My big screen experiences. In somewhat cronological order
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|Elinix's Rating||My Rating|
12 Years a Slave 2013, R)
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug 2013, PG-13)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013, PG-13)
Gravity 2013, PG-13)
Elysium 2013, R)
Now You See Me 2013, PG-13)
Les Misérables 2012, PG-13)
Cloud Atlas 2012, R)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012, PG-13)
Very much an hier to Peter Jackssons middle earth, with some aspects being great (the 100% attitude, Gandalf, the Gollum sequence) and some not so great (the boring white orc villian, the wierd brown wizard some pacing problems excessive fightssequences). I enjoyed the ride and reccomend it as a cinema experience. Not so sure how it fares on the small screen. It's seriously long.
Incendies 2011, R)
She Monkeys (Apflickorna) 2011, Unrated)
The Dark Knight Rises 2012, PG-13)
It is in no way a bad film, it's just not as good as people think. I enjoy Anne Hathaway as Catwomen, the clever inclution of Robin and Michel Cain as Alfred is always a joy. But it was a long story with a political touch that I liked in the beginning "and soon you will wonder how you could live on so much, and leave so little to the rest of us", but the way it progressed made me increasingly uncomfortable. Though I loved the small parts of the scarecrow and the CIA agent and the airplane heist. And I really didn't see the twist coming. Problem was, I didn't quite care when it did. Over all, my biggest problem with Nolans Batman is the romance, which is plot-important in all of the films, and never felels right.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012, PG-13)
Marvel's The Avengers 2012, PG-13)
Sound of Noise 2012, R)
The Hunger Games 2012, PG-13)
A near perfect film in the genre adapted young adult fiction, and at the same time a film that stands fine on it's own. It's well made, the design is spectacular, and the acting wonderfully natural. It's a future dystopi in a sci-fi setting that manages to feel real and true. But most of all, it contains pretty much every element I personally enjoy in a film. We are talking about interesting future settings, a discussion on what entertainment and its limits are, social interactions in life and death situations, gameplay, a strong female main character, psycological drama, Jennifer Lawrence, vulnerable and suffering male leads, and survival tactics. I loved the slight Robinson Cruse aspect. It's almost like it was specially made for me. Ater reading the books some aspects got better, Gale, Prim, and some faded a little, Snow, her singing, and some faded a lot, the level of desperation, damage, thirst and misery in the areana, the prep team. But over all, I'm still pleased. This is a remarkable film. And the story of the bread is exceptionally well told in it's medium.
Melancholia 2011, R)
Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri) 2006, Unrated)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011, R)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011, R)
The Celebration (Festen) 1998, R)
Du Levande (You, The Living) 2007, Unrated)
The Adventures of Tintin 2011, PG)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 2011, PG-13)
This film is everything I hoped for and more. I have rarely been as happy in a movie theater. To be honest, I have rarely been as happy, ever. I laughed at the little things, surprisingly often delivered by McGonagall, I cried over Lupins child, I loved every second of Snape, and I think that ultimately they found just what there is about this story that has moved hearts all over the world and put it here, in this blazing conclusion that really is the end of an era. And what a way to go out. A worthy finale if I ever saw one.
Rango 2011, PG)
Tangled 2010, PG)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 2010, PG-13)
It is incredibly slowmoving story wise, but darn this is solid film making. The look, tone and feel of this thing is fantastic. I think it was a good decision to split the final film into two, because the tone of this one gets to be just as hopeless as it needs to. A standout sequence was the animated tale of the three brothers, and I also really enjoyed the walking through deserts to the sound of the raspy radio. My favourite moment by far though was Harry and Hermione dancing in the tent. In all the despair there was this touch of happiness, of companionship and closeness, and I love how close they really feel. It's a very inspired scene that wasn't in the books, but works perfect in the film medium, as a very visual represntation of what it is we are fighting for. Dobby was wonderfully reintroduced, and the genius of Ralph Finnes in the tricky role of Voldemort is becoming more appearant for every scen. I am also glad we got to meet the new minister of magic, and it is again impecable casting.
Despicable Me 2010, PG)
Buried 2010, R)
Inception 2010, PG-13)
25 Carat 2009, Unrated)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010, PG-13)
Harry Brown 2010, R)
Step Up 3 2010, PG-13)
Beauty and the Beast 2012, G)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2010, PG-13)
Tomorrow, When the War Began 2012, R)
The Town 2010, R)
Animal Kingdom 2010, R)
Ghostbusters 1984, PG)
Knight & Day 2010, PG-13)
Killers 2010, PG-13)
The Karate Kid 2010, PG)
The A-Team 2010, PG-13)
The Losers 2010, PG-13)
Iron Man 2 2010, PG-13)
New York, I Love You 2009, R)
Kick-Ass 2010, R)
The Hurt Locker 2009, R)
Honest. That is my main impression. It takes an honest look on the everyday life in Iraq, it builds suspense out of honest and true situation and it is, above all, a painfully honest character study. The soldiers we follow are allowed both their strenghts and weaknesses, and we get to see another spectra of emotions than normally portraied in war-movies. This is a low key film with one of the greatest final pay offs I have encountered. The slow reveal of our main character, and how he is both competent and reckless, stupid and brave, a leader and a fuckup, is unique, and the final scene carries a vibrating impact that hits softly, but deeply.
Up in the Air 2009, R)
Where the Wild Things Are 2009, PG)
Okuribito (Departures) 2009, PG-13)
I would have prefered if they had done the ending differently and excluded a couple of scenes of clumsy comic relif, but aside from that it was an incredibly moving film. It resonated with a deep humanity that made it relatable,and true emotions that made me feel connected, even as I watched those foregine rituals surrounding the preparation of dead bodies. It was calm, peaceful and handeled with so much care and respect that for a moment deth seemed less crushing. The cello, and the music in general does a great deal for setting the mood, and this movie also contains one of my favourite montages ever, a parade of bodies being placed in coffins.
The Ape (Apan) 2009, Unrated)
Saw it, liked it. Not terribly much so, but I liked it. It has the slow, very european camerawork that I enjoy, amazing actresses in the form of little old ladies, and a quiet humor. But it was a little to much of a pay-off film, where the first half isn't particulary entertaing but merely building up to the great finale. It's a good movie, but I actually had higher expectations.
Sherlock Holmes 2009, PG-13)
It's great as a Guy Ritchie action/detective story, filled with the directors trademarks of sharp and witty dialouge, beautiful slowmotion sequences, slick camera work and brutal violence. As an adaption of the original Sherlock Holmes stories? Not so much. But that was never the intention, which we are clearly told in a memorable underground boxing scene in the beginning of the film. That dirt never touched the noble mr. Holmes I know. So what is good? There is considerable acting talent present, though Downey Jr is the only one who delivers above excpectation. The sets look great and the wardrobe is fantastic, but my my, did they invoke artistic licence with the characterization. Irine Adler being the most obvious, but still, there isn't much of Sherlock Holmes in this version of Sherlock Holmes. It's nice though, the bits and hints at the original character, wich are clever, blends nicely enough to make this modern day detective interesting, if only for the purpose of watching the transition. What's bad? I had a problem with the over all storyarch, which thankfully redeemed itself a little in the final twist, but still. Not my cup of tea, and a very close call script wise. Over all however, It is well crafted and highly entertaining.
Avatar 2009, PG-13)
I might regret setting this grade, for there are certainly aspects that were less than ideal in James Camerons lifetime project, standard bad guys and one dimensional characters being the most prominent. But this was such a mindblowing experience that I am ready to forgive anything. Yes, the story is niether original nor subtle (references to imperialism, the dark side of capitalism, enviromentalism, and the US's war strategies through out history are hard to miss), yes it does smell stereotype for a lot of the connecting with nature-ritual things and yes, none of the characters were layered, but it didn't matter. This was so unbelievably, amazingly beautiful. It truly was. Like nothing I have ever seen before. Those hours just flew buy, because visually? It's damn near perfect.
Up 2009, PG)
I hold Wall-E as one of the best films of 2008, and I had unreasonable high expectations for Up. Especially after the absolutely brilliant teaser trailer that is a work of art on it's own. But Up delivers. For while Wall-E remains my personal favourite Up had everythong. Everything about it just worked, and it was beautiful, and magical and heartbreakening and hilariously entertaing all in the same package. It's greatest strength lies in the attention to detailes, how each and every indivdual little thing flows together and helps support this grand and absurd concept. It is nothing short of genius. And, it made me cry. Twice.
Whatever Works 2009, PG-13)
DeUsynlige (Troubled Water) 2008, Unrated)
Prinsessa (Princess) 2009, Unrated)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009, PG)
Not bad, in fact not bad at all. I do felt that they missed the tone of the final scenes though, first there wasn't enough going on and then it was to much. And about Snape, I'm not sure there was enough emotion, anger or passion or heck anything would have done 'cause that dry Snape that Alan Rickman does usually works but didn't here, I also missed the new minister of magic and unfortunately Ginny is a terrible actress, which shows now when she's got more to do. And I really feel that the sequence with the attack on the burrow was misguided. As a die hard fan of how close those films usually stick to the original material I just gotta ask; what the hell was that all about? Tom Felton as Malfoy holds up nicely though, and Slughhorn is perfectly cast, as is our young Tom Dolder, in both incarnations. I really like the direction they have gone with the minnessåll, the dark movements of how memories come to life.I also enjoy all the character moments between the cast, especially our main trio is golden. I praticulary enjoy watching Daniel Radcliff and Emma Watson together, they are among the strongest male/female friendship portrayals I know of. Over all a satisfing experience that kept the bar nicely high for the Potter-films.
The Proposal 2009, PG-13)
The Hangover 2009, R)
To my surprise, I had a great time in the theatre watching this film. I thought that it wasn't my kind of comedy, and quite frankly it isn't, but that didn't matter. It was so darn funny that I laughed out loud over and over, the kind of great, genuine laugh that trancendes such trivial things as genres.
State of Play 2009, PG-13)
X-Men Origins - Wolverine 2009, PG-13)
Watchmen 2009, R)
If you are looking for dark, gritty, in-your-face-morbid-funny, with a couple of great characers, and some amazing visuals this is what you are looking for. A well set sense of the era, an alternative course of our recent history and a little poking into human nature are other treats. I also loved the fact that the bad guy actually won, if there ever was a bad guy at all. All sideplots and all the female characters were unbelievably weak though, and a terribly graphic sex scene where I didn't even see the point of the relationship at all, and to top it of with a horrible music-choise should be ignored. That was the musical exception though, over all the score was great, especially the opening montage accompanied by Dylans "The times are a-changeing", which was very memorable. The bar is up in the super-herogenre, and I like it.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009, R)
Taken 2009, PG-13)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008, PG-13)
This is one of those movies that get points for it's crafting. It's elegant, beautiful and over all superbly and delicatly handled. Then again, it is a drama in my taste, with themes and a pacing I like, and there is also a warm sense of humor here that I appreciate. Acting is extrodinary, as is the make up and special effects, but I want to give extra kudos to lightning and music. It's just such a beautiful picture! Suddenly all those oscarnominations that bugged me (13? wasn't there any other movies made in 2008?) made some sense.
Australia 2008, PG-13)
The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008, PG-13)
Only for fans of disastermovies, and it's not even among the best I have seen in it's genre. The concept is great, but the movie isn't.
The Class 2008, PG-13)
Involuntary (De Ofrivilliga) 2008, Unrated)
Burn After Reading 2008, R)
Hysterically laugh out loud funny. Loved all the CIA scenes. "Basically, we don't know what anyone is after? Ok. Call me again when... when it makes sense." brilliant.But as the tagline said, intelligence is relative. Also, I never thought I would find it so hilarious to see Brad Pitt shot in the face. Unfuckingbelievable!
Quantum of Solace 2008, PG-13)
WALL-E 2008, G)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) 2008, PG-13)
I was reminded of the animated masterpiece Mononoke Hime as well as the works of Neil Gaiman when watching this movie, and besides the anticlimatic final it was an enjoyable ride. The strong points are definately the qiurky characters and the small stuff, like how trolls are afraid of canaries, the tumor baby and the cuteness of the single tiny monster. And last but not least, it was a magnificent opening that I have rarely seen the likes of.
Let the Right One In 2008, R)
Max Payne 2008, PG-13)
A friend of mine said that this movie is "more matrix than the matrix!". Now that wasn't exactly true. This is more what matrix would have been if it had been a simple revenge-story with predictable turns in a crazy darklighted New York, based on a video game and starring Mark Wahlberg. Wait a minute, it is! It's not a good mvie oh no, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaing. There are some stunning visuals, and don't even get me started on the effects-overload. This is a movie where to much isn't enough and it's meant to preach to the converted. Simply put, it's a hardcore fan-film, and for everyone else its a stupid flick that you can watch if you want to give your brain a two hour vacation.
Get Smart 2008, PG-13)
Hancock 2008, PG-13)
The Dark Knight 2008, PG-13)
Mamma Mia! 2008, PG-13)
I usually don't like musicals. The genre just doesn't work for me, but Mamma mia, I was swept away by this film to a very happy place where I just wanted to sing and dance and join in on all the fun. It's great. It's the most "feel good" I've felt in a long time. It doesn't ask you to enjoy, it demands it. Update! It survives being rewatched, and it's a film that doesn't compromize. The energy is fantastic, the language translated well from the stadge, the music is great and the locations amazing, but above all this spectacle of a film is carried by it's talented, surprisingly well singing cast. Especially mother and daughter Streep and Seyfried shine in their parts.
Kung Fu Panda 2008, PG)
The Incredible Hulk 2008, PG-13)
Iron Man 2008, PG-13)
I Am Legend 2007, PG-13)
Ok. This was very little what I expected. (But on the other hand I had made sure to stay spoiler-free and hardly knew anything about it beforehand). But still. I was expecting a classical action movie with strong psykological elements. I got a not so classical action movie with strong psykological and considerably stronger horror-ish elements. I was scared half to death! Thank god they put some "Gods plan-stuff" there in the end so I could remind myself it was just a movie. if you are looking for entertainment and adrenalin this is definatly good enough to spend an evening and some cash on. I'll just finish of by saying that apart from the badly animated lions and the cheezy title for such a well crafted movie, I'm pleased.
Stardust 2007, PG-13)
A unique story, well made, well acted, filled with action, romance, adventure, great characters and ever so importantly a healthy portion humour. Oh, and its based on a story by Niel Gaiman. Well I'm sold, if you've got a little extra time I recommend you spend it on this film.
The Secret Life of Words 2005, Unrated)
Bobby 2006, R)
I really like stories of many characters during a short period of time with an emotional core around an historical political event. I also like many of the actors and actresses in this shining movie full of stars. It was basically written for me. It tells of the cruel fate of the Kennedys, but also of how people used to care, of a time when politics mattered and one man could make a difference in the world. It´s hope and sadness and if I had lived back then I would have been nostalgic, now all I can do is ask; "Why do they always take the good people?"
Zodiac 2007, R)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End 2007, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007, PG-13)
This is by far the best of the Harry Potter movies, might be the director but I guess it's just that the actors are older and more used to their parts now. It is, as always well produced with great performances, I absolutely loved the girl playing Luna, she was BRILLIANT. I also have to mention the pink monster Umbridge and the always great Alan Rickman as Snape. I think the main credit have to go to the screenplay though, the adaptation from a 1000 pages book is simply amazing. (Unlike the Goblet of fire which really suffered from a badly adapted script.) In my opinion the worst book became the best film, and now I am really looking forward to the next one! (Four years later this commentstill stands.)
Linas Kvällsbok (Bitter Sweetheart) 2007, Unrated)
Déjà Vu 2006, PG-13)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006, PG-13)
Over the Hedge 2006, PG)
The Da Vinci Code 2006, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005, PG-13)
As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen) 2004, Unrated)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004, PG)
The good stuff is great and the bad stuff is really bad in this highly uneven film. It is well cast and well presented though, I am still a little sore on the changes in location, and some of the action scenes did not go down well, but the amazingly inticrate and clever story of the third book are nicely translated to the padge.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003, PG)
Bend It Like Beckham 2003, PG-13)
Two Weeks Notice 2002, PG-13)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002, PG)
My personal favourite of the books is very faithfully adapted, and I quite like the litteral way it goes about bringing the padges to life. I adore Richard Harris, who will forever be Dumbledore to me, and I like the little touches here and there for us who loved the books, like Hagrid stomping in covered in feathers. It is simple and straightforward in it's approach and logistics, it uses solid sets, and there is something robust in it's storytelling. It is also getting great performances out of really young actors, and Dobby is excactly like I envisioned him. (The basilisk, I'm afraid is not, but that I can live with.)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001, PG-13)
Exeptional. Rarely have a movie looked this beautiful before and the cast is picture perfect (with the one exception of Liv Taylor who looks like a dressed up human rather than a real mystical being.) Viggo Mortensen was a true last minute luck streak and pretty much all of them seem born to play those characters. A triumph in modern filmmaking.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001, PG)
Tarzan 1999, G)
A great film that I dind't quite understand as a kid, that is esentially about belonging, and identity. And I am a sucker for stories about belonging. I cried, more than once, there is something so heartbreakingly beautiful with the child and the monkey compairing hands and hearts. And the music is a perfect match. This moment has a perfect callback in the meeting of Jane, a caracter I am rather fond of. And when he walks out of that house wearing clothes, it is everything I love to see, about love, and choices, and defining who you are, and how much it means to really care.
Jönssonligan spelar högt 2000, Unrated)