Wednesday, July 06, 2022

It can be medicine if you are sick

Family Yi moves from California to Arkansas to start their lives anew. They intend to harvest land, grow Korean vegetables and live a happy peaceful life. But it's a struggle. It's all a pretty delightful a viewing, but the slow pace and the ending turned down the tone a notch.

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

A spud with a heart of gold

Thought of getting yet another pathetic Finnish slaptick humour, but instead got a refreshing and truly funny little picaresque comedy of potato merchants in medieval Finland. The writing is so bold and dead-on ingenious that I wasn't surprised if Peruna (The Potato Venture) was later deemed as a cult classic.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Night of the spitting worms

British guys, comic book and sci-fi geeks Graeme and Clive (Simon Pegg & Nick Frost), meet a real alien Paul and they have a wonderful time together driving through the heartland America in an RV. Too bad the Feds are out to get them though. A rather amusing comedy and a buddy movie.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Friends until the end

Two lads get kidnapped. The other one escapes, but instead of running and calling for help he bravely but foolishy decides to go back to help his friend. His stupidity doesn't end there. Far from it, but just about every character's logic has gone haywire, so it's not just him. A creepy little thing in its own right, but moronic shit beyond belief. Pretty good laugh though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Just a touch of diftong

The officers of the law in a small town somewhere in New Mexico want one of its citizens dead, so they hire a mysterious gunfighter (Yul Brynner) to do the job for them. Somehow though it seems that the hired killer isn't intend of doing what he's being paid. A moody and melodramatic western, but mediocre at best.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Egocentric little freak

Kenneth Branagh has done brilliantly with the two Agatha Christie adaptations and thus proven he's a great artist as a director, writer and actor. He's crafting his own genre of reminiscences of the past masters and utilizing everything that is new in the world of cinema. Of course Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile are backed by Agatha Christie's terrific murder mysteries, but Kenneth Branagh brought them back to life in stupendously beautiful manner.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Choking on oatmeal

It's the same narrative as in his (Jonas Berghäll's) Miesten vuoro (Steam of Life) from 2010. A documentary of real life tragedies that are pretty heartbreaking to hear, but the film maker also added his personal problems (obesity, loneliness, exhaustion) in the mix. Back then Miesten vuoro took a chokehold, it was such a breath-taking depiction of the hardship of a common man that Miehiä ja poikia has quite a legacy to escape, but I reckon unheard harrowing stories never end.

Nightmares not to be believed

What was funny in 1988 necessarily ain't funny now. Someone or something like Monthy Python have proved their comedy stand the test of time. Charlie Chaplin as well. Mel Brooks perhaps. I bet Ricky Gervais will do as well. The 80s and early 1990s Hollywood comedy (either Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase or Tom Hanks's cuts) seems some a little naive now. But at the same time, it's - like The Great Outdoors - adorably good-spirited and sincere. Hardly makes you laugh though.

It can be medicine if you are sick

Family Yi moves from California to Arkansas to start their lives anew. They intend to harvest land, grow Korean vegetables and live a happy ...