Uppsala French Film Festival 2015

Location: Slotts Bio Franska filmfestival 27th March – 29th March

Time to pack your picnic basket with a bottle of Merlot, some Camembert and baguette – or Riesling, Brie and crackers for those with sensitive palette – and head to the gardens of Uppsala Universitetsbiblioteket (University Library) for a trés French afternoon. Cliches aside, the annual Uppsala French Film Festival 2015 is here. And brings a strong collection of films. All films are subtitled in English. Continue reading Uppsala French Film Festival 2015

Interstellar is the new Inception

Before you throw your marbles and shout at me, hear me out. Interstellar is a fantastic ride of a movie, with Christopher Nolan at one of his showiest moment, that should please a wide range of audiences. Yes it’s slightly overbloated with 160 minutes running time, and yes there are too many space-travel and quantum physics mambo-jambo. But what it gets right is the human factor. Nolan, in past, has been known to focus too much on the craft and a little less on emotional aspect of the script. Here he ties the concepts that have bewildered humanity since it’s birth: Longevity (Ladies & Gents: 124 YEARS old DILF!), Life beyond our planet, and the ultimate question; what’s the purpose of this all. Does the film answer all of those questions? No, it doesn’t. And here is the thing. It doesn’t need to do that. Interstellar shouldn’t be confused for a thought-provoking attempt to answer these bigger-than-life-itself questions. Never, I believe, at any point Nolan & co. claimed to have gotten all the physics and the science right, to get the nerds and geeks onboard a la Gravity. No. It is, at it’s heart, a big sci-fi space blockbuster, that will make waves on ticket sales across the world. If I’ve not made it clear let me put it straight: I enjoyed, almost, every minute of those $20. Now, about that scandalous title: Interstellar Is The New Inception. Fans of Nolan’s Batman, trust. It is. Take a walk with me and let me show you how. Continue reading Interstellar is the new Inception

Lunch at Sherlock’s Monastery

Location: Klostergatan 16, Uppsala Recommendation: Dagens for lunch, Hamburgers for dinner

Lately Sherlock and his cher sidekick Watson have been having a moment in the pop-culture. Well, moment would be putting it mildly as it has been going on for half a decade now. Since the success of those big Hollywood movies, where Robert Downey Jr. let his inner Drag Queen out, and the sleeping hit TV series Sherlock, audience cannot have enough of this British dandy. So it’s understandable when new restaurants jump at the opportunity and try to cash in. Opened Spring 2014 Sherlock’s Monastery is a restaurant/pub combo that serves food with a bit of drama. There are elements of intrigue and suspense in simple dishes like Chilli con Carne or Fish n Chips that make Sherlock’s a welcome addition to Uppsala’s food circuit. Continue reading Lunch at Sherlock’s Monastery

Boeuf Bourguignon And Murgh Masala

Do you like romantic comedies that don’t demand much to think about? Do you enjoy comfort food? Why, order a super-sized menu of saccharine-laced tooth-ache inducing The Hundred-Foot Long Journey.  On tonight’s special you’ll find Murgh Masala which is extra oily and spicy, and a Boeuf Bourguignon that looks the part but probably doesn’t taste right. The entire film can be summed up by the image of Mirren‘s character holding an asparagus: Overcooked & limped. Continue reading Boeuf Bourguignon And Murgh Masala

Too many Whats, Whys & Whos. So many judgements to pass!