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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2009 01:51 Written by robfm Monday, 24 November 2008 02:57
This week’s Smex was an interesting one. The initial plan to see Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was changed after the new Ringes theater had trouble and couldn’t show the 3D version. Because the afternoon was still young, we all got out our smartphones to check what other movies where playing. After that didn’t work out (maybe Opera should make a mobile version! what? oh, scratch that) we all went to the office to figure out what to do. Long story short we ended up watching Body of Lies with Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The movie is an espionage action flick set in the Middle East with a terrorist backdrop. The fact that this sounds like half a dozen movies released in the last five years is the main flaw in Body of Lies. While the movie is solid, the theme has been revisited too often.
But it’s still a pretty good movie. DiCaprio convincingly plays an American field agent that has grown sensible to the collateral damages of the war on terror and also seems to appreciate and respect the region’s culture. His boss, played by Crowe, is the complete opposite: a typical American cowboy that says stuff like “There is nothing to like in the Middle East, it’s just full of sand”.
The movie has a very good blend of action scenes, plot twists and technology. And it doesn’t overuse any of these elements which helps keep the pace moving even after 2:30 hours. So all in all, this is a very good action flick, that tries to leave a message but not so much that it ruins the experience.
After the movie most of us went to an all-you-can-eat Mongolese restaurant which the provided the perfect fuel what came next: a long walk around Oslo’s downtown while we searched for a cheap bar. Although “Choice” was proposed early in the walk, it somehow wasn’t accepted. Half a hour, one really shady bar by the Opera House, and a walk through the train station later, we where in Choice.
Hoff says: “I get all my talent from Choice”
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2008 06:24 Written by minch Monday, 17 November 2008 08:10
Later this week the 18th running of the Oslo International Film Festival (OIFF) opens. Normally this leads to the board looking though the massive programme looking for a few select movies to choose. Take the Film Fra Sør (Films from the South) festival a month ago, we had never been to this festival, and so were a bit apprehensive, but to our surprise we saw a handful of good movies. Then there is this year’s OIFF…. there is perphaps two or three good movies of which only one that won’t be shown in a regular cinema within a couple of weeks. What a joke!
I mean what happened? I’ve been to the OIFF for the last two years and both times there were a selection of movies to watch that were fun and entertaining, but this year it’s all gone. To top it off everyone at SMEx was looking forward to going to Rockefeller again to enjoy a fun movie in a great atmosphere with a beer, and intermission as we did last year at Shoot ‘em up, but what do we get, two!, yes count them two documentaries!!!!
If the OIFF would like SMEx to attend next year they better pick up their game and produce a real programme with movies that normal people would like to see and not just a selection for pale skinned people who barely see the sun and think that “art” is more important than enjoying a night at the movies.