Monthly Archives: December 2014

#TheInterview review – Thoughts

Boom, and Christmas was over! Just as fast as it came, it went, and it’ll be gone for a whole year. So what now? Hey, I’d say we just go back to business as usual, and what could be a better way to bounce back than to drop some thoughts on The Interview? I can’t think of any better ways, so let’s just get down to it…

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James Franco and Seth Rogen, the Dynamic Duo of the 21st century. Or at least of the Stoner Republic. But hey, in my opinion they’re fantastic. Of course they both have lows in their careers but when the two pair up… well, it may not be cinematic art but it’s damn entertaining. Pineapple Express and This is The End are both two of my favorite comedies so my expectations for The Interview was pretty high. So what did I think about it, then? Well let’s take a look.

First off, the idea behind this film (an entertainment newscaster (Franco) interviewing Kim Jong-Un and an attempt to assassinate him at the same time)… yeah, that’s pretty brilliant if you ask me. Cheesy? Yes, but brilliant! The execution of this idea, on the other hand, well that’s just performed brilliantly as well. And as always, Franco and Rogen are hysterically wonderful together and I laughed more than I had hoped for. Does this make me a citizen of the stoner republic? I don’t know and I don’t care ’cause this movie was great. I loved it and I would say it’s almost as good as the two aforementioned titles with the duo. Tango’s Stamp of Approval, received!

What do I think about this whole Sony hack-debacle that’s been going on, leading to the movie being released digitally rather than theatrically? Honestly, I would’ve expected as much from a spoiled brat like -Un, but for Sony to release it on Xbox and NOT on the Playstation Network? What?! C’mon Sony, get your act together man!!

And there you have it folks, the first Non-Christmas post, post Holiday-a-Thon. The next thing on my to do-list is either Exodus: Gods and Kings or The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Which it’ll be, you’ll have to tune in later on to find out…. or…. go to my Facebook-page Tango’s Thoughts and drop a like for instant updates!


‘Tango’s Definitive Xmas Top5’

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The 25th of December, Christmas Day, which means that my Christmas movie marathon, a.k.a the 2014 Holiday-a-thon is at an end. But with that ending, I have promised you a look at my Must-watch Christmas movie list, so without further ado, I present to you, the ‘Tango’s Definitive Xmas Top5’, but before I dive in to it, I wanna drop an honorable mention to you… and that one is The Santa ClauseProbably the closest 6th-place of all time, I’d say, just barely beaten by the #5. Don’t worry, there’s always room for some Tim Allen-santa in my life around the holidays, it’s just not a top5 contender. But let’s get to it, shall we!

Coming in on the #5 spot is…
#5 Fred Claus

This film about Santa Claus’ naughty brother may not be on many people’s lists, but is sure is on mine. The brilliant chemistry between Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti accompanied with the semi-original plot, well… it’s hard to put my finger on what it is, but whatever it is, it sure does it for me. Add to it an amazing soundtrack and it gives me exactly what I want from a Christmas-themed movie.

Next up on my list on the #4 spot is…
#4 In bed with SantaIn bed with Santa (as is its international title). Guaranteed to be on a lot of Swedish people’s lists and it’s understandable. The story of a husband and his shared intimacy with his Christmas guests…. well, it would be a lie to say that it’s anything other than awkward, but it still holds a certain value to us Swedes, as it basically shows exactly how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden (apart from the semi-incestuous undertones, that is). The chaos, the fighting (the drinking) and the cheer, we have all been a part of it some time or another in our lives.

Coming in on my #3 spot is…
#3 Miracle on 34th StreetNow, keep in mind that this is the remake from 1994, so if you wanted the original to make a guest-appearance on this list, you were mistaken. But… that doesn’t mean that it won’t pop up next year. However, the film about a man claiming to be Santa… what can be more Christmas than that? Not much, but add to that an astonishing performance from Richard Attenborough and you have yourself a miracle. Amazing, how much Christmas you can get from one movie!

Coming in as a runner-up in this year’s Definitive Top5 on the #2 spot is…
#2 Home AloneAgain, what can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? The chemistry between Stern and Pesci is fantastic. Maculkin is brilliant as Kevin, the kid left home alone and both Heard and O’Hara does an amazing job with what they’re given. And yeah, sure the movie doesn’t scream Christmas like some of the others on this list does, as it actually works just as well in July as it does at Christmas, but I think that people would be confused if they saw a Xmas-list without it, and I would be as well. And the fact that it’s penned by the always great John Hughes, well that just pushes it toward the top of the list as it is a brilliant, wonderful and Great motion picture!

And now, ladies and germs, the movie that takes the cake. The film that brings home the bacon. The movie that carves the turkey. My, Tango’s #1 Definitive Christmas Must-Watch Film is…
#1 It's a Wonderful LifeYou got it, one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time! What’s that, you don’t believe me? I dare you to find a Christmas Top-list without it!
Sure, as I said in yesterday’s review, even though it may not have a Christmassy feel to it, with it not taking place on Christmas and all. What?! Yeah, I know it does… kinda. The movie starts and ends on Christmas Eve (the same Christmas Eve, in fact), with the Angels taking an interest in George Bailey’s life in the beginning and when everything turns out well in the end. But what is it that makes it the greatest Christmas film of all time, then? Well for starters, I think it’s become quite the tradition. Much like the In Bed with Santa-scenario here in Sweden, we’ve all come to expect it being shown on TV around the holidays. Secondly, if you dissect the story of the film, you’ll find nothing short of a (very) detailed Christmas miracle. Think of it as a Christmas miracle-walkthrough. Not to forget, whenever I’ve watched this film, I’m filled with a sense of hope and joy and that’s an effect that’s extremely rare for a film to have.

Well, there you have it, my Definitive Top5. Do you agree with it? If not, what would you change about it? Which movie would take what film’s place? Let me know, ’cause it’s always fun to see how others think. Anywho, with this year’s holiday season coming to a close, I’ll be doing my New Years-think and get back to you when I feel I have something I’d like to share, but until then……. Merry Christmahanakwanzika …. or as a sane person would say; Happy Holidays!

Holiday-a-Thon #24 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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It's A Wonderful LifeWe’ve finally arrived at the end. The 24th of December, Christmas eve and with that the final movie in my Holiday-a-Thon. And what an end it was, I’d tell ya.
Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time greatest classics James Stewart as the down-on-his-luck businessman George Bailey. Hey, one thing I have to mention right off the bat…. What a performance Stewart delivers. The word “Wow” doesn’t quite cover it, but it’ll do if you add the words Brilliant and Perfect to it. Yeah, without a doubt one of the greatest performances of the era (and ours)! But now, on to the movie itself….

It's a Wonderful Life DVDWe start out with a couple of angels discussing what to do with a man down on his luck, thinking about taking his life. They send for a third angel, a second-class angel, Clarence Odbody, who is more than eager to earn his wings. What we see after that is how the life of George Bailey turns out, what choices he makes, the women he dates, how he misses out on opportunity after opportunity, finally arriving at the end of his ropes, on Christmas eve, thinking that suicide is the last way out.

This movie is without a doubt one of the greatest Christmas classics of all time. Sure, the overall feel of the film has nothing to do with Christmas at all, but he feeling you get when watching it does. It gives you hope. It shows you compassion. It has love and a sense of truth and emotion to it that knows no peers. And with that said, I conclude this Holiday-a-Thon with these words; If you haven’t seen this film yet, well… first off, I feel bad for you, I really do! Second, if you haven’t seen this film yet, I strongly urge you to do so. It truly is a masterpiece in its own right and there is no movie out there like it.

So, there you have it. 24 movie “reviews” on the 24th of December. What’ya think about that? Not too shabby, huh….
But hey, it’s not completely over yet, ’cause we still have my top5 to see tomorrow. But until then….