July 2011


Gorgeous.

Been enjoying the Swedish Beach Tour 2011 this week. It´s always so nice to watch beachvolleyball in a solid summersun in the harbour area of Malmoe.

(Photo from Swedish Beach Tour)

In 965 A.D., Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore), to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms, starting with Earth. The Asgardian warriors defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Winters. In the present, Odin’s son Thor (Chris Hemsworth) prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, but is interrupted when Frost Giants attempt to retrieve the Casket. Against Odin’s order, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey, accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three; Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Joshua Dallas) and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano). A battle ensues until Odin intervenes to save the Asgardians, destroying the fragile truce between the two races. For Thor’s arrogance, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him to Earth, accompanied by his hammer Mjolnir ?uot; the source of his power, now protected by a spell to allow only the worthy to wield it..

Based on the classic Marvel comic, “Thor” is yet another movie adaptation of a superhero and directed by acclaimed Kenneth Branagh. As I have said before, I am still very keen on seeing these superhero adaptations. Some of them have been great, some less great. I reckon “Thor” belongs to the latter. Somehow Branagh hasn´t been able to make this work in terms of finding a common platform for characters, plot and the CGI. “Thor” ends up being one of those comic adaptations that disappoints, in my book at least. There´s parts that I like, but the parts I dislike weighs over. My biggest disappointment is that the CGI is so unbalanced. At times it looks solid and then crappy during other sequences. I think Chris Hemsworth manages to give life to Thor, while Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skargård seems lost and uninspired. The latter has lost his spark if you ask me. And Natalie Portman seems even more lost.. Nah, at this moment I am looking forward to seeing “X-Men – First Class” and “Captain America”. I believe they will satisfy me a lot more. (3 out of 5)

 

“No, Watson, this was not done by accident, but by design.”

The Who have announced that they will release their classic 1973 rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ as a special ‘Director’s Cut’ boxset later this year.

Guitarist Pete Townshend revealed that he had been overseeing work on ‘Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut’, which will be released on November 14 and will include previously unheard demos, an exclusive eight-track 5.1 Sound DVD, a deluxe hard-back book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, and other memorabilia that is yet to be revealed. The album will also be re-released in double vinyl, 2-disc digi-pak and digital versions.

Townshend said: “This 2011 revisit to The Who’s 1973 ‘Quadrophenia’ recording is inspired by current and continuing interest in the project. The Who performed a concert version of the piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with excellent reviews, and the success of that event led to the prospect of a Who tour in 2012 based on the album. The last such tour was between 1996-1997.” (via NME)

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