Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

The mother of invention
October 8, 2010

My room is squeaky clean. This usually means I have an assignment to do. It’s the perfect distraction – it’s a distraction, it’s useful and it gives instant gratification.

To avoid doing what I should be doing, I’ve also used an hour or so watching RSA animate clips on Youtube. They’re great. There’s even one by Žižek. I think part of why I like them is described very well here.

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Screaming fishes
August 13, 2010

Ledsen flickor, ni har blivit lurade.

Sara <3 Gainsbourg
July 29, 2010

The Waits clip reminded be of this.

“You are not Reagan and I am not Gorbachev.” Gotta love Serge.

Fangtastic
June 13, 2010

Today it starts: season three of HBO’s True Blood.

Am very happy about it. In my humble opinion, True Blood is entertainment in the best possible sense of the word.

That being said, I have a love-hate relationship to the show. Though I’ve seen every episode, they have been very uneven. Though there are some fantastic characters, like Jason Stackhouse (“Guys, I read a book about this. This is the oral history of the zombie war!“), I have never gotten the psychic main character Sookie (or her vampire beau, for that matter).

The parallels to discrimination-America are so blatant it seems lazy, the writing is very uneven and it is more often the side storylines that get my attention than the main one.

Visually, True Blood is amazing. The title sequence alone makes the show worth watching. There have been some great plot twists, too. I especially liked the Dionysian sex rampage of last season. Yes, laugh it up – I don’t care. It was brilliant.

Hope Alexander Skarsgård gets more air time. Have discovered two things: am more of a (Nordic) nationalist than I ever imagined and have a very embarrassing tv crush.

Sara <3 hynek
June 9, 2010

Swedish journalist Hynek Pallas writes about film as an art form on Weird Science. He’s spot on. Read and rejoice that there are people who keep film criticism and analysis alive.

(If you don’t know swedish, too bad.)

And this – is Ammmmerican…
May 26, 2010

For the record: when I thought about starting a blog I never thought I’d end up blogging about stuff like Glee and (wait for it) American Idol. But here I am, blogging about it.

This will ruin my rep.

Because I’ve rented my apartment to my big brother I’ve moved to my parents place for a month before I move to Melbourne. My parents have a tv (I don’t), and a couple of days ago, American Idol was on. I think we’re a bit behind here in Finland, but there were three guys left: a rocker with oh-so-dreamy hair, a rocker with oh-so-dreamy eyes and this cool hippy-dippy-folkey chick named Crystal Bowersox.

I couldn’t believe that someone like that made it to the top three in a show like Idol. She sang Melissa Etheridge and she has dreads. (And I know I shouldn’t write this, but she isn’t skeleton thin, either.) For whatever it’s worth, I hope she wins the thing. I don’t think she will because all the tweens will vote for the dreamy guys, but I think it’s cool that a person who seem as different as her (but what do I know, she might be as formatted as everyone else) can make it. At the same time, it’s ridiculous that things like her song choices and appearance can make her “different”.

Argh, I really shouldn’t write about stuff like this. I only end up putting my foot in my mouth. In writing.

Oh, and apparently Simon Cowell is leaving the show. Go figure.

By the way
May 5, 2010

My So-Called Life had an episode called Pressure. See my point?

… is it just me, or are the kids in today’s teen-tv-series having sex like bunnies? I remember virginity being a huge topic in My So Called Life, Dawson’s Creek, Beverly Hills 90210 and so on. I haven’t watched similar shows today in the same way as I did the earlier ones, but to me it seems like the characters in, say, Gossip Girl, have sex without it being an issue at all.

One one hand, this is good. I couldn’t stand the very special episodes about virginity and sex (This has a lot to do with my problems with, as I wrote earlier, The Ultimate Treasure). On the other hand, doesn’t this contribute to the everybody-else-does-it-pressure?

But what do I know, I haven’t seen enough shows to be sure.

They had a Like a Virgin-singalong in Glee’s Madonna-episode. At least someone upholds tradition.

Hard Knock Broadcasting
April 23, 2010

I love the Swedish public broadcasting company’s website SVTPlay. A couple of weeks ago I spent the night watching a program called the Story behind the hit record (my clumsy translation from Hitlåtens historia). It’s six half an hour episodes on hit songs like In da club. The program is great. In it the journalists have interviewed artists, producers, composers, fans, music video directors and so on behind hit records. They even managed to interview The 45 king – you know, the guy behind the 900  number.

I especially liked the one with Jay-z. He actually seemed really nice. Maybe it was the fact that he was interviewed by a journalist from an obscure country like Sweden. Or that he got to talk about his music and not Beyonce. Or that it was a good day. Whatever the reason, usually he’s more… Hova. As he should. He’s Jay-z*.

I don’t understand why the Finnish public broadcasting company doesn’t do stuff like this: high-quality (pop-)culture journalism. Sure the network airs good imported material, but its own production is mostly “deep” stuff about Wagner and Stendahl or “light” stuff like Levengood Suomesta (It would take too long to explain).

I saw the episode a couple of weeks ago and can’t find it anymore, so here’s a similar clip posted on Hova’s own website:

*The last post was really a backhanded way of getting to write about Jay-z. If I could come back as a person I’d like to be Jay-z.

Maybe I should start blogging solely about Jay-z.

Showtunes and sarcasm
April 19, 2010

I’ve tried to hate Glee. I really have. Admitting this is way more uncool than actually watching, or even liking, the show. I’ve consciously tried to come up with ways to hate it.

Now I give up. Glee is an American musical comedy drama set in high-school. The characters sing, they dance, they have sex and get pregnant. They sing songs like Sweet Caroline and Defying Gravity. And I like it.

I don’t like it for the stuff mentioned above. I like it because the writing is intelligent (“Mercedes is black. I’m gay. We make culture.”) and because they also sing songs like Rehab and Bust a Move. Jane Lynch’s scheming, vindictive, power-mad cheerleading coach is reason enough to watch the show. The characters don’t start singing out of the blue, they sing and dance when they reherse and perform. They are underdogs who get slushies thrown in their faces on a daily basis. And they almost never win.

And yes, I’m probably a bit biased  knowing that one of the creators is Ryan Murphy, who did Popular (and Nip/Tuck, but who cares about that?) which I watched obsessivly when it was on.