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Internationally known - Prominent in Sweden - Bergman and other legends.
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My Octopus Teacher (2020)
I wonder how many women who sees this are imagining themselves being the octopus - like in a shadow story where they are being approached, get's interested, lose the trust after a slight "f up", and then embrace the approacher again since he put in the extreme effort. Also him sweet talking her and her intelligence.
Anyway, this was a comforting documentary to watch. Nice shots and environment and insight of the world under the surface. As many points out the bond between them was cool to see.
Love & Anarchy (2020)
I enjoyed it a lot and I'm looking forward to the second season.
If we're to be reflective though: This show contradicts parts of the current gender debate. You'll probably know what I mean only by watching the trailer. It's pretty obvious that the guy behaves both challenging and dominating. And the show was created by a female, in a quite romanticizing way. I think it shows that, in this case at least, there's a fine line between what women likes and what women find repulsive or even abusive. It's interesting.
Den bästa sommaren (2000)
To remember: This is a movie made 20 years ago, depicting a time 42 years before that. There's not many reviews here, and even fewer negative ones, but the ones that are negative seems to miss the point that this is a comedy and that it's very unpretentious. The comedy in this movie weighs over everything, which (among other things) shows that this movie isn't so much about being serious or about using the 2010-2020s zeitgeist (which would be impossible), or trying to be compared to My Life as a Dog. This movie should just be watched and enjoyed without preconceptions and prejudice, and if you do you'll probably find it to be one of the best Swedish movies made ever.
I enjoyed watching this since it was pretty fast forward and connected a lot of dots. It made me reflect and try to figure out what could be seen as believable. I don't think much did, but as an atheist I liked the first part, although I didn't necessarily believe the theory. But I don't think there needs to be a theory to question at least the aspects of supernatural things or Gods.
In a way I watched this documentary like I watch most documentaries. I watched Seaspiracy before this and I had the same impulse of looking up the organizations and people talking (their relevance/extent/ethos etc) before jumping to conclusions. I'm not comparing the two but "facts" and information shouldn't be un-looked up regardless of documentary. The whole picture or "truth" or context can rarely be told, and it's rarely the objective either.
The Walking Dead: What We Become (2020)
Enough with the
Single character episodes already (in the midst of an exciting story development in the series in general)
Red Dot (2021)
I think I will remember this movie. The lead characters both irritated me sometimes and got me attached to them. Maybe the low ratings are because the events are kind of frustrating but as I said I got attached, and especially to the female character.
O sabor das margaridas (2018)
Some weird spoilers in this?
Watched on Netflix. It's a very good show, but please fast forward until after the intro song in every episode if you want to make sure you're not getting hints or even spoilers. There's like a reversed summary in the beginning of every episode. Also it might take some time to get used to some of the characters played by the supporting cast.
Game of Thrones (2011)
Lives up to the billing
The last season is what it is. But overall this is one of the greatest shows I've seen. I'm not exactly the only one to think so, but I'm generally hesitant towards fantasy series and still thought this show was excellent through and through, with the peak being season 6 and 7.
I only started watching this after the fourth or fifht season was released but I was hooked from there on. I probably catched up just after a couple of days and thought every season got better and better. There's a lot of characters that you just hate and just as many that you root for throughout the whole thing. I still don't really know what to do with the ending, but it's definitely something I will watch again.
I think I've always seen this as the best one in the trilogy. At least I've seen it the most times. The excitement and tension before the battle at Helm's Deep is one of the most memorable sequences in any film for me. The more I watch these movies I come to the realization that I practically just can't stand the scenes with Frodo, Sam and Gollum though. Their whole storyline from when they part with the fellowship at the end of the first movie is just so boring compared to everything else. Of course it was intriguing the first time, but now I would just give it a 6/10 while the rest of the movie is 9/10.
El secreto de sus ojos (2009)
A critic's film
I can understand why this movie has a high rating, but I'm going for entertainment and how much I enjoyed it while watching, so I'm giving it a six.
It's not that thrilling or surprising in it's storyline, and some clues are found very easy, but I guess the way some scenes are filmed, and the dark and depressing environment that this movie builds on, is giving some viewers a bit of an experience.
A Swedish Christmas classic. On par with Home Alone. A bit complex with all the characters relationships but it doesn't matter. It just shows it's a well thought out story.
The intrigues and humor is perfectly delivered by some of the most well known actors and actresses in the country. The cinematography is great. The surroundings and backgrounds are visually what makes this movie amazing. They created the ultimate Christmas setting.
Paquita Salas (2016)
Bit of a challenge for foreigners
I'm glad I watched a couple of other Spanish TV series before this, because it's evident right away that there's a lot of namedropping and movie references.
I have never googled this much during a show before. And I still only got maybe 50% of the references.
But it's a cozy little show. It's not super funny, but overall it's enjoyable and a bit crazy. Without any comparisons I thought of both Entourage (with all the celebrities) and different mockumentaries while I watched it. I imagine Paquita Salas being a perfect show for the 8.30 PM slot on a friday or saturday on TV. At least that's when these kind of shows are shown in Sweden.
The Godfather (1972)
One of few watchable 70s movies
A really good movie. There's a handful of sequences that's not credible though. For example the one where the Corleone sister is abused and assaulted. Nobody would dare to do that to her.
Overall there's some jumps in the story. Some things are not shown. And sometimes you're even wondering if it's for days or years. And as always with classics, people jump on the 9 rating automatically. Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd.
Tiempos de guerra (2017)
Predictable until the last episode
The main love story was established very early and nothing could change the outcome either in my imagination or in the series. The end was the perfect confirmation of what I thought would happen, although the last episode actually was the most unforeseeable and most eventful one by far.
I liked the actresses playing Magdalena and Pilar, and it's not like this series wasn't worth watching at all. But the lead characters mostly just left an unsympathetic impression. And overall the premise didn't have much worth at all.
The story itself never felt like a story. It was just a portrayal of the hospital at a ceratin time, and for how long I don't know. I had no potential ending in sight when I watched it and as it turned out the show itself hadn't either. It just stopped (although the last episode was very eventful though as I said).
Can't Buy Me Love (1987)
Very good 80s film
Rest in peace Amanda Peterson. This movie promised so much for her.
It's not the most groundbreaking film to me, but it's very memorable and totally worth the watch. You can tell why she was so highly touted at the time.
Patrick Dempsey went on and became McDreamy and Peterson deserved just as much. This movie is not so much about the plot as it is about the feeling of reliving the 80s. And I wasn't even born at that time. The soundtrack and everything else made me think I was though. And the storyline is overall actually very enjoyable, with its sweet character developments and prejudice overcomings.
Breaking Bad (2008)
Far from my favorite
I don't get this show and I never did. I really tried to watch it several times but I just think the surroundings and general mood is too depressing. I liked the premise a lot, but it never lived up to my expectations at all. Everything is too boring and serious. I mistook this for being somewhat of a comedy a long time ago but I don't think that's the only reason. A 9.5 rating from this many reviewers is just mind boggling to me. I'm completely honest when I give it a 5. It's so weird.
I have nothing to say about the actors performances. Walter is just too grumpy and nasty for me to bear though. I watched three seasons before I gave up.
The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
My favorite Christmas movie when I was little. It used to be shown on TV on the morning of Christmas Day where I live. It's both intense and emotional. It has beautiful music and a convincing way of showing a past time which is recognizable even to children. It's a bit old now and the animation never was the best, but to me it just adds to the feeling.
Smala Sussie (2003)
Lost in translation
A Swedish classic. It's a very local and hillbilly movie, and its humor seems to divide the audience. Many people outside the province of Värmland will probably find it a bit unrelatable. Especially since it's kind of old now and because of the characters way of talking. I imagine some of the funniest parts is lost in translation.
Some of the characters and their one-liners have become classics in some places in Sweden though, and a lot of people know who Pölsa and Billy Davidsson are. In a way it's a very tragic story but the comedy overshadows it by far. It's kind of like the Swedish version of Trainspotting.
Creative and unique
The most interesting show I've watched. I longed very much for the new seasons to be released after finishing the previous ones. I was a bit disappointed with the last season after such a long wait though.
But overall it's a very creative and exciting show. Especially season 1 and 2. The added sound effects reminded me a lot of those in Chernobyl. Couldn't help but think Chernobyl found inspiration from here. Just creepy sounds that increased the tension.
This show is nothing like Stranger Things for those comparing. And you should probably watch it without long interruptions because I had to update myself a lot before every new season, with all the complex timelines and relationships..
True Detective (2014)
Most intriguing first time watch ever
For me True Detective is season 1. I watched season 3 and found it exciting, but I don't remember much from it. Season 2 I stopped watching after two episodes. To be fair I probably didn't give it much time though.
But season 1 is probably top 3 or 5 all time for me. I watched it a couple of times. The plot and the way the story is told was pretty new for me when I saw it the first time, and I will always bear with me the atmosphere. It's very eerie and while the events are horrific the makers and the actors makes the series "enjoyable" to watch. It's loop sided, in some ways it's one of the most gruesome series I've seen but in some ways it's the most beautiful as well. The cinematography is great, like many points out, and you're really taken with when you watch it. Season 1 was the most intriguing first time watch ever for me.
True Detective is one of the few shows that I can still connect with a specific place and time, five years later. I got a very picky person to watch it with me and get hooked to the extent that we almost watched the whole thing in one night while on vacation. For me it was the second time I watched it but I was almost as hooked still.
Band of Brothers (2001)
Probably my favorite show of all time. I've watched it so many times, and sometimes I just put it on in the background as company. Maybe it's more common to do that with comedies but it's just so good. I'm interested in history and WWII and I'm starting to believe it's partly because of Band of Brothers. I was pretty young when I saw it the first time. This series is both educational and thought-provoking. It's also not too glorifying or pretentious. I love the fact that you get to see a bit of the German side of it, with the German General's speech and the prisoner in episode 2. They're obviously the antagonists but they have a perspective as well. Stephen E. Ambrose is maybe the one to thank but probably also the screenwriters.
I remember having trouble keeping up and sorting out all of the characters the first time I watched Band of Brothers, but that's the only footnote I have.
One of few series in the latest years that I remember watching week by week. I probably didn't watch a single episode more than 24h after its release. What's weird is that I don't remember that many specific scenes from it but still have 'fond' memories somehow. There was a certain atmosphere. Will re-watch it sometime soon and binge it because I've only watched it once.
The fact that there's a couple of Swedish actors and a Swedish director probably weighs in btw. And I live in eastern Sweden, in one of the regions outside of the USSR where the most nuclear fallout ended up.
Gran Hotel (2011)
8/10 from Sweden
I really enjoyed this show (for the first 2 seasons mostly). It was very easy to watch. I rarely had to check how much time was left of the episodes. When I saw that season 2 and 3 had so many episodes I kind of hesitated but I still got through pretty fast. Season 3 went a little downhill and I imagine it was just added on, with new writing ideas, since the core family's history had been dealt with. Although the intensity made me want to watch to the end. Spoilers:
- I didn't find it believable that Diego fumbled Alicia's and Julio's romance through 58 long episodes. Amazing that he never found out until then. It must've been the most obvious thing in the house for months. But I guess not much would have been left of the show if he did since it would always result in someones death pretty fast. It didn't go down like I thought it would though. Diego just kind of faded away which i found surprising.
- This series has lot of complex characters like all Spanish series I've watched. Sometimes you hate them and sometimes you love them.
- Out of the antagonists I almost never disliked Belen until season 3. I only hated Diego and Benjamin, and at times Teresa, but I never wanted her off the show.
- I grew tired of Javier. And the portayal of his suddenly crazy wife was unfair and unnecessary, although it ended well in the end.
- Found it weird how Alfredo went from a looser to a confident director and slowly back to an unaware looser again.
- Alicia looks like Margot Robbie.
- The sound quality in this show is really how I imagine southern European shows to sound. It almost sounds dubbed at times. Don't know if it's supposed to sound like that because it depicts the early 1900s, or if they just weren't able to make it sound better.
- Also some things in this show are a little silly. Every sinister plan/event by the antagonists goes through exactly like they were supposed to and everything is figured out fairly easy and directed. Alicia and Julio for instance are world class detectives.
- The only actual negative thing I can find though is that it actually IS kind of slow. This show could easily have been reduced by 10 or so episodes. I watched on 1.25x speed to be honest. Also I personally forgot the motives and perpetrators to some of the murders because there were a lot of them.
Vis a Vis: El Oasis (2020)
Patience got me through
To be fair I was only watching it because of Macarena, so I may be biased: But I was really disappointed and almost as frustrated as when she was abscent during season 3 and 4 in the original series. She deserves more screen time and a much better storyline since SHE is Vis a vis for me. Not Zulema.
Maca's life just seems so tragic and although we already knew that it was from the original series, this show doesn't really seem to brighten her existence - at least not during what we are shown throughout the episodes.
As for the series as a whole, I can agree with those questioning some of the other characters relevance and what they brought, more than distraction and at times irritation and waste of time. What bothered me the most though was the lack of logics in some events. I get that not everything can be realistic in a fiction but when you start to question several things in the same episode it's just not enjoyable imo. The holes in the storyline was too obvious at times. For example (SPOILERS): The school kids: Where were the adults? How could they be allowed to party? Where did they sleep? All in the same room? How did certain events at the party go unmentioned afterwards? Also I semi wonder who the bride was supposed to marry. Can't recall even seeing him. (Btw yes, Maca gets a happy ending from what it looks like, so that makes me happy, but I would've liked to see more)