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I like it but....
I have seen these versions of Mankell's Wallander and liked them a lot but there are a few things that bother me.
Unfortunately, I have not read Mankell's books about Kurt Wallander. Although I'm Swedish.
However, I have read a lot of Swedish detective stories and thrillers. The early film adaptations of Sjöwall, Wahlöö's books....whose books I read with great pleasure...are my absolute favourites.... Leif GW Persson's as well. Those films were made in the late 80s and early 90s. Nowadays there is a bit of inflation of the so-called "Nordic noir".
Of the Swedish films about Wallander, Rolf Lassgård's interpretation is my favorite.
Compared to Swedish film adaptations, here the English version of "nordic noir" is far too ridiculously exaggerated. Kenneth Branagh's Wallander strangely closed...sometimes downright stupid. Wallander is a troubled and tired policeman...we know that...but Wallander is in other interpretations...in the books too I believe...in the middle of it all a seeker of pleasure...which all too often shoots him in the foot and destroy for him.
The atmosphere is strangely gloomy. Continuously! The weather is constantly gray and drizzly. Swedish (summer) weather is more sunny and/or clear weather. This is also the case in the Swedish films. Both in Lassgårds and Henrikssons.
Swedes are shy and reserved but generally happy and pleasant to spend time with.
Having said that, I still recommend the movies. I think if you like Scandinavian thriller and mystery...like I do...this is totally ok!
Seven out of ten.
Silent Witness: Matters of Life and Death: Part 2 (2021)
This is going to be a short one.... Dr Nikki Alexander would never ever go to a juvenile party with students! Drinking games...really?!..... she would never ever go to bed with a student. She has far too much integrity and professionalism for that.! This is wrong on so many levels....and stupid!
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002)
This is a nasty and dangerous movie. To even claim that other Christians besides the US-American narrow-minded distorted version of Christianity are being punished and left behind by God is deeply offensive.
Fascist and fundamentalist. Evil to use their own thermology.
Worship our version of Jesus otherwise.....?! Pure blackmail in the form of "love".
Serious theological errors and ignorant interpretation of the Bible. Scary!
I can't recommend the film for artistic reasons as well. Generally bad acting. Poor editing. Embarrassing plot and bad taste.
See it if you want out of sheer curiosity.
The Stuff (1985)
Used to b-movies but ....
This is a short rewiew but i'm sitting here with a big question mark on my forehead. I like b-movies and am aware of and used to them. Especially from the 70's but also in general.
But there's one thing that bothers me about this movie and that is that some have been influenced by 'The Stuff' and others not ?! When everyone should have eaten it already.
The woman who was responsible for all the marketing was not affected at all when she should have been among the first to eat 'The Stuff' ?!
"It's just a b-movie so why bother" does not hold .... it's too stupid!
Murdoch Mysteries: Dead End Street (2011)
Autism as 'idiot savant' twice
In the first season episode 6 theres a young man that also has autism and are into clocks and numbers like a geniuos. Murdoch informs Crabtree that that's called 'idiot savant' but in this episode JULIA informs Murdoch that that's called 'idiot savant' like he didn't knew that before and that's bugs me alot,
The Phantom (1996)
2 things are disturbing....beside that....it's a great movie.
Ok...maybe i'm picky but 2 things are disturbing for me 1. Bengala is a imaginary country in east Africa....not an island 2. Guran is the chief of the Pygmy tribe that The Phantom live with by the skull cave....he's not the short indian that's portreyd in the movie. Beside that....it's a great movie.