Opening in Sweden March 29th 2013


The Host

The Host
Director: Andrew Niccol
Plot description: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “The logic does not exactly flow in this new-age frisky script. The interpersonal relationships are also something to chew on. The chaste, young guy and horny young girl recognized from “Twilight.” Melanie/Wanderer get in considerably harsher tussles than Bella Swan for her sluttiness – thoughts go to some kind of oppressive honor society. We also get a replay of the triangle drama theme of “two guys and a girl.” Furthermore, we have the strange allusions to Islamic terrorists. I do not know how Stephenie Meyer is feeling or what her intentions are with “The Host”.” score 1/6
Aftonbladet: “Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s promising existential experiment is reduced to a banal love story.” score 2/5
What Nick says: The big question here is – will Jeanine see it? And if so, will she review it?

Poster eskil_and_trinidad

Director: Stephan Apelgren
Plot description: “‘Hi my name is Eskil and I have lived in as many places as I am old, that is nine. Now we will move again and I don’t care where – it’s still the same. It’s called something in Finnish o located at the river. They have a power plant and a hockey team where I get to play.”
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Something in the story that stops it from staying with me – I never feel Eskil and Trinidad enough. On the other hand, the film breaks with a variety of cliché patterns.” score 4/6
Aftonbladet: “A family film that does not really resemble anything else. Although it probably takes place in the present, it’s very old fashioned in many ways. None the less an excellent children’s and family film for those who want a little more bite than the latest computer-animated Hollywood adventure.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Who watches this? Seriously? How could it get a cinema release? Must be something state-sponsored.


The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies
Director: Plot description: A Swedish documentary about porn director Joseph W. Sarno (1921-2010), as told by his wife Peggy. A man of the opinion that he was filming Ingmar Bergman-class dramas, with the occasional nudity.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “A true story just as fascinating as the one about “Sugar Man” Rodriguez.” score 5/6
Aftonbladet: “Funny, dramatic, outspoken. A poignant and melancholy portrait of two people in old age.” score 3/5
What Nick says: This seems more up Slim’s alley than mine.


GI Joe: Retaliation
Director: Plot description:
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Everyone’s favorite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson contributes a lot of tongue-in-eye-coolness and a ninja chase in the Himalayas is pretty cool, but mostly it just splashes around with its violent explosions and heavy metal guitars in this big, wasteful mess.” score 2/6
Aftonbladet: “I was just waiting for the misery to end.” score 1/5
What Nick says: First one was very silly fun, but not horrible. This looks horrible. Will still make money, though. What will the third one be?


Director: Plot description: An absent mother. A father and a son who grieve in different ways. 10-year-old Jojo must fend for himself. When he finds a baby bird fallen from its nest, it becomes a vent, someone to talk to.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “It may sound dull, but “Kauwboy” is strangely uplifting. Perhaps because the film is honest. Because it takes the child’s grief seriously. For that, even in the dark is life-affirming. But mostly because the film is so skilfully made.” score 5/6
Aftonbladet: “Director Boudewijn Koole has produced fine performances from his actors – both adults and children – but maybe it’s all a little too recognizable from other films about families in grief, and maybe it ends a little too simple and easy.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Snore.


6 responses »

  1. The next time I watch a movie, I’m going to think to myself: “WJSI?” and “ITSS?”

    I was so ready to get through GI Joe and have it end: “But the real question is, will filmman watch it?”

  2. Andrew Niccol started out so promising, but 16 years later – he has S1m0ne, The Host, In Time and the screenplay for The Terminal to answer for. That almost certainly warrants prison time.

  3. I’m curious to see GI Joe, myself. Chu is circling a project I’m very interested in and I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified.

  4. Chu is circling a project I’m very interested in and I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified.

    Before this he’d done music videos and a Justin Bieber documentary. I’d be a little bit worried.

  5. “Everyone’s favorite, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson?” Who’s favorite, exactly?

    Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of Joseph W. Sarno. The Ingmar Bergman of porn sounds fascinating, though.

  6. “Everyone’s favorite, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson?” Who’s favorite, exactly?

    Yeah, I thought that was funny. Svenska Dagbladet is a somewhat conservative paper, so when they try to be hip, or think they are being hip, it almost always comes off a bit awkward.

    I’d have used the reviews from Dagens Nyheter, a more liberal paper which tends to have worthwhile reviews, but they’ve put the film reviews behind a paywall.

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