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Monday
Dec262011

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' review - An impeccably crafted mystery

On November 9th 2004, 50-year-old Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson died after climbing seven flights of stairs to his office and subsequently suffering a heart attack. Discovered amongst his possessions were manuscripts for three completed, unpublished novels that he had written as personal projects over a number of years. The first was printed and sold in Sweden less than one year later under the title Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women), and again several years later in English as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that this novel sold spectacularly well across the globe, gave rise to two sequels, and spawned a successful trilogy of Swedish-made film adaptations.

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Sunday
Jan102010

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is whatever you wish it to be

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Never, never, never make a deal with the devil. The devil doesn't care about winning and losing, he just wants to play. Sadly, Doctor Parnassus learns this the hard way. The Imaginarium is a film from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam, made stranger still by the passing of Heath Ledger midway through production. It's a beautiful, creative, perplexing ride through the mind of its creator, incomprehensible at times and downright ludicrous at others. Still, like The Box, if you're able to save the questions for later and enjoy the gorgeous, strange trip, you'll be better off for it. 

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Thursday
Sep102009

9's beauty triumphs, despite its mechanical plot (Review)

9 is one of the most entrancingly beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Sadly, its story fails to match its style. It turns into a shock-then-run action film, where friends are continually surprised by enemies, then must run for their lives. Despite this mechanical plot, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Sunday
Aug092009

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Trailer and Poster)

This is an odd one. Even though Heath Ledger died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus about two years ago, the film was finished anyway. How, you ask? Well, they rewrote it so that Heath Ledger's character, Tony, transformed into different people each time he entered a different realm. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell will each have the lead for a portion of the film. Is this a good idea? Man, I don't know. This story certainly seems odd enough to accommodate it though. Terry Gilliam directed and co-wrote the film. He directed and many classic Monty Python films, including The Life of Brian and Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

Doctor Parnassus is a pretty odd concept, but here we go. Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is a 1,000-year-old man (I'd be a doctor too, if I were that old) running a travelling theater show. But instead of the usual magic act, the Doctor's show actually takes its audience on a journey to different dimensions and realities using a magic mirror. Unfortunately, to make his Imaginarium possible, Parnassus made a deal with the devil (Tom Waits). He must not have paid up or something, because soon his daughter is stolen and it's up to Tony (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) to find her by travelling through the worlds of the Imaginarium. Here's the trailer (after the jump).

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