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Scandinavian Noir TV series: Bron or Broen or The Bridge

Scandinavian Noir TV series: Bron or Broen or The Bridge

Over the last few days, I’ve been watching the first season of the Swedish-Danish television crime series The Bridge (Bron in Swedish and Broen in Danish).
I really liked it. The story begins when a body is found after a blackout on Öresundsbron, the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark. The bridge is situated right where I live, and I go across it every time I visit Copenhagen, and the whole series is set in neighborhoods I know really well.
The victim found on the bridge is a Swedish politician. She has been cut in half and her body has been placed exactly on the Swedish/Danish border, so the two countries’ police forces are both put on the case.
Danish homicide detective Martin Rohde has to cooperate with his Swedish counterpart Saga Norén. Saga is an outstanding detective. She shows signs of some form of autism which often is an asset in her investigations, but sometimes causes problems in her private life. Martin is a charismatic Dane who is very likable but also struggles with hos own hidden weaknesses.

If you liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wallander or Forbrydelsen (The Killing), you ought to check out The Bridge too. If you’ve already seen and liked the show, you’ll be happy to know that season two is planned for late 2013.


Movie day

I’m going with some friends to the cinema on Monday, but we still haven’t decided on what to see. The options seem to be Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter, The Hunger Games and The Amazing Spider-Man. Out of these three I think I’d prefer Spider-Man.


Saga by Tonino Benacquista

Although it was Saturday yesterday, I didn’t go out at night. My family went fishing from a boat, but I didn’t feel like it. Instead, I stayed home and started reading a book by Tonino Benacquista, Saga. Obviously, most people have read it already (this book has great reviews from many respected critics!), but I’m a bit late to jump on this train.

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The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg starring Mads Mikkelsen

Two weeks left of school now. With the weather being this nice it feels almost like the summer holiday has started already.

By the way, I can’t wait to see the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new movie, The Hunt. Vinterberg is of course most famous for his direction of the 1998 cult movie The Celebration. Mads Mikkelsen, who played the villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, plays the lead in The Hunt, and the movie is expected to win the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival this week.


Sherlock: The British TV series about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, personal opinions and a short review

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Martin freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor John Watson and Sherlock Holmes


I’ve now watched both seasons of the British TV series Sherlock. I must start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes as book character. I’ve read every piece of fiction written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at least once, and when it comes to his detective stories about Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, I’ve read each of them countless times. Having said that, I’ve been avoiding watching these movies, as I get easily offended when something I love gets interpreted in a “wrong” way. And I must say I felt very divided after watching the TV series.

Firstly, the contemporary surroundings did not appeal to me. But ok, I can live with that.
The part that I didn’t like at all was the way Sherlock Holmes was interpreted by the film makers. In the movies he did and said things that would have been very out-of-character for the actual Sherlock Holmes. The modern Sherlock just didn’t have the class and the style I would have liked to see, to say the least. Besides, I found the appearance of the leading actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, somewhat unattractive (which, of course, is very unfortunate, and I sincerely hope he’s not reading this).

On the positive side, I really liked how some of the century-old crime cases were translated for the modern audience. The Baskerville Hound case, for instance, had some unexpected turns even for me, who “knew everything” in advance.
Also, I really liked the performance of Martin Freeman, who played Doctor Watson. We’ve all seen him in Love Actually and The Office, but I didn’t realize he was such a brilliant actor until now! Can’t wait to see him in the next Lord of the Rings movie! Andrew Scott who played the arch-villain Jim Moriarty was great, too.

All in all, if you’re not a Sherlock Holmes fanatic like myself, I think you might enjoy these movies in case you haven’t seen them yet. It’ll help if you haven’t read the books, too. However, when it comes to me, occasionally I was just too tense and critical to actually be wholeheartedly entertained.


And in this perfect weather we’ll find a place together

Today Spotify announced that they’ve added Red Hot Chili Peppers to their music library. I’m a huge fan, but I haven’t been listening much to them since John Frusciante left the band in 2009. Since I’m almost getting all my music from Spotify, this means I can rekindle this red hot fire within me.


Love in the time of cholera

Last night I started reading Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. I’m now half way through it, and honestly, when I think about it I have trouble grasping the fact that this masterpiece is so young. This novel is about my age, and it has already become a classic! I’ve read a few works by Márquez before, like One hundred years of solitude and No one writes to the colonel among others, but this is the first time I’m reading Love in the time of cholera. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get my hands on this cult novel.