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  • Crazy Love (2007) - IMDb 7/10

    2014-11-04 20:43
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    I shan't really say anything tangible about this film as that would ruin the "premise"; having said that, I don't feel the "big twist" in this film was the Big Thing, but rather that the story was It. I mean, the filmmakers are the ones who should be lauded for patching this story together very elegantly. All in all - recommended.

  • Mördaren ljuger inte ensam (2013) - IMDb 1/10

    2014-10-26 21:43

    This is a plethora of bad. There are so many bad things about this, apart from the fact that Rapace and Novotny's abilities should be far better utilised. A midsummer's party in the Swedish archipelago, seemingly set in the 1950s; intrigue is everywhere, despite there being a handful of characters there. Nothing bad about this, but where it has been handled subtly in the past - e.g. Woody Allen's "Match Point" - this is a study in treating the viewer as infinitely stupid. Sexual "innuendo" is continuous, and constantly overstated so blatantly that you'd think sexuality was just discovered and has never been used in film before. You really don't care about the characters. Who lives, who dies - who cares? Apart from that, the film *glows*. That's not symbolism; there's an abysmal filter over the film which makes every bit of light look like it's glowing. Incredibly irritating. All in all: avoid, by Jove, and never look back.

  • Attica (TV Movie 1980) - IMDb 6/10

    2014-10-26 17:12
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    I think Emma Goldman noted that every civil war is class war. In this instance, that really rings true. One of the characters in the film notes that 60f the inmates in Attica were black and 0f the guards were black. As for the higher-ups of Attica, well, I'll pick my guess at the quotas there. The Attica riot was spectacular: the inmates took over and stood their ground for 22 days until riot police massacred a bunch of inmates and, actually, 10 of the hostages. The film deals with the humane aspects of the take-over in a lot of ways. The legal people mainly think the inmates' demands are valid. The governor is slammed by demands from outsiders, seemingly mainly the people and the police unions. The dilemma is plain to see. I really liked the fact that there's very little soundtrack here. The film ended abruptly, but that's due to the real chain of events. Recommendable because of the humanity.

  • Hypnotisören (2012) - IMDb 2/10

    2014-10-19 23:32
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    This is basically like your everyday Beck film, but two things are different here: 1. One actor can actually act somewhat; it's Lena Olin 2. The cinematography is slighly better than during most Beck films; still, the shaky-handheld-cam thing still has Swedish film locked in a vice Apart from those two things, the dialogue is bog standard (i.e. dreadful and unbelievable) and I found no sympathy for the characters, the film or the plot. Do avoid.

  • The Trial of Jeffrey Dahmer (Video 1992) -... 7/10

    2014-10-18 17:36
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    The voice-over from the man at the start is *not* rated here; the trial, however, is; naturally, this is a very abridged version as this film is only 90 minutes long, but the most interesting bits about it, I think, are the psychologist's words from having spoken with Dahmer and Dahmer's own words at the very end.


Russell Brand on Swedish corporations…and what didn’t happen + review of his book, “Revolution”


From Russell Brand’s book “Revolution“; my review of the book is below the quote.


Every large Swedish corporation had to give its employees shares equivalent to 20 percent of its profits every year. Well, that’s novel—the empowerment of workers within a corporate structure. Sure, it’s limited; 20 percent isn’t enough. The workers should have 100 percent, and there should be no hierarchical distinction between any of the workers, regardless of their costume; title abolition will help towards that. We’ve begun negotiations—good. Well done, Sweden.

The shares were not owned by individuals but were controlled by regional management boards, which were democratically accountable. Fair enough. We’re not after a new elite—collectivization and lateral autonomy. Cool. No wonder Volvos are so safe.

The boards had to use the shares “for social priorities and the public interest.” That’s good. I mean, I think huge sectors of the financial industry would be entirely dispensed with, given that the whole thing is an elaborate mathematical metaphor designed to legitimize fraud and theft. Nice to know that if any form of market did remain, there’d be no unaccountable bankers getting bonuses during an economic crisis that they caused. Viva IKEA.

As the shares in the companies grew, so did the influence of the workers’ management boards on corporate decision-making. Clever: The destiny of the board and workers are inextricably linked. From what we’ve discovered so far, this structure still seems a bit hierarchical, but at least it proposes a form of empowerment for workers, which we could easily amplify. ABBA forever.

Unfortunately, this scheme was never put into place, due to widespread hostility from employers. Oh, right, they never actually did it. It was a hypothetical corporate Revolution. Typical—the sauna-dwelling, porn-watching, suicide-committing pervs. Understandable, really. It’s a method of financial reform that could never be imposed without union power and regulation that modifies the power of corporations. Bloody ironic.

RevolutionRevolution by Russell Brand
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book is fair. Not more.

Or rather, it contains a lot of great information and thought-worthy elements, but given Brand’s a) ADHD way of acting out – which I think works well in condensed textual form, or while performing stand-up – and b) how the book should have been much better edited, it’s a bit of a failure.

Brand obviously caters to Noam Chomsky – whom I love – and Bill Hicks – whom I also love – but can’t pull off what they brought to the table. I mean, his thoughts are interesting but not much more. I hope this book will work as a kind of trampoline for people who will reach Chomsky and Hicks because of it.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – 30 years after “Psychocandy”


There’s a little rabble-rousing going on as The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s “Psychocandy” turns 30 years old.

From the wonderful video to “You Trip Me Up“:



I got reacquainted with that video after having read Martin Carr’s words on that single, in an article on his fave singles:


Like Carr says:

The video is just fantastic. They’re walking around somewhere in the Mediterranean, sitting on the beach in full leather gear with their massive guitars. After hearing the Mary Chain, that was all I wanted to listen to – bands who did that.

Any band that wears leather, carries an anti-lecherous look and does so on the beach while basking in sunshine has my full attention and utter adoration. Oh, here’s the video.

Don’t forget to check out this interview in The Guardian, published a day ago. It’s a cool insight into how the JAMC thought and behaved with a little on how they think and seem today.

Bonus clip, JAMC being interviewed really early in their career. Highlights include a reporter asking William Reid the following question: “I read in a paper somewhere that you have been described as the best band in the hemisphere as well as the worst band, now how do you react to that?” (or similar). To that, William replies “My favourite colour is gold.” Also goto 05:10 in the video to see the drunken audience going as roadies off-load equipment from the stage.

To end, don’t miss Zoë Howe’s book on the JAMC; my review is found here.

Extra bonus track, “Just Like Honey” performed live in 2013 with Bilinda Butcher from My Bloody Valentine:

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