Tag Archives: Tomas Alfredson

The Snowman

SOON THE FIRST SNOW WILL COME, AND THEN HE WILL KILL AGAIN.  Alcoholic Oslo cop Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is investigating several disappearances and grisly murders of women; all the crime scenes have a snowman in common… Tomas Alfredson tries to do for Norway what David Fincher did for Sweden with The Girl With the Dragon … Continue reading The Snowman

Simple-Minded Murderer: Walking with Angels

Hans Alfredson is the kind of filmmaker who could draw big audiences, who won awards and critical praise. A multitalented giant within Sweden’s showbiz community, he never really gained attention abroad. Perhaps his talent and sense of humor were too uniquely Swedish. When he passed away at the age of 86 a few weeks ago, … Continue reading Simple-Minded Murderer: Walking with Angels

Trespassing Bergman

Edited together (with partly new material) from a documentary series, this film examines (in chronological order) the career and films of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of numerous prominent filmmakers and actors who have been more or less touched by the Master’s work. Some of them also visit the stark island in Sweden where Bergman … Continue reading Trespassing Bergman

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

TRUST NO ONE. SUSPECT EVERYONE. I prefer my spies dapper. I want to see them sip martinis and seduce women in one breath, and in the next kill enemy agents in cold blood. I want to see nifty little toys, fast cars and insane supervillains hiding in lairs that could only be designed by Ken … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Return of the Ringmaster

Let the Right One In: Boy Meets Bloodsucker

I wouldn’t recommend anyone to read John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel before watching this screen adaptation. As I stepped into the theater for the press screening I had certain anticipations, which is never the right approach. In the end my slight disappointment forced me to think hard about the film as an independent piece of art … Continue reading Let the Right One In: Boy Meets Bloodsucker