Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Torment and The Soup

This movie is known for one reason. It was the first film to ever come out with the name Ingmar Bergman. He wrote the screenplay.
This is a really good film. It's about this teacher who is just being an fuckign jerk to the kids and what the system of the school is doing about it. I think it brings up a verbal abusive teacher and how a school can deal with that. which by the way is usually they don't. Which you can kinda tell with this film.
The actor who plays the teacher Stig Järrel. Does a really good job. He really steals the show almost. He's just really good at playing this strict mean teacher. and a latin teacher no less. yeah a latin teacher. and this teacher is dam intense. like so intense you know he reads psychology books to mess with the kids.
This is probably a bad movie to play for kids. But i think if I had seen this when i was in high school. I would have lost my fucking mind. We don't have the teacher over doing it with like a gun or something. It's almost too normal that's what makes it kinda uneasy cause you know that's happened and you've seen it happen.
I really liked this film and I think most people would. This is not just a intresting first look at Bergman but it is a great movie. Seriously check it out. American title is Torment.

Also I found this intresting conversation Bergman had through the newspaper with someone from the school he went to I found it on wikipedia. It's funny to think about a young Bergman hating school. Man think about what a moody kid he must have been.

Torment provoked intensive debate in the press about the conditions in the Swedish high schools. On a personal level, the Pro-German newspaper the Aftonbladet published a letter by Henning Håkanson, principal of the private Palmgren High School where Ingmar Bergman had been a student. Håkanson reacted on an interview with Bergman published in the Aftonbladet the same day the film was released:

"Mr. Bergman's statement, that his entire time at school was hell, surprises me. I clearly recall that he, his brother and his father were all very satisfied with the school. After his final examinations, Ingmar Bergman came back to school to attend our Christmas party, bright and cheery as far as one could tell, and not seeming to harbor any grudge, either against the school or its teachers. In all probability, the fact of the matter lies elsewhere. Our friend Ingmar was a problem child, lazy yet rather gifted, and the fact that such a person does not easily adapt to the daily routines of study is quite natural. A school cannot be adapted to suit bohemian dreamers, but to suit normally constituted, hard working people."[3]

A few days later Bergman replied:

"Let us start with the '12-year hell' (coarsely expressed, by the way. Not a word used by me, but by the person who interviewed me. I recall using a milder term, which is somewhat different). Indeed…I was a very lazy boy, and very scared because of my laziness, because I was involved with theatre instead of school and because I hated having to be punctual, having to get up in the morning, do homework, sit still, having to carry maps, having break times, doing tests, taking oral examinations, or to put it plainly: I hated school as a principle, as a system and as an institution. And as such I have definitely not wanted to criticize my own school, but all schools. As far as I understand it, and as I clearly pointed out in that unfortunate interview, my school was neither better nor worse than other institutions with the same purpose. My revered headmaster also writes (somewhat harshly): 'A school cannot be adapted to suit bohemian dreamers, but to suit normally constituted, hard working people'. Where should the poor bohemians go? Should pupils be divided up: You're a bohemian, you're a hard-working person, you're a bohemian, etc. Would the bohemians be excused? There are teachers one never forgets. Men one liked and men one hated. My revered headmaster belonged and still belongs (in my case) to the former category. I also have the feeling that my dear headmaster has not yet seen the film. Perhaps we should go and watch it together!"

I'm gonna be honest. All though I was a big fan of Talk Soup. I was not going to watch The Soup. Which I guess is the Casino Royale Batman Begins version of Talk SOup. First off it's on E. Even though I watch E true hollywood story and E news daily I understand that channel is trash. so a comedy show on E now. man i'm not watching that.
Then over x-mas break a friend showed it to me and I got into it good. Really really into it. The show works kinda like the old Talk Soup. Showing funny clips from tv shows. the old Talk Soup used talk shows both late nite and day time but mostly day time. but since there arn't really that many talk shows anymore. The Soup uses reality shows, internet clips, and the few daytime talks show still left.
The show really works well and I think Joel McHale is really good at giving great insight with the clips he shows. and as far as hosts might be one of the funniest hosts on tv right now.
Another great thing about the show they have reaccuring jokes and they'll refer to clips they've shown in previous episodes. so after you've seen a couple it's actually funnier. So they actually reward you for watching in a way.
I actually think that it was good Talk Soup ended in 2002 and the soup started 2 years later. cause Talk Soup was kinda dated and need to be reformated. So the soup and works really really well. It reminds me of older cable shows but it also is very current. great show. if i had seen more of it before the end of the year it would have made my top 10. seriously check it out.


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