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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Teaser Trailer

Posted by: Matthew Turner 02/06/2011 @ 16:32
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Films seen so far this year: 173
Films seen in the last week: Rio Breaks, Donor Unknown, The Flaw, Screwed, Mammuth, The Round-Up

FILMS OF THE WEEK: A tie between X-Men: First Class and Senna

Five Random (Picture-Based) Things I Found On The Internets This Week
It's been ages since I did a Random Things round-up, hasn't it? Yes.
So here are five random things I found on the internets this week.
Admittedly, they are all picture or photo-based.

1. It seems like every week there's a new amazing tumblr blog, but this one is really something. Behold! Awesome people hanging out together. One thing you'll notice from looking at these pictures – that Michael Jackson certainly got about a bit ...

2. 50 Muppets and the real-life actors who should play them. More brilliant work from The Shiznit. Some of these are truly inspired. I, for one, would pay good money to see Richard Dreyfuss and John Malkovich playing Stadler and Waldorf.

3. Sean Young's Polaroids from the set of Blade Runner. I particularly like this one of her and Harrison Ford.

4. This set of Mad Men Season 4 drawings by Dyna Moe.

5. And finally, a self-assembled collection of unusual pictures of Marilyn Monroe.  Yes, yes, I know, I should start a tumblr ...

Trailerwatch: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Remake
Cards on the table time. I was a huge fan of Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I saw it at FrightFest and raved about it for months, ultimately giving it a five star review when it came out and praising it for being a thoroughly enjoyable old-fashioned detective thriller. However, I'm not a fan of the subsequent two films at all and, in fact, they were so bad that they put me off reading Stieg Larsson's books, which I'd fully intended to do after seeing the first film. Anyway, so when they announced that Hollywood was going to be remaking the first film, my first thought was “Too soon!” and my second was “Why bother?” And then it was announced that David Fincher would be directing it and I thought “Oooooh ... Fincher, you say? Well, let's see how this pans out ...”

The teaser trailer for Fincher's version “dropped” (as I believe the young film blogging types like to say) this week and I think it's fair to say that it banks heavily on the fact that you've probably seen the original film, since it consists entirely of a series of rapidly edited shots from the film and doesn't give anything away in terms of the plot. With that in mind, my thoughts are as follows:

1. Daniel Craig is inspired casting as Michael Blomkvist and the fact that someone thought "Well, who's the Hollywood version of Michael Nyqvist? Aha! Daniel Craig!” is making me giggle in an unseemly fashion.
2. You barely see anything of Rooney Mara in the trailer, though from the little we do see of her, I'm slightly concerned that they've made her too vulnerable, especially compared to Noomi Rapace's wonderful performance in the original. I do like Rooney Mara though, so I'm hoping I'm wrong.



3. It might be a coincidence, but what with the Creep cover-soundtracked trailer for The Social Network and now Trent Reznor and Karen O's excellent Immigrant Song cover soundtracking the Dragon Tattoo teaser, Fincher's trailers are becoming almost as much of an event as the films themselves.
4. Nice snow.
5. I love the tag-line “The Feel-Bad Movie Of Christmas”.
6. Always good to see Christopher Plummer playing sinister.
7. I'm really curious to see exactly what tempted Fincher down the remake route. What did he think he could bring to the remake that wasn't already there in the original film? Or is he just a huge Stieg Larsson fan? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

It opens here on Boxing Day and you can colour me tentatively excited. Oh, and it's worth having a trawl around YouTube for the Red Band version of this trailer, although it's being taken down as fast as it goes up, so time is of the essence ...

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Three new entries this week, with Matthew Vaughn's excellent X-Men prequel X-Men: First Class, Asif Kapadia's superlative documentary Senna and heartwarming documentary Donor Unknown (which taught me the phrase “donor siblings”) all entering the top ten. I've reluctantly removed Adele Blanc-Sec (*sigh*), TT3D and Source Code from the top ten, because I think they are probably going to disappear tomorrow, but you should still catch all three if you spot them near you.

Interview-wise, this week we have an epic 45 minute long interview with Senna director Asif Kapadia (a must-read if you've seen the film) and press conference interviews with X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon. Elsewhere, you can still read our Pirates 4 interviews with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, as well as our semi-exclusive round table interviews with assorted Attack the Block people and our press conference interviews with director Kenneth Branagh and the stars of Thor (Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston).

Come back next week for an exclusive interview the director and star of Donor Unknown (which would have been Film Of The Week if not for the double-whammy of Senna and X-Men).

1. X-Men: First Class
2. Senna
3. Donor Unknown
4. Love Like Poison
5. Thor
6. Hanna
7. Heartbeats
8. Le Quattro Volte
9. Win Win
10. Life, Above All

DVD of the Week: 127 Hours (released June 6th, RRP £19.99)
This week's DVD of the Week is 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle.
Based on a true story, it stars James Franco as engineer Aron Ralston, who sets off for a weekend of rock-climbing in Utah's Blue John canyon, without bothering to tell anyone where he's going. After exploring an underground pool with two young women (Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn), Aron says goodbye and sets off on his own, but events take a terrible turn when a dislodged half-tonne boulder crushes his right arm and pins him to the wall of a narrow canyon for – yes! - 127 hours.



Franco is terrific as Aron, delivering a remarkable, compelling performance that pulls the audience right into his ordeal and grips like a vice. Similarly, Boyle's direction is astonishing throughout, most notably in a jaw-dropping zoom out from Aron's location that illustrates just how thoroughly fucked he is. He also uses a number of flashy editing techniques to keep the action moving, as well as a series of ingenious and inventive camera angles and positions, such as (incredibly) a shot from inside Aron's arm. In short, this is a brilliantly directed, superbly acted and thoroughly gripping real-life drama that's like an extreme version of one of those cautionary adverts from the 1970s: remember, kids – always tell someone where you're going. Highly recommended.

The decent extras package includes: a director's commentary from Danny Boyle, accompanied by producer Christian Colson and writer Simon Beaufoy; seven deleted scenes (including an alternative ending); a 20 minute Movie Premiere Special featurette (featuring interviews with Franco, Boyle and Ralston); and the trailer.

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