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Director's Gallery: Valhalla Rising
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"This was shot in a warehouse in Glasgow. I needed them to be travelling into space, like a space journey, and I wanted it to be consumed by fog, so it had to be shot in a studio. The longboat is real - the architecture is amazing. There are very few iconic historical images and the Vikings achieved one of them with the longboat. My co-writer Roy Jacobsen has written novels about Vikings, and I saw how sophisticated [Viking] civilisation actually was, with great travellers, and merchants, and sailors. They'd been everywhere before anybody, from America to Mongolia. "

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1 What happened?
Posted on Friday April 23, 2010, 22:46 by Incumbent
I guess Le Chiffre should have had a doctor examine that eye. Read More

2 RE: This lad sounds like an up his own arse gobshite
Posted on Friday April 23, 2010, 09:39 by Cat_Corportation
It pains me to say it, but you're sort of right. I saw this at the London Film Festival last year, and was massively excited - I'm a huge Mads Mikkelsen fan and have a career connection with the Vikings, shall we say. Finally, a proper Scandinavian Viking movie, starring my favourite actor! I wanted so much to like it, but in my opinion it was pretty bad. Purposefully incoherent most of the time, maybe some would consider it 'arty' but after some brilliant, brutal action at the beginning, it just stagnated into a lot of staring, speaking slowly between huge pauses; basically, self-indulgent mooning about. There was a lot of unintentional laughter at my screening, and about half a dozen people walked out before the end. The longship scene, which Refn raves about in these pictures, is probably the worst part; if a Viking longboat is so iconic, why shroud it in so much fog that you can't see it? And it really, *really* looks like it was shot in a warehouse (hence the fog...). On the plusRead More

3 This lad sounds like an up his own arse gobshite
Posted on Thursday April 22, 2010, 13:03 by shanewire
Tenner says the movie's a piece of crap. It'll get a three star review, it'll deserve two. Read More


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