So I finally caught the original on Netflix and I would rate it a 7/10 compared to Fincher's version that I gave a 9/10 rating. I know some might chalk it up to American xenophobia, but I just thought the remake had better direction and execution. The original had the feel of a made-for-tv movie. The one advantage it had was Noomi Rapace, whose Lisabeth was more fleshed out and 'real' than Rooney Mara's mute, scowling portrayal (which still worked IMO). Other than that, Fincher's version is superior in every technical and artistic way.
Fair enough. The camera quality was the only thing I liked more in Fincher's. Well, that and (white text)the murdered cat.
Very amusing and strangely introspective film about the life and recovery of an addict. Crudup was funny and also a sympathetic figure, I'm a big fan of his work. The ending of his recovery where he is able time finally reach out and connect is symbolized with his scene with the menaknight (sp?) woman and demonstrated by his affair/relationship with the woman he meets at AA. Jack Black and Dennis Hopper also make appearances. One of the more interesting drug-related films I've seen.
Not a movie, but just caught this 6-episode mini series on Netflix from the BBC:
Idris Elba (just won the Golden Globe for best actor a few minutes ago for this) plays John Luther, a brilliant but troubled and volatile London homicide detective. Very well written show with some interesting character dynamics. The obvious stand out is Luther's relationship with Alice Morgan, the beautiful but psychotic woman who is at the center of the first investigation he conducts on the show. Don't know what it is about her, but she does it for me and it's not really her looks, attractive but nothing special. Could be her razor sharp intelligence or her ruthlessness, but there's just something about her
Anyway, Can't wait to catch the second series. Hopefully it comes out on netflix soon.
Just got back from watching The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for the second time. Still so good. At least 9/10. I also want Daniel Craig's wardrobe from that movie. He dressed well, tho. Pause. Did some research and ordering that Moncler down jacket asap.
Back to the movie... If you haven't seen it, you need to. It's amazing. I know some say, "Why did they remake an already great movie?" Well, I haven't seen the Swedish version, but if it's better than this one, then I know I need to because this one was fantastic. Rooney Mara is captivating and believable as Lisbeth Salander.
Unguarded: 8/10- Powerful. Might not be one of the best documentaries in the 30 for 30 series, but it's easily a top-5 STORY in the set.
I can sum it up in one scene I think: He's talking about when he was in California. His buddy and him are out making runs, gettin high off everything. It's been like 5 days of this, and he decides to try meth. In my head I'm just kinda jokin: "just don't go to Modesto."
Then he talks about the Modesto indecent. See his wife calls and says she and the kids are gonna fly out and they'll meet him at the Oakland airport. He's still paranoid and tripping off the previous days, and is freakin out. He thinks someone is followin him so he's takin exits and entrances just at random. He ends up in Modesto. He's arrested, and taken to the hospital and jail.
Now the group he's telling this to are other users, and convicts. And everyone's laughin, and it was kind of a funny story. But then he says that bad part was that his wife and kids were standing on the sidewalk at the Oakland airport because he didn't make it to them. The room goes silent.
And for me it was all the more powerful because after he gets out he goes to a 7-11 and starts drinkin. Then he goes round back and falls asleep in the streets. Then he goes back to the place in person, and I recognized it. It was not 15 minutes away from where I sat watching this movie. And it just hit me how this guy who had it all, ended up in a rundown place in a rundown city contemplating never calling his wife or kids again and just living in Modesto homeless.
Amazing story to tell, well put together story telling, just an all around good documentary.
I liked it a lot. For those who seen the movie, please tell me if what I believe to be the reason to the ending is correct (spoiler alert in white):
The old man is the young social worker/law agent and the young man is the old man trapped in each others bodies through vudoo and the girl becomes trapped inside of the old lady's body vice versa. I got the girl part but the elderly man trapped I'm sure it's the young male right?
Guy's a hack. I'd love to hear him bullshit his way through this scene that he swagger jacked. Telling us about how Judas meeting Jesus created a wormhole or time warp that sent Jesus back in time, yadda yadda yadda.