Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Girl with the dragon tattoo - 7.5/10
Directed by David Fincher
Cast - Daniel Craig,Rooney Mara,Julian Sands,Christopher Plummer
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
I am a big fan of the original Swedish GWTDT.SO when I knew David Fincher was doing a remake of this movie,I have to admit I was a little skeptical.Afraid he might fuck up.Glad I was wrong. Fincher did a fantastic remake of this after all.However,I do still prefer the original mainly because it's traditional,the pacing was slow and the chemistry between Blomkvist played by Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible 4) and Lisbeth played by Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes) was brilliant.Rooney Mara was a great choice and she played Lisbeth very well but to me, Noomi Rapace IS Lisbeth Salander. Rooney Mara was just playing a replicate.I also felt Daniel Craig shouldn't have been casted as Mikael Blomkvist.He wasn't old enough and he was still a little too muscular.It was like James Bond in the movie.Even though Craig said he put on weight for this role.Mikael Blomkvist should have been someone older perhaps someone like Harrison Ford.I don't know why I said Ford,maybe its cause I remembered that cheebye movie cowboys and aliens.but yeah someone around that age would be perfect.Christopher Plummer was great as Henrik Vanger and Julian Sands of Warlock fame was the younger version.But to me, the actor who stole the show was none other than Stellan Skarsgard. He was a delight to watch.That scene in the room with Daniel Craig scared the shit out of me. His look when he was saying his lines felt like he really meant it.That was my favorite scene and it was indeed very disturbing. Another disturbing scene was the rape and revenge scene.Executed very well.
I really liked the cinematography and editing was good.Luckily there wasn't any fuckall cuts by the censorshit boars.The pacing is a little faster than the original which is OK and I loved the colour and gloomy look.It did indeed showed a sense of how the characters felt in the movie. Direction is excellent.The whole opening sequence was awesome and captured the key elements of the movie,but I felt it was alittle too extravagant.This is an investigative drama mind you not a Michael Bay-esque action movie.
I really hope Fincher does the other two sequels as well.I didn't really liked the original two so I'm pretty sure he will do a better job out of them.
Definitely worth watching on a weekend. Also try to catch the original so you will understand why I liked Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salander better.
Lisbeth Salander: He's had a long standing sexual relationship with his co-editor of the magazine. Sometimes he performs cunnilingus on her. Not often enough in my opinion.
Martin Vanger: Bring your drink, leave my knife.
Martin Vanger: The fear of offending is stronger than the fear of pain.
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Monday, January 9, 2012
Jack and Jill - 1/10
Directed by Dennis Dugan
Cast - Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino
Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
If you are going on a date and your date buys two tickets for the movie, Jack and Jill, do yourself a favour,spit and slap at his/her face. Adam Sandler has lost his mind and has started to use his ass to think instead.This is definitely the worst comedy he has ever done.There wasn't even a moment where I could even muster a smile.Perhaps the cameo appearance by Johnny Depp.Even that I had to force a smile like how Christina Ricci(Wednesday) did in Addams Family.Just from the plot itself,it is so fucking clear that Sandler has run out of ideas.Double act as a twin sister??? how low have you gone Sandler. If this was supposed to be a fucking family movie,it has failed at that as well.Brother becomes rich and famous,doesn't give two shits about his mom,makes his twin sister look after the mother and when mother is dead,doesn't give two shits about twin sister,pimps out his twin sister to an actor he is trying to get into doing a commercial.Only an inbred family would watch this. Worst fucking plot ever.
My hatred for this movie dwells even deeper when I saw the cast.Katie Holmes...My 2nd most hated actress.(First place goes to Katherine Heigl.why? she is a slut for popularity and a made in china version of Charlize Theron).Katie Holmes cant fucking act and has a weird retarded smile.Its a good thing she has very limited screen time for this cause nobody likes her and nobody wants to see her.Adam Sandler was never known to be a good actor,he may have done well in PT Anderson's Punch Drunk Love but that's about it. But he was a good comedian,from Saturday night live to his Happy Madison movies in the 90's.Sadly neither did he act nor was he the least bit funny in Jack and Jill.AND WHAT IN BLUE HELL IS AL PACINO DOING IN THIS SHIT INFESTED MOVIE??? He made a complete mockery of himself.Every fucking time he appears in the screen,I fucking groan and feel embarrassed. From Godfather to Scarface to this??If this was his attempt in going into comedy,he should fucking fire his agent.What the fuck was he thinking??? The last scene where he did the dunkin donut commercial.That was just fucking sad.
And speaking of the last scene,that part where both twins finally forgive each other and reunite,they spoke in some retarded baby talk which they created.Fucking stupid....so fucking stupid that I wish I could cut Adam Sandler's heart out with a spoon.(Thank you Alan Rickman)
Avoid this movie like the plague.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Sherlock Holmes: A game of shadows - 4.5/10
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Cast - Robert Downey Jr,Jude Law,Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Rachel McAdams
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Guy Ritchie's two best movies will forever be Lock, stock and two smoking barrels and Snatch. Everything after that was shit.Sadly I have been watching all his other movies, hoping he would redeem himself but it just keeps getting worse.Right until Sherlock Holmes.Despite a few fuck ups here and there ,I still found the first Sherlock Holmes entertaining. Now it wasn't vintage as lock stock or snatch.It was just bearable.
So when the sequel came out,I thought to myself, this could be better or at least...bearable.Unfortunately it was neither.It was long,boring and repetitive.There were times in the movie,the struggle to keep awake was much more exciting. The script was bad and the acting was mediocre.RDJ's British accent sounds so forced,exaggerated and fake at times.Jude Law played a pretty good sidekick as Dr Watson.The beautiful Noomi Rapace of The girl with a dragon tattoo (original) fame was not so bad,well there wasn't enough screen time for her.But she's a good actress and I'm looking forward to seeing her in the new Ridley Scott movie.Rachel McAdams sadly only appears about ten mins and fucking dies.Jared Harris who portrays Sherlock Holmes arch nemesis,Professor Moriarty was boring and plain.I just wished someone else more villainous could have done much better.
I did however liked the plot but direction has pretty much ruined this movie.There was too much emphasis on the visual effects and the slow motion fight scenes.The fight choreography was good but do we need to see that whole slow motion fight sequence in the mind before the fight thingy all the fucking time? I remember watching that "fighting in the mind" thing in a Zhang Yimou movie.It was Donnie Yen vs Jet Li.Can't remember the title though.
That being said. Guy Ritchie is back on my list of shit directors.Whatever he does will probably have a 70% chance of turning to shit unlike Brett Ratner who by any means of associating himself in a movie,That movie will be shit,Fuck Brett Ratner and Fuck Guy Ritchie.
Not worth watching on a weekend.Just wait for TV release.
Sherlock Holmes: Uh, hmm... Right. Where are the wagons?
Madam Simza Heron: The wagon is too slow. Can't you ride?
Dr. John Watson: It's not that he can't ride... How is it you put it, hon?
Sherlock Holmes: They're dangerous at both ends and... crafty in the middle. Why would I want anything with a mind of its own bobbing about between my legs?
Sherlock Holmes: [referring to his disguise] It's so overt it's covert.
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Lock stock and two smoking barrels