Author: - The Reykjavik Grapevine

The Dark Wingman

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Gender, Violence and Partying“You gotta fight for your right to paaaaaarty” is a line I often sang at the top…

Movie Madness

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Having been pleasantly surprised by the quality of movies in last year’s IIFF with gems such as The March of…

An Historical Day to Be Gay

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Ten years ago, a law was passed in Iceland that allowed homosexual couples to enter into a civil union. Four…

To Weep Loudly

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A friend of mine was a huge fan of Superman comics when he was a kid. However, he was taken…

Highlights from the Iceland Film Festival:The march of the penguins

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The March of the Penguins is one of France’s biggest box office hits of all time – surprisingly enough, considering…

Being Terrified

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A few weeks ago, I read the most controversial book in recent years in Iceland, Draumalandið – Sjálfshjálparbók handa hræddri…

Highlights from the Iceland Film Festival:Searching for Angela Shelton

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Searching for Angela Shelton is a one-of-a-kind movie experience. The documentary had its international premiere at IFF in Regnboginn, with…

Highlights from the Iceland Film Festival:Hip Hop, Hora!

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Swedish screenwriter and director Teresa Fabik’s film Hip Hop, Hora! (English title: The Ketchup Effect) tells the story of 13-year-old…

Turning Tricks for Movie Tix

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A few weeks ago, I read an article in the local tabloid newspaper DV about prostitution. Someone called Gunnar had…

The Fatter, the Funnier?

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Huge Hollywood money-makers like Big Momma’s House and The Nutty Professor, both so popular that they had sequels, tell us…

A Night at Thai Karaoke

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I had an American friend visit me over Christmas. Needless to say, I took him to Geysir, Gullfoss and the…

PMs Take to the Stage to Fight Sexual Violence

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The backstage at the City Theatre on March 1st, 2006 wasn’t filled with actresses as usual, but Icelandic parliamentarians performing…

“Female Writers Were Weird”

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Though few foreigners know about her, Vigdís Grímsdóttir is one of the most prominent and prolific contemporary writers of Iceland….

Blogging:

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Want to become famous? Try this: Round up a few of your friends, start a web page with random trivia…

Endometriosis:

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Cramps. Even the word is a turn off. Women don’t want to think about it. Men don’t want to know….

The Angel with a Foul Mouth

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Gary Owen is one of the hottest, young playwrights in Britain. In 2002, he won the George Devine Award and…

The Rape of the Prime Minister

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Imagine a quiet evening in December. Imagine Halldór Ásgrímsson, prime minister, lighting a candle with his family after dinner. Imagine…

The Place Where Choreographers Feel Like Rock Stars

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Skrekkur is the annual Reykjavík Elementary School Talent Competition. It is explicitly for grades eight to ten (or teenagers from…

Are We a Nation of Inactivists?

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In late March 2005, Minister of Health Jón Kristjánsson appeared on the front page of the newspaper announcing that a…

Jamming with Nick Cave:

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Now, Vesturport is about to premiere the play Woyzeck by Georg Buchner. The musician composing for the group is no…

Not a Standard Night at the Movies:

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The Danish film Solkongen, directed by Academy Award Nominee Thomas Villum Jensen, is a bittersweet comedy about a young, hopeless…

Using Empowerment to Objectify

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I remember first hearing about sexual empowerment in correlation with Madonna (when I was way too young to understand what…

United in Vision: Women Go On Strike

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The weather was beautiful– sunny yet chilly– on October 24, 2005. Women went on a memorable strike on this day…

Bloody Brilliant

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For decades, the movie industry has been fascinated with making films based on comic books. The most recent examples are…

The Timeless Fashion of ELM:

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A group of multi-functional sweaters caught our attention recently. One could be worn in two ways: turning it upside down…