Ok, let’s wrap this up (this has taken us months to complete)…

Jonas Bjerre’s favourite movie he saw in 2009 was the Swedish vampire masterpiece Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In, 2008) which will get its unfortunate “remaking” in the US very soon. He also listed two of his favourite Danish films and they are the wonderful Festen (The Celebration, 1998) which was the first of the Dogme 95 -manifesto, and the only really good one of them. The other Danish flick is called Applaus (Applause, 2009).

His favourite animated films are Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967), Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke, 1997) and “for its time and its music” Akira (1988). From music themed motion pictures he mentioned True Stories (1986) by David Byrne and Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense (1984).

About the most disappointing movie ever, he talked about David Lynch’s 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me:

I was so into the series, and the film just didn’t feel connected to the same universe. Later on though, I have learned to appreciate certain parts of it, like the scene in the pink room. But it still doesn’t compete with the series, especially season 1“.

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Responses

  1. GG

    I hate when we remake films here because we don’t really do a great job most times. Brothers was recently remade here and I was so disppointed in it. The Celebration is one of my fav Danish films next to After the Wedding.

  2. Randal Dunbar

    I really see no point in remaking a film for the ‘American audience’. I love watching foreign films. And besides, the original direction usually gets butchered in the remakes. For example the original Japanese horror film ‘PULSE’ was brilliant, and then once remade for the U.S. was horrible. I suppose a lot of Americans can’t deal with reading subtitles. Most of my favorite films are from other countries. But sadly Americans can be rather eco-centric.

    Akira is one of my favorite movies as well. Also, Having seen everything Hayao Miyazaki
    has made, I can safely say that that man is an absolute genius. Jonas obviously has good taste. I wonder what he thinks of TEKKON KINKREET?

  3. Jeanette

    Nice films Jonas got a great taste.. 😀 !!
    But I totally agree with you GG, I absolutly HATE it when great movies are turned into some hollywood too american thing why not just watch the original… They have a completly different nerve… !! And the amazing actors in the original movies don’t get nearly enough of the internatinal credit that they should get.! I’m just saying.!!

  4. ikanobori

    Oh dear, a remake? That can’t be! Why does everything have to be remade for the Americans? Can’t they just swallow a camel and watch the movie?

    Though Jonas has an excellent taste! Thanks to him I opened my eyes for Miyazaki after reading an interview, and he has now become one of my favorite regisseurs. I think my favorites are Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Though they are all brilliant, it depends on my mood.
    I watched The Elephant Man after reading the suggestion. It was gorgeous, and yet so sad and touching. I wonder what Jonas thinks of “Die Blechtrommel/The Tin Drum”?