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No retirement in sight for Stallone

Now this was among the most unpredictable news I’ve heard in a while. After a decade of really awful productions (not that any of his eighties’ movies are any good, either), Stallone returns to the basics and goes for a revitalization of the two characters that made him famous: Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. That’s right, say hello to Rocky 6 and Rambo 4. Unfortunately this is not a joke.

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Burt Reynolds for king

Uwe Boll is back with another computer game movie adaption. Maybe some of you remember the fairly decent game Dungeon Siege, a sword-and-sorcery tale with the usual ingredients. Currently in pre-production, it will start shooting next week with the new title In the Name of the King.

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29th Film Festival

Finally it’s time for the 29th Göteborg Film Festival! Me and the love started with a humble booking of six movies this time, but judging from past years there will be additional bookings as soon as the first buzz reviews reaches my pointy ears.

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Nominees of the Razzie Awards 2005

Finally the nominees for the 2005 Razzie Awards are in! This is often more interesting than the more well-known rub-my-back-evening (a.k.a. Academy Award Oscars). A few of them were really obvious, such as Schwarzenegger’s Worst Supporting Actor for Around the world in 80 days (read my review for the full story on that awfully mis-casted scene).

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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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Bullet dodging on the tram

As the first snow of the year settled on the unsuspecting drivers in rush traffic, I sat on the tram and happened to see two girls in front of me who was playing with dolls. Well, action figures to be correct. They each had a figure of Elastigirl from The Incredibles, quite likely the sole survivor from a happy meal package.

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Alien loves Predator

While in Stockholm we went to the premiere of Alien vs Predator. I have been looking forward to this movie ever since that alien skull was included in the spaceship trophy room in Predator 2, fourteen years ago (gasp, am I really that old?). But it was not an alien movie, nor a predator movie. It was something weird in-between. That is not a good thing.

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The dark days of Sarajevo

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