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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Movie is Intoxicating!

6 Jan

It. Was. So. Good.

I have read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson.  At this point many people have.  I’ve also seen the Swedish adaptation of the movie which was made in 2010. 

The U.S. version of the movie came out about a month ago and stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.  Here is a link to the trailer.  I saw it just after Christmas.  A part of me was questioning how well this U.S. movie would end up.  There’s already a book and another movie.  It seems as if it would be difficult to be original with all of that precedence.   Additionally, there was a part of me who wanted to like the foreign version more than the American. Perhaps that sounds unpatriotic but it’s not meant to be.  I simply like the cinematography style and artsiness of the Swedish version and I sort of wanted that to be the more potent of the two movies.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The U.S. version of this movie is extremely powerful and potent.  All aspects of it appealed to my senses and left me, well, sort of cinematically buzzed!

The cast was well-chosen, and seemed very authentic!  This is in spite of the accents being fabricated in some cases and simply not from the right country in most cases.  But it worked somehow! My favorite casting selection, Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vangar, who I thought played this role flawlessly.  Daniel Craig as Mikael (he’s really cute, by the way), Robin Wright as his boss/partner/lover/friend and Rooney Mara was a great Lisbeth Salander. Beautiful and cool beautiful for the movie except for the bleached eyebrows – WHY?!

For you football fans:  Rooney Mara, who played Lisbeth Salander, is the great-granddaughter of N.Y. Giants founder, Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder, Art Rooney, Sr.  Her full name is Patricia Rooney Mara. 

The movie is a bit long but the pacing is great.  The scenery is vivid and  rich.  And the music (Trent Reznor) is almost another character itself although I have to say the Nine Inch Nail ‘sound’ got a little redundant after a bit.  The movie opens with an intro which was very artsy and unique – you don’t see intros very often with movies anymore and that was nice bonus.

They did take some liberties with the plot that surprised me; both things were left out and put in that I wasn’t expecting.  But overall I’m not going to criticize there – the book is stuffed with details that required some editing to bring to screen. 

This is a good movie to watch in the theater but would also be a great movie to watch with wine, a blanket, and someone who looks like Daniel Craig.  Just kidding!

While We’re Talking Movies…

9 Apr

Check out this article  from NPR, which summarizes the movies coming out this year that are based on books.  You know how I feel about giving credit where credit is due, particularly to the author’s who dreamt up these plots and characters to begin with.  Everyone should know these movies were books first!

Hunger Games Movie Deets

8 Apr

Wow, has it been a month already?!  Time really flies, doesn’t it?  In my last post, I showed you who they were thinking of to play the lead role of Katniss in the Hunger Games movie.  Well since then, not only have they finalized the selection for Katniss, they have also finalized the selection for the Peeta and Gale Characters as well:

Katniss Everdeen  is to be played by Jennifer Lawrence.  She’s really only become popular in the last year – she was nominated for her role in The Winter’s Bone.

Jennifer Lawrence Katniss

Gale is to be played by Liam Hemsworth.  I’ve only seen him in that movie with Miley Cyrus called The Last Song

Liam Hemsworth Gale

And last but not least, Peeta will be played by this guy:  Josh Hutcherson, and I honestly have never seen him before.  A quick search on IMDB tells me he really hasn’t been in much – Journey to the Center of the Earth with Brendan Fraser is about as big as it gets.


Here’s what else I know:  The release date is March 2012 and this first movie will only reflect the first book called The Hunger Games.  I have also read that Lionsgate and the director want this to be rated PG-13, which basically means they plan to ‘mature it up’ a bit to appeal to an older teen crowd (I’m guessing like Twilight).  The book was solidly PG, definitely not PG-13.  The diehard THG lovers are disappointed in this direction because it seems very ‘Hollywood’ (read: greedy and shallow).  We’ll see I guess.  I am anxious to see who else is cast as we get close to production which is due to start late summer.  Stay tuned!

Who will make a good Katniss?

3 Mar

If you’ve read the The Hunger Games series read on!  If you haven’t – go read them, they’re fun! 

They’ve narrowed down the actress to play Katniss to these three lovely young ladies.  Rumor is that Jennifer Lawrence is the first choice.  I disagree with that for sure.  What do you think? 

Jennifer Lawrence

Hailee Steinfeld

Abigail Breslin

The best choice is Hailee Steinfeld, obviously.   And didn’t she just win an Oscar? 

Thanks mommy2cuties for sharing!

The Help Needs Some Help!

26 Feb

That was the best title I could come up with, sorry – it’s sort of cheesy.  Anyways, I was led to the following article by one of my online reading buddies.

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett is an extremely popular book on the reading circuit. You can read my review of it here.  There is also a movie in the works that I believe is due to be out sometime later this year.  

The article explains that the author is being accused of stealing the premise of the book from someone – her brother’s nanny.  I have to say that it seems awfully suspicious.  If it does turn out to be true, I will be heart-sick that we’ve given an author accolades she didn’t deserve. 

Here is the entire article.

I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

24 Feb

…for supporting books and reading! 

As you probably know, the 2011 Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. It’s worth mentioning that many of the movies nominated this year were adaptations from books.  I think these authors should be first on the list to get thanked, don’t you think?  Honestly, I’ve never paid much attention before, and I am definitely curious to see if they are!

Here’s a rundown –

 Winter’s Bone

Based on a novel with the same name by Daniel Woodrell

  • Best Picture nominee
  • John Hawkes – Best Supporting Actor nominee
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Best Leading Actress nominee


True Grit

Based on a novel with the same name by Charles Portis

  • Best Picture nominee
  • Jeff Bridges – Best Leading Actor nominee
  • Hailee Steinfeld – Best Supporting Actress nominee
  • Best Art Direction nominee
  • Best Cinematography nominee

The Social Network

Based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Bezrich

  •  Best Picture nominee
  • Jesse Eisenberg – Best Leading Actor nominee
  • Best Cinematography nominee

The Town

Based on Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

  • Jeremy Renner – Best Supporting Actor nominee

127 Hours

Based on Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

  • James Frano- Best Leading Actor nominee

How To Train Your Dragon

Based on a book with the same name by Cressida Cowell

  • Best Animated Feature film nominee

Alice In Wonderland

Based on Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

  • Best Art Direction nominee

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I

Based on the book with the same name by J.K. Rowlings

  • Best Art Direction nominee