Finland

Zirgs, kurš pazaudēja brilles

7.5
Esterei priekšā lasāmo grāmatu klāstā pienāca kārta šim darbam, kurš man pašam bērnībā bija izteikti paticis. Iepazinu to gan laikā, kad pats jau mācēju un varēju lasīt (atšķirībā no grāmatas galvenā varoņa, kuram briļļu pazušanas dēļ šie prieki bija liegti). Saturiski šķita, ka tā varētu Esterei tīri labi iet pie sirds (ne tur notiek kas biedējošs, ne arī saturs ir pārāk sarežģīts), tad nu ķērāmies zirgam pie nagiem (vai kā nu to labāk izteikt).
2021-10-24 19:33:06
book, 1977

I Hired a Contract Killer

7.5
Šī Aki Kaurismeki filma ir atrodama Normunda Naumaņa un Ditas Rietumas grāmatā "365 Dienas filmas", un tieši tālab to vakar sanāca skatīties - nejauši uzšķirta lapa vēstīja par labu somu kino metram.
2014-07-10 08:26:13
film, 1990

Apocalyptic Symphony

8.5
Nav tā, ka Apocalyptica man būtu īpaši tuva grupa. Patiesībā, līdz uzzināju par viņu koncertu Rīgā, par šo ansambli gadiem ilgi nebiju aizdomājies un pat nezināju, ka tas joprojām pastāv. Šķiet, ka pilnā garumā no viņu astoņiem ierakstiem esmu noklausījies tikai pirmo - to, kurā viņi spēlēja tikai un vienīgi Metallica dziesmas. Taču tā kā tagad esmu ieslēdzis sevī režīmu "ja ir gaidāms koncerts, kas man varbūt varētu šķist interesants, jāiet, lai pēcāk nesanāk tā, ka būšu palaidis ko interesantu garām", ar biļeti apgādājos jau ļoti savlaicīgi un sestdienas vakarā Arēnā Rīga ierados tieši laikā - 5 minūtes pirms uzstāšanās sākuma.
2014-03-24 11:26:13
concert, 2014

Selänne

6.0
Dokumentālas filmas par sportistiem es skatos visai reti, jo profesionāli sportisti man reti kad šķiet interesanti kā personības. Patiesībā arī rokmūziķi kā personības bieži ir diezgan sekli, bet tur vismaz izvēle ir plašāka. Līdz ar to jautājums - kālab tad mani ieintriģēja šī dokumentālā filma par Teemu Selanni?
2014-03-02 03:21:10
film, 2013

Le Havre

8.0
Sanāca, ka visai ilgi nevarēju saņemties noskatīties šo filmu un beidzot līdz tai tiku, būdams visai labi slims ar angīnu, tadējādi filmu skatījos daļējā zombija stāvoklī, kas patiesībā pat nebija slikti, jo tā ir gana nesteidzīga, lai to varētu baudīt šādā režīmā.
2012-10-17 00:29:46
film, 2011

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

7.0
"Ho ho! Vai šogad biji rātns, manu bērniņ? Ja nē - tad nopēršu tevi līdz nāvei!" Tā varētu teikt Ziemassvētku vecītis šajā filmā, ja vien viņš vispār mācētu runāt.
2011-03-25 08:41:58
film, 2010

The Match Factory Girl

7.0
Turpinu priecāties par to, cik dzīvespriecīgu kino klāstu paņēmu līdzi uz Slovākiju. Turpinot jautrā kino tēmu, noskatījos vienu no Aki Kaurismeki jaunības dienu filmām. Kā tev šķiet, vai var nosaukt par "gruzonu" filmu, kuras galvenā (un principā - vienīgā) varone:
2009-06-12 23:04:19
film, 1990

The mother and the dog

6.5
Patiesībā es brīnos, kas licis "Atēnai" izdod latviešu valodā tieši šo somu romānu. Nav jau tā, ka Anja Snellmane būtu fenomenāli populāra rakstniece (es jau arī neesmu šajā jautājumā eksperts, bet Wikipedia viņai veltī veselas divas rindiņas apraksta). Un tomēr šis romāns ir latviski izdots, un man kā lasītājam ir iespējams iepazīt šo nebūt ne diez ko dzīvespriecīgo stāstu.
2007-08-31 17:10:31
book, 2002

Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666

7.5
Tā nu ir sanācis, ka aizvadītās diennakts laikā HIM debijas albūmu noklausījos vairāk kā desmit reizes un pa nakti man iemigt traucēja galvā visu laiku skanošais "(Don`t Fear) the Reaper" kavers.
2007-07-17 00:00:00
music, 1997

Eurovision Song Contest finals 2007

7.0
Šogad, atšķirībā no iepriekšējām reizēm, Eirovīziju skatījos gandrīz kā profesionālis - kā nekā vairākus mēnešus diezgan intensīvi nodarbojos ar šī pasākuma rezultātu pētīšanu un analizēšanu maģistra darba izstrādes ietvaros. Līdz ar to arī manas izjūtas pirms kārtējā konkursa bija dalītas - no vienas puses gribējās, lai kaimiņu balsojumi šogad izšķirtu konkursa iznākumu un man būtu aizstāvēšanā spēcīgi argumenti. No otras puses cerēju, ka pārmaiņas pēc rezultāti nebūs prognozējami bez mazākās piepūles un ka šis pasākums spēs kaut cik izrauties no farsa apkampieniem.
2007-05-13 00:00:00
other, 2007

Plays Metallica by four Cellos

8.0
I would probably be annoyed if somebody called me a metalhead. I never liked any of those half crazy bands playing faster than hell, louder than hell and having vocalists sicker than the master of hell. You see, screaming over the top some shit about death and how good the dark lord is doesn`t work well for me. But Metallica is different. It relies more on music, and I never cared for their lyrics anyhow. Yet I doubt that I could enjoy a Metallica album as much as this LP by four Finnish guys. Why? Because they play all your favourite Metallica hits on cellos without help of any other instruments. Thus they transform loud and disturbing metal into loud and completely enjoyable classical music. If you did the same thing to any given Britney Spears track the results would probably be different, but metal and classical work together really well. "Master of the puppets" is my favourite song on this album, not that I wouldn`t like the original. Nobody would be interested in having all of "Metallica`s" catalog transferred into cello music but this one album is just perfect for such a thing. Had "Apocalyptica" chosen to re-do stuff like "St. Anger" it would surely come out as a disaster, but since most of the less modern Metallica stuff has some great things about it, it works amazingly well.
2005-08-29 00:00:00
music, 1996

Razorblade Romance

6.5
Since in the past few weeks I`ve relistened to some of the records I enjoyed when I was younger (it`s the 75 year old me talking right now) I couldn`t skip HIM (his infernal majesty). Back in high school when I was a sad, sad person I used to listen to this album quite a lot. Not in the past few years though. HIM are a finnish band that plays its music in the style of goth rock relying on two subjects - love and death. For most of the time these two things are considered to be one. After those years these songs don`t even seem that overplayed to me, even "Poison Girl". The album doesn`t offer much more than its four singles, so I`ll rate them according to what I think of those songs. 1)"Poison Girl", 2) "Join Me", 3) "Right here in my arms", 4) "Gone with the sin". Actually back in school I thought of "RHimA" as the best cut but today the rocking track seems a bit too forced to me. The other three songs are a bit too similar to each other, of course, and cliches override this record but who cares - as music for pokemon people this ain`t bad at all. Oh yeah, and all the non-single songs apart from the opening "Prelude to tragedy" proudly suck. This still is music for depressed high school losers, even if you think it ain`t.
2005-07-25 00:00:00
music, 2000

The Man Without A Past

8.0
Aki Kaurasemaki is the most respected Finnish film director. Does that say a much? What do you know about Finland? Have you heard the song "Finland, Finland, Finland - the country where I want to be"? Probably you have, and that`s a good thing. But apart from being Finnish Mr. Kaurasemaki is one hell of a director. In this cinematic masterpiece (I dare to say that!) he shows us the story of M - a middleaged guy who has just come to Helsinki when some crazy young assholes hit him in the head and steal everything he ownes. When he returns from his wounds to the real world M has lost the entire memory of himself. Everything else seems to be in order with him. He gets picked up by some poor people who try to help him get back on his feet, which he does. He gets a job at the Salvation Army and even falls in love with a woman working there. There`s quite an interesting part of the movie when M is in the bank and its robbed by a man who wants to get his money back from it to be able to repay his workers, for which he later hires M. And there`s also a man who has a vicious dog named Hannibal, but it turns out that the dog isn`t a slightest bit vicious, and it`s a female dog bearing the most masculine name. The film is positive, despite it showing the lowest parts of Helsinki. At least I enjoyed it a lot, and so would you, if you knew the finnish language or at least like I didn`t mind watching the film with subtitles.
2004-08-03 00:00:00
film, 2002