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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:02 Written by Atilla Monday, 20 August 2012 01:57
Hmmm, I wonder where to start, that movie-going experience has certainly been one of the best ones this year.
To begin with it was the best day of Summer. It might very well have been the Summer this year, with temperatures breaking the I-can-break-a-sweat barrier and sunlight strong enough to drag the entire population of Oslo out in the parks. There was no place to throw a one-time grill in the park without hitting someone right in the nose. The same could be said about the bars with tables out in the open. All in all, it was a good day.
Being set in a positive mood, I got my roasted self to Colonel Mustard, where I secured a much needed beer. We had almost half of the entire congregation drinking beer, which is a rare and unusual sight nowadays. Must be something with weather… Anyway, the amusing part was to watch people exchange cash for past debts and cash for the day’s film, which made us all look like some sort of drug kingpins. Or it would have, if the price of the ticket hadn’t been magically reduced to 50NOK. That is right, fifty Norwegian kroner. Premium member discount at its best! Just don’t expect that to happen way too often.
Pow! Armed with a pocket-full of fifties I fetched the tickets and found we had two more members joining, Alina + Sister, an act that brought balance to the male-to-female ratio for this action-packed film.
And action-packed it is. What can I say about The Expendables 2? A movie that stars so many action legends, that they can’t possibly fit on the poster. Well, to begin with – it’s absolutely, blazingly awesome. It is fast-action, mass-murder, blur-of-bullets feature that can probably leave Rambo 4 far behind in a body count per second race. It’s just utterly insane and features things that will stun and astound you.
At the same time, bringing so many action stars cannot possibly go well, if you attempt to be at all serious. Luckily, no one was even trying. There’s more comedy packed in this film than some of the actual comedies we’ve seen in the past two years. Arnie is back and although his role isn’t so long, it is at least not just a cameo, like in the first movie. Chuck Norris is back, in a blaze of bullets, mystery and lone-ranger action, accompanied by the necessary musical cues. Jean Claude Longname is back, being a seriously bad-ass bad ass. Everyone is back, they’re awesome and they’ve even got a chick. She’s cute, although she’s nowhere near as murderous as Hanna or Cataleya. Let’s hope they can build that up in a third edition
On top of all that, there’s a lot of amusement about the location of some of the action. Apparently it’s supposed to be in a place where people speak a mix of Bulgarian and Ukranian dialects. This could stun some people, but my history lessons rang a bell and I remembered this, which could add a drop of credibility to the idea, especially considering the events in the plot. At any rate, the movie was filmed in Bulgaria, the locals spoke clean Bulgarian, the bad guys screamed occasionally in Russian and to add further confusion to the mix, some of the locals had Serbian names. Yes, it’s Eastern-European galore! Funny facts about the production: One stunt-man lost his life and another was severely injured in an explosion scene accident; one third of the bat population in the (protected) Bulgarian cave where the action was filmed was supposedly decimated; I suspected I’ve been on the airport where some of the action is filmed and indeed I had – once for an emergency landing – Plovdiv Airport, Bulgaria; the closing scene of the film claims to be in Paris, France while I can easily map it to a backyard somewhere in Bulgaria.
All things considered, pretty spectacular! Looking forward to a new one!
Last Updated on Friday, 26 November 2010 01:08 Written by Atilla Friday, 26 November 2010 01:03
It’s that time of the year again – festival time! The week where we’re at shady downtown cinemas almost every day, sometimes twice a day, a lot of beer is drank, a lot of asses are being frozen in the Norwegian cold. So far, I have to say, it hasn’t been disappointing.
We started the festival by discussing Jeremy’s goodbye party and Jeremy’s goodbye pre-party on Friday over a few beers at Politiken. A place which, for some mysterious reason, we only ever enter when it’s cold. Somehow the good cinemas have all the good stuff during summertime and the crappy cinemas during wintertime. Go figure.
The Town is Ben Affleck galore – starring Ben, directed by Ben, written by Ben. Hmm, scratch that last one, it’s adapted from “Prince of Thieves” – an apparently good novel. With an obviously better-sounding name. Anyway, The Town is Charlestown, a neighbourhood of Boston, where apparently everyone is Irish and a seasoned criminal. There’s many a film that try to make Boston look a much cooler place than it really is (Boston is lame, ok?) and this is one of them. Someone like Boston and wants to pay for a lot of those. Okay, the white man likes them, so we’ll play along.
The film itself is spectacular. It’s not the usual yet-another-bank-job motion picture and you really can’t go wrong with that. It does feature elaborate large-cash robberies , with reasonably perfect execution. It does feature ‘something went terribly wrong’ scenes. It does all that, but in a surprisingly down-to earth way, making you believe that this is exactly how this would happen. It’s a fantastically realistic representation of the plot, without your usual movie industry sparkle added on top.
There’s no nonsense happy-ending bullshit either. At one point I was terribly afraid that this will end in one of two really cheesy ways, but thankfully, it all went perfectly. And it took me 5 days to figure out what the fuck does the tangerine mean. All in all, one of the best films this year, at least in the group of films with a slightly more serious tone overall. The reviews about the even better and definitely a lot less serious ‘movie of the year’ are pending, as I write this.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:52 Written by espen Tuesday, 24 August 2010 07:52
We were only four that decided to attend this time. Perhaps a combination of
action movie fatigue and summer vacation. Anyway, the weather was nice so after a short hour at Isabellas we walked over to Ringen only to be interrupted by Adam that had to make sure the new and still shiny car was were it should be.
The theater was full even with such a tiny SMEx contingent. I am not going to say so much about the movie except that we got what we expected. And when Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis all join up in the same film one does not have to guess that hard about the general theme of the movie.
This is the second movie we have seen with Sly as the Director. There were real bad guys, pretty bad guys, normal bad guys and pretty much innocent bad guys and they all ended up the same way at the wrong side of heavy armory and tools. All in all I think this movie had the second highest head count in SMEx history so far. Only beaten by Rambo whatever-number-it-was which Sly also directed with a dedicated and secure hand.