Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Based on a manga series, this animated film looks really, really good! Directed by Shinji Aramaki.

The Guest

As the film world is gearing up towards the end of the summer, September seems to be full of intriguing thriller releases here in the UK. One of them comes from the makers of the wonderful and brutal You’re Next.

The Guest, starring the ever-so-charismatic Dan Stevens, looks cold, mysterious and promising. A soldier makes his way into the Peterson family by claiming to have been a friend of their son who died while serving in Afghanistan. Yet, a string of what appear to be accidental deaths seems to follow David raising suspicions about who he really is.

Mistaken For Strangers

I got a great chance to see this touching, funny and beautiful documentary about The National.

The trailer makes the film seem quite goofy but it actually turns out to be touching and honest above all. It’s first an intimate account about Matt’s and Tom’s relationship and second a documentary about The National. Whether you’re a fan or not, this is a worthwhile watch because it somehow manages to connect with you in a really humane way.

The Congress

An amazing looking film that evokes the feelings and potential of dreams and the state of dreaming (in my opinion) but more realistically probably a bigger comment on the use of CGI and our viewing experience.

Google: “In his novel The Futurological Congress, the great science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem foresaw a worldwide chemical dictatorship run by the leading pharmaceutical companies. Written in the late 1960s, the book depicted drug manufacturers’ complete control of our entire range of emotions, from love and longings, to jealousy and deadly fear.

The film adaptation of his novel introduces the current cinematic technologies of 3-D and motion capture, which threaten to eradicate the cinema we grew up on.  This film takes 3-D computer images one step further, developing them into a chemical formula that every customer may consume through prescription pills, thereby compiling in their minds the movies they have always wanted to see, staging their fantasies, and casting the actors they adore.

In this world, these beloved creatures of stage and cinema become futile relics, lacking in content, remembered by no one. Where, then, do these actors go after selling their souls and identities to the studio devil?”

Guardians of the Galaxy

Lookin’ good!

Musicwood & Expedition to the End of the World

Here are two stunning docs that I got a chance to see over the past week and thus can strongly recommend!

Musicwood (dir. Maxine Trump) is about the big guitar makers like Martin, Gibson and Taylor coming together with Greenpeace to try to negotiate an environmentally friendly alternative with a Native American logging company which is clear-cutting one of the oldest and vital rain forests on the planet. The film sheds light on how complicated and intertwined saving the beautiful forest actually is. Another positive thing about the film is that instead of leaving you depressed and hopeless about the torture humans submit the planet to, it instead leaves you with thoughts and an urge to act and do your part. Don’t be scared off if it sounds too music or guitar specific, its message extends beyond saving the acoustic guitar.

Expedition to the End of the World (dir. Daniel Dencik) is a crazy adventure story that takes bunch of Scandinavian scientists and artists to Greenland to discover how strong of an (mostly negative) impact humans have on the environment. That said, the film is framed in an epic way with some philosophical, peace-of-mind offering insights into dealing with the situation. Needless to say the scenery is breathtaking and mostly untouched by humans. An extra bit of spice comes from the typical Scandy-humour, which rarely is seen in documentaries that seriously address our impact on the planet. This doc is an epic journey you don’t want to miss!

If you’re in UK, the UK Green Film Festival will run across venues in the country in the beginning of June and these two docs are part of the program. So, if you’re interested check their site and find a screening near you.

 

The Knick

Remember how Steven Soderbergh was going to take a break from filmmaking. Well, apparently he specifically meant FILMmaking (thank god)! Here’s a teaser for his upcoming TV mini-series The Knick and it’s looking interesting, let’s hope it stays that way!

IMDB: A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Via Variety

Hross Í Oss

I got the chance to see this stunning piece of work narrating the relationships humans develop with horses and each other. Set in a small Icelandic community or town, it’s filled with proper absurd Scandinavian humour and beautiful shots. For a film lover it’s a must even though I think it has the ability and the potential to connect with super wide audiences!

Of Horses and Men is directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

IMDB: A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences. The fortunes of the people in the country through the horses’ perception.

Borgman

“Dogtooth meet Michael Haneke” says the trailer. What else could one possibly want?

This Belgium-Netherlands co-production seems mysterious, promisingly disturbing and intriguing. For me it also somehow echoes of Ex Drummer. Hopefully there’ll be a UK release and soon!

IMDB: A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Vi Är Bäst!

I think, subjectively so, that everyone should watch Scandinavian films. The explanation is simple, I enjoy them, both the drama and the humor, and thus want to share that enjoyment.

This new comedy from Lukas Moodysson seems super promising filled with that kind of feel-good coming-of-age stuff.

IMDB: Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band – despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.