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Tired Of German Techno?

"Tired Of German Techno? Try some swedish metal!" - Volvo

Deja vu on those old but gold Volvo commercials.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (2020)

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (2020)

Iceland wouldn't sell itself to Trump, so now they're parodying it in a new, exclusive Blockbuster comedy starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as the Icelandic sibling (but probably not) duo with dreams of making it to the great stage of Eurovision?

I wonder how Icelanders will take this. I wonder how Eurovision fans will too...

Even if the performances are flashy and musical as only they could be in a musical - and ABBA gets suitable homage in the beginning - there's still that parody element to it all.

Are Eurovision people the kind of people that laugh at themselves, or could this cause some kind of uproar? I guess it didn't since it hasn't yet but... do wonder how real fans reacted.

I wonder because I'm not a huge fan of Eurovision myself, and because I feel like even the real thing seems a bit like a parody in itself, but then again you can't disregard the atmosphere here, the love that permeates the stage as the hamster wheel spins out of control...

But no, it's no parody. It's straight from the heart. You doubt because it's Ferrell , but this could be a start... let each nation embrace their own creation and stop trying to go mainstream. This ain't memes. This, is art.

Also Pierce Brosnan and Mikael Persbrandt weren't bad either. Or was it Demi Lovato I was planning on filling in the second blank with there? Graham Norton? Never stall with your reviews folks! Nor the others though. The actors. Whichever ones I failed to mention. However the order here turned out. They were all great.

It really was a pretty good movie after all, and I think I might actually be a bit more of a Eurovision fan now. Props Will and Rachel and Co on that unexpected but somewhat pleasant feat.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Skywalker Legacy (2020)

The Skywalker Legacy (2020)

Even if you're not a Star Wars fan you'll probably like this! Well at least if you LIKE the movies. Or movies, overall. The techniques involved in their making - especially on a scale so grandiose it's not just all CGI, but props, puppets, quicksand made of black beans... not to mention the subtle in-movie homage to the maestro who's been behind the score for the entire movie franchise since 1976! You learn a lot here.

They arrange it in a way that it gets more exciting the more you watch too, documenting the most memorable scenes from start to finish within the film, along with occasional footage from earlier films and interviews. Of course Carrie's there too, but not for as long as you might've expected.

I get a newfound respect for everyone in the cast here, but most of all for Adam Driver. Need to watch more of his stuff. True conviction. I might not have liked everything about the final result with this particular Star Wars reboot, but maybe I'll see it with new eyes the next time I see it.

This was great. Enlightening and straight. No-nonsense.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Game Of Death (2017)

Game Of Death (2017)

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death. Sucks for seven millennials who ignored that rule. Now each one's head will explode unless they kill someone. Will they turn on each other to survive, or will this sunny day be the last for the innocent people of their middle-of-nowhere town?

It's all about life and death in this one! In an artsy, grotesque kind of way, with occasional animated and/or VG-like graphics.

You can't put down the visual effects work. The blood. The props. It's all well beyond budget.

The dialog might go on a bit much in certain scenes, some angles seem a bit cliche, but the bullet. The beginning. The car scene. The hospital. It's chilling, the killing, and the soundtrack that goes with it too.

It's like Jumanji for adults, sort of. Just not so happy with the ending.

That just might've been what kept it from a four for me. The meaningless of it all. The pace sometimes. It may not be a blockbuster, but for the most part it's a surprisingly thorough movie.

No notable weak links, just maybe lacking a little something special.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

Here's another dose of crazy police comedy starring Leslie Nielsen, and the recently uncovered Priscilla Presley. With a little George Kennedy, a little O.J. Simpson, even a little Weird Al in the mix.

It didn't make me laugh all as much as I expected though. Maybe I had my share of comedy with the first one. But it's hella good. Simple, slapstick-like cozy crazy and at times even romantic fun.

Plus the props! The action! The animals! It's a grand array of great things all come together - even a message on environmental energy that feels all the more relevant today. The characters are great, the script's great, the everything about it really.

I just feel like I miss something from the first. The surplus car crashes...? Whatever it was - if it wasn't just the newness of it all - I hope there's a bit more of that in the third.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)

The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! (1988)

Whichever way Detective Frank Drebin turns it's a natural disaster - for everyone else as much as it seems to be for himself when it comes to Nordberg. Yet still they're buddies. Best friends in the force.

That's not what this movie is about at all though.

It's about a villainous plot to assassinate The Queen, and love, and most importantly it's a comedy the likes of which you've never seen before... if you've never seen this. Or similar movies inspired by this in the nineties.

But you probably have because this is a definitive classic, and inspired a ton. Probably even more so than the two sequels that came after it.

If you want to boost your mood a bit then you'd better see either this or something like it. And all those details in the background. Masterful. The transitions too. It never loses pace. Leslie never loses faith. And he'll never lose the race! Go Angels.

Priscilla Presley plays the girl too! Who knew. Married to the king for three years and now this. Not that this is a bad thing. Just unexpected.

She's perfect. And this movie's perfect. A little silly but... I don't know why I'm not giving it a full five anyway. I assumed I would.

Not enough depth? Not unpredictable enough? Just not enough crazy entertaining creative comedy with the one and only Leslie Nielsen?!

Not sure why I just can't go that high but: it's warmly recommended. Have seen it a few times by now so maybe that's the reason I no longer feel it's 'friggin awesome', but it's definitely a blast each and every time.

They don't make movies like this no more.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

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