already have.

Number 4: UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars (Sample – Run Boy Run)

Yet again we have an old rock band with a new album in 2015. And like the other ones, it’s pretty awesome. This is really UFO at their best. If you’ve heard any of their music before you know what their best is and I do think that this album could be added to that mix. Seriously, it’s great.

Number 3: Scorpions – Return to Forever (Sample: We Built This House).

I feel like the expression “old but gold” fits in perfectly to my list because I believe the majority of it consists of old bands doing stuff. But at the same time, who gives a shit as long as the music is good? Scorpions is no exception to this with their latest album, “Return to Forever”, an album made up of songs written throughout their entire carerr but could never release based on the sieze of albums back then. But now we have them as recent recordings and they all got released as a pretty amazing album by the great band who have given us classic like “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Wind of Change” and “Send Me An Angel”, to name a few. What can I say, the old guys still got it.

Number 2: Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls (Sample: Death or Glory).

I’m not gonna lie, I struggled quite a bit when deciding over my Top 2 albums. I went back and forth like “No, that’s number 1, no that’s number 1!”. But it finally came down to this. But you can keep in mind that this is an incredibly close second place. Anyhow, what did we have here? Well it was the latest album from legendary metal band Iron Maiden, one of my aboslute favorites. So when I heard that they were making a new album, I was of course very pumped because… Iron Maiden! And when it finally came out I actually kind of missed it and didn’t listen to it until very shortly before the new year rolled around. And I have to say that I am a little disappointed in my self for not listening to it sooner. But when I finally did, holy hell was it amazing. Really, one of Maiden’s best albums in my opinion, and I don’t think they have ever done anything bad when it comes to their music. But really, this album’s great.

NUMBER 1: Muse – Drones (Sample: Psycho).

Yup, I put Muse over Iron Maiden… that’s how I roll. But like I said, I struggled a lot with the Top 2 so who cares. I have to say that this might one of Muse’s best albums. The music is cool/well made and I kind of do like the lyrics even though a lot of people hate them. That’s right… I am the minority. Great album, go listen to it. But if you don’t like it then fine… be like that.

So this has been my list of my top 10 favorite Rock/Metal albums of 2015. What have been some that I haven’t mentioned that you liked? Feel free to mention any and all of those in the comments. Yeah… I’m done.
Have a good one!

 

 

The new “Suicide Squad” trailer is here

Hi there, ladies and gents. As you read in the title of this post, we have got a new trailer for DC’s upcoming movie “Suicide Squad” and it is absolutely bonkers. Let’s talk about it.

Like I said, this trailer is petty fucking crazy. The first thing that everyone has/will pick up on is the fact that the trailer is set to Queen’s legendary song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. And not only is it a great song, but it is also perfectly used in the trailer with a lot of the action being set to the beat of the song. The trailer also perfectly shows off the characters while also blending in a good amount of action and a surprising amount of humor. I always assumed that the movie would have a little bit of humor to it, but I never thought we could get a movie with so much funny shit. The action looks great and I do believe that everyone will be great in their roles… yes even Jared Leto as the Joker, I think he’s gonna nail it. Everything in this trailer looks promising and I am really looking forward to it. “Suicide Squad” comes out in August of this year.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: Munich (2005)

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Politics is something that I kind of follow but at the same time have a deep hate for because of it’s unnecessary complexity and tendency to start terrible conflicts. That is why I am worried that the world will plunge into the darkness faster than we can sing “We Will Rock You”.

Ladies and gentlmen… “Munich”.

In 1972, several olympic athletes were kidnapped and killed by a group of terrorists known as Black September. This led to the creation of a special task force which was led by a man named Avner Kaufman (Eric Bana). The mission of this task force was to locate the people responsible for the terrible massacre in Munich, Germany and then kill them. And we get to follow this task force on their mission which takes them all across Europe. And it was quite the ride, I tell ya. What we have here is a plot that is set over a good amount of months yet never feels like it’s dragging or rushing or anything, but instead it manages to pace itself in a perfect way that allows for both the suspenseful scenes where they need to take someone out and for the character-buidling moments. It’s a very dramatic movie with a good amount of suspense and excellent drama… kind of like “Saving Private Ryan” which just like this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg. This is also a movie that manages to be very politically even-handed, never pointing any fingers at who is the guilty country here, but rather focus those things at the individuals involved. There is no side taken here, everything’s up for the viewer to decide which side they wanna stand with while they watch the task force do their thing. And I absolutely loved every second of it.

The characters in this movie all feel very real and I think that might be because of the actors. The actors chosen for this movie weren’t really major Hollywood stars when this came out, rather they were good, natural actors… kind of like when they cast “Jurassic Park” back in the day. Eric Bana plays our main character Avner and he was absolutely great in the movie, worthy of an Oscar nomination in my opinion. Daniel Craig was also really good. Everyone in the movie was good, simple as that.

The score for the movie was provided by the one and only John Williams (why am I not surprised?). And once again, he fucking nailed it. Sure, it isn’t as memorable as some of his other scores he has composed throughout his very long career, but it was still really great. Basic explanation: It’s great, but I’m not really gonna remember it as much as the score for “Jurassic Park” or “Star Wars”.

Like I previously stated, this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and with that said, I think you can figure out what I’m gonna say about the directing of this movie. But for the sake of redundancy, I’m still gonna say it. This movie is very well directed… but what else should one expect from Steven Spielberg? And as with a lot of his movies, he brought in Janusz Kaminski to do the cinematography for the movie and as per usual, it looks absolutely fantastic. And the action scenes in the movie are pretty well made. They don’t aim to be giant action spectacles that’ll entertain you for a few minutes, but instead they aim to be part of this surprisingly action-packed and suspenseful story. I do have to warn however for squeamish people that this is a violent and uncompromising movie that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to what it shows. So if you don’t like realistic violence and lots of blood… maybe skip it.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 74/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie also nominated for 5 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score. 

“Munich” is a Steven Spielberg movie that doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. And I find that weird because it has a great story with a lot of suspense & human drama, great acting/characters, great music, great directing and great cinematography. Time for my final score. *AAAAHHHH*. My final score for “Munich” is a 9,89/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” is now completed.

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Rest in Peace Alan Rickman

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Hi guys, as you’ve probably heard (and read in the title of this post), actor Alan Rickman has unfortunately passed away at the age of 69. Apparently he had battled with cancer for a pretty short time and that is what apparently took his life. After looking back at my blog, I noticed that I’ve never really done a post about the death of a celebrity before. But I guess that comes from the fact that I’ve never properly connected emotionally to any of the ones who died during the lifespan of my blog. And that is exactly the reason why I am doing a piece on Alan Rickman… because there have been some kind of emotional connection between his work and me (if that makes any sense). Since I’ve grown up watching him in movies he has always sort of been part of my life, so it’s weird for me to know that he’s gone. So I just want to talk about some of the roles I know him from.

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Of course I have to start with the character of Severus Snape from the “Harry Potter” movies since they have been a crucial part of my upbringing. From the age of 6 (I think) I have followed the movies (and books) closely and I have always loved them. And throughout the entirety of my life I have always been intrigued by the character of Severus Snape, the potions class teacher who may or may not have been a bad guy. Of course in the final movie we found out the truth about him, but I won’t spoil it for those who may not have seen it. But Rickman was just perfect in the role and I think that may have been one of the reasons why I enjoyed the character so much.

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Another early one for me was the character of Joe in “Help! I’m a fish” which I just found out he was part of because as a kid I watched the Swedish dub of the movie which is kind of funny because it was originally a Danish movie which then was dubbed in the English language by people like Alan Rickman and Terry Jones. But I suppose Rickman would have been great in the role since he is so great at playing villains. The character of Joe was a fish who accidentally got a special brew into him (the brew was created by a weird scientist) and it turned him intelligent. And he was basically the bad guy of the movie and I am sure Alan Rickman was great in the role.

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This one is kind of one of his more low-key and not as villainous roles… even though he does kind of a douchy thing in the movie. I am of course talking about Harry from “Love Actually”, a romance movie that is actually really fucking good. Throughout the movie Harry is kind of seduced by his new secretary to the point of it basically becoming him cheating on his wife Karen (Emma Thompson). It’s a kind of depressing and not too funny part of the movie, but the acting from Rickman and Thompson is great.

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“Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” may be a cheesy and pretty stupid movie and Kevin Costner isn’t even attempting to do an English accent, but one of the high points of the movie was Alan Rickman as Sheriff George of Nottingham. Like I said earlier, this guy is fantastic at playing villains and this is no exception to that claim.

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This was a pretty weird role in a really weird movie by a super weird director. “Alice in Wonderland” by Tim Burton is kind of a polarizing movie for me. On one hand I do love a lot of the visuals, but a lot of the Tim Burton-isms show themselves. But somehow, Rickman managed to perfectly nail it as the Blue Caterpillar who really isn’t one of the most interesting characters in my opinion. But with Rickman’s unique voice I actually kind of enjoyed seeing the character in the movie. Rickman really captured the spirit of the character.

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Tim Burton strikes once again, but this time with “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” where Mr. Rickman plays Judge Turpin. And he gets to play opposite a lot of talented folks in this movie such as Johnny Depp (obviously), Helena Bonham Carter (Fucking Duh) and Timothy Spall (Less obvious). But Rickman really holds his own because let’s face it… he could act the shirts off of everyone on set. This is a movie I barely remember overall (mainly because I watched it when I was really tired), but I do remember the great acting in the movie.

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Going out with a bang we have the one and only Hans Gruber from “Die Hard”, one of the best action movies ever. This is when Alan Rickman gained some mainstream popularity, thanks to this great role. If you didn’t know Gruber is the leader of a group of terrorists that take over the Nakatomi plaza and that’s when John McClane (Bruce Willis) kind of have to step in and stop them. And from that there is cool action and one of the greatest villains of all time thanks to the memorable/excellent performance by Mr. Alan Rickman. I actually only watched this movie for the first time around 2014, but I don’t think it matters when you watch it as long as you enjoy it.

So those were some of my most memorable roles from Alan Rickman. Are there any I didn’t mention that you would like to mention? Feel free to leave a comment. Like I said, I honestly just did this because Rickman is one of the few celebrities who I’ve kind of grown some kind of attachment to thanks to him kind of being part of my entire life. I mean, it feels like I have lost someone close to me. True story: On the bus home from school today I sat and cried for most of the trip because of this unfortunate event.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman… you will forever be missed and remembered fondly.

 

 

Great Music #8

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen… holt shit, that was formal. I hope you are all doing well and living a good life. It’s time for me to once again share a song that I like.

The song featured today is yet another rock song which shouldn’t be surprising for anyone who have been following me for a while since I don’t think I’ve shared any other type of song yet. Anyway, this is like I said, another rock song. The song is titled “Angel of My Dreams” and it was composed and performed by Swiss rock band Krokus. Here’s a little backstory on the relationship between me and it: When I was about 11 or 12, my best friend introduced this song to me because he thought it was cool. And sinc ethen I have enjoyed listening to it because it’s pretty great. I think my favorite part of it is the guitar riff that plays at different parts of the song. And I do like the lyrics as well and I jsut think it’s an overall great song. So maybe you could listen to it and tell me what you think about it.
Enjoy!

My 12 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen, 2015 has come to a close and 2016 is upon us… in fact it has been upon us for about 11 days now. Look, I know I am a little bit late with this list, but that is mainly because I wanted to try to figure out which movies this year I looked forward to. It also takes some time to work it into a decent length. But now we are here, and I think it’s time to begin… after we’ve gone over some ground rules first.

Rule #1: This is my list of MY most anticipated movies of the year, so if you aren’t looking forward to the same ones as me then that’s fine, just don’t be a jerk about it.

Rule #2: I will not include any movies that originally got released in 2015 in the states/UK to then in 2016 get a release in Sweden where I live. So you will not see any movies like “The Hateful Eight”, “The Revenant” or “Spotlight” on this list even though I really want to see them.

Rule #3: I’m not really gonna rank these movies based on how much I want to see them, I will just sort of list them and explain why I am looking forward to them. Sure, you will see them get ranks from 12 to 1, but that is only for simplicty’s sake.

Those were the rules, so let us now have a look at my most anticipated movies of 2016!
But first some honorable mentions because I am stupid like that:
Assassin’s Creed
Ratchet & Clank
The Jungle Book
Bad Santa 2
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Those were the honrable mentions, let’s move on.

Number 12: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
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For those of you who don’t really know, “Fantastic Beasts” is basically a prequel to “Harry Potter”. In the “Harry Potter” franchise “Fantastic Beasts” is one of the books that Harry and the others use while at Hogwarts. And this movie will follow the author of the book, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he most likely will go around and capture beasts. Okay, what warrants this to be on the list? Well first off, we get to spend more time in this established universe that we love. The movie also has some serious acting talent behind it with the previously mentioned Eddie Redmayne and also people like Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell and Ron motherfucking Perlman. But what might be most promising, for me at least, is that the movie is directed by David Yates who did the last four “Harry Potter” movies which in my opinion are all great movies. So yeah, this this got some good shit behind it.

Number 11: Warcraft.
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One would assume that a video game movie wouldn’t appear on this list, but behold… it is here. I agree that the majority of video game movies have been pretty bad and/or awful unless they would be Japanese and animated. But I still have a little faith in this one for a few reasons. One thing is that the “Warcraft” universe isn’t 100% set in stone and they can expand on the universe a bit. The movie also has some good talent behind it with actors such as Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Robert Kazinsky, Toby Kebbell and Ben Foster. But what intirgues me most about this movie is the fact that it’s directed by Duncan Jones, a man who I am a big fan of. Sure, he has only made two movies previous to directing “Warcraft”, but those movies were pretty damn good. Also, he is apparently a gamer himself, so I think he will be a little more careful when making this movie. Plus, that trailer that came out didn’t look too bad.

Number 10: Finding Dory.

The long awaited sequel to Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” will finally come to us in 2016. I do have my reservations about this movie since it’s been almost 13 years since the first movie came out and if you remember, not all Pixar sequels are that good (*Cough* “Cars 2” *Cough cough*). But I do still have some hope about this one because of my love for the first one. I also have a bit of hope for it since it seems that the original directors and actors are returning for this one. And with such a lineup I feel like my hope for it is justified. And if the movie turns out to be bad… Just keep swimming. 

Number 9: Hail, Caesar!
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I’m not gonna go too in depth with my explanantion for this one since it can be done in just a few words. It’s a new comedy from the Coen brothers and it has a huge cast of awesome actors. I don’t need to explain it any further.

Number 8: Deadpool.
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The merc with a mouth is finally coming to the big screen. And before you say anything, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” does not count. And while I am looking forward to seeing what they do with this character, I still have my doubts. The man who’s making this movie is a first time director. Yes, he has been a visual effects guy and may have picked up a trick or two when working on different things, but I still always hold back a little when it’s a first time director. Secondly, the movie is being released in February, and any movie fan knows that January and February are bad months for movies. But who knows, it might turn out to be one of the best movies of the year if we’re lucky.

Number 7: Suicide Squad.
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Out of the two DC movies being released this year, this is the one I got the higher hoper for. Mainly because the trailer for this didn’t show everything that the plot would have unveiled (*Cough* “Batman V Superman” *Cough*). Also, we haven’t really seen Task Force X one the big screen yet. Sure, we do have the animated movie “Batman: Assault on Arkham”, but that wasn’t theatrically released. And “Arrow” doesn’t count either because that was on TV and it was never the entire squad at once. And with that ranting over, let’s talk about what I like so far about the movie. The cast is great, containing some great actors in roles I think they will pull off brilliantly… except for Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, because he’s not a good actor and Boomerang is one of the stupidest characters ever. Sorry, going overboard with this. *Deep breath*. What I can say as well is that I am a fan of David Ayer who’s directing the movie. Ah fuck it, it’s probably gonna be an entertaining movie.

Number 6: Doctor Strange.
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It’s a Marvel movie… starring Benedict Cumberbatch… it’s gonna be good.

Number 5: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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I find it to be an amazing feeling to know that there would only be one year between “The Force Awakens” and a new “Star Wars” movie. So the fact that there will be a new “Star Wars” movie is awesome on it’s own, but to then see the list of cast members and also who will be directing is an amazing thing on it’s own. The list of cast members is too long to mention here, so I recommend that you go to imdb and have a look yourself. But I can mention the name of the director however. The director is none other than Gareth Edwards, the man who gave us 2014’s “Godzilla” which I personally am a big fan of. So I have a good amount of (new) hope for this movie.

Number 4: X-Men: Apocalypse.
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It’s a new Bryan Singer “X-Men” movie which is always something to look forward to. Yes, they have a very high standard to live up to after the masterful “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, but I do still think that this movie got a big chance of being good, if not great. I don’t think it’s gonna be as good as “Days of Future Past”, but I don’t need it to be, I just need it to be good… which it will be. Like I said, Bryan Singer is back as director. The movie also featured a fantastic cast with both returning cast members and newcomers to the franchise. It’s gonna be good guys… trust me.

Number 3: John Wick 2.
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Yes, this movie has no release date. Yes, there hasn’t been any trailer yet. But I feel that it will still be great. Mainly because the director of the first movie is coming back together with Keanu Reeves to give us another kickass action movie. Sure, my love of the first movie might cloud my judgment here, but I still feel hyped for the sequel.

Number 2: Bourne 5.
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I am a big fan of the “Bourne” franchise. I agree that “Bourne Legacy” wasn’t that great, but I didn’t completely hate it. And I did promise you in a post from a week or so ago that I would review all of the “Bourne” movies leading up to this untitled sequel which will be released in July. And for the movie we will see the return of both Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in the roles they played throughout the series’ previous installments. We will also see the return of Paul Greengrass as director. I really do feel like this will be a great movie… at least as a fan of the franchise.

Number 1: Captain America: Civil War.
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You shouldn’t be surprised that this movie is on the list… it’s a new Marvel movie brough to us by the guys who directed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, one of the absolutely best superhero movies out there. It’s probably the biggest movies of the year and I really wanna see it… simple as that.

So those were my most anticipated movies of the year. Were there any you are looking forward to that I didn’t talk about? Please feel free to comment about it.
Have a good one.

Movie Review: M*A*S*H (1970)

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War is hell, simple as that.

Ladies and gentlemen… “M*A*S*H”.

In this movie we follow the staff of a field hospital during the Korean war. And with that we get to see how they all handle these tough times by taking part in a bunch of different types of hijinks. But this movie isn’t just used as a way to simply bring laughs out of the audience, but it was also made to comment on the insnaities that we call war and death. And I have to say that it was done surprisingly well. And by surprisingly well I mean that they fucking nailed it and it is perfect satire of it by doing a perfect blend of serious realism and dark humor. And I would say that the plot here is at the perfect balance of comedic and brilliant.

The characters are all unique, interesting and entertaining as hell. What was fun about them too is that they were for the most part played by (at the time) relatively unknown actors who later went on to become pretty big names. Let me mention some of the names and see if it rings and bells in your heads. Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Robert Duvall, Fred Williamson. Yeah… those were pretty small(ish) names once upon a time. And they were all great in this movie. They all fit their respective characters perfectly and gave us some great performances.

The score for the movie was provided by Johnny Mandel and it is preatty great. It’s fun, big, whimsical and at times pretty dramatic. It is based in your typical orchestrations but it all comds together pretty damn well. And I feel like I have to touch upon the original song that spawned form this movie which honestly is one of the best songs I have ever listened to. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s called “Suicide is Painless” and was written by Mike Altman, the son of the film’s director, Robert Altman. And the lyrics are both kind of, sort of funny but also pretty deep and thought provoking and helps make this song as great as it is.

Like I just said, the movie was directed by Robert Altman who at the time of making the movie was a bit of a maverick in the movie making scene, and when making “M*A*S*H” it was no different. He did a lot of shit when making the movie that would’ve pissed off studio people if they actually had any idea what he was doing. I don’t feel like explaining what he did but I will say that it can be found out on one of the special features on the DVD. But everything he did was worth it because it is a very well directed movie that looks really good and flows perfectly even though it really doesn’t have a story that you follow straight up from point A to point B, but instead just relying on a seemingly unconnected series of events featuring these amazing characters. It’s also interesting how they never really followed the script that they had been given. They just kind of improvised for the most part and it turned out pretty great… funny how that can happen.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie won 1 Oscar in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also nominated for an additional 4 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Kellerman), Best Director and Best Film Editing. 

“M*A*S*H” is a classic movie featuring a loosely connected yet well crafted and satirical plot, great acting, great music and great directing. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “M*A*S*H” is a 9,87/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “M*A*S*H” is now done.

THIS ISN’T A HOSPITAL… IT’S AN INSANE ASYLUM!

Series Review: Fargo – Season 1 (2014)

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Anthology series, a concept I find very curious. The idea of it is really ingenius; every season features new stories and new characters which gives the writers of the shows a lot of creative freedom when it comes to the show. And it seems a lot of shows these days are embracing that style of stroytelling which makes me curious to see what the next trend in television will be.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first season of… “Fargo”.

Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is a mysterious drifter who one day comes into a small town in Minnesota. Early on during his time there he meets an insurance salesman named Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) and they start getting acquainted. However is seems like Malvo is influencing Lester in a pretty bad way. And by pretty bad way I mean that he influences Lester to murder someone. And from that we also follow two police officers (Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman) who are trying to solve these murders that start occuring. And with that said I will not try to explain anymore of it because that would be delving into spoiler territory and I don’t do spoilers unless there is something specific I want to talk about in something. But I have to say that I was intrigued by the plot in the show and I loved how it developed over the ten episodes that this story covers. We get some good twists and revelations throughout combined with a lot of good suspense and a surprising amount of dark humor. And that mix of things make for an interesting plot to watch unfold.

The characters in the show are all very colorful, quirky, interesting and well written. Martin Freeman nails it as Lester, out reluctant anti-hero. I say “anti-hero” because he does some shady shit and hides some bad secrets in this show. And Freeman does all of that pretty damn well. Billy Bob Thornton was great in the role as mysterious and devious Malvo. It’s so great that he still got it in him to give a great performance like this because he has kind of been off the radar for the past 10(ish) years. Colin Hanks (son of Tom Hanks) is great in the role as police officer Gus Grimly, a man who wants to solve these terrible crimes while also taking care of his daughter. Allison Tolman is amazing in the role as the determined police officer Molly Solverson. Really, she was great… someone I will keep my eye on now. Also, her dad is played by Keith Carradine and that’s just awesome. Eveyr actor does in fact do great work in this show and trust me when I sya that there are a lot of big names in here. Hell, even Key & Peele make appearances in the show (And yes, they are a bucket of fun).

The score for the show was provided by Jeff Russo and holy hell was it ever great. It was heavy and very dramatic but could also be a little lighter when it needed to be. And I have to say that the series main theme (Sidenote: The title of it is “Bemidji, MN”) is honestly one of the best main theme songs I have ever heard. It’s dramatic, it’s dark and it is just straight-up beauitful. The entire score I honestly think is nothing short of great.

Whenever I watched this show I felt cold. Not because it’s dark and depressing like “Requiem For a Dream”, but because they are in the middle of snow-covered Minnesota and it all looks very cold. Sure, it’s kind of the same weather here in Sweden atthe moment of writing this, but it still looks really cold. And I feel like the director(s?) captured it all really well. They captured everything very well because everything in this show is very well directed. Everything’s also really violent. A lot of blood and brutality is shown in the show and I kind of feel like that adds to the charm of it. But I also mention it as a fair warning if you hate violence and/or you get queasy easily… kind of like Bob Odenkirk’s character in the show. The show is also really funny in a very dark way. And I guess that is something the writers of the show did to try to capture the feel of a Coen brothers movie. And for those of you who didn’t understand that reference, this show is based on the Coen brothers movie of the same name and that’s why I said that they seemed like they tried to capture the feel of a Coen movie… A.K.A. darkly comical but still suspenseful.

This show has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a 98% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 85/100. And while imdb.com doesn’t have average scores per season, the show still has a score of 9,0/10 and is ranked #25 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I was surprised by the high quality of this show. The story is great, the characters are great & the acting is great, the music is great, the directing is great and there is a lot of great humor. It’s just a great season. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for season 1 of “Fargo” is a 9,88/10. It most definitely gets the one and only “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of the first season of “Fargo” is now completed.

Oh jeez.