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Entries in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (3)

Tuesday
Jan242012

84th annual Academy Award nominees list: Hugo and The Artist lead a field of predictable candidates

Earlier today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards, which will air about a month from now, on Feb. 26 (on a Sunday at 7pm EST). While I tend to get excited about the Oscars every year, this year is especially fascinating because there just weren’t any huge standout films. There were many good films, but few that blew me away. Looking at the list of nominated films, it looks like nostalgia for the golden age of movies has gotten the best of Academy members, as I noted earlier on Digital Trends. The two most nominated films of the year were Hugo and The Artist, both of which harken back, in different ways, to the earliest days of cinema. 

I’m not quite ready to make my picks for the big show, but I’ve broken out and listed all of the nominees in every category below, splitting them the awards into four categories: the big awards, acting, technical, and everything else. In the next couple weeks, we’ll make our predictions on who will take home the prize in each category. But first, I have to find a way to go see The Artist and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Interestingly, some very good movies are not on the list. Young Adult, Pariah, Like Crazy, Shame, and We Need to Talk About Kevin are four exceptionally good films with truly amazing performances by Charlize Theron, Adepero Oduye, Anton Yelchin, Michael Fassbender, and Tilda Swinton. Are they too dark for the Oscars? Perhaps they missed the cutoff date? It looks like the Harry Potter series won’t be getting a Return of the King sweeping victory either. The Oscars are as political as ever. I was a bit disappointed that Neither Drive nor The Ides of March got much (if any) love from the Academy. Both were critically acclaimed and fascinating films starring Ryan Gosling. 

But, without further delay, here are the actual nominees for the 2012 Oscars. 

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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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Monday
Jul262010

Daniel Craig to star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 

James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the upcoming American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film is the first of a possible trilogy of films. According to Deadline, he will begin work once Cowboys and Aliens is done shooting this fall. There is no word yet on how this may affect the status of Bond 23.

If you've heard of this film recently, it's probably because it is currently in select theaters all around the world--as is The Girl Who Played with Fire--and making quite a stir. The only problem (if you see it that way) is that it's in Swedish. I haven't had the chance to see it yet, but look forward to getting it on video soon. You can read more about the plot and reception here