Posts Tagged ‘film’

Unfulfilling end – Jocke spoils movies

Monday, November 17th, 2008

How come the end of movies is such a hard ting to do right?

I saw Burn After Reading this weekend and there was one scene missing in the end, or at least I felt like I wanted to see Ozzy Cox one last time before the credits.
This made the film feel a bit less in my eyes. It was still cool and all that. But I keep feeling like I was tricked in someway.

Just like in Pirates 3 when Kiara doesn’t turn into Calypso (witch would have made sense to the end and finish of the trilogy in a good old epic tragedy way). Or when out of the blue it’s a dream or someone was dead the entire time (Boxing Helena, Jacobs ladder and Alice in wonderland pull the dream thing. Sixth sense and The Others do the dead deal).

The only thing that’s worse is when you see the “complex” end coming miles away. I have no problem with films where you can figure out who the killer is, or who is scamming whom, but when it’s meant to be a twist and the writer/director cant hide it I get disappointed. Sleepy Hollow tells you who the killer is when the characters are still being introduced and The Others became obvious to me within the first 30 min or so. However both films are good, Sleepy Hollow being a masterpiece in its genre and the others being a non-Japanese ghost story. The very crapy teenage slasher Urban Legends (staring the lovely Alicia Wit, who was my first television crush when she was Zoey in Cybill) has a great advantage over… oh lets say I still know what you did last summer. In Urban Legends you can figure out who the killer is, there are a few clues and its not impossible to figure it out during your first viewing of the film (and why would you watch it mote then once? its still crap) while in I still Know… its just no way of knowing.

Then there is the third kind of mystery, the one who claim that you can solve it, while you actually cant. A perfect example is Saw, where you think that jigsaws identity is someone you could guess while in reality it’s one of the extras who is the killer. How crappy is that? “Oh, it was the guy in the videostore where I rented E.T who raped my kids and killed my dog and eventually made me saw my own leg off. I should have guessed. ”
Another thing with the Saw movies: the guys who made them didn’t get why the first one was quite good. Saw has a cool and mysterious set. The abandoned room, a room filled with secrets. The guys in the room also have their secrets. Once in a while we see a gory sadistic killing, to explain why this setting can be and to unsettle the audience. In Saw 2all the smarts and mysteries are gone. Only the death traps remain and in saw 3 we are expected to care for Jigsaw and his apprentice, we don’t. Is a bit like caring for a can of pop or a can of Hitler flavoured pop.

Also I saw Resident Evil 3 this weekend. It was good at being what it was. The post apocalypse was post apocalyptic, the zombies where zombies and dust and explosions and umbrella corporation and strange clones and… It was by far the best of the Resident Evil films and also one of the best post apocalyptic movies I’ve seen in ages. This doesn’t make it as good as The Crow or anything, but sill its a few steps on the right side of OK.

The other Swedish director

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Roy Andersson is a great director, and if it wasn’t for his hard time to get new films done this bloggpost might be a homage to him, but lets face it if he’s making a new movie its at least five years away. Instead I’m going to write about the other good Swedish director: Thomas Alfredson.

Thomas is a flawless director, in my eyes. He has a unique style, hyper realistic with just a little nudge of surreal in it. I have seen almost all of the stuff he as done, Offer och Gärningsmän being the one exception. I don’t know how I managed to miss it. Kontorstid is the most underappreciated Swedish film in modern time, the Bert series, followed by the feature film is second only to Kenny Starfighter (that Alfredson was not in any way involved in) as family TV, Soldater I Månsken is still one of my all time favourite TV dramas, the Christmas series En Deceberdöm was brilliant and full of wonder and beauty and he’s done all direction for Killinggänget since 1999. Now the trailer for Låt den rätte komma in (Let the right one in) is out. The movie goes up this weekend in Sweden if I’m not mistaken and if its not in cinemas anymore when I get back to Sweden for Christmas I’ll be truly disappointed.

Watch a buch of trailes for the film here.

The good, the bad and the enertaining

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

I’ve decided to make a post just about the movies, everytime I watch a new film that I’ve haven’t seen before it will go in te SUCKY or the NOT SUCKY categories below.

Expecet frewquent updates of theis post.

The remake of Death Race
Eagle Eye

Hellboy II
The Dark Knigt
Dexter s3e1 preair
Californication s2e1&e2 preair
Midningt Meat Train

I Don’t know what to think
Speed Racer – I just remeber pretty colors for an hour and a half….
Bankok Dangerous 2008
Tropic Thunder – Not another Zoolander, however Tom Cruise is funny.

New Laser Ideas

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Something is happening to my creativity; since spring came to town about a week ago I can’t stop to think of new projects and new things for existing projects. I’ve written an article for our old closed down role-playing site Boningen, story outlined the second series of The Hitman Comic, dreamt together a few videogame concepts and storyline ideas for various media, decided to look into computer software for handicapped and other alternative ways of communicating with digital devices and finally mapped out a revamp series for a superhero team I liked as a kid: Cloak & Dagger.

And this is only the things that don’t concerns the Epitaph project…

Everything I know about Cool I learned from watching The Warriors!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The Warriors might be the coolest little flick ever made. At least it’s by far the coolest film I’ve seen to this date. Why, do you ask, is this a blogworthy topic?
Several reasons. Firstly, there are three of the credits that are LARGER than the rest, the regular writer and director but in this case also the ART director. And what art direction it is. From Gramancy Riffs, Baseball Furies to Warriors and of course the boring outfit known as Orphans style and personality is the key to gang colors. If gangs in real life looked like that I’d sing up as foot soldier for my local gang of boppers and heavy mother-dudes today. Looks, style, music, camera movement is so… cool. There is no other word for it. Look at the trailer!

Also, the villain is the same guy who plays Jerry Horne (Ben’s brother)in Twin Peaks!