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Norwegian blues | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/12/02 | Uncategorized
Do you go to the movies to escape from the sorrows and burdens of real life? Is all you want from a film to get a few laughs, some thrills and the opportunity to …
Veronique is a hard coconut to crack | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/12/01 | Uncategorized
Some movies are like coconuts: hard to open but rewarding if you finally manage to get through. As I sat down to write about The Double Life of Veronique, a song by the Swedish …
The Exorcist made me giggle a little – but it’s still a good horror movie | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/30 | Uncategorized
I’ve promised myself to stop talking so much about Mark Kermode. I’ve told you before that this British film critic is a favourite of mine – passionate, articulated, knowledgeable, funny and a little bit …
The movie that gave me a new view on Elisabeth Taylor | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/29 | Uncategorized
At last I got a proper view of the legendary actress and not just a glimpse from a news magazine.  Elisabeth Taylor. I can’t believe it took me so many years to see one …
15 ways to leave a movie | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/25 | Uncategorized
Today I’m going to talk about movie endings I love. Most of them are happy, a few are miserable, others ambiguous, but all of them felt just “right”. They brought the movie at halt …
Is The Ides of March as good as The West Wing? | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/24 | Uncategorized
Whatever I know about American politics, I’ve learned from The West Wing. I was a dedicated follower for years. I cherished every witty exchange in the corridors, I secretly imagined myself in the place …
How one overly pushed out jaw can break a whole movie | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/23 | Uncategorized
So here’s a question: How much can the performance of one single actor affect how you feel about a movie? Can one bad apple drag down an entire film? After watching A Dangerous Method …
Why you should think twice before taking someone to see Drive | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/22 | Uncategorized
About 30 minutes into Drive I knew I had made a mistake. What had I been thinking, bringing a corridor neighbor from my work, the middle-aged secretary of the board, who hadn’t been to …
Extacy à la Tykwer | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/21 | Uncategorized
“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time” Run Lola Run begins with a …
From Wild Strawberries to Breaking Dawn – musings on film scares for children | The Velvet Café
Post at 2011/11/18 | Uncategorized
Bella and Edward won a battle in the Swedish court system this week. After two appeals, the court finally ruled in the favour of the movie distributor, setting the age limit for The Twilight …