Films featuring people with curious tattoos

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Eventually I swear I’ll talk about something other than music and movies. But you should understand that these are two important elements of my life, so they are going to come up quite a bit, just not quite as frequently as they have been of late. A few more movies to add to the “Seen It” list in the last few days. Many more days of break to catch up. Looking forward to seeing what else is out there.

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: A-

Although not as uncomfortable to watch as I expected, there were  some rather tense scenes in Fincher’s film. The actors are great, especially Rooney Mara, who is almost unrecognizable as Lisbeth Salander, the titular Girl. Daniel Craig also continues to prove he is much more than Bond. It’ll be interesting to see whether Fincher decides to come back for the remaining sequels, given his general disinterest in doing the same thing twice. We should, at the very least, see some technical awards come Oscar time, as this is probably only going to make a Best Picture list if the nominees reach 8 or 9, if I had to guess. Mara, though, would not be a terrible Best Actress nominee in the least.

Hesher: C

I really wanted to like this. The actors (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson) are top notch and the story is a little bit odd, two things which I usually like in movies. But this one just did not sit right with me. Maybe it was the kid at the center of the story, who you start off feeling a little sorry for, and then, as the story progresses, begin to wonder if he doesn’t need psychological help. Or maybe it was the illogical moves to let Gordon-Levitt’s Hesher into the house in the first place, given his strangeness and, oh, I don’t know, the fact that these people DON’T KNOW HIM. The film tried to redeem itself with a nice little moral but the end, but the problems were already glaringly obvious, especially in the middle of the movie. Sad, because if you gave this group of actors (minus that kid) some decent material, that’s a movie I’d enjoy.

Extra point:

Finally saw Spielberg’s 2005 drama Munich and I have to say that I was rather impressed. Eric Bana was fantastic, as was the aforementioned Craig. My only gripe was that it was somewhat difficult to follow, especially as they’re moving from assassination to assassination, and I was trying to follow names and places and faces and getting a little mixed up. Otherwise, it was an excellent film. I haven’t seen Crash, but it would have to be pretty solid to have won the Best Picture Oscar in 2005 while this got the goose egg.

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