Max Manus

Max Manus (right)

Max Manus, at a seemingly modest production price of 55 million kroner[1] (ca. 9.6 million dollars), is the most expensive film ever produced in Norwegian history. Though this might not sound like much money, for a country with a mere five million citizens that’s an unheard of amount of money to go towards the production of a film. The quality in production and aesthetically pleasing screenplay appear to merit the budget, not to mention twelve accolades for everything from best actress to best film.[2] The filming style is somewhat reminiscent of that used in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, and many of the imitation films which followed. The film was largely regarded as a great triumph for directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, with an estimated 25% of the entire Norwegian population having screened the film.[3]

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Kevin Smith’s Cop Out

Kevin Smith Speaks

I love Kevin Smith. For a solid decade and a half, the man has been an essential part of American cinema. With his subliminal commentaries on society, quirky below-the-belt sense of humour, intelligent homage to pop culture and spaced-out plots, he has provided a valid alternative to the Tinseltown glitz-and-glamour. A Garden-State counterpart to the Hollywood industry, he has created largely unheralded gems like Clerks, Chasing Amy or Dogma on low budgets – and still managed to attract A-list talent for the better part of his career. Film buffs and critics alike admire him. But one really must wonder: what has gotten into Kevin Smith?

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Paradise Murdered. Kim Han-Min’s fruitless success.

Paradise Murdered Movie Poster

The year is 1986.

On an isolated island off the coast of the Korean mainland, lies a small secluded establishment. The island is rocky, steep, and often surrounded by a heavy fog which makes travel to and from the island problematic.

There are 17 villagers. The friendly inhabitants range in age from young to old, but they all have one thing in common; their strongly held superstitions.

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Munich, a pacifist treatise or simply a depiction of history?

Mathieu Kassovitz and Eric Bana

The film opens with the angled view of a tall metal gate. It’s night-time and a group of men in athletic uniforms are trying to climb over the fence. It is then that they are interrupted by drunken American athletes who joke around with them and ask them if they speak English. After a moment of returning awkward looks, it becomes clear that these men do not speak English, and they assist the men over the gate. These men in athletic uniforms were actually a group of terrorists, preparing to orchestrate an attack which would later become known as the “Munich Murders” which took place in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

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Scorsese Hopes to Adapt Dostoevsky’s The Gambler

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese has many things: the respect of his filmmaking peers, a secure place in the pantheon of Hollywood’s great directors, and an Academy Award, to boot. He also has a lot of hobbies, including film preservation and rock music. Another is a longtime fascination with the works of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, especially his novel The Gambler.

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