The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) — Of the three film adaptations of Stieg Larson’s trilogy, I find this one to be the most uneven.  What works in this one more than anything is still the casting.  Noomi Rapace embodies her character so perfectly that it’s hard to imagine anyone else even trying … Continue reading

Songs from the Second Floor (2000)

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) — This Swedish film takes place in a Sweden where some sort of economic collapse seems to have occurred (judging from the self-flagellating stock brokers marching through the streets and one economic board’s decision to resort to human sacrifice).  Nonetheless people seem to go about their days as usual, … Continue reading

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) — This film trades in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev for director Daniel Alfredson (whose brother Tomas directed the amazing Let the Right One In). This, along with some other issues, means that the film isn’t quite as good as the first. The … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) — Let me start off by saying I thought this was a good engaging movie. However I think maybe one should wait more than a week after finishing a book before checking out the film adaptation (it doesn’t help that I’m two thirds of the way through the … Continue reading

Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008) — My Mom was watching Oprah and Stephanie Meyer was on and my Mom liked that stupid glittery vampire movie and I was grumbling about actual GOOD vampires movies so Let the Right One In was my best example.  So naturally I put it on as my parents have … Continue reading

The Seventh Seal (1958)

  The Seventh Seal (1958) — This movie is 52 years old and Max Von Sydow looks middle-aged.  How old is he now? [Quick Wikipedia search: he’s 80, which means he was a very old-looking 28 in this movie]  The first full Bergman film I’ve seen (though I have seen his miniseries Scenes From a … Continue reading