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Sky Movies to launch dedicated James Bond channel

August 7th, 2012 No comments

Sky Movies 007 to launch in October and show all 22 Bond films without adverts.

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New movies this week

December 22nd, 2011 No comments

“The Adventures of Tintin”: Steven Spielberg directs a performance-capture 3D adaptation of three 1940s comic books by Belgian artist Hergé. With Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell.

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, review by John Delia

December 21st, 2011 No comments

THE NEWEST

MOVIE VERSION

OF THE BOOK

VERY GOOD

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

 

 

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård

Directed by: David Fincher

MPAA Rating: R for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language

Genre: Crime, Drama, and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr 40 min

Opening Date: December 21st, 2011

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing

 

 

 

 

By John Delia

 

The mystery and suspense in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo gets menacing giving audiences an unsuspected thriller.  I liked this version over the foreign release of the movie in 2010 because it’s in English, has Daniel Craig and the story moves along as it should, unencumbered by faulty direction.  For those who like a good detective drama with a lot of action, see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

 

Mikael (Daniel Craig) and Lisbeth (Rooney Mara)

The movie finds reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), recently convicted of libel, being invited to the home of a multi-millionaire Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer). Offering him a chance to clear his name, Vanager enlists him to find what happened to his daughter Harriet who went missing some 40 years ago.  After running into difficulty, Vanager gets Mikael in touch with a computer hacker and rogue investigator Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) who teams with him.  She comes up with some clues he has missed leading to a number of suspects that may have murdered Harriet.  When they get too close to the fire, both Mikael and Lisbeth find themselves scrambling for their own lives.

 

Henrik Vanager (Christopher Plummer) offers Mikael and opportunity

Daniel Craig does a very good job of keeping his character interesting and vulnerable to the evidence he uncovers.  Mikael may be an investigative reporter, but he’s never been this close to murder and mayhem.  Craig may look a little James Bondish here, but it’s all in the name of a thrilling film with a lot of action.

 

Rooney Mara comes up equal to Noomi Rapace in their performances as Lisbeth Salander the cunning private eye who helps Mikael with his case.  The two are very scary at times and when they are brutally victimized, they each fight back with abandon. I would be hard pressed if I had to choose which one was best in their respective film appearances, but the edge would go to Rapace.

 

The big question here is whether the film gets good enough for audiences who have already seen the foreign version?  I say Yes!  Even though it follows the intricate storyline of the same book by Stieg Larsson, the brilliant acting here along with the English language presentation and the superb direction by David Fincher (The Social Network) make it all worthwhile.

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been rated R by the MPAA for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language.  The first-rate cinematography makes the film look very realistic. The close ups of some of the graphic violence may be very disturbing to the timid and the rape scene borders on an NC-17 rating in my estimation.

 

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Better than the foreign version that was highly touted when it was released in 2010. (B+)

 

 

 

Movies opening the week of Dec. 18

December 19th, 2011 No comments

Rooney Mara stars in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller gets the Hollywood treatment. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara star, David Fincher directs.

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COWBOYS & ALIENS review by John and Marisa

July 29th, 2011 No comments

COWBOYS & ALIENS A Mixed Bag for John and Marisa

 

 

Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Abigail Spencer and Walton Goggins

Directed by: Jon Favreau

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence some partial nudity and a brief crude reference

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Thriller,Western, Comic Book

Running Time: 1hr 58min

Opening Date: July 29th, 2011

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

 

 

 

By John Delia and Marisa Ings

 

Strap your six-gun to your waist, tie the string around your leg and ride over to see the movie Cowboys & Aliens a rip snorting account of a space  invasion.  Seriously now, there will be no guns allowed in the movie theatre, not even toy type.  If you want some action with great special effects that make a film come alive with awesome space creatures then check this one out.

Jake (Craig) and The Colonel (Ford) bring down a space fighter

Based on a comic book the story centers on Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), a badass cowboy who awakens with memory loss.  With a weird bracelet attached to his wrist he rides into a small 1870’s town where he gets caught in the middle of an incident where Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano) the son of a domineering rancher gets arrested.  Shortly thereafter Percy’s dad, Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) comes to town to get him released. But, just when the Colonel and Percy think they can ride out of town the place gets invaded by space ships snatching people off the streets, including Percy.  When Jake finds he can use the bracelet to shoot down a couple of fighters, the Colonel enlists him to go after his son.

Jake awakens with an alien bracelet attached to his arm

 

Marisa Says: The combination of Science Fiction and Old West adventure is a great concept but that’s about all Cowboys & Aliens offers. With 8 writers and 16 producers (award winners included), one would think this film is the all around best to debut in summer 2011 but Cowboys & Aliens falls flat. The film does start with a buzz but by the end, my interest flat lined. I left the theater with questions and having to process what my eyes had just witnessed.

 

John Says: The acting here is very good with Daniel Craig doing his best western accent, Harrison Ford working his serious face and Olivia Wilde showing her, well you’ll have to see that for yourself.  Although the story’s a little campy and sometimes ridiculous, the actors are so much fun to watch in this ‘Gun Fight at the OK Corral’ facing the ugliest aliens in recent film history.  If you really want to enjoy this movie, leave your serious face at home.

Olivia Wilde as Ella doing her best 'Annie Oakley"

 

Marisa Says: Acting is not the issue in Cowboys & Aliens. Given the circumstances of depicting both cliché western and alien invasion genres, the actors performed well. In the beginning of the movie, Daniel Craig captures attention as outlaw Jake Lonergan.  The solitary Lonegran immediately proves to be a force to be reckoned with by beating anyone who stands in his way into submission. Besides being awkward and borderline stalker initially, Olivia Wilde is not given the opportunity to offer much to the film as Ella Swenson. Yet, Harrison Ford’s portrayal as a grumbling war colonial is well received and also brings a few laughs to the table.

 

Daniel Craig working with Director Jon Favreau on the set

John Says: The direction here by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) fits well with his style of science fiction fantasy, especially working with a huge popular cast.  He gets into the action quickly and keeps it coming so there isn’t any time for your mind to wander.  I like the way he introduces Jake Lonergan lying face down in the dust, slowly getting up and with a lost look on his face.  It’s classic western and he shows his audience that they are in for an unusual ride.

 

John Says: If there is a downside to the film, it’s the resiliency of the characters and fast recovery from mayhem, but it is a movie however and much like other Favreau work we are dealing with fantasy.  Also if I were a town’s person in the 1870’s and saw a metal airship come flying out of the sky shooting at the ground, I would be terror stricken, and a lot of them acted a little dumbfounded, yet ready for action. With flaws like this however, it’s really something easily overlooked if you are a true science fiction fan.

 

Marisa Says: I am a young woman who enjoys action-packed films but Cowboys & Aliens did not deliver on all the hype that is promised. The plot is just too simple for unique concept and does not bring anything new to the film scene nor does it offer any surprises. In 2060 when our predecessors encounter our “blockbuster” films they will see Cowboys & Aliens and say, “I can’t believe they watched stuff like this.”

Cowboy’s & Aliens has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference, but nothing your X-Box users haven’t already seen.

 

John Says: FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun Sci-Fi action film with a lot of whimsical exaggeration. (B)

 

Marisa Says: Final Grade (D+) The greatest thing about this film is its title

 

 

 

Columbia Pictures to remake Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

August 16th, 2010 No comments

DANIEL CRAIG AND ROONEY MARA

TO STAR IN THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

(Culver City, August 16, 2010) — Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been cast in the lead roles of Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy under the direction of David Fincher.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – the first film of the series, which also includes The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – begins shooting next month in Sweden.  The screenplay is written by Steve Zaillian and the film is being produced by Scott Rudin, Cean Chaffin, Ole Sondberg and Søren Stærmose.  Mikael Wallen and Anni Fernandez are executive producers.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set for worldwide release December 21, 2011.

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson has been published in 44 countries and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide thus far. In the U.S. alone, the series has sold over 10 million copies, and the sales were recently calculated at the remarkable rate of one book per second.  “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” has broken sales records in virtually every country in which it has been published.  It has sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and has out-sold any other e-book in that rapidly expanding market. A literary phenomenon, all three books currently sit atop the New York Times Best Seller lists.  In describing the scale of Larsson’s achievement, The Economist said: “Stieg Larsson’s vivid characters, the depth of the detail across the three books, the powerfully imaginative plot, and the sheer verve of the writing make the trilogy a masterpiece of its genre.”

Michiko Kakutani, of The New York Times, described the Lisbeth character: “Lisbeth Salander, Stieg Larsson’s fierce pixie of a heroine, is one of the most original characters in a thriller to come along in a while – a gamin, Audrey Hepburn look-alike but with tattoos and piercings, the take-no-prisoners attitude of Lara Croft and the cool, unsentimental intellect of Mr. Spock. She is the vulnerable victim turned vigilante; a willfully antisocial girl . . . who has proved herself to be as incandescently proficient as any video game warrior.”  The three novels have all become #1 worldwide bestsellers, an achievement unrivaled in trade book publishing.

DAVID FINCHER most recently directed this fall’s much-anticipated The Social Network for Columbia Pictures, which opens in the U.S. on October 1st.

DANIEL CRAIG recently starred in the two highest-grossing films in the James Bond franchise, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale. His earlier film roles include Munich, Enduring Love, Layer Cake, The Mother, Road to Perdition, and Some Voices. He has also recently completed filming on Jim Sheridan’s Dream House, Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens.

ROONEY MARA will appear this fall in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

Greg Williams took the picture of Daniel Craig and Merrick Morton was the photographer for the photo of Rooney Mara.