A movie with a lot of sex but no sexiness | The Velvet Café

“Why are you drinking?” demanded the little prince. “So that I may forget,” replied the tippler. “Forget what?” inquired the little prince, who already felt sorry for him. “Forget that I am ashamed,” the tippler confessed, hanging his head. “Ashamed of what?” insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him. “Ashamed of drinking!” Those […]

Smart and fun with only a little too much of lip gloss | The Velvet Café

I spent the evening of my 44th birthday last week watching a teenage comedy. I don’t know what that says about me. Perhaps it was my perpetual midlife crisis at work once again. But mostly it was a case of sticking to the least common denominator. It would be nice to have some company that […]

A movie where everyone is nice that still works | The Velvet Café

Professor Kirke was always one of my favorite characters in the Narnia chronicles. I loved when he lectured Peter and Susan as they came to him with their concerns about the sanity of their sister Lucy after listening to her ramblings about visits to another world inside the wardrobe: “Logic! Why don’t they teach logic […]

Remake annoyance – a few words about why they bug me but how I eventually realized that I’m a hypocrite | The Velvet Café

Whenever a good Scandinavian movie comes out, the question will inevitably comes up: “How long will it be before they make an American remake”. It’s not a question of “if” anymore, but “when”, and the answer to that question generally is “within two years”. As a European I have mixed feelings about those remakes, but […]

Seven Samurai meets Star Trek | The Velvet Café

“So, I’ve started my samurai training”. I said it casually in a phone conversation with my sister as we were catching up on what had been going on in our lives the last few months. “You’ve WHAT” I heard her saying, before her speech turned into a loud, merciless and uncontrolled laughter. It was obvious […]

The Velvet Café hits the bleeding edge with a silent movie | The Velvet Café

Apparently silent movies are back in fashion again – at least in the frontline countries of cinema. Sweden will have to wait until next year to watch Hugo and The Artist, which both have silent film themes. So what is a film buff in this remote part of the world to do while waiting for […]

The film that isn’t a film is a film about film that I’ll never forget | The Velvet Café

Why do we go to the movies? Usually I would say something along the lines “to get entertained, comforted, challenged or stimulated”.  I don’t normally go to theatres to make a political standpoint. But a few days ago I did exactly that thing. The film I watched wasn’t even called a film, but an “effort” […]