The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Directed by David Fincher
Cast Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright

A remake of the Swedish Movie trilogy of the same
name and based on the Millenium Books written
by Stieg Larsson. David Fincher whose credits
include – Seven, Fight Club and Alien3 directs
this english-language thriller.

Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) a journalist and
owner of the Millenium Magazine, has just lost a
court case and now finds himself owning a lot of
money and his business struggling to operate.
Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is a computer
expert and researcher, she is working for Henrik
Vanger (Christopher Plummer) in compiling a
profile & complete background check on Blomkvist.

Apart from the score by the brilliant Trent Reznor
& the terrific Oscar nominated performance by
the wonderful Rooney Mara playing Lisbeth
Salander, David Fincher failed to add anything
exciting to justify remaking an already
successful movie trilogy. Daniel Craig’s
performance was a borefest, going through the
motions appeared constant throughout, and why
did the actresses attempt to use an ascent
throughout the movie and the actors did not?

Maybe David Fincher should have set the thriller
in America, with the same characters yet a different
surrounding? But for all it’s failings, the movie is
certainly not the worst I have seen this year, and
i’m sure someone, somewhere is already plotting
the sequel “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, let’s
just hope Fincher has the sense to stay well clear.

The Descendants

Directed by Alexander Payne
Cast George Clooney, Shailene Woodley,
Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard

Alexander Payne the guy who brought us the
brilliant “Sideways” delivers once more.

Matt played by Clooney returns home from
his workaholic lifestyle to find his wife in a
coma after a boating accident. His life now
turned upside down, Matt has to re-connect
with his two daughters, complete a business
transaction & find the guy who’s been
sleeping with his dying wife.

George Clooney recently nominated for an Oscar
gives a career high performance, he truly is the
Cary Grant of our times, he can make you laugh
out loud one minute then cry the next, superb!

Alexander Payne has once again directed an
emotional yet truly funny movie, his cast,
the beautiful Hawaii and the most important
ingredient the wonderful material by first time
novelist Kaui Hart Hemmings – delightful.

In Time

Directed by Andrew Niccol
Cast Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried
Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer

After the age of 25, us humans are required to
earn more time to stay alive or die pretty quickly.
A digital clock imprinted on the arm of every
human slowly counts down, when at zero it’s
your time to check out.

Will Salas played by Justin Timberlake, lives
with his mum in one of the poor districts. Both work
trying to gain more time, life’s a daily struggle, until
one day Salas saves the life a rich man and Salas’s
path in life is changed forever.

I loved the concept but sadly the story didn’t
translate that well to the screen. It felt very
disjointed, and although not a total disaster
I felt IN TIME could have been so much more
than just another low budget sci-fi flick.

Oscar Nominations 2012

Oscar Nominations for 2012 are:

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Decendents
Tree of Life
The Help
Extremely Loud
Midnight In Paris

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Alexander Payne (The Descendents)
Terrence Malick (Tree of Life)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Best Actor
Damian Bachir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendents)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

Best Actress
Viola Davis (The Help)
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Rooney Mara (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud)

Best Animation Movie
Puss N Boots
Kung Fu Panda 2
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita


Directed by Roland Emmerich
Cast Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave,
David Thewlis, Joely Richardson,
Jamie Campbell Bower

Emmerich brings us a fictional movie following the
life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who in
this version of history is a literary genius, and the
true writer of Shakespeare’s many plays.

This political thriller is set around the end of the
Elizabethan era, an era of power, unrest & deceite.

The performances in Anonymous are excellent –
Ifans as the Earl of Oxford and Redgrave as Queen
Elizabeth give career highs, and Sebastian Armestro
as Ben Johnson is also fantastic playing a young
actor who becomes De Vere’s confidant.

Emmerich’s visual take on Elizabethan London is
immense, and some of the best CGI work I have
seen, The Rose theatre scenes are tremendous.

Although the Movie is very confusing at times, the
performances, the backdrops & the intriguing story
line keep you glued to your seat.

The Big Year

Directed by David Frankel
Cast Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black
Brian Dennehy, Rosamund Pike,
Tim Blake Nelson, Rashida Jones

Bird enthusiasts set out to win a competition
called The Big Year – the aim of the game is
to count as many species of birds in a twelve
month period.

Kenny Bostick played by Owen Wilson is the
world record holder, and will stop at nothing
to retain his record. Steve Martin (Stu) &
Jack Black (Brad) are two of the other
enthusiasts who fancy taking the crown
from Bostwick.

Considering the host of comic talent in The Big Year
the laughter was slow coming, but the beautiful
backdrop and the fantastic soundtrack made
amends and I found myself enjoying this tale of
friendship, love and honour.

Donner Pass

Directed by Elise Robertson
Cast Desiree Hall, Erik Stocklin,
Colley Bailey, Adelaide Kane, John Kassir

The Movie starts by taking us back to 1846, where
a group of travellers stuck on the pass are forced
into cannibalism to stay alive.

We then travel to present day, following a group
of teenagers travelling up to a log cabin, isolated
on the pass. The movie then switches to a
conventional horror slasher, with a killer on the
loose and the teenagers being picked off
one by one.

Made on estimated budget of $300,000 the director
Elise Robertson does a good job, I have seen many
worse big budget movies of the same genre.

Granted this is no masterpiece but a good horror
flick nevertheless.

Johnny English Reborn

Directed by Oliver Parker
Cast Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike,
Gillian Anderson, Dominic West

The Movie starts somewhere in the mountains of
Tibet, where British Spy Johnny English played by
Rowan Atkinson is learning martial arts from some
old and wise Monks, trying to forget an earlier
mission in Mozambique that went pear shaped.

Johnny is informed by his master In Tibet, who
also happens to be an MI7 agent that he is required
back in London, where another assignment awaits.

Sadly being Reborn does not help the Johnny
English franchise, it is still bad, granted Atkinson
displays some comic moments, and the presence of
the delightful Rosamund Pike does help things, but
overall the movie disappoints.

The Double

Directed by Michael Brandt
Cast Richard Gere, Odette Annable,
Topher Grace, Martin Sheen, Stana Katic

Richard Gere still looking fantastic for his age, stars
as Paul Shepherdson a CIA operative brought back
into the agency when what looks like an old case
returns. He is partnered with Ben Geary (Topher
Grace) a young hotshot at the FBI to solve
the murders.

The case revolves around the mysterious Cassius,
a professional killer, who’s despatches his victims
by slitting their throats, thought to have been dead
it appears that the infamous Cassius is back and at
large in the United States.

Even with the twists and turns in the plot, and it’s
good cast, THE DOUBLE is at best an average
thriller with a disappointing finale & lacks any
real tension.

New Movie Photo Roundup

Prometheus – Directed by Ridley Scott
Noomi Rapace shown in the photo above, looking
around what appears to be an Alien Space Ship.

The Hobbit – Directed by Peter Jackson
Martin Freeman playing our favorite Hobbit,
Bilbo Baggins – holding his sword ready for battle.

Gangster Squad – Directed by Ruben Fleischer
This photo shows the gang outside LA’s City Hall.