ingemli

IMDb member since August 2000
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The Boondock Saints
(1999)

Willem Dafoe is the only good part here
This movie would be rubbish without Willem Dafoe. The plot in itself is utter crap. A couple of Christian fundamentalists, so called saints, kill in the name of god to make the world a better place. They continue doing this for the entire movie, terminating to a poor end which opens up for the sequel. The movie without Dafoe is hardly a 2/10. Dafoe does a really excellent job in this movie, proving the immense character capability he has, providing both action and emotion. He carries the story alone as the chief detective from FBI. His lines are excellent and so is his acting. I have never seen him perform better than in this movie. Without him, it would be a b-class movie not worthy of being produced.

Coffee and Cigarettes
(2003)

Tedious rubbish
I had great expectations to what I expected would be an intellectual movie, dealing with a favourite pastime of mine. Although the movie has its charms, only three out of eleven pieces are acceptable, namely those with Steve Coogan, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray, like others have pointed out. The rest is mainly rubbish.

The conversation is so lousy that it is embarrasing beyond amateurism. I sat there, provoked and almost disgusted, wondering if drinking coffee in the US would be as pretensious and boring as displayed here. They even have the same sugar can over and over again, and even the same mobile phone.

It was a waste of talent, a waste of opportunities, a waste of money and a waste of my time. 2/10.

The Green Mile
(1999)

Overrated by far
** Mild spoilers **

This movie is the most overrated movie I have ever seen. The plot is good, most of the acting is acceptable, but it goes wacko when the character John has the ability to heal other people and enormous amounts of flies flows out of his mouth after he has healed people.

What's next? That an alien will jump out of the wardens head and tell people about Jesus?

My problem is that I'm not superstitious or religious, so I have a problem with evil flies living inside people, or that healing takes place. If there are flies of evil living inside of you, or you keep that as an option, this might be a good movie for you. Keep'em coming.

The real problem lies in that the movie mixes the genre of realistic drama/action, together with a few strains of fantasy. The mixing is completely out of place, and very typical USAian.

The Green Mile
(1999)

Overrated by far
** Mild spoilers **

This movie is the most overrated movie I have ever seen. The plot is good, most of the acting is acceptable, but it goes wacko when the character John has the ability to heal other people and enormous amounts of flies flows out of his mouth after he has healed people.

What's next? That an alien will jump out of the wardens head and tell people about Jesus?

My problem is that I'm not superstitious or religious, so I have a problem with evil flies living inside people, or that healing takes place. If there are flies of evil living inside of you, or you keep that as an option, this might be a good movie for you. Keep'em coming.

The real problem lies in that the movie mixes the genre of realistic drama/action, together with a few strains of fantasy. The mixing is completely out of place, and very typical USAian.

Panj é asr
(2003)

Zzzzz.. oh, there is a catastrophe going on.. zzzz..
Not to be a party-pooper amongst these comments, but I just saw Panj é asr, and I am not too impressed. In fact, I fell asleep somewhere in the desert, when the main characters of the movie were burning up their last belongings to provide heat for an already dead child.

The movie points out the catastrophe of Afghanistan, the despair of the situation and its impact on the people. Unjust, tragic and undeserved. The movie portrays this well at times, and it is especially when western helicopters fly above that we get a feel of the contrast of our societies. This is the good part of the movie; it tries to tell us something.

The bad part is its style. It has a documentary approach which works at first, but drags on so long, and so slow, that it turns tedious. There is never any background music, and conversation mainly only in the beginning of the movie. It is good to sleep while you're watching this movie, because you'll wake up and see that almost nothing has happened, so you can safely eat some popcorn and continue sleeping.

If there had been an improved script to this movie, which dared to throw some serious blame along with some serious and though-provoking theme music, this movie would have been magical and revolutionary. Sadly, it's not. Two out of ten.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico
(2003)

Utter waste of time
I just saw this movie and it is utter garbage from beginning to end. It has been created to generate the maximum amount of cash by the following formula 1) Add lots of beautiful people, both women and men 2) add lots of shooting and a little bit of story 3) add some racing with some motorcycles 4) add some attempts at funny comments.

The movie is simply pointless. After watching it, I just remember seeing Depp and Banderas sitting in postures, talking, shooting - travelling around and shooting some more. People get shot in the movie without any real reason. It's a shooting movie with some beautiful people in it. The story is plainly stupid - a certain junta is trying to coup the elected president, and banderas being the bullet-dodger he is manages to kill 1000 people without getting hit once. This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen and I ranked it hence 1 out of 10.

Eat paint rather than see this movie.

Heftig og begeistret
(2001)

Real and beautiful, but flat and without a message. Why was this movie made?
Heftig og Begeistret (Intense and Enthusiastic) is a documentary-like story of a male choir up in Berlevåg in the very northern part of Norway, where the weather is cold and hostile, the days are dark during the winter and the towns are faced with young people moving to the more populated parts in the south of Norway, where the climate is warmer and there are more opportunities.

The most beautiful part of this movie is the humans themselves. The people in the choir, who are aged from 30 to 95, all have unique, colorful lives and are very enjoyable beings. They are characterised by the harsh climate and the recession of the North and have adapted to the way of living required. Throughout the movie, we learn a bit about many people in the choir and we follow them through songs, some events in a church and on the harbour, and in the end, a trip to Murmansk.

The outside environment filmed in the movie is very beautiful and characterised by the Norwegian nature. The scenography is also natural and taken directly from the choir and from the peoples lives that we meet. Thei r livingrooms, the bathroom, the kettle on the oven; there is nothing artificial about this movie, not the people, not the environment, not their music and not their feelings. Everything is as real as can be.

It all loses out though when it comes to giving a story. It is very beautiful and real, but why do we see it? Is it because of the songs? Is it because of the nature? Or is it simply just to see a story about Berlevåg Mens-Choir, about their life and some of the trips they have. The message, if there is any, is that this small society copes with life through such social events like the choir. The choir have kept the people together for many many years.

It is all nice, but being as popular as it has been, seen by almost 200.000 in Norway, there is something wrong. There is no beginning or end to it. Nobody gains or loses anything, nobody reveals any message or tries to convince the audience of that this is good or that life up there is great. Why was this movie made?

I am sorry. It is a nice movie about good people, but compared to the average European, Scandinavian or Norwegian movie - this does not deserve a 9 out of 10. It is closer to 4 out of 10, and that is what I will give it.

If you see this movie in a theater, you should expect the average age on the audience to be around 55-60. It has reported to be consistently high in all theaters. Maybe this is also the reason for it receiving such very high praise in the news and good grades also on the IMDB: It is a movie about elders, for elders. It is a movie of "I regret nothing in my life", and a story saying that living in a small town like Berlevåg, might be a nice life too.

Englar alheimsins
(2000)

Worth seeing
Reading the other comments here at the IMDB, I had very high expectations before seeing 'Angels of the universe'. I wasn't disappointed, and giving the movie an 8, I would say that I can justify that grade.

The movie has some incredible acting, especially by the main-person, Pall. The supporting actors are also doing a very good job like the patients in the mental institution, the parents and the siblings of Pall. The music is also worth mentioning, supporting the movie throughout, giving depth and feeling.

Although the movie is very scandinavian, it doesn't leave out some humour and has a sort of objective authorship about Pall's life. Still, if you want to see a cheesy comedy or something light-weight, this is not for you. It is a story about people with mental problems, about the way they are being dealt with in society - but most of all, a story about Pall.

I recommend this movie to all movie connoisseurs. It is one of the best movies that has ever come out of Iceland, if not out of Scandinavia.

Snatch
(2000)

Just brilliant
Snatch is just a brilliant movie. It contains so much action, scenes, extremely well made cuts, phrases and humor that it will amaze anyone at one point or another.

The characters are extremely well made and are all unique. Following Tyrone and the gang, as well as Turkish and his companion, we go through so much different humour, cool scenes and action that you'll leave the cinema with a smile.

Enjoy!

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