Today’s first-ever Virtual Reality (VR) / 360° interactive Doodle—created in collaboration with the Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts & Culture, and Cinémathèque Française teams—celebrates Georges Méliès, the trailblazing French illusionist and film director on the release date of what is considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces: À la conquête du pôle (The Conquest of the Pole, 1912). Méliès pioneered numerous technical and narrative film techniques in the early days of cinema, primarily in the use of special effects and creation of some of the earliest films of the science fiction genre.

Source: Celebrating Georges Méliès

Northern Disco Lights – The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music – really cool new documentary about the rise of the Norwegian electronic dance music scene, affectionately known as “Trømso-techno” or “Space Disco”. It also has an awesome soundtrack featuring artists like Biosphere, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, Mungolian Jet Set, Mental Overdrive, Rune Lindbæk, Lindstrøm and more!

Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever.

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I recently noticed that my webhost SDF is hosting the site for an upcoming Australian independent movie called The Illustrated Family Doctor. This is the first I’ve heard of this one, and it looks really promising.

It has a suitably absurd storyline, and features the acting of Samuel Johnson, known from the excellent Aussie TV series The Secret Life of Us, who seems to fit the role of a hypochondriac office worker quite nicely.

The movie is due in Australian cinemas on March 3, but probably won’t make it to Norwegian screens for a seriously long time, but it will surely make the festival circuit, and I’ll try to get a hold of it on DVD once it’s released…

One Missed Call posterLast night I went to a late-night preview of the Japanese horror Chakushin Ari/One Missed Call by director Takashi Miike. This is a really creepy movie, with much use of the supernatural, demons and creepy little children, along with all the regular horror effects to make you squirm in your seat.

It will come on in the Oslo cinemas in middle July, and is highly recommended for anyone who wants a good, heart-stopping scare movie! Also, the main actress is a real beauty, which helps a lot in the calmer scenes … 🙂

Yesterday I went to see the new movie from Hans Petter Moland, Beautiful Country, about a young Vietnamese man, Binh, who sets out to find his father, an American who served in the country during the Vietnam war. It is an often sad and moving story that touches upon subjects like the plight of refugees, modern slavery and how a war affects people and their destinies long after it is over.

In one of the scenes, where refugees are on board a small, waterlogged boat in a storm, I was reminded of the Tampa incident a few years ago. But through all the misery there are also scenes where glimmers of hope and humanity shine through.

The main characters are excellently portrayed by Damien Ngyen and Bai Ling, in other roles Tim Roth and Temuera Morrison are very realistic in the roles of the cold-blooded captain of the slave ship and a greedy slave trader, and Nick Nolte gives a great performance as Binh’s father . I highly recommend this movie, and hope that more people go see it in the coming weeks.