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Entries of year 2004

Best movies of 2004

It’s amazing how much time of your life being spent in the cinema or in front of a wide-screen TV. A brief count revealed that I had seen roughly 150 films in 2004. Maybe that will explain my lack of tan? But this year has seen the release of a lot of great films, maybe one of the best years in a while. Here are my favorites, including links to my reviews in Swedish:

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Epicenter: Paradise

I remember a morning couple of years back when I sat on Patong beach in Thailand, sipping a soft drink while my toes were the only thing that obstructed the view of the Andaman sea, reaching into the Indian ocean. Even though the main activities for foreigners felt like humanity at it’s very worst, the beach and surroundings are nothing short of spectacular.

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Electric Christmas needs klingons

The curtain literally fell at midnight, revealing the secret band of Electric Christmas. There had been a lot of buzz for the last month and my initial guesses on the secret band, hinted to be “one of the greatest Swedish synth bands in history”, were Adolphson & Falk (prime suspects since they happened to be magically reunited a week ago in Malmö for the first time in twenty years).

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On the dance floor of Plasticity

Another great night in the dark basement of Plasticity. Pär threw on a perfect triple combo featuring “America” by Rammstein, “Electronaut” by VNV Nation and of course “Xfixiation” by Tactical Sekt. The Hellfire mix of Xfixiation is harsh and industrial EBM at its very finest and about as good as it gets when you’re in the mood to really move your feet. Even Pär felt the urge to leave the DJ cave and join us on the dance floor.

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One night at the opera

Just returned from a play of Verdi’s old masterpiece Rigoletto at the Gothenburg Opera. The set was placed in quite a modern time-frame, thus abandoning the centuries-old settings. This made the title character a bit awkward in his role as the “court jester” to the prince. The assassin was great, even though he didn’t have to do more than walk around, looking dangerous. The soprano was quite a crowd pleaser. I failed to feel sympathy for poor Rigoletto this time as well. In fact, he was doomed even before the fat lady sang.

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Butter fish with mojo

I had a dish called “butter fish” today at the local English pub called Notting Hill (Yes, it has a blue door, in case you were wondering). I kept wondering whether it was by any chance related to the infamous “butter chicken” served every friday at Bombay, only a couple of spear throws away.

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Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."