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Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows

27 Dec

You need to know something about me – I loved Guy Ritchie’s first Holmes adaptation. Loved is not a strong enough word, perhaps. It was a movie that was everything, EVERYTHING an adaptation should be, and gave me characters I enjoyed watching tremendously and it was madly in love with the source it was based on but at the same time extremely aware of itself and the fail and biases in that original canon, and it had gorgeous action and pretty people and amazing, amazing acting, and a really, unbelievably well written script.

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“A Dangerous Method”

14 Jul

So, I am not a big fan of David Cronenberg. In fact he is the the only director whose film I once reviewed by saying he should never be allowed to pick up a camera again and meant it wholeheartedly. If he was never allowed to make another film for as long as he lived I would be happy.

There are several reasons for this. I came into Cronenberg’s career relatively late, having skipped his straight up horror film phase (I don’t watch horror as a general rule, so I’d stayed away from those films though I’d heard of some of them). In his drama film phase, which is when I became aware of him, he’s made movies with the same overwhelming theme. He explores masculinity and violence, the nature-as-wild-and-violent and culture-as-forcing-us-to-repress-that-nature. His protagonists are always men, usually torn between acting “normal”, civilized, calm, collected, rational, even gentle at times (usually with women), and acting in their “true nature”, which the world around them invariably requires them to reveal, which is violent and brutal and often includes Viggo Mortensen’s naked ass. He’s fond of exploring the price of that duality – the price of indulging, due to lack of choice, in those base, violent instincts, and the price of repressing them and keeping up a “civilized” veneer the rest of the time.

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“In A Better World” (2001)

14 May

So, here is the thing about In a Better World.

1. The original Danish title was “The Revenge” and I swear whoever decided to change it to this needs to be introduced to like, the whole point of the film. The English title is so WTF and random once you actually watch it. I honestly don’t even have a clue what the translators were referring to.

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“Infiltration” (2011)

6 Nov

So, verdict is in: if Infiltration comes across your path, definitely make sure to check it out. Very much worth watching. Here, have another trailer with subtitles this time:

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