Thursday, February 7, 2013

Movie Review Roundup

I watched these on Netflix streaming, which again is dramatically superior to Amazon.  Can't believe how long it took me to try it.

Trollhunter:  A found footage film about the tedium and occasional terror of hunting trolls.  Three college kids document a bitter government worker's lonely battle to protect Norway from trolls.  Meanwhile, shady bureaucrats cover up the incidents.  The blandly good-looking college kids are devoid of personality, and the movie is a half hour too long.  But the scenery is gorgeous and the movie's a lot of fun, especially the troll battles in the last 30 minutes.  (The movie also inspired a t-shirt at Last Exit to Nowhere.)

Headhunters: Another movie from Norway, but totally different in every way.  Here, a successful executive supports his trophy wife, mistress, and lavish lifestyle by moonlighting as an art thief.  But it all swiftly unravels when he robs the wrong man (Game of Thrones' Jaime Lannister).  Imagine The Game directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Well-constructed and filled with sex, violence, and just the right amount of humor.  It's based on a book by Jo Nesbo.


  1. Oh I hope you make time for House of Cards, it's just fantastic!

  2. I usually don't like tv shows nearly as much as movies, but I'm sure I'll get to it eventually.

  3. Thank you for posting about streaming netflix movies. so often i'm like ughh i dont feel like searching for a movie so when i see you drop a couple title names it provides just the right amount of guidance. you're my perfect netflix guide. Cant wait to watch Headhunters.

  4. The best film I've seen on Netflix streaming lately is White Material by Claire Denis. It's a slowish art film, so not sure if that is your thing. It's the story of a French woman who runs a coffee plantation with her family in an unnamed African country. The French army pulls out as the political situation deteriorates, and she decides to stay. Rebels roam the countryside, including many child soldiers. And her mental state and relationships with her family members start deteriorating as well.

    Beautiful and haunting, and interesting from a post-colonialism angle.

    1. Slowish art films aren't my favorite, but I'll add it to my list.

  5. Two others you should catch, if you're in the mood:

    Dead Snow. A Norwegian movie about Nazi zombies, although it mostly seems to be about how Norwegians are totally badass and fear nothing. Excellent b-movie horror, if you like that sort of thing.

    Romantics Anonymous. Very cute French movie about two anxiety disorder sufferers who fall in love.