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Movies I've watched recently:

  • Johan Falk: Vapenbröder (Video 2009) - IMDb 1/10

    2016-04-21 13:44
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    This film is actually worse than the first one, leaving no care behind; actually, if "no care left behind" would be the title, I'd given it higher grade out from courtesy. There's just nothing in here, not even anything little that aids or progresses action, for the sake of action. Even tipping a jar of paint onto the street would be more actionable and less questionable, than anything that goes on in this film.

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  • Johan Falk: GSI - Gruppen för särskilda... 2/10

    2016-04-17 13:42
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    What a heap of troubles. Sweden often combats crime; one may say it's "our" forté. Trouble is, the same actors adapt the same dour, sour stance when affronting the crimes perpetrated by other film-makers and actors, all from Sweden. It's a downward trajectory. Here, the biggest crime is courtesy of Jacob Eklund, who would not be able to act his way out of a paper bag; he's far too lackadaisical and apathetic to be a lead guy, and his character's simply not believable. This story is somewhat interesting as one specific criminal quickly proves to be an informant for the police. That's about it, really. The action is questionable as I kept looking at my wall behind the TV at times, for more exciting stuff; I'm not exaggerating when writing it. Fingers crossed for more excitement.

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  • Sisters (2015) - IMDb 7/10

    2016-03-05 21:17
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    I'm a sucker for Fey/Poehler, and this time they've managed to be as brash and simultaneously fun as they should always have been; I mean, they've obviously honed their craft. They play sisters who walk down memory lane, and what keeps this from being a regular haw-haw SNL showboat is how they keep their eyes on the prize, story-wise. It's a complete film, lavish with jokes that not only prey upon the remember-when-we-were-young? thing, but show-cases humor in its simplest forms. There are not that many gimmicks, really, but mostly humor. Things work because of the words, not the context, e.g. in comparison with films like almost everything Adam Sandler has made. All in all, fun and funny, they make it work.

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  • Fuk sau (2009) - IMDb 8/10

    2016-03-05 12:07
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    This is a pure action-and-vengeance film, from start to finish. There's really no logic to some things, e.g. why the main character does not visit his estranged and brutally hurt (physically and mentally speaking) daughter in hospital, but is on a mission. Apart from that, though, this film is a study in cinematography, vengeance, neat tricks and sheer love for the kind of drama that I think all vengeance-based films should carry. There's a lot of fun too. What Hallyday keeps back because of his limited performance - just imagine if Alain Delon would have played the main character, which is what the director originally wanted - the sidekicks and the beauty of the film gives back. It's a bit like "Blade Runner" meets "Memento" and some ancient John Ford/Akira Kurosawa thing going on. A must-see for all action/vengeance flick buffs.

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  • Macbeth (2015) - IMDb 9/10

    2016-01-23 21:49
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    This is a masterpiece. Where William Shakespeare's tale of betrayal, greed and blindness leaves much room for interpretation, this cinematic version goes beyond what could easily have been a flat, drab interpretation, and makes it come alive and breathe new air into the tale. I hope this adaptation goes around and is seen by all. Fassbender is really involved in this film, as previously seen in "Shame", as opposed the crappy role he had to play in "Prometheus"; Marion Cotillard elevates, both by herself and together with Fassbender. The calmness before the storm, breathtakingly filmed and shot first during the initial scenes, is cinematography, acting and direction in wondrous collaboration. It seems all actors are on-point, with one singular goal. This is truly brilliant. The language comes alive, through death and humanity.

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Oskar shows how to AeroPress by CAT VIDEO

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My man Oskar has finally released a video where he shows the world how to use the AeroPress coffee maker, while handling a cat.

However, will Oskar show us what to do with the cat?

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Hell yes he did.

I can’t say how stoked I am to brew my next cup! Thank you, Oskar!

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Do visit Johan & Nyström for more coffee, accessories, tips and a plethora of coffee-and-tea-related stuffs.

Extra fan info on Oskar: he owns a turtle named Malou, which is no doubt named after Malou von Sivers, one of his personal heroes.

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New music: Okkervil River and Die Antwoord

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First of all, Okkervil River has announced their new album, “Away“. The first song that is available is “Okkervil River R.I.P.“:

It’s beautiful. Don’t forget to order that double vinyl, swirly vinyl edition, that includes a digital download. The above track will be made available to you as an MP3 download at once, and the song named “The Industry” will be available in July.

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The above quote is from this lovely interview that NPR conducted with Will.

Another band that is releasing music are Die Antwoord.

I still like their album “Ten$ion” a lot, and was utterly disappointed by the follow-up, “Donker Mag“. However, things are looking up where it comes to the next song they’ve dropped, which is “Gucci Coochie“, a track they did with Dita von Teese, The Black Goat and God:

Admittedly, Dita von Teese on a track is about as enticing as Kate Moss singing with Primal Scream, but this could mean good things. The track may be incorporated on a mixtape that is set to drop today! Fingers crossed that it does.

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The mixtape is out:

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Sweden: 42 years of pop music in 4 minutes

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This was broadcast as part of the Eurovision song contest last weekend and naturally my man Zak is in it. The video is made by Jonas Åkerlund. Here’s a list of all the artists and tracks in the video:

  • Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
  • Abba – Waterloo
  • Abba – Mamma Mia
  • Abba – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  • Harpo – Movie Star
  • Secret Service – Oh Susie
  • Herreys – Diggiloo Diggiley
  • Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok
  • Tommy Körberg – Anthem
  • Europe – The Final Countdown
  • Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
  • Roxette – The Look
  • Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
  • Army Of Lovers – Crucified
  • Dr. Alban – It’s My Life
  • Ace of Base – All That She Wants
  • Stakka Bo – Here We Go
  • Peter Jöback – Guldet blev till sand
  • E-Type – This Is The Way
  • Leila K – Electric
  • The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Instant Repeater ’99
  • Robyn Carlsson – Show Me Love
  • Whale – Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe
  • Backyard Babies – Look At You
  • Clawfinger – Biggest & The Best
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  • The Cardigans – Lovefool
  • Emilia – Big Big World
  • Meja – All ‘Bout The Money
  • Dr. Bombay – Calcutta (Taxi, Taxi, Taxi)
  • Andreas Johnson – Glorious
  • Peter, Björn And John – Young Folks
  • Alcazar – Crying At The Discoteque
  • Thomas Rusiak feat. Teddybears Sthlm – Hiphopper
  • The Hellacopters – By the grace of god
  • The Ark – It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane
  • Titiyo – Come Along
  • Jerk it out – Caesars Palace
  • A*Teens – Halfway Around The World
  • José Gonzalez – Heartbeats
  • The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk
  • Günther – Ding Dong Song
  • Hammerfall – Hearts On Fire
  • Basshunter -Now You’re Gone
  • Arash – Boro Boro
  • September – Cry for you
  • Sabaton – Ghost division
  • Teddybears – Cobrastyle
  • Agnes – Release Me
  • Mando Diao – Dance With Somebody
  • Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name)
  • Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child ft. John Martin
  • Rebecca & Fiona – Holler
  • Avicii – Levels
  • Laleh – Some Die Young
  • Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
  • Loreen – Euphoria
  • Icona Pop – I Love It (feat. Charli XCX)
  • Zara Larsson – Lush Life
  • Yung Lean – Kyoto
  • First Aid Kit – Wolf
  • Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
  • Seinabo Sey – Younger
  • Sabina Ddumba – Not Too Young
  • Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes
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    Part of why I love “Watchmen”

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    From Lance Parkin‘s “Magic Words“, a biography on Alan Moore, the main writer of “Watchmen“:

    Just click the image to read up.

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    I love Moore’s/Gibbons‘ humor, and ability to play with the absurd, which has gone lost on a lot of people, myself included at times.

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