þriðjudagur, apríl 25, 2006

rúnasteinninn

The shock has not yet passed after last night's viewing of a stunningly bad film. I'm not even sure it would be useful in an undergraduate class on Old Norse-inspired pop schlock, and that is saying something.


The filmmakers get points (grudgingly awarded) for the following:
  • Two short lines of decent Norwegian: "Mange takk" "Det var ingen årsak"
  • Incidental use of what I think was Jenny Lind
  • Incidental use of Danish film
  • Unwittingly echoing the Þórr-Þjálfi team by giving Týr a young human helper
  • Unwittingly echoing Víðarr's waiting-for-Doomsday attitude by making Týr a clockwatcher
  • Pairing off Týr against Fenrir (even though that's not the pairing at Ragnarök)
  • Not calling Fenrir "Fenris" (suddenly I want to see another movie, one called Fenris Bueller's Day Off)

I draw the line at awarding points for having unwittingly made a decent Grendel costume when a Fenrir costume was intended. It is a dreadful Fenrir costume. And not dreadful in a good way.


Points deducted for the following:
  • Týr missing his left hand
  • A really awful labrys-like axe (why on earth do people insist on putting such things on the prop list?)
  • Atrocious casting choice for a character named Almquist

I cannot be bothered to deduct points for the usual nonsense like bad runes, ridiculous pseudo-archaeology, surprisingly bad acting, and the plot, oh the plot ...

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Tökuorðatortímandi sagði...

I don't know how to contact you, but the loan-word terminator Timbur-Helgi Hermannsson (Jef Braekmans) has his own blogg.
http://loanwordterminator.blogspot.com
There's also a new site about Fjallbarnið, the symbol of Háfrónska, the ultrapurist form of Icelandic:
http://users.telenet.be/Hafronska/fjallbarn

 
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