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Sun, Nov. 13th, 2011, 10:40 am
stockholm film festival week 1

i still don't have a g or an h to use on this computer, so my wordiness will have to be reined in...

for the first time since i moved here, i've been going to the stockholm film festival this week. what finally made me go? wellllll... the news that viggo mortensen was coming for a q&a after showing a dangerous metod. hello viggo, etc. so i bought tickets to a bunch of interesting movies. naturally, viggo then cancelled his visit. BOO. hee. (kidding, viggo would have just been the icing on the cake, and besides, seeing luc besson was great enough!)

lucky for me, i've enjoyed all movies so far, and have gotten to attend q&a's with luc besson (after showing the lady), john micael mcdonagh (directed the guard), ian palmer (knuckle) and tomas alfredsson (tinker, toy, soldier, spy). it's been great fun!

i'm a crap reviewer, but quick thoughts say that:

- besson's the lady was unfortunately underwhelming (very stiff dialogue, some imo miscast roles, and considering the length of the film, left way too much bio-info out whic made it too "only scratching-the-surface-y."

- the guard was HILARIOUS. we snort-laughed plenty, and the guy in the seat behind us lauhed like a walrus, and it was great. colin and nymsa should see it for sure, i'm thinking. :)

- the devil's double was a surprise-film. literally, we bought tickets to a "surprise-film" and didn't know until the opening credits came on what it was to be. very exciting, and the movie delivered. dominic cooper did a phenomenal job, and the movie was quite a ride.

- hysteria was just as cute as i'd expected (rupert everett got more plastic surery than i knew - it's so odd hearing that lovely and distinct voice coming from a stranger's face on the screen, but he at least sounded great... :(), and i was thrilled to find that jonathan pryce was in it. the audience roared with laughter, the obligatory romantic bits were kept to a minimum, so it was definitely an emphasis on comedy, and it was filled with fun performances. recommend! (and it probably was the movie with the best wallpapers troughout that i've ever seen!) :D

- tinker tailor was mainly filled with many, many gray men talking, and it totally worked. wellpaced and as always for tomas alfredsson, a really cool attention to details made it really good to watch.

- knuckle! ian palmer followed 12 year's bare-knuckle fighting in the irish traveller community. it was really moving, especially seeing one of the young lads go from noodle-arms to scary huge boxer, all for some muddy obligation to avenge .. something.

so, to recap, movies seen so far:

  • The Lady
  • The Guard
  • KnuckleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Hysteria
  • The Devil's Double

    movies next week:
  • A Dangerous Method
  • This Must Be the Place
  • Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope
  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World

    And then to cap the festival off, we're attending the visionary award q&a with director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

    i would go to more movies, but this week we also went and saw a concert with the horrors (mmmm, 80s vibe galore! if i was 10 year's younger, i'd stan for them, all very cute, especially the spindly singer with the ramone's hair and trent-stance and bauhaus-joy division-psychedelic furs-echo & the bunnymen style of singing) and next week we have a concert with sophie zelmani and a friend's artsy choir-performance. but today - no movies. instead, we're spending the day putting up christmas lights. WAAAAT. halloween is overwith. it's christmastiiiiime. shush. :D

    and now... i will spend 5 minutes copy-pastin g and h into this entry. SIGH.