• Aftermath


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    Some quick post-notes on Aftermath

    I have to jolt down my notes on this now as I will likely forget about them later on. Aftermath is one of many examples of movies as work. I don't mean work for you and me, though you may think the movie is a chore to sit through, but work for the people involved. The movie is a textbook example of manufactured demand. Everyone is here to have something to work on.…

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    Fake Trix² - Enter the Monotheistic Monodrone

    The speeches provide not meaning, but the effect of meaning: It sure sounds like those guys are saying some profound things.
    Roger Ebert; The Matrix Reloaded (review, 2003)

    God is a fascist, God is a racist
    Because God don't like poor people
    and God don't like black people
    And he doesn't fucking like you,
    he forgot about you long ago.
    Hang God.

    Thåström, Ebba Grön, Häng gud


    I'll get…

  • New Nightmare

    New Nightmare

    Craven creativity and Wes's Wacky Whims.

    "But this is no longer a film. This is life."

    "You were dead."

    "Like everybody else."

    "Why return from the sea?"

    "Why, always why, You want to know too much. It's a serious fault."
    / Cégeste & The Poet, The Testament of Orpheus


    I am wary of the term "meta" film, as all movies are "meta" to some degree or other and no film can physically make contact with the audience or…

  • Angel Heart

    Angel Heart

    23 February 2011

    Intense, and eventually really quite disturbing, kind of postmodern film noir that borrows its elements from all the classic sources; it's all of the Big Sleep handbook, including the Chinatown chapter. Set in the 50's, Rourke plays a second-class private detective hired by a mysterious millionaire (De Niro) who wants him to track down an old singer who disappeared shortly after World War II. The mission is just to find him and see if he's alive,…

  • Angel-A


    10 February 2011

    Spazzy even by Besson standards, this is a tale of an incompetent thief (Debbouze) who wants to jump from a bridge but is saved by an angel (Rasmussen) who teaches him life's wisdoms, whereupon he of course falls in love with her (why did we not see that development between James Stewart and Henry Travers?) OK, sure, it's a cute project, and it's to some degree original, but the execution is hopelessly stuck between fairy tale,…

  • Angel


    11 February 2011

    A story mirage of epic proportions, told in a totally carefree way, about a retired singer, apparently famous world-wide, who fakes her own death to make money. Rolf Lassgård is the filthy manager who is behind it all and Nutley seems to want to make some kind of point about the superficial and unscrupulous media society, but there is not a single reasonable reason to care about the characters or their impossible claims of passion. To…

  • Anger Management

    Anger Management

    30 November 2006

    Really dumb comedy where Sandler plays kind and pious office rat who accidentally messes up at an airplane, is arrested and then forced to undergo anger therapy. Things go from bad to worsewhen his therapist turns out to be a bona fide cuckoo (Nicholson). Here we have yet another comedy that thinks it's great fun to torment the main character who does everything wrong. The film is infuriating, ironically enough, because of how little sense it…

  • The Angelic Conversation

    The Angelic Conversation

    7 October 2017

    Harmonious montage film, almost entirely made in stop-motion on Super 8, where a young man searches inwardly for his conscience, which can lead him to his lost love. A female voice (Judi Dench's) reads fourteen Shakespeare sonatas that can be connected in various ways to the visual journey that the main character seems to be on. It is difficult to consider, let alone "judge", a film that ultimately only serves as a personal and subjective experience;…

  • 2067


    Lost Object: Notes from a critical Vibeville

    vibration, periodic back-and-forth motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium, commonly resulting when almost any physical system is displaced from its equilibrium condition and allowed to respond to the forces that tend to restore equilibrium.
    / Britannica

    vibe, informal: a feeling that someone or something gives you.
    / Merriam-Webster

    "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist…

  • Thesis


    What’s snuff got to do with it?

    I guess when you're a lot younger, you don't think about pacing and everything seems to be ‘Get to the chase, get to the chase!’ … All this stuff was done originally that I literary have forgotten about and I have to write that off to the folly of youth. Period. I didn't believe in myself as a filmmaker the way I do now. Now I have wisdom, I have experience,…

  • Murder in the First

    Murder in the First

    Crime, punishment and the lost case for pacifism

    Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
    / Proverbs 25:26


    I have always felt that the courtroom drama is as much a US genre staple as the Western. The familiarity of the setup even bares some similarities. Instead of main street, there's the court room. Instead of the marshall, there's the judge. Instead of the coffin maker, there's…

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    The Swedish Silence and How it Shusshed a Rebel

    You see the trouble with the Norwe... with the Swe... with all the Scandinavians...! Is they're dull people, they are boring people! --- The women hate the men, you know, the men are terrible.
    / Henry Miller

    There are no words for it
    in this damn language

    / Kent, Det finns inga ord


    Henry Miller was not wrong. There is a profound silence in Sweden, there has always been,…