Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Blu-ray

I am always game for a Guy Ritchie film. I was even a fan of the ridiculously pretentious and flawed Revolver. Style over substance is okay with me. Most of the time.  There’s not quite anyone who can find the humor and brutality of the British underworld like him.  Mike Leigh is pretty good at the underworld part, but his movies aren’t that funny (except for Happy-Go-Lucky).  I was interested in seeing the first Sherlock Holmes movie... Read More

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer

A bootlegged copy of the red band trailer for David Fincher’s film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been floating around the internet for a day or two. I find myself surprisingly against this remake and, in what might be a self-fulfilling prophecy, disappointed in the trailer (the feel bad movie of Christmas… really?). I found the original Swedish films extremely satisfying (despite a somewhat meandering finale) and don’t really... Read More

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Steig Larsson’s family is claiming that he wrote a fifth book, a sequel to The Millenium Trilogy. The series was supposed to be made up of ten parts. Larsson supposedly skipped book four because five was going to be more fun to write. With this knowledge, it’s easy to wonder if The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest will really be the last we see of Lisabeth Salander, and her unlikely knight in shining armor. Either way, director... Read More

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The second film in the Millenium trilogy is called The Girl Who Played With Fire. While the cast is the same, the director changed. Instead of Niels Arden Oplev, we see the work of Daniel Alfredson (who also directed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and the Swedish television series based on the novel). New screenwriters were brought on for the project as well. Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg adapted the first novel for the screen,... Read More

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

When considering foreign film, two countries come immediately to my mind as those at the forefront of the best of world cinema: France, and Sweden. I’m not sure if I turn to the Scandinavian country solely because of Ingmar Bergman, but to me, Swedish film says dark, thoughtful, soulful, provocative. So imagine my pleasure when a new trilogy starts creating quite a buzz, hailing from none other, but Sweden. Not to mention, it’s based... Read More