Jul 282013

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo posterAs a card-carrying Fincher fanboy I was quite excited when he took on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.

The original movie from 2009 was very good too, and I assumed that having higher production values would only improve things.

And that’s what happened. Version 2.0 of the novel looks great and the actors utilized are good across the board. The script is forced to omit elements, just like the original movie did. The choices are different, but here the flow of the film is a bit more natural.

One thing that surrealistically detracts from Fincher’s take is the language – for authenticity’s sake the lack of spoken swedish just stings.

Daniel Craig is good as Mikael Blomkvist, though on account of his pas I did expect him to whip out a nine millimeter gun and begin laying out the law on the wintry island.

Rooney Mara is good, but Noomi Rapace holds on to being the canonical Lisbeth Salander. Mainly on precedence, since Mara’s Salander is actually closer to the character in the books.

The movie’s score, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, repeats their excellent performance from The Social Network. From the grindy rendition of Immigrant Song to the ambient sounds employed later the soundtrack just oozes quality.

The film brought in more than 100% over its budget, so the appearance of the two sequels should be a certainty. But so far nothing has been officially announced.

Jul 172013

Only God Forgives posterLast seen in a theatre: Only God Forgives.

The reunion of Nicholas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling will be a sore disappointment to those expecting Drive 2.0.

This is very much a different movie.

A movie that seems to have been written and directed after a major bout of sleep deprivation and exposure to Takashi Miike’s work.

And Miike did it better: be it violence, alienation, vague dialogue or just plain impenetrability, Only God Forgives aims high on all axes but ends up being short on all.

Apart from being boring. It’s been a long while since I was this bored in a movie theatre, the pace is glacial and far from engaging.

Movie Monday #92: Last seen

Jul 162013

I’m not utterly against 3D movies, but in most cases the picture is on the dark side and the glasses get more and more uncomfortable during the film.

Occasionally, though, someone hits paydirt. Thus far the best effort has been Avatar, haven’t seen anything really bad.

I’m sure Russ Meyer’s movies would really be improved by going deep on the z-axis.

Movie Monday #91: 3D

Jul 152013

Ned Flanders
I’ve had a few memorable experiences in the movies. Though it’s been a while since the last, considering that I’ve seen a grand total of two movies in a theatre in the last year.

  • I missed the spoilery guy talking about colours before going to see Reservoir Dogs. The friend I was with didn’t, and he was righteously pissed off.
  • During Basic Instinct I became aware of a loud guy repeating Sharon Stone’s lines with a multi-second delay a few rows back. Nobody dared to do anything about it, since the person was the size of a freight truck and on some weird uppers.
  • I saw Goldeneye just about when it was exiting the cinemas. Turns out one of my fellow viewers had smuggled in his ~six year old son, for whose benefit he read every line of subtitles aloud, interspersed with nedflanders-like comments.

Movie Monday #89: The Experience

Jul 102013

Considering that it’s been more than a year, it’s better to do this quickly.

Just half a day.

It rained.

Sabaton was good, but having just jettisoned 3/5ths of the band, they were far too greatest hits-moody.

Swallow the Sun was good as well, but they aren’t much of a live band.

For the Imperium continues to impress.

Bought the Oddland album, I was disappointed with them in FME, but willing to give them a second chance.