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    Nicholas Winding Refn, best known for directing the "Pusher" trilogy, has just had his Viking movie "Valhalla Rising" debut in New York City and on IFC In Theatres. The best description of the viewing experience, based on the synopsis, is Brian Wood's "Northlanders" having drug-fueled sex with Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker." Don't know if that makes this an instant must-see or something to drive people away shrieking in horror.
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    Oh wow, that and Inception in theaters. And I still have to see The Kids Are Alright. This is a nice summer for movies as long as one avoids the blockbusters.
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    Mad film. MAD. Overlong, not as tight as it really needed to be in some places, but... yeah, worth watching.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Yeah it won´t be in Iceland for a while yet. Imagine that? A major viking film and it'll be ages before we get to see it....
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    I pirated this a week or two ago, and absolutely loved it. If you're looking for another good limited-release viking movie,check out Outlander. Viking science-fiction, need I say more?
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    i´ll probably have to go to the old torrents for this one (sigh...)
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    It's on iTunes as a rental, if that helps anyone.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
    Sure does; I saw a trailer for that a long time ago. It's good to see actual weighty stories being told in the setting.
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    For those who want to see one of the trailers for the film, it's here:
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2010
    Watching this right now; it reminds me of a Spaghetti Western. Well--a Spaghetti Northern.
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    Okay, that really looks worthwhile. I wonder how long it will take to make it from theaters to IFC itself...
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    I watched it via On Demand--check your cable guide!

    My thoughts in summation: I don't know exactly what it was I saw, but I'm very glad I saw it. Beautifully shot and atmospheric.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    sounds interesting :)

    there was something on TV '13th Warrior' that had vikings and a Saracen poet joined them to take on some heebe jeebies
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    13th Warrior is an adaptation of Michael Chrighton's Eaters of the Dead, itself a version of Beowulf except it has Antonio Banderas. Not that bad, actually.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    "The 13th Warrior" is a good quotable action flick. This was more grim. Much more grim.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    i remember "the 13th Warrior" not doing too well amid reports that it had to be re-edited a lot of times, wrecking the main thrust of the plot. I did watch it and thought it was ok, but could have been a LOT better.

    RIght now i REALLY need to get hold of Valhalla rising this week...
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    Bought this because it was cheap in Tesco the other week.
    Mental stuff, I think I need to re-watch it with the director's commentary on because I flicked it over a few times and it sounded like he was comparing this film to 2001 : A Space Odyssey. I think he meant that it was a viking version of it.
    Which kind of follows, but seems a bit of a stretch.
    • CommentAuthorJECole
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    And it was filmed entirely in the highlands of Scotland. Quite grim in places. A very visceral film.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    13th warrior was a good movie, not great, but a fun movie.

    this looks interesting, I'll have to watch it.

    and this is why I love this forum, I find movies, books and music that I've never heard of and most of the recommendations are definitely worth it
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010
    Valhalla Rising is playing at Cinefamily (Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax near Melrose) on Tuesday at 8PM for those of you in the Los Angeles area

    I may try to catch it there.