Films viewed in 2011

Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category

422. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In Mystery on December 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Dir. David Fincher

A journalist tries to uncover a forty year-old mystery with the help of Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

MY TAKE

The best thing I can really say about David Fincher’s appropriately dark, moody, and unflinching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is that he didn’t screw it up. With an exceptional Swedish film treatment having come out the year before, it didn’t take much imagination to see the potential of an American version. The pacing feels slightly more even here, the visual palette is remarkable similar, but the casting of the original just can’t be beat. Rooney Mara is completely convincing and committed, but the extra sexiness of Noomi Rapace made her Lisbeth Salander irresistibly compelling. And by using Daniel Craig, a hook-up feels more believable, but his vulnerability doesn’t (sorry, Bond). Overall, I’m most looking forward to the sequels which have much more room for improvement.

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382. Vanishing on 7th Street

In Mystery on November 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Dir. Brad Anderson

The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared and the Dark is coming for those who remain.

MY TAKE

Hayden Christian Anderson wakes up one morning to find himself completely alone. No, I’m not talking about the day after a Star Wars convention, this is the entire premise and “appeal” of Vanishing on 7th Street. By removing the religion from Left Behind and bloody fun from Final Destination, Brad Anderson’s film is only weak shades of similar themed B-movie’s. Shadows are the menacing “death” that pointlessly stalk the survivors, devouring them each in an anti-climax of darkness and lazy special effects. Stay safe by seeing the light: don’t see this movie.

85. Red Riding Hood

In Mystery on August 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Dir. Catherine Hardwicke

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

MY TAKE

Oh come on, this had potential to be good, didn’t it? No? Fine. Compliment of compliments though, it is better than Twilight, with a self-contained story that goes through such huge pains to misdirect the viewer,  you can’t help but play along with “who’s the wolf.” Art direction is really fun too.