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AUGUST

 

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EVENTS

DANS DAKAR – 9th of August
Dans Dakar 2014 gave you a fantastic mix of awesome artists and the beautiful scenery Stockholm spoils you with. One of the best things of this music party was the prime location. This year the EDM festival moved out to the half-island of Riddarholmen, set in the middle of the city, between Gamla Stan and Central Station. Presenting incredible panorama views overlooking the City Hall, Södermalm, Norrmalm and Kungsholmen under the glazing summer sun with good tunes pumping out of the sound systems. With a real good mix of talent, we got spoilt with megastars, break-through artists and the next rising stars, with likes of Die Antwoord, Skrillex, Kygo, Vitalic, TiNi to name a few. Last years festival was a total disaster, but this year was a completely new act, something that we only can hope is the start of something new and even better to come! Being the same weekend as the very popular hipster friendly festival, Way Out West in Gothenburg, it gave Dans Dakar the possibility not to get to crammed up, And they succeeded well, with a very good flow all around the festival, including the bars, stages, WC´s, Food trucks and so on, you could actually get from one place to another and stroll around with out getting bashed. The vibe was amazing and I can´t wait for the organisers Stureplansgruppen(SPG) to start their new mega club on the half-island so we can get a taste of Stockholm like this on a weekend basis!

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My personal Top 3 acts of this years Dans Dakar:

1. DIE ANTWOORD  2. SKRILLEX  3.VITALIC

Checkout American Dupstep Producer/DJ Skrillex give Stockholm a sweet taste of his awesome mentalness at YouTube.com

FILM

CINEMA

LUCY – 22nd of August
It´s a bit like Luc Besson goes Nat Geo Wild. Following Lucy, the first human ever to be discovered around one million years ago with touches of Luc Besson´s well known blueprint, like Leon, and Nikita. This film offers an interesting storyline, some really cool special effects and as always an awesome, hot and gifted Scarlett Johansson. Hold on because your on for an action thrilled ride fuelled with entertainment that takes you from 15 % to 100 % in just 90minutes! With a few cult heroes performing in the film, like when movie star Choi Min-sik appears for the first time in a very bloody graphic scene your thoughts freeze of fright when you automatically start thinking back of some of the horrific scenes from OldBoy. But be calm, it sticks to its Hollywood action theme, without getting boring. This film brings evolution-science to the public in a very easy and entertaining way with God himself, Morgan Freeman playing the main professor within its field. The main question in the film is what happens if humans can use there full brain power, well if you want to see sexy Scarlett beat up science and loads of drug dealers, this is a film for you. Forget Ecstasy & MDMA, forget Anonymous & Occupy, its all about the CPH4 and the Evolution Revolution. Get comfortable, because this is when Lucy meets God!

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Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson´s Lucy

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 3D
– 8th of August

The latest TMNT film offers a few new alterations, but so has every version of the Turtles from the black and white comic book, the cartoon to the early nineties movies. To give you a little insight and as nothing is new to what you kind find online, the turtles this time around are very beefed up, like some kind of turtles on steroids. A wee bit odd since they are suppose to be ninjas, but producers Michael Bay & Co from Platinum Dunes thought they might need to be a bit more like Belgium Blue Turtles. Nah, they have actually explained why they did so and other changes they did, and I will let you find out for yourself instead of ruining it all upfront. But to give you an idea of this new remake this film is true to all original eighties and early nineties movies with a Baddies vs Goodies combined with a Save The World theme and the villains being a giant Corporate, and if that was not enough they even threw in Whoopi Goldberg in the mix. Put that together with some wicked actions scenes and funny one liners like: “Do your Batman voice”, “He’s like a Jedi” and “Wow, a 99 Cheese Pizza” it´s hard to complain. Especially when you have turtles and a rat doing ninjutsu, the same turtles MC:ing in an elevator, a Samurai Robot and a very attractive Megan Fox all chopped together in a action comedy hey?

The best scene was of course the prolong action scene in the snowy mountains while the Ninja Turtles are trying to stop the Foot and a run away truck, one of the best action movies scenes this summer? The sense of humor in the film was very much for kids, and it goes hand in hand with the Turtles being teenagers, but the producers must of felt that they had to give the film a bit of deepness to it all. Especially something for the young ones watching to leave with something to think about: “I wanted you all to realise how strong you are when working together” says Master Splinter! – Just like my Mum taught me and my brothers as young, so true.

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The new TMNT comes from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, with a script by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Wrath of the Titans).

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DVD / BLURAY / VOD

GIMME SHELTER – 16th of August
Ronald Krauss, wrote, directed and produced this heartbreaking true story about Agnes “Apple” Bailey. Vanessa Hudgens plays Apple, a 16 year old pregnant girl, who is looking for shelter and a better future after being abused and left for herself all her life. Gimme Shelter is a well told and produced film about hope, family, society, and reality. This inspiring story makes you open your eyes, it makes you feel, think and understand all parts and sides of life. It will most certain leave you with a tear in your eye. Hudgens performance is so authentic you can feel all the emotions and tension the film portrays of her character. Hudgens has really taken her acting seriously and is growing as a respected actress. Since leaving Disney and performing in Harmony Korine´s Spring Breaker 2012 together with another “Hollywood Made Innocent Sweetheart” – Selena Gomez. Hudgens has really been showing more of her personality and impressing with her skills and choices of films. I think she should of been awarded for this amazing and real acting. The casting in this movie picture is spot on and when looking at the path Hudgens seems to be taking, it doesn’t look far off from the road cult hero Rosario Dawson, who plays her mother June in the film, took with her acting career. A couple of fun surprises with Brendan Fraser and James Earl Jones that I´ve not seen around for a while, also spoil us with some good and true performances.

The last few years more independent films like this are breaking through on to the bigger stage and giving us the public quality films with a meaning that are raising big issues, and questions about the society we live in.

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ALL IS LOST – 16th of July
A man, a boat, the ocean…. that sums the film and its characters up very neat. The film doesn´t explain why this man is alone on his boat in the middle of the ocean. Nor is any dialogue apart from films opening log entry and when the very fit and strong 77-year-old Robert Redford grunts and calls for help twice after he gets shipwrecked. Well in this Man VS Nature capture, it is only those three ingredients that are necessary to make this film tick and your still stuck to the screen following this slow motion picture. It is Redford himself that puts a spellbound on you while challenging all the elements of life going on and your eager to see how he deals with all that is thrown at him, including containers, the ocean, masts, sails and not to forget that he goes under water twice and survives! I have struggled to make my mind up if this movie is as deep as the film wants to be and hopes to do, or if it is only touching the surface.

Redford really made me feel that I better up my game when it comes to keeping body and mind in trim, the film is also a good positive reminder of how strong the body and soul can be. Though I was a bit confused when it came to some of the more adventurous action scenes in the film, (most of it was filmed in three huge water tanks, at the same place in Mexico as James Cameron’s Titanic was produced) I thought it looked very unreal with Redford just standing still and hardly moving while being in the boats helm, neither did he get drenched during the major storm scenes while giant waves were hitting against and over him and the boat. He even had his cabin entrance open during it, without the inside of the boat getting a drop inside it. The question marks just keep arising the longer the film goes on, but you keep watching thinking how it all might end. Some of Redford’s acting was very well and you do wish to age like him with all his cool wise persona and strong physique, but sometimes it seemed the producers forgot who might be watching and lost a lot of detail and made a lot of faults – a reckon if you’re an experienced sailor you will have some professional comments on this boat voyage and how it was equipped and handled.

2 STARS - Reviews - Eken Magazine

NONSTOP – 13th of August
Liam Neeson plays his usual role. Big, tall, moody and a character which is distant from his family and he is out to protect someone. This time he is an Air Marshall on a plane with terrorists. I do like Liam Neeson, I think his voice is as cool as hell. But ever since Taken (2008) he has played exactly the same character. Its not that this film is bad but it started to verge on the realm of bizarre. Quick plot – Liam Neeson is an air marshall on a flight when he starts to receive text messages on his secure phone warning unless £150 million is transferred to a given account then someone will die every 20 minutes. Which considering some of the flights I’ve been on is about the norm! Anyway, cue Neeson running around the plane trying to figure out which fiend is behind all this. Its kind of entertaining, but starts to get silly. It will not set the world alight, I guess it is not meant to and does the trick of entertaining you for 2 hours.Oh Julianne Moore is in it, who I usually like, but she is pretty annoying in this. By Steven Parker


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