Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Restaurant’ and ‘Elvis: Strung Out’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Restaurant’ and ‘Elvis: Strung Out’

The Restaurant (Sundance) This new addition to the pantheon of dysfunctional Scandinavian family nightmares, “The Restaurant” (“Var tid ar nu, also known as “Our Time is Now”) distinguishes itself by making its starting-point post-war Stockholm and taking occasional leaps in time to chart the progress of not only the Lowanders and their posh restaurant, but […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Border’ and ‘Watership Down’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Border’ and ‘Watership Down’

‘BORDER’ (AMAZON, APPLE, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE) There’s something about “Border” that made me think of the current DNA craze, the impulse by people to find the answers to themselves within their own genetic structure. Looking for your ancestry is one way of asking, “Who am I?” especially in a world where we fabricate race […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Bonus Family’ and ‘Obit’

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘Bonus Family’ and ‘Obit’

‘BONUS FAMILY’ (NETFLIX) One of my favorite things about watching foreign series is the chance to learn about little differences in their daily experiences. For instance, in “Bonus Family,” I discovered that in Sweden, some people apparently add ketchup to their spaghetti and sauce. This was a bombshell, of course, but there’s plenty more to […]

Musical Thingarium 11.02.17

A variety show! 1Casino Royale by Herb Alpert 2Baby With a Big Head by The Lemons 3Jungle Blues by C.W. Stoneking 4Dump Truck Yodel by The Legendary Shack Shakers 5Darling Let’s Have Another Baby by Johnny Moped 6When You Write A Bad Song by Dear Nora 7Motorcycle by The Rumble Strips 8Good Old Germany by Giorgio Moroder 9Twist Little Sister by Mabel 10He Is Your Brother by Abba 11I Got Up by Linda McCartney 12Liar by Sex Pistols 13Redoble by Orkesta […]

Musical Thingarium 02.21.17

All Swedish extravaganza! 1 You Owe Me One by Abba 2 Overall by Hello Saferide 3 Skin by The Wannabes 4 It’s Always a New Thing by The Embassy 5 I Can Try by Sambassadeur 6 Rent A Wreck by Suburban Kids With Biblical Names 7 2012 by Sarah McDougall 8 First Time by Acid […]