I liked this movie. It feels right. It does not feel meaningless, because it teaches us something about how we can chose to live. It speaks about how we can show kindness and be helpful to people we meet and people we know and people we hardly don't know. It also gives us hope that bad people will not win. That being good is worthwhile.
Zoe (I) (2018)Is this our future?
30 September 2018
I often think about how the future of robotics will be. Will we start relationships with robots who will be programmed to suit us in any way possible, beings with perfect empathy, beautiful physiques and minds? And will they be considered sentinent life forms with individual rights? This is what this movie is about. I found it thoughtful, moving, deep, interesting. Someone said it made her feel sad. I understand the feeling, but it made me happy because it is beautiful and touch upon fundamental questions about what it is to be human.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)Made me feel better
30 September 2018Warning: Spoilers
I think there is a lot of pain in this movie. It is a serious movie at the same time it is quite simple and some scenes made me ask the scriptwriters why they had to do it. At the end of the day I liked the main character, Sierra. Maybe what she did was not right, I can see why many reviewers got their pants in a knot over it, but who has not done stupid things because of dreams and longings? I liked also the friendship between Sierra and Dan, and I liked Sierra's father. It feels real and it feels good to see the relationship they have. Veronica starts out being shallow, stupid and not nice, but who can blame her with her family history? Jamey too is a good character. He reminds me of Horatio Hornblower. At the end I was thinking, ok, it might not be realistic that he would end up together with Sierra, but more because such goodness and ability to look with the heart is very rare. It made me feel good that such persons can exist. Generally think this movie sends a positive message and it made my day better.
Tormented Tam and Tin Man find peace
26 September 2018Warning: Spoilers
I love this epiode! For anyone who knows what social anxiety is this episode will hit home. Tam Elbrun is a tormented soul and there are plenty of good scenes. Riker doesn't like him, Troy understands him, Picard as usual has empathy, yet manages Tam to repect him. Data gets closest to Tam, because Data gives him peace. The romulans are villains and Tin Man and Tam destroy them. I really like this episode!
Never Let Me Go (2010)Stays with you
1 May 2018
I loved this gem of a movie. Everything from the actors to the camera, the music and the beautiful story. I felt that the characters in the film represented the goodness in the world, as if society had shed it off. The profundity of how these poor creatures sacrifice everything got to me. Giving everything, yet they ask questions about being good enough, being worthy. They search within themselves to find out. Even though I have only seen it once, I think this is a movie I am going to come back to.
Uncle Buck (1989)I like the unpredictability of Buck
8 April 2018Warning: Spoilers
Roger Ebert gave this movie 1,5 stars out of 4. I don't agree, and I think he just didn't understand the slightly misanthropic elements in the humor. Buck is clearly not normal, so why be surprised that he has these dark sides? This movie is watchable and in the end it has a positive message. The fact that Buck is such a hopeless person, maybe he just needed to find himself and also being allowed to be himself? His sister in law can't stand him, but she is frankly not very nice herself, and when she comes back home and her daughter throws herself into her arms and says she loves her, we feel with them all. Another reviewer said it like this: "Buck saves his family and in the end saves himself." I think that is pretty heavy stuff in what is supposed to be a comedy.
The Man from the Future (2011)Nice to see brazilian nerds, but still too happy
2 April 2018Warning: Spoilers
Sometimes you would think that all brazilians are happy and extrovert and go to the beach every chance they get. Here we actually get to meet brazilian nerds and outcasts. That is a relief! There are some nice effects and an interesting plot about going back in time to try to correct your miserable life. I also liked the twists and the message that "hey, you must be quite self absorbed to not see that life is painful, it is not only you who struggle!" But for me it is a disappointment that the real message of this movie is that you must get rich and get the prettiest woman and go to parties to be truly happy. Maybe this is the identity of the brazilian dream, but I liked the brazilian introvert who is happy still, knowing that life has its ups and downs.
The Toys That Made Us (2017– )Very interesting documentary about the psychology of the toy industry
2 April 2018
I liked best the episode about He- Man. The makers state that they knew that they had a totally ingenious idea and tyhat the kids would not stand a chance when He-Man shouted "I have the power!" And they are totally right, because I remember back when I was a kid in the 80's and play fought with my brother I would pretend I was He-Man and shout the same thing. The good thing about this documentary is that we get the inside story on how the figures and dolls were made and then we also get to see how in the end sales figures dropped and they entered obscurity. Of course among collectors many of them still are treasured.
Das Boot (1981)Reality of war on board a german submarine
2 April 2018
If you think war is about glory and medals and patriotism and an evil enemy, think again. War is protrayed here to be very real, very gritty, with not much glory in the end. In stead of forcing the melodrama upon us, in stead of painting the enemy as monsters, we see ordinary men caught up in the reality of it all. This is, as the other reviewers have pointed out, a legendary movie.
Peter and the Farm (2016)Honest documentary about one man, his farm and his soul
2 April 2018Warning: Spoilers
The bravery of this man impressed me. He exposes himself totally in this documentary about the difficulties of running his farm in the midst of mental problems, struggling with drinking and living in the ruin of divorce and lost happiness. If you think that bravery is running away or solving things with being a macho man or by climbing to the top on the heads of your competitors, think again. This is real life, there are moments of happiness, but there are cracks (big), because that's how the light gets in (quote: Leonard Cohen).
Ófærð (2015– )Freeing escape from english and american crime
2 April 2018Warning: Spoilers
In this whole 12 episode series they do not fire a gun one single time, except there is a shot gun in the last episode. What a relief! Even though there are no guns, there are unscroupolous business people, human traffickers and tales about the difficulties of forgiving, about blaming the outsiders and about divorce. I liked the main character. He is a cop you can trust, one with integrity, and in the very end he still ends up lonely in the islandic village in the remote fjord where he once moved to get away from Reykjavik. He is my kind of hero.
R (2010)Somewhere you would not like to be
2 April 2018
I liked this movie, but it made me reflect on how crazy and wrong the prison system is, even in a place like Denmark. I know many disgree, but I think that prison should be somewhere you go to become a better person, to find back to who you really are. Not a place to hae your soul tormented and your spirit crushed. This movie manages to show a world where you either do what it takes to survive, or you are destroyed. Some times you do what it takes, but you are unlucky or someone tells a secret to the wrong person, and you are still destroyed. In between all the violent "masculinity" and bullying, there are moments of humanity, like the friendship between Rune and Rashid and the seeming care the men have for a couple of birds. I liked the fact that we don't get to know too much about how Rune ended up in prison. He could be any regular guy, and that is the whole point.
A Noble Intention (2015)A noble intention provides a future where there was none
31 March 2018Warning: Spoilers
I liked this movie because it is about two main characters with noble intentions. At times I wanted to shout out that they must stop being naive and not walk into obviously impossible situations but in the end these noble intentions provide a future and happiness where there was none. I also enjoyed the historical setting and I think dutch is a very interesting language to listen to.
Healing (I) (2014)Emotional and thoughtful drama about a man and his soul trying to find a way
31 March 2018
I really liked this movie. I never felt it was too long or boring. In fact, the movie gave me space to reflect and to do my own soul searching as I watched the main character trying to find a way, trying to find himself. Is he the hopeless man who ruined it for his family and brought shame on and abandoned his son? Or is he something more, something he can only find by being given a new chance by an understanding prison warden and by connecting with these birds of prey who also need help? More than anything I liked this movie for the glimps it gave into how humans can be good to each other even though it is difficult. There is a way if we are willing to try.
Jack Taylor (I) (2010)Tormented detective soul
17 February 2018
I really liked the first episode of this series. Makes me want to watch more. Taylor is tormented. He has a good heart, we feel he is a good person, yet he has demons. Alcoholism runs in his family. We try to keep it in the family, he sarcastically says. His mother is not nice at all, and he asks the question why does your closest ones always know how to find your weaknesses,, where to look for faults. Maybe because they put them there, is his answer. Jack cares for the outcasts, the betrodden, maybe because he sees himself in them. Episode one starts with Jack being fired from the force when he is drunk on patrol and stops a car driving a cabinet minister and proceeds to punch the cabinet minister in the face. It's all over the local news. Then a beautiful woman approaches him and asks him to find her missing daughter. This amazing woman he admits is out of his league, but she awakes something in him, a drive. I won't spoil your viewing only to say I enjoyed this first episode.
Hard Candy (2005)I intensely wanted the girl to die horribly
2 September 2017Warning: Spoilers
This movie somehow preaches evil onto others, maybe torturing people to admit things they didn't do and then kill them. Never have I seen a movie where I wanted someone to die so badly. The whole thing made me sick. I do not know what the moral here is, but if someone gets a kick out of watching this, I feel sorry for them.
Moonlight (I) (2016)Touching movie about finding ones way in life
20 February 2017
At the very beginning I became dizzy by the hand held camera, but it was only used at the very beginning. I have no idea why! I considered leaving the cinema because of it, but soon I got captured by the kindness of the drug dealer. This film is a bit uncomfortable, because it tells a story about how complex life can be. The drug dealer sells drugs to Chiron's mother, who is a drug addict. There is a touching scene where the boy asks the man if he sells drugs. He answers yes. He then asks the man if he sells drugs to his mother. He answers yes, while his head bends in shame. There is a similar situation later on in the movie when Chiron has grown into an adolescent. We suspected that he was gay, and now he has his first sexual experience with a male friend from school. This friend is one of the cool students, and no one knows about their "friendship". Then one of his bullies makes a deal with the friend that he has to punch a random student that the bully will pick out. He picks Chiron. I won't expose what happens next, but there is a disturbing scene where the school's counselor says that he is not a man, because then he would not be a victim. I found this totally unacceptable! But this is the kind of difficult emotions and scenes the film is full of. The film might be depressing, but I think if we look, there i a lot of beauty and humanity in it.
Best story ever to be filmed?
23 January 2017
Inner light is in my opinion, and by a long shot, the best Star Trek episode ever. Probably the best episode of anything ever made and any movie ever made. It teaches true love. Nothing I have ever seen have moved me so deeply. Maybe with exception The King's Speech, since I have struggled with stuttering for most part of my life and could relate strongly to it. The difference is that I can see the Inner light again and again. The story is so simple, it is not driven by action and conflict. It's power comes from the great acting, the kindness, the warmth, the gentle ways it shows us what we long for and what is important in life. It is amazing in a way how perfect this episode is. What a true miracle it is.
All This Mayhem (2014)Interesting, but I don't like the Tony Hawk bashing
23 January 2017
I am not sure why they portray Tony Hawk to be an asshole. The attitude of Tony Hawk in this documentary is not the attitude of an asshole. I think Ben and Tas behaved like assholes at least early in the documentary. I get it that Tony Hawk was boring and sucked up to the money, but the way they behaved, why should they be given a lot of chances? I felt for Tas when Tony Hawk did the 900 that Tas had been rehearsing. Too bad, but it would not have happened if they had been behaving. If they wanted their company to succeed in the first place, they should have done other things than snorting coke all the time. I get it that the makers of the documentary probably thought that they had to make Tony Hawk a bad guy to make the documentary more interesting. But I don't agree. OK, now that I go that off my chest, I respect how honest the documentary is. The brothers are very troubled and it is easier to relate to this than Tony Hawks polished persona. Show me a person who has no demons, and I will show you someone who can not relate to this documentary. The last minutes of the documentary are really great, watching Tas work out in jail, he is in very good shape! Then it was touching to see the love he has for his family, and that there are still women who will stick by a man no matter what he has done, because she believes in him! Tas is a great father it seems, and can you imagine how much his child is loving it to be sitting on his shoulders while he skates down that street in the final moments of the documentary?
Tired of sport super stars? Watch this!
16 January 2017
I liked that Tim McVey is really good at playing a totally obscure video game. I like that he is over weight, he is not rich, he is totally ordinary. He is not one of the celebrated, over paid sport stars with their noses up in the sky. This documentary is for you and me.If you remember how it was to play games in the arcade halls or at the local cafeteria, then this is for you. I remember me and my childhood friend playing a game, I think it was Commando, down at the hotel. We might have been 10, then after playing for a long time and having a huge score, the owner of the hotel, an old woman, came and unplugged the plug from the socket, because it was closing time. If you understand why this upset us, you will like this documentary. There are many other things that I liked about Man vs. Snake. For example the polite and cool Italian who claimed he had beaten the record, the black sheep rival Dwayne Richard, who might or might not have cheated by replacing parts so the game slowed down and the obvious love story between Tim and his wife. I recommend this documentary for all these and more reasons!
Arrival (II) (2016)Beautiful movie with a heart
14 January 2017
The Arrival has no shooting and explosions, the soul of the movie is beyond that in my opinion. Rarely have I seen a movie that resonates so deeply with longings and wishes of my soul. I am a huge fan of science fiction, especially Star Trek. I prefer it to Star Wars because Star Trek is about the human condition. If you know what I am talking about, I am sure you are going to love The Arrival.
Johan Falk: Slutet (2015 Video)Johan Falck saves the day
7 January 2017
I don't think it is fair to say these movies are bad. Over the course of the series, we become fond of the characters in the special unit. I also became fond of the bad guy, Seth Rydell. Even though he is a criminal, he has a sense of justice, he cares about his daughter, he has an ironic sense of humor, a much appreciated self irony. Compare with the real bad guys, the mafia characters, and it is no wonder why we cheer and feel good when they are killed. Someone mentioned that Falck is a village idiot who somehow dispatches one trained killer after another. Well, why not? This is not real. It is a fantasy! And Falck is our hero for going after organized crime who threaten to destroy our communities. In a perfect world all these non-humans would not excist. When we watch Johan Falck we are reminded that what is good will prevail in the end. We are also reminded through the lives of the agents, that even though we are imperfect, there is a lot of kindness and compassion in us, and that this is what we need to fight for, to not forget!
There would never be enough time
17 December 2016
I really liked this movie! It is warm, comforting, wondrous, strange and uplifting. At first I found it a bit boring, but then I started to like it. The calm of the man in the main lead is very comforting. Maybe when you know the end is coming, when you know it will soon be over, there is real purpose and meaning and peace? In the midst of the total tragedy that is the ending of the world from a meteor impact, it seems like the people in the movie have come together in some way or another, or come to terms with themselves. I really like the feeling of tranquility that the movie has, in the face of doom. It is totally beautiful! The film is also funny, in a sometimes understated way, other times more explicit. The scene in the Friendsy's restaurant comes to mind. I liked the male lead more and more. The same with the female. I started caring for her, and in the end scene, everything comes together in a very touching and special moment. I am grateful for having found this gem of a movie!
Tomorrowland (2015)This movie gave me hope
13 December 2016
I loved this movie! It made me laugh and cry with joy. How can anyone not love this movie? The whole message of the movie is one of hope, of making us think that each and every day, good thoughts and good deeds will take the world forward, and that the future of mankind can be better than today, that the present can be better, and that the kingdom of heaven is not what we think it is. It is but a width of a hair away. Thank you to those who made this movie and thanks to each and every one who try their best to make the world a better place. Keep hope and hold on to the light that is inside of you. This movie reminded me of a dream I have had many times, where I discovered a portal to the kingdom of my childhood, to a place where dreams, hope and wonder reign. So if you are wondering if the movie is worth watching, the answer is YES!