September 11, 2011 |
The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo A Parody Lars Arffssen St. Martin's/Griffin: 201 pp., $9.99 paper In "The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo," somebody's strangling female reindeer all over Sweden. These strange deaths are somehow tied to the decapitation murders of two writers: the author of a bestselling book on Baltic sturgeon and a thriller writer with a manuscript that reveals the Nazi origins of furniture giant UKEA. Got that? As for the Swedish authorities, they think a single culprit is responsible, someone described as "a psychopathic serial killer who's probably also a world-class surgeon … or an experienced samurai warrior.
September 9, 2011 |
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful. I found time to wonder how Rooney Mara, the film's studious Fernanda, will do morphing into the angry punk enigma Lisbeth Salander for director David Fincher's version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in a couple of months. And why Tom Everett Scott, who blows in like an autumn wind as major crush material and can do sexy-brooding intellectual so well, doesn't turn up in better films.
July 18, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, and husband David Kushner have a baby girl. ( Ministry of Gossip ) Accio ticket sales! "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" conjures up the highest-grossing movie opening of all time, beating "The Dark Knight" with $168.6 million at the domestic box office. ( Company Town ) And in the box-office match-up between Sarah Palin and Wendi Murdoch, Palin has the upper hand with her documentary grossing more than Murdoch's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" in per-theater sales.
June 22, 2011 |
To be a widow is tragic; to be a widow without portfolio is a nightmare. On Nov. 9, 2004, Swedish architect Eva Gabrielsson lost the man she had loved for 32 years; with whom she had partnered and cohabited; with whom she had been designing their dream cottage, where they were to spend the rest of their summers together. She and Stieg Larsson never married, but that seemed an unimportant formality compared with their deep experience together — especially in Sweden, that iconic polity of progressive, feminist values.
November 2, 2010 |
During the Toronto International Film Festival, a Hollywood manager, an up-and-coming director and some executives from the Weinstein Co. had gathered for dinner at the city's Windsor Arms Hotel. It appeared to be a typical movie-business gathering ? except that most of the people at the table were speaking with Swedish accents. The diners were celebrating Weinstein's upcoming U.S. release of "Snabba Cash," a Swedish crime drama that created a sensation among American distributors when it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
October 24, 2010 |
Winter's Bone Lionsgate, $27.98; Blu-ray, $29.99 This is a tense, affecting crime saga that treats its Ozark setting like something out of Greek myth. Jennifer Lawrence stars as 17-year-old Ree Dolly, a high school dropout who goes looking for her bail-jumping father when the sheriff threatens to take away her family's property. As Ree roams up and down, knocking on doors, she angers the local drug lords, including her temperamental Uncle Teardrop, played by the magnificent John Hawkes.
September 2, 2010 |
An air of déjà vu hangs over "The Winning Season," the story of a sad sack who takes the helm of a ragtag, losing basketball team and gets a shot at redemption. But if the Indiana-set comedy evokes " Hoosiers," "The Bad News Bears" and countless other sports movies, not to mention storytelling clichés, it also has at its center the singular and underappreciated Sam Rockwell. Divorced and hangdog, complete with cluttered apartment decorated in Early Drab, Rockwell's Bill is a onetime b-ball coach who is bussing tables when his second chance arrives.
August 16, 2010 |
After months of speculation over one of the most buzzed about casting choices in recent history, Sony has announced that actress Rooney Mara will play Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " Mara, whose most notable credit so far is "The Nightmare on Elm Street," has already worked with Fincher on this fall's "The Social Network. " The 24-year-old had been rumored to be in running for the part, up against other relative newcomers such as French actress LÃÂÃÂ©a Seydoux and Australian actresses Sarah Snook and Sophie Lowe.
July 9, 2010 |
Lisbeth Salander, the punked, pierced, dragon-tattooed heroine of Stieg Larsson's international bestselling Millennium trilogy, is back on the high wire in "The Girl Who Played With Fire," locked in an ever more treacherous game with villains more depraved, mysteries much murkier and family ties more dark keeping things twisted and taunt. Though the thriller is in the hands of a different filmmaking team this time led by Swedish director Daniel Alfredson and screenwriter Jonas Frykberg, they've kept the searing intelligence and ruthless bent that turned the first book's adaptation, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," into an international box office hit and having a strong run in the States, still in theaters four months after its release.