2 new(ish) Scandinavian shows to watch

Dear ladies and gents,

we are at that weird point in the TV season when old shows are ending and the summer show (be it new ones or the returning ones) have yet to start.

So it’s like

And the answer would be… hm NO. Because I’m a crusty bish like that.

Anyhow. ANYHOW.

So I did a little bit of digging and found a couple of new(ish) Scandinavian shows to tide you over until Orange is the New Black returns (or whatever you might be watching over the summer).

Mammon

Written by Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen Mammon is a Norwegian series about a journalist who investigates a financial fraud in a large multinational corporation. It also just happens that his brother is involved. So things go to shit spectacularly. The series got the second largest audience for a drama series (1.3 million) in Norway. And second season has already been commissioned.

In the UK the series airs on More 4. I tried to find some details about the US release, but all I could find is this tidbit – the series will be remade for the US. For what it is worth – the DVD is available on Amazon.co.uk.

Varg Veum

Varg Veum is based on the books written by Gunnar Staalesen about a private investigator living in Bergen. There are 16 novels altogether.

Now technically Varg Veum is not a TV series, but a series of movies. But you know, do you REALLY care about that as long as there is something to watch? Didn’t think so!*

What makes it even better – 12 movies (12!!!) have been made. So that should tide you over nicely, don’t you think? And (AND) it seems that the movies are available on Netflix for the US audience?

*On a side note – big shout out to Nancy who left a comment on one of my previous posts regarding The Eagle and Unit One and where to catch them if you are in the US.

Gone Girl trailer

Dear ladies and gents,

have you read Gillian Flynn?

Her books to me read like Gothic thrillers and yes, sometimes the blood and gore can be a bit too much. This is a lady that does not shy away from blood. And gore. And other stuff. Mind you, they are nowhere near as bad as Mo Hayder’s books so there’s that (now her stuff can be absolutely bloody gruesome). But they are good. Like keep-you-up-at-night-so-you-can-finish-the-blasted-thing good.

I know Gone Girl is/was all the rage, but if you haven’t read her other two books – Sharp Objects and Dark Places – I can recommend those. Heartily.

Obvs Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon. Charlie Theron is working on Dark Places (I would never in a million years pick her to play Libby, but there you go, I am obvs not a casting agent).

David Fincher is directing Gone Girl and it will premiere in October. The trailer for the movie has been released and dare I say it? It looks promising?

I would urge you however to read the book before you see the movie. Ah sure, you can watch the movie anyway, but still – what’s the fun in that? Plus – it’s rare that a book will keep you glued to your seat. Go on, you know you want to!

Interstellar trailer

Dear ladies and gents,

I saw Inception on what was the hottest day that summer. Or at least it felt like it. I hobbled home all pukey and sh*t and on a verge of a heat stroke. But you know what? It was worth because the movie was amazing. Even Leonardo diCaprio was hmmm what’s the word… palatable?

Now here ladies and gents we have the trailer for Interstellar.

Ambiguous or what? It can be about bloody anything (although to be honest them wheat fields gave me a nasty flashback to the Happening and them trees. And that was NOT a good movie).

But I will go and see it. Not because I’m ride or die Nolan fan. It is because I have every faith the movie won’t be sh*t. On the plus side – the release date is November 7th and thank heavens for that, don’t fancy another brush with a heat stroke.

On a side note – who would have thought we’d see the day Matthew bleeding McConaughey would be in a Nolan movie? And not taking his shirt off? Fair play to him and his agent.

Veronica Mars – the movie

Dear ladies and gents,

saw Veronica Mars this week. And I hated it. And I loved it. At the same time.

I hated it because I loved it. And I wanted more. Does that make sense?

The movie was not perfect. Had a discussion about this with friends and we all agreed some characters were a bit two dimensional and essentially stayed the same as they were in high school. However I do get it since yes, this a fan financed movie and yeah I’d cram in as many characters as possible. But this is truly a minor thing (refuse to call it a flaw).

But. The movie was fun enough to remind me just how great Veronica Mars was. Yes, television is where it’s at these days, but this was 7 years ago people!

And that made me have a bit of hissy fit. Sometimes I’m 12, what can I say?

What does the future hold? Still unclear.

If you haven’t seen Veronica Mars (the series) a) what the what are you waiting for? and b) I’m green with envy because I’d love (LOVE!) to have it be all shiny, snarky, prickly and new. As it is, am planning to re-watch all three seasons.

So tell me ladies and gents – have you see Veronica Mars? What did you think?