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There was a time, around the age of twenty, when I saw some pretty weird movies. First I lived a short bike ride from the Swedish Film Institute, where I caught Kenneth Anger and Luis Buñuel (neither of whom I liked much — I walked out on Anger’s shorts). Then I moved to a place…

And It Went Wherever I Did Go

I’m spending tomorrow in a cultic field with Per Vikstrand and a metal detector. So I reckon it were best if we all had a look at the druggiest bit in all of Monty Python first.

Film Review: Spiderwick Chronicles

9-y-o Junior has had a remarkable streak of luck involving the kids’ fantasy movie Spiderwick Chronicles. First he managed to check his e-mail just as the book-club he’s a member of sent out a mass-mailed invitation to yesterday’s pre-screening of the film. Then, when he and I sat down to watch the thing, the Spiderwick…

Cyberpunk Crotch Perspective

My friend Mickey Huss (the virtual lamprey guy) has alerted me to the existence of near-future noir flick Gene Generation. It’s said to be the first Hollywood movie directed by a Singaporean. I haven’t seen it, but I gotta say, that’s the first non-porn movie poster I’ve come across that’s shot from the perspective of…

Scandy readers will be very familiar with this. As we learned from “Hatten Är Din”, “Ansiktsburk”, “Fiskpinnar” and other Turk Hits back in 2000, you can get wonderfully absurd results if you listen to a song in a foreign language and pretend it’s actually sung in your mother tongue. Now, a talented Ansiktsburk poet has…

Mistranslations of the Third Kind

Over at David Nessle‘s, his witty readers are discussing translations — more particularly, bad translations. I collect crap translations from English to Swedish, so I decided to offer some to you, Dear Reader. To make this palatable to non-Swedish-speakers, I’ll add a second step to explain what the Swedish mistranslation means literally in each case.…

Turn On, Tune In LazyTown, Drop Out

My kids have taken to watching LazyTown, this really druggy and garish kids’ show on Playhouse Disney. It’s got a lot of caricatured puppets of children with the hands of real people, but also three live actors, the main character played by a little girl in a pink wig. The live actors, particularly the tall…

Robert Schneider Talks & Sings

Here’s a charming interview with Apples in Stereo front man Robert Schneider, followed by him performing “Energy” from the new album. All courtesy of the Instant Talk Show. (Total clip length 9 minutes.)

5 Minutes of Kiddie TV Fame

Two months ago my metal detecting team and I were visited in the field by the Swedish State Broadcasting company’s TV science show for kids, Hjärnkontoret. They tell me they’re running the story tonight, somewhere between 1830 and 1900 hours Swedish time. For those who choose to watch, it may be entertaining to know that…

Death of an Imaginary Friend

I am in mourning for a character in Six Feet Under who died on us last night. The fifth season is airing in Sweden. And I mull over the final scene. Did another character turn into Shaggy from Scooby Doo and act as the dead person’s psychopomp on the way to the hereafter? Bizarre, typically…