To prove I’m not a curmudgeon…

Dear ladies and gents,

since I was a horrible curmudgeon about Divergent I thought I’d share a few movies I watched and loved over the last few weeks. To prove to myself I am not really a grumpy b*sh you understand.

A Long Way Down

Posters for A Long Way Down were plastered all over the tube a few months ago. Then again I have seen plenty of posters like that and in the end movies that were advertised were less than hmm… interesting.

Based on the book written by Nick Hornby A Long Way Down is an example of one of those movies that Brits do so well – warm, poignant, fun and silly, a kind of movie that lingers a while after you’ve watched it. It is about four people who have decided to kill themselves. And just happen to end up on the same rooftop at the same time. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul and Sam Neill. The reviews were rubbish, but I loved it.

Cuban Fury

Chris O’Dowd – that should be enough. Also Chris O’Dowd dancing, hello?! Also Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Ian McShane? Also salsa dancing! Come on!

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Totes late to this one as it was released in 2009. But I loved it all the same. It is about three nerdy friends, who manage to get into a time travel adventure of epic proportions just by sitting in a pub. The movie stars Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly and Anna Faris.

The Stag

Just so you know the movie IS named the Stag. For the US release the movie was retitled the Bachelor Weekend. If you are thinking it might be a Hangover rip off… hm no, it is not. It’s about a group of friends who organize a stag weekend in the great outdoors and things kinda get out of hand. Not in the let’s-jam-a-Chinese-man-in-the-truck kind of way. Also not in the-Blair-Witch-Project kind of way. In a bunch-of-Irish-dudes-who-are-funny kind of way.

The movie stars Andrew Scott (yes, Moriarty!), Hugh O’Conor and Peter McDonald (who, if you have been watching Moone Boy you’ll know him as dad Moone. If you aren’t watching Moone Boy, well… I give up!)

Random thoughts – Divergent

Dear ladies and gents,

so I was watching Divergent the other night. Decided against seeing it in cinema, because well… I loved the first book. The second book was meh. I didn’t even bother with the third.

And it’s not the type of movie that I simply MUST see on the big screen. Unlike Guardians of the Galaxy. Or Avengers. Or the Hunger Games.

Be as it may – there I was watching the movie and the most random thoughts kept popping in my brain like so:

- these dauntless people, yes? What the what (WHAT THE WHAT!) with them running everywhere? I am all for getting your 10.000 steps a day, getting some cardio in and whathaveyou, but this was excessive. They like jogged all.the.freaking.time. Seriously, what is that about?

- Four, yes? NOTHING as I imagined in my head. Don’t get me wrong, Theo James is a handsome guy and all that (Kemal Pamuk what!), but he (in my opinion) lacked dunno charisma? Edginess? Something.

- Kate Winslet, yes? Good job on trying to hide her pregnancy with a folder. With A FOLDER! Come to think of it, it could have been worse. They could have made her hide her baby bump with a handbag. Also what the what with the hair? Was that a wig? It was super distracting.

- Divergent supposedly takes place in the dystopian Chicago, yes? Third most populous city in the United States? So what the what (WHAT THE WHAT) with all the white people? Ok there is ZoĆ« Kravitz. And then you have Mekhi Phifer and Maggie Q who between them appear in maybe 5 scenes altogether? You’d expect the cast would be more racially diverse and all. Seriously.

- also the dialogues? It’s like something I might have written. And that is not a compliment.

It’s official – I is grumpy b*sh *sigh*

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!