Andy Botwin quotes, Sophocles and Alexander

In the last episode of humorous TV drama Weeds, my favorite character, the charming fuckup Andy Botwin (fantastically portrayed by Justin Kirk) held a wonderfully gloomy monolog on top of a roof: I want you to stop, turn around, and walk away! There’s nothing inside, for we are dying meat! We’re meat, and we’re un-special, […]

I’m Still Here – Joaquin Phoenix’s media hoax?

Joaquin Phoenix’s supposed retirement from a career as an acclaimed and successful actor, in order to pursue rapping has intrigued, perplexed, amused and to some extent inspired me for almost two years now (if you haven’t seen his bizarre appearance on Letterman, you should). Casey Affleck has made a documentary on Phoenix’s transition, and I […]

The music video for MGMT’s Time to Pretend, inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky

I recently read a news item in DN – one of Sweden’s finest morning papers, about a young up-and-coming director called Ray Tintori. He had apparently made a couple of original, colorful and psychedelic music videos for the band MGMT. One of them, Time to Pretend, had references to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s (who influenced David Lynch […]

There are great TV-series these days

I know that some people claim they never watch television and consider it low culture, but I beg to differ. Of course the better part is complete rubbish, but along with some excellent news, documentary and educational airings on public access television here in Sweden, many surprisingly well-made series have emerged in recent years – […]