Indie Snapshot: The Girl

by Ethan Alter March 8, 2013 10:55 am
Indie Snapshot: <i>The Girl</i>

Next to a Dane Cook comedy, few genres inspire less enthusiasm than the social issues drama -- movies that set out to make an impassioned statement about some kind of local, national or global problem, but neglect to do so in a dramatically compelling way. David Riker's The Girl would seem to fall into this category, given that it's been specifically rigged to address a topic that's very much in the news today: illegal immigration across the U.S./Mexico border. Fortunately, the film has a solid grasp on character and story to accompany its strong social conscious.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Rhymes With Schmoring

by Ethan Alter December 20, 2011 6:00 am
<i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i>: Rhymes With Schmoring

When it was first announced that David Fincher had signed on to helm an American version of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's absurdly popular crime thriller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, my chief fear was that the resulting film would be Fincher's Ron Howard movie; i.e., a by-the-book adaptation of a bestseller (The Da Vinci Code, in Howard's case) that put profit first and artistry second. The other wrinkle Fincher faced (which Howard didn't) was that a perfectly serviceable (and quite faithful) film adaptation of Dragon Tattoo already existed -- a 2009 Swedish-language picture directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Noomi Rapace as the titular heroine, leather-clad, heavily-pierced hacker extraordinaire, Lisbeth Salander. So unless the Fight Club director was prepared to do some radical re-working of the novel -- thus pissing off its legions of fans -- it seemed as if his prodigious talents were going to be wasted on a project that would, at best, be a straightforward slice of pulp fiction or, at worse, a warmed-over rehash of too-familiar material.

David Fincher and His Cast Discuss <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i>

David Fincher is (in)famous for his exacting directorial methods on set; stories abound about him putting his actors through multiple takes and working his crew hard to ensure that they get every shot absolutely right. Away from the camera, though, he seems laid back and comfortable, even up for cracking a joke or two (or three or four). While making the rounds for his latest film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which opens in theaters tomorrow), Fincher passed through New York and appeared at a press conference for the Sweden-set thriller, adapted from Stieg Larsson's best-selling book of the same time. He was joined by the movie's stars -- Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as the titular hacker, Lisbeth Salander -- and two supporting players, Christopher Plummer and Stellan SkarsgÄrd. Despite the movie's dark subject matter, all five were in fine spirits, cracking wise about everything from the movie's depiction of Sweden to a difficult stunt that literally left Craig gasping for air.

Trailers Without Pity: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Ethan Alter December 14, 2011 12:26 pm
Trailers Without Pity: <i>The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo</i>

David Fincher returns to the realm of serial killers and the men (and women) that pursue them with The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo, a Hollywood-ized treatment of the first installment in Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium trilogy.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

by Ethan Alter July 2, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summertime for Hitler, and The Producers.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

by Ethan Alter March 20, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's time to start the music. Again.

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