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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:25 Written by Atilla Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:15
This post is about Greg. Poor, friendly Greg.
Greg, who managed to be late for the party and bought his own ticket. Right next to us, as it is tradition.
Very, very non-traditionally, Greg bought a ticket for the wrong day. Not Saturday. Not Monday either. Greg bought a ticket for Friday. And never, for a second, it occurred to him to check the date on the ticket, at all. It was a ticket for Friday. I mean, ok. I understand what happened. The new oslokino site is retarded beyound belief. It is hard to find shit and it will actually change date when you refresh the page, even after you have selected the right day from the menu. It was a ticket for Friday. And no one paid any attention, not even the guy that was checking the tickets at the door. What a tough job, eh?
I was, to be honest with y’all, a bit disappointed. I went downtown, full speed, balls down, with the city bike. Got into Dr. Jekyll’s, a bit late – nothing too bad, and grabbed myself a brew. But there was nobody there, from 10 signed up people. I was afraid I am going to sit there alone, with a beer, on a Sunday evening – the very definition of a Norwegian Alcoholic. Thankfully, Adam had enough pure-hearted motivation to show up.
After we gathered the remaining Eight people, we got in the cinema like a breeze. And then hilarity ensued. Someone wasn’t in the right seat when 2 girls showed up. Damn Dutch and their politeness, sitting on their assigned seat instead of the one empty one between us. Mister unnamed Canadian here then realized he’s got the wrong ticket. By 2 days. The only wrong ticket. I mean … I’ve done a similar thing myself, for 10 people, but… It was really fun to see Greg twitch every single time someone passed by our row. And most of the times it was groups of people, which will obviously sit together. I’m pretty sure he never saw the trailers, jumping up and looking frightfully every time someone approached. I swear, I haven’t had that much for ages.
Everything went better than expected ™. So he got to stay and watch … the Great Gatsby. And I’ve got to tell you – there is no man greater than the Gatsby. He’s driving a custom-made, tuned monster of a yellow car. He’s throwing the wickedest parties of all time, dwarfing modern things with orders of magnitude. I mean … the Gatsby is a legend.
And it’s a great film. Not what we’re recently used to seeing, but that’s ok. In fact that is great. The Gatsby is a fantastic, colorful, emotional and quite philosophical movie overall. And who else to play the main role, except Leonardo Di Caprio. The guy is ridiculously good and he does the Gatsby great. Really, FFS someone *finally* give him a damn Oscar. But I digress. The movie is long, fairly slow and full of … pure art. It won’t make you think about the things in your life, but it’s definitely one of the movies that will stick out. The story, the twists, the acting of all of the cast was amazing. Well, no. One of the main roles is played by that whiny loser that was Spiderman before they rebooted it with someone more charming and capable. Tobey Maguire, as always, has the expression of a sad brick in a boring wall. He just can’t do the whole ‘playing’ thing, which I would imagine really sucks. For an Actor. He is the new Nicolas Cage, or at least has the potential to be as long his agent scores him roles in things. I really, really hope that he will do something else.
But enough with the bashing. The Great Gatsby is a different type of film, that surprises you. And amazes you. With the colorfulness and the greatness of the parties. With the realisation that you love the main character, despite who he is, why he’s like that and what he really tries to achieve. Which is a really cute thing. Trust me, your girlfriend will love it. Oddly enough, so will you.
It’s only fitting than in day we’re off to watch Fast and Furious 6 (six). A film with a trailer so ridiculous, it shatters my perception of insanity. What a chance it is that my GF is joining for the film requiring no brains at all and where all girls wear skirts with length of a standard-issue belt.
Life is weird. And very fun that way
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 03:42 Written by Jeremy Thursday, 25 April 2013 03:25
It’s been a long while since my last SMEx, so I was pretty excited to find out I had a good reason to visit Oslo and extremely excited to find out this visit had lined up with the release of Oblivion. See, I’ve been looking forward to Oblivion since I first saw the trailer, I always enjoy big budget Science Fiction movies, as well as anything set in a post apocalyptic world.
Since I wasn’t in town long, we decided to have a pre-film BBQ, it was at the BBQ that I found out that no one else was quite as excited about Oblivion as me. In fact, quite a few SMEx’ers had very low expectations for Tom Cruise’s first SciFi film since the 2005 War of the Worlds. After some delicious food, we decided to play some arcade games to decide who gets to ride in the car down to the cinema, and who has to take the bus. It’s been a long while since I played Street Fighter 2, and I was surprised at how many special moves I managed to remember. I’m also proud to say that I achieved the highest score on Donkey Kong, earning me a cramped ride to Colosseum.
The one thing that has stuck with me the most from Oblivion has been the soundtrack from M83. I actually found myself going out and finding it on Spotify, and i’m listening to it now as I write this review. We don’t often thing about OST’s when writing these reviews, but a great soundtrack can really make a movie. This one adds atmosphere, really helping to build the deserted world.
Visually Oblivion was stunning, I recently learnt that a lot of the backdrops from the Sky Tower were actually real Hawaiian horizons, which were projected onto the set, rather than green-screened in during post production. Allowing for better, more accurate lighting and real reflections in the set environment, hopefully we’ll see more of these kind of techniques in the future.
Oblivion is set in a future where we’ve had to abandon the Earth after nuking the planet to save ourselves from an alien invasion. All the humans now live on Titan but a few remain to guard the machines farming the seas for hydrogen energy. Jack Harper is one of the engineers on the Earth who is tasked with maintaining and repairing the drones that remain.
The story has some unexpected twists and turns, which are revealed gradually rather than all at once. This kept the story engaging and interesting even for the people with the lowest expectations!
Overall Oblivion was a solid movie, which will put high expectations in my mind on the other new SciFi IPs, After Earth and Elysium which are both coming up later this year! Hopefully my next visit to Oslo will coincide with one of these releases.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:55 Written by Lissy Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:35
So, I headed to this movie after really feeling the effects of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, or more colloquially, Pissed Off, Get On With Spring Already. I was feeling a bit flat and down. So what an unexpected surprise to find that there is a cure for POGOWSA: Random violence, men with guns, woman with guns, things that go boom – a lot – Hong Kong movie style martial arts, and all with a slightly silly and scant plot. Ah! I so want Firefly’s motorcycle from the opening bit … (Lissy dreams).
Not having seen the first GI Joe, sometimes I felt like I wasn’t sure what was going on. But after talking to others later, I don’t know if seeing the first one would have made all that much difference actually since the story line tended to jump around a bit. The story about the martial arts dudes just kinda popped up randomly and for a minute, I wasn’t sure it was the same movie. Very odd. As was the new “grand master” dude with the really unbelievable and crappy voice. Who is that? But, that said, ninjas are basically way cool and one of my favorite parts was ninja’ing (if that’s a verb?) all over mountain cliff faces on bungy ropes. In 3D this looked spectacular and since it’s the closest I’ll ever get to doing something like that, I got a vicarious thrill from it.
I think I have used the term “rollicking fun” before and I hate to repeat myself, but – it just was. Damn rollicking damn fun.
And I want Bruce Willis’ kitchen.