Episode #98 for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), in which our protagonist talks the evolution of Lisbeth, thinks he might have the fifth Best Actress nom (maybe) and speaks out on behalf of characters who get overtly manipulated by their creators.
*–I bring this up in the video but my questions regarding how much you can appreciate the film if you have not read the book have only deepened since the recording. I welcome any comments/insights you might have in the comments.
There’s a lot of entertainment news going on. You honestly don’t need to know most of it. And the bits you do need to know, you don’t need to know them the second they happen. You, after all, have a life. Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts you have to read, here’s one post with everything. Enjoy.
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Written by: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, based on the character created by Ian Fleming
Directed by: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen
Review: I’ve heard complaints from loyalists of the original bond movies that they miss all the outlandish gadgetry of the earlier films. I was one of many who were pleased by the new direction they took by taking the character back to the literary form, and everyone else seems to like it as well. I’m convinced you can’t have both, so I’m glad they made the right decision.
Written by: Chris Weitz, based on the novel by Philip Pullman
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen
Review: It’s dangerous for me to see a movie that promises armored polar bears, because five minutes in, I’ll lose patience, and yell “KILL SOMETHING ALREADY!!!!!” at the screen. When the brawling does begin, it does not disappoint. But I could have used a lot more of it. LOTS more. And a lot less in the way of ushers wanting me to stop yelling. LOTS less.
Time: 18 seconds
Okay, so James Bond 22 or Casino Royale 2 or Daniel Craig Stars in “Yeah, Betcha Don’t Think I’m a Pansy Now, Bitches” or whatever you want to call it (since there’s no final title yet) just kicked off production yesterday at Pinewood in London. As you might have gathered Craig is back, scribes Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis are back but director Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) isn’t. Instead, helming is Marc Forster (most recently, The Kite Runner and Stranger Than Fiction).
Also new is bad guy Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene, which they tell us is “a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in Casino Royale“. SPECTRE, baby. Bring on SPECTRE. Hell yes.
Anyway, I tried to find a vid or a picture that would really get across him as a villain, but considering he’s currently getting acclaim for playing a guy who can only communicate by blinking and can’t move the rest of his body, that’s sort of hard to come by. We’ll have to make do with this reaction shot, where he learned that Aishwarya Rai still hasn’t been cast as a Bond Girl.
What can I say to that except “Dude, I know.”