Archive for the ‘2003’ Category

As a Tarantino fan, I always wondered why I hated Kill Bill: Volume 1 so much and why I never bothered watching Kill Bill: Volume 2. 

15 years later it’s clear why: these are just pretentious, badly edited, poorly acted, faux-hommage action flicks with hardly any humor and – more surprisingly – hardly any cool fight scenes! At least those should have been wel choreographed, but no.

At least, I finished Volume 2 this time. Which is an achievement on its own.



A widowed dad learns that he’s been infertile for his entire life. This changes everything. His new girlfriend cannot get pregnant and may leave him. He needs to tell his son that someone else is the biological dad. And most of all: he needs to find out who the hell that other guy is.

De Passievrucht may be of interest to fans of Carice van Houten, who’s getting naked several times in this Dutch movie, based on a local best seller. She’s the deceased adultress and appears in flash backs. It’s an okay performance, but the entire movie is carried by Peter Paul Muller, who does a great job in portraying a frustrated and confused thirty-something.

It’s a little surprise when you learn who the biological father is. (No room for spoilers.) And that’s another good aspect of the movie. The built up to the finale is not always as intriguing and suspenseful. But the finale makes it worth the watch.

Kids of my friends (aged 10 and 11) gave this dvd to me, amazed that I had not seen it yet. It’s one of their favorites.

Loved it! What a fun children movie!

Jack Black is EXCELLENT. (But all the others are crap really – even the children)

“God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass. We are your humble servants. Please give us the power to blow people’s minds with our high voltage rock. In your name we pray, Amen.” 

Ned Kelly – *1/2

Posted: February 17, 2014 in 2003, Australia, Drama, Historical, X1/2

Travelling from Albury to Melbourne makes you stop in several places like Beechworth and Glenrowan, that boom on the Australian hero hype called Ned Kelly. Everywhere you go you see references to this notorious and popular bush ranger who stood up against the Victorian police some 120 years ago. The first Australian movie dealt about his legacy and it has been retold in many different versions.

The last adaption for the big screen was made a few years ago with a stellar cast including Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly, Orlando Bloom as his buddy and Naomi Watts as his love interest. I guess they hoped to get the story across to Europe and North America as well.

Alas. They failed. To me, this Ned Kelly remains a lowlife criminal who defied the authorities. I don’t believe any of the romanticized depiction. Heath Ledger makes this crook so admirable and charming that it just doesn’t feel right. Naomi unconvincingly plays a damsel in distress, who doesn’t add anything to the story. But Orlando Bloom kind of surprises even though his character is just supporting. However, the actors are not to blame. The storytellers and the director are. If this is Australia’s favourite historical character, them Australia needs to create a new one fast. What a bore!

Old Skool

Posted: February 7, 2013 in 2003, Comedy, USA

Thought of laughing and picked a free dvd from the library that had a stand focussing on ‘weddings, family reunions and parties’. Amongst Festen, La Graine Et Le Mulet and other art house fare was a movie with Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. A Will Ferrell movie at my library!!!! But hey, it looked like it could be as funny as Hangover and it was free, so what the hell.


Hell is a place where movies like this are successful. This grossed 75 million dollar at the box office in the US. I don’t want to draw conclusions, but really. If anyone reads this and laughed with any scene in this movie, reveal yourself. I want to know who this comedy was made for. There is nothing funny at all about this  ‘older guys starting a fraternity to come to terms with being total losers’-flic.

Bought this dvd in Denmark, because I wanted to get see some typical Danish movie that isn’t known outside of Denmark.  Just watched (with subtitles) and I didn’t quite get it. Sure it’s a dark comedy and maybe a manifest against greed. But it didn’t work for me.

Two butchers decided to open up a butcher shop on their own. When they accidentally forget someone in the meat cooler, they aren’t sure what to do with the dead body. Until a customer needs a large amounts of steaks and one of the butchers, starts to, well, cut of steaks from the dead guy’s thighs. Very predictable.

I smiled maybe three times because of the absurdity. But I never laughed.

Damn, I just see that they have the whole movie online: