Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Movie: Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále

This is a very uneven movie. At first, it feels both fresh and interesting. However, it keeps going at a slow pace and with the same kind of humour for the first hour, at which time I seriously considered not watching any more (although I hate not finishing movies). But at about that time, the political situation intruded, and the movie suddenly got interesting again. From that point, it actually kept its interest fairly well for almost another hour...

The movie tells the story of Jan Díte, whose dream is to become a millionaire and buy a hotel. The opening scene of the movie, however, is him coming out of prison at an old age, telling us that things didn't work out entirely the way he wanted. His story is told while moving between "now" and "then", and is sprinkled with a bitter-sweet kind of humour. But the movie could also be seen as telling the history of the Czech.

But no movie can afford to be uninteresting for almost an hour...

Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (2006)

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Nude Norway ad

And now, for a prize winning Norway ad:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nude hotel in Turkey

According to horecanytt, the first naturist hotel has now opened in Turkey - even though nudity is not allowed indoors (!) It is strange to see how rules are different in different countries in unexpected ways...

The hotel is Gölmar Adaburnu Hotel outside Marmaris.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Movie: Les triplettes de Belleville

An odd movie. It tells the story of a guy who is trained to compete in the Tour de France but who is kidnapped during it. Then there is a chase to rescue him.

I do notice that favorable reviews claim that it is very funny and also has great music. While watching the movie, however, I found it moderately funny and with music that was tolerable. As usual, I must admit that my lack of enthusiasm may have been due to me being tired.

Anyway, for me it was slightly boring and only half good.

Les triplettes de Belleville (2003)

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Oslo pride 2010

Here are a few photos from the gay parade in Oslo yesterday. There was the usual mix: political figures, gay leaders, drag queens, young guys, the gay media and so on. It shows some of the diversity in the gay/queer group.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 82

"People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs."

"An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Atlee got out" (Winston Churchill on Clement Atlee)

"A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for." (W. C. Fields)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Movie: Bringing Down the House

Steve Martin can be very funny. Sadly, mostly he is rather tiring. Still, this movie is certainly not his worst movie - and it is clearly Queen Latifah who brings some life to this comedy.

Martin's Peter Sanderson lives a very boring life as a divorced lawyer in a very white neighbourhood when he comes across a Charlene. She is a convicted felon, but still is the most sensible person of the two. Needless to say, complications ensue.

There are quite a number of funny scenes in this movie, but it also has it's part of the terrible. I'm sure you will be able to find better movies in the video shelf, so why pick exactly this?

(Why I picked it? It happened to be the only bearable thing on TV just when we needed something to watch...)

Bringing Down the House (2003)

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Movie: Taking Woodstock

Woodstock must have been amazing. In the area of the Vietnam War, there arose this venue attracting hundreds of thousands of young people with the battle cry "love and music". Everything relaxed, no oppressive rules.

Whether reality was really that rosy, I don't know. Anyway, this movie gives a glimpse of the mythical Woodstock experience, seen from the point of view of a Jewish youth who saw the concerts as a way of saving the motel business of his parents - and soon found that the thing was a whole lot bigger than that.

The movie made me happy. It's a great story on both the personal and the societal level, the music is cool, the main characters are interesting and the characters on the fringe adds colour, Ang Lee takes some chances with the directing, especially when splitting the screen to give a sense of chaos, and there is nudity all around.

"This movie made me happy" - that sounds like a better score than 8 out of 10. Well, maybe it started a little slow or something...

I forgot to say that the movie is also funny - the guy in the seat in front of me couldn't stop laughing...

Taking Woodstock (2009)

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Roskilde coming up

There's another Roskilde festival coming out, with days of music and other events. So maybe I should remind my readers of the tradition of the nude run, in which guys and girls dress naked and fight for the honour of being the Roskilde Nude Run winner (and a free pass for next year)... Moreover, among the artists are Prince, Prodigy and Patti Smith (none of whom will participate in the nude run, as far as I know...)

(Read more at The festival's homepage

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 81

"A modest man, who has much to be modest about" (Winston Churchill on Clement Atlee)

"Politics is supposed be the second oldest profession. I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." (Ronald Reagan)

"I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown." (Woody Allen)

Movie: Big Gay Musical

Big Gay Musical is a delightfully camp musical. Set in and around an Off-Broadway theatre, it tells the story of the cast of "Adam and Steve - The Way God Created Them", while at the same time showing scenes from the musical.

The film is partly an old-fashioned coming out story, partly a love story, while also telling an alternative (and better) version of the Christian creation myths.

This could have gone horribly wrong, but it turns out to be sexy, funny and warm, with a cast chosen not only for their amazing bodies, but also for tolerable acting skills and considerable charm.

Big Gay Musical (2009)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Proud of gay rumours

Dagbladet mentions that Calvin Klein model and footballer Fredrik Ljungberg is proud of the rumours that he's gay: "There’s been a gay rumor for a long time. I don’t mind at all. I am proud of that. I love fashion, and I think so many gay people have amazing style. So that is a compliment to me. I really don’t know why people are so interested. I just made a decision that I won’t talk about it." (Said in an interview with the New York Times.

Good attitude.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Manic Miner video

Wow, this brings back memories. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing Manic Miner and - later - Jet Set Willy.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Movie: La Nana

Raquel is a maid who feels that she is the solid foundation of the household. Gradually, however, she feels that she is losing her footing, and this leads to paranoid behaviour to try to make sure she will remain in her position. She adores adolescent and horny Lucas, but at times manages to alienate even him. Is there no hope?

I find the movie fascinating for its portrayal of the maid, although I do also find it a bit over the top in the middle part of the movie, where Raquel really goes out of her way to make the life of everybody around her miserable. The director does manage to give life to a whole cast of characters, making this more than just the maid's story.

La Nana (2009)

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The speedo is back

VG claims that the sale of the speedo has increased. The reason may be a scene with speedos in the new Sex in the city movie, according to the newspaper.

My personal opinion is that the less wet textile clingering to my body after a swim, the better. Therefore, I welcome these "news"...

CC: Marco Nunes

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 80

"A sheep in sheep's clothing" (Winston Churchill on Clement Atlee )

"I have orders to be awakened at any time in the case of a national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting." (Ronald Reagan)

"One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing." (Oscar Wilde)

BP oil spill parody

BP has behaved less than convincing in connection to their oil spill, so they deserve this parody:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Six sexiest FIFA World Cup players

Here are a few of the sexiest players of the World Cup 2010. Any other suggestions?

Portugal: Cristiano RONALDO

Chile: Alexis SANCHEZ

Netherlands: Eljero ELIA

Mexico: Giovani DOS SANTOS

Switzerland: Xherdan SHAQIRI

Mexico: Carlos VELA

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Movie: The New Guy

It feels like I've seen the movie many times before. A guy decides to change his persona and to try his luck at another high school. He goes from being the one everybody picks on at one school to becoming the great hero at another. Of course, this is a kind of comfort-movie that is probably nice to watch for everyone currently being picked on...

This incarnation of the script is moderately funny and moderately charming. Enjoy...

The New Guy (2002)

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cool McDonald's ad

Here's an ad which is all over the internet at the moment - from French McDonald's. Cool.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How to avoid swimwear wear and tear

Have you bought any swimwear lately? It’s amazing to see the number of warnings attached sometimes – usually including advice:
  • not to expose it to the sun, as the colors will fade
  • not to put it in contact with sweat, body oils, tanning lotions or salt water, as it will cause the fabric to deteriorate
  • not to sit on stones, benches or pool tiles with it, as these surfaces may damage the swimwear
  • not to wrap it up in a towel when it’s been used, as it will be damaged
  • not to wash in a washing machine or dry in a dryer.
  • not to leave it in sunlight to get dry (see point 1), but don’t let it dry too slowly either, as mold may form.
  • not to use it in a hot tub, as the heat is also damaging.
To summarize: Don’t use swimwear. Swimming and sunbathing in the nude is the safest way to keep your swimwear from being damaged.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Funny Quotes of the Week 79

"Apart from that Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" (Tom Lehrer)

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'." (George W. Bush)

"Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes." (Oscar Wilde)

Friday, June 04, 2010

Movie: Män Som Hatar Kvinnor

This is a movie that I stubbornly had decided not to see, not the least because everybody else have been reading the books and watching the movie. I don't like to see things with no appeal to me just because everybody else sees it.

However, it is not nearly as bad as expected. Noomi Rapace does a good role as Lisbeth and the story is not at all bad. And the crime story at the core has enough twists and turns to make it last for the whole movie.

And I know I will probably see the next two movies in the series also, eventually. Not because everybody else has, but because it's totally okay Scandinavian entertainment.

Män Som Hatar Kvinnor (2009)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Are you a naturist in search of your screen debut?

On Swedish website, I read that the producers of the Norwegian movie "Theory and practice" ("Teori och praxis") seek about 70 nudists for a nude scene as the main character visits a nude beach in the movie.

In addition - as the story takes place in the 70s - the statists need plenty of hair.

When Spencer Tunick can routinely round up hundreds (or thousands) of willing participants, this should not be too difficult...