jadecat: (Snow Leopard 3)
Just finished watching "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on Netflix Instant Viewing. I started it awhile ago, and got interrupted before finishing it. At the point of interruption I was left unsure about whether or not I even liked the movie.

Ah but first, for those not in the know, this is a movie about a journalist who has been hired by a very wealthy older man who is looking for his niece's murderer. The title character is a young woman who works as a researcher and is initially hired to research this journalist. That's the simple version, there are many other bits involved, making it convoluted- but a fuller story.

In a way I am left with some of the same internal disquiet that I had after watching "Let the Right One In." But the more I think about it, the more I liked it. This taking into account the fact that there was one scene that I could not watch and had to fast forward through... If you're triggery about rape scenarios I would recommend NOT watching this movie.

What I've boiled it all down to, really, is the idea that the women in the story have refused to be victims and are taking control of their own lives. Lisbeth, the title character, is complex. The viewer learns about her past in bits and pieces, and the present version makes sense based on the past. She holds almost everything inside, but so much plays across her face. She's amazingly smart, and capable. A character you would like to take care of, to help her heal, but she would never let you. She's no one's "fixer upper."

Now I'm worried about what the American version of this movie will do to the story. There are some situations that I just don't think would fly for Americans on the big screen- some could perhaps work as implications.

News

Dec. 31st, 2009 07:31 pm
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In news the first- I'm sick. This makes me grumpy for several reasons, not the least of which is that I feel like crap. This particular plague involves nasal congestion and a very sore throat. Now, I don't think I have strep or anything, I think my throat is instead irritated by all the post-nasal drip. Because the sludge that is occupying my sinuses has no desire to come out my nose, instead it just wants to ooze down the back of my throat. Aren't you glad I shared? Talking is a chore, and I've been doing my best to avoid it However, making sounds is still okay, and thus I have been pointing and making varying noises in order to explain to the husband what I require. This is sometimes comical.


In other news- husband and I watched the movie "Easy Virtue" last night. It's based on the Noel Coward play and stars Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, and Kristin Scott Thomas. It was better than I thought it would be. Normally I can see the way a movie is going to end early on, but this one left me guessing, which I enjoyed. Some of the cliched characters turned out to be not so cliched. In brief- the oldest son of a British family goes wandering on the continent, and comes home with an American bride. To the family's shock and horror. Oh, it takes places in roughly the 1920s. Anyway, the son had a girl, someone they always thought he'd marry. When she shows up the original thought is that she'll be horrible- but she's not. She's accepting, and even friendly! Which was neat.

One of my very favorite parts was actually on the outtake reel. The son, played by Ben Barnes, comes into the library where Dad, played by Colin Firth, is reading. Son comes in and 'Oh, ummm's and then says he didn't know anyone would be in there, dad says that yes, he's always in there, moving books just a little to the left...

S: I think I had better go.

D, serious: Yes, I think you'd better had.

Hubby and I laughed. the phrasing, the timing- perfect. Then Colin chuckled a bit, apologizing to the director/crew because 'they just couldn't help it.'


I think there was more I intended to write about, but I seem to have forgotten what it was... so I'll go now.

Oh yeah- Happy New Year to you all!! :)
jadecat: (Arctic Fox)
Last night the husband and I watched Låt den rätte komma in (Or "Let The Right One In"), it's a Swedish vampire movie.

Yeah, Swedish vampire movie. The premise: Young Oskar, 12 years old, is bullied at school. When we see him in the opening sequence- he's standing in his room in his underwear directing something we can't see to 'Squeal like a pig.' At which point I decide that someone should have prevented him from watching Deliverance. I would also like to point out that Kåre Hedebrant, the actor playing Oskar, is the whitist person I think I've ever seen. He makes the vampire, who we later see, look tan.

Back to the story, he's threatening something that's not there, and then we see a taxi dropping off a man and a young girl. Oskar meets the girl a few nights later- though she tells him that they can't be friends. So of course they do, and we learn her name is Eli. We also get to see just how bullied he is at school.

This was rather different than usual vampire fare. It wasn't nearly as fast paced as I am used to, which was neat. What got me was how cold it looked in Sweden- because it does take place in the winter. Scenes with the very white Oskar outside, jacket unzipped, no gloves, and his nose is quite red from the cold. Especially when there's a radio, or tv I forget which, that mentions that it's only going to be a few degrees below zero on the coast.


Spoilers this way be )


All in all, hubby and I both really liked it.

Star Trek

May. 9th, 2009 06:40 pm
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Loved it!


Saw the new Star Trek movie at the IMAX theater with [livejournal.com profile] zen_kitty, her hubby, my hubby, and [livejournal.com profile] donuthunter showed up too. :) It was so much fun. Loved the changes, and the bits of the original characters that they kept. Zachary Quinto really nailed being Spock, as Karl Urban did with McCoy. Simon Pegg was just so much fun!

All in all, I approve.



So yeah, I promised a real update this weekend, but it'll have to wait till the migraine that's currently visiting has wandered away. Hopefully that will be soon (once the drugs kick in...).


(apparently the drugs *hadn't* kicked in when I confused Zacahary for Anthony...)
jadecat: (Firefly River Ceiling)
Over the weekend Hubby and I watched The Great Challenge, a movie we saw a preview for awhile ago. The preview really didn't do justice to the plot. Not really all that unusual.

It's an action flick, originally recorded in French (and I recommend watching it in French with subtitles), that stars a group of Parkour athletes who go to Bangkok to open a gym for street kids. Unfortunately they find themselves right in the middle of a Triad / Yakuza spat. Thus action ensues. There's also a hint of mysticism (one of the young men is there to see his Grandfather, a Buddhist priest) but mostly it's action.

People who do Parkour are amazing to watch, they're so graceful! David Belle in District B13 (another French action movie) and his Yamakasi (the stars of The Great Challenge), are incredible. Up, down, around poles, running, jumping, climbing anything. Fun! I'm willing to accept much in terms of story line and plot silliness in order to watch these athletes in action.

Though to be totally snarky about it, I did have to tease that of course it's the *French* who create an almost martial art of running away/escaping...

Link to a YouTube clip of District B13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPIw3cv8Zls


jadecat: (River Huh)
As the title suggests, last night hubby and I finally made it out to see "The Dark Knight." My first reaction:

Wow.

Yeah... As everyone has said- Heath Ledger was fantabulous as The Joker. That Laugh! wow.

More behind the cut, spoilerific! You've been warned... )

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jadecat: (AwesomeWickham)
For the most part, I'm now pretty convinced that Andrew Davies does the best screenplay interpretations of Jane Austen's books. I've loved the BBC/A&E Pride and Prejudice mini-series, and now have seen the very new BBC/Masterpiece theater version of Sense and Sensibility. In my eyes it is worlds better than the movie version that came out in 1995, starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, and Hugh Grant.

First off the actresses seem to be closer in age to the characters. I love Emma Thompson, but she wasn't anywhere NEAR 19 when she played Elinor. Okay, I had to look it up, Emma Thompson was 36, and Hattie Morahan was 29... still in looks Hattie wins for me) Kate Winslet was 20 to Charity Wakefield's 27- for a character that's 17. However, when you pair ET and KW- the difference in age, to me, made it look like they were mother and daughter. HM and CW seemed younger and closer in age to each other.

Marianne was also more likable and it was easier to see why she fell so hard for Willoughby. Speaking of Willoughby, while not my idea of handsome exactly- I could see how a lot of people would consider him so. I do think he's more fitting to the part (age again) than Greg Wise (who I just found out is Mr. Emma Thompson. So Elinor got Willoughby... *laughs* Okay, possibly no one but me is amused by this. Just like the fact that Kiera Knightly was dating Rupert Friend for awhile, and he played Mr. Wickham.)

There did seem to be a bit of an attempt to cast the 1995 actors- but as younger. Dan Stevens, as Edward Ferrars, was fun to watch, but did remind me vaguely of Hugh Grant (who had the same role in the 1995 version). The "minor" characters were a blast to watch, from Fanny Ferrars-Dashwood to Anne Steele to Lady Middleton. The latter, I believe, was written totally out of the 1995 version, as were several other minor characters. Yes, they were minor, but they added to story too. So I was glad to see they were included in this version.

Andrew Davies really does an excellent job of transcribing from the page to the screen. Especially as Jane Austen didn't always write out the really romantic scenes. There are times when I have a few quibbles with Mr. Davies, but overall- I'm finding that I just prefer the versions that he screen wrote. This version of S&S is one I would like to own.

Oh, and as for the Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly as Lizzie, I must point out that Rosamund Pike IS my favorite Jane Bennet, and Tom Hollander was excellent as Mr. Collins. Okay, and Rupert Friend was a better -looking- actor than Adrian Lukis, but Adrian seems to be the better actor...


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jadecat: (OMG)
Shoot 'Em Up is a fantastic action movie! OMG! So much fun to watch.

In brief- random guy (Mr. Smith) comes to the assistance of a pregnant woman, as bad guys are attempting to kill her. Baby is born. Mayhem ensues. There is much gun fire, utterly OMG!! scenes, and an interesting rather anti-gun message. Oh, and carrots. Lots of carrots.

Other fun bits- Mr. Smith just does these things... like they're driving down the road and this jerk in an expensive car (I can't remember if it's a BMW or Mercedes) is just switching lanes- no turn signal... Just being a jerk. So Mr. Smith goes on a rant about 'how hard is it to use a turn signal!?' and then runs the jerk off the road.

I was cheering.

So I cheered, I laughed, I cringed... FUN! Totally unbelievable- and it knows that. Then again, there are some scenes that are realistic- okay, the reaction to one scene is spot on.

OH! And it has one of the best sex scenes in an action movie. Not as graphic as some- just yeah... *laughs*

So dear reader, if you are a fan of action movies, like to laugh, and love gun shoot outs- I highly recommend Shoot 'Em Up!

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