EftRou 145: That girl with the tattoo

EftRou 145

Sorry for the late in the week post folks, life has been busy for me.  Wanted to get this one up before it became a lost EftRou episode.  This ones a short one as it was just Q and I.  This week we talk about the American adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”.   I’ve seen all the original movies and Q just started off with the Trilogy with this one, it was an interesting discussion.  We also talk about the results from the Fall 2011 Media Mogul Fantasy league and crown the winner (virtually of course).

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Many of you may have read or seen the original Swedish versions of the Millennium trilogy which became a critically acclaimed book and movie series around the globe.  This typically means that a major US studio is sure to secure the rights and remake/reboot/redo it into an American franchise and ditch most of the source material.  However this is not one of those times, in fact I was very surprised with how true to the original the movie stayed.  Q although had never read or had been exposed to this prior to the US remake.  Listen in and see if you agree with both our takes on this new franchise.

The 2011 remake includes a pretty amazing cast which the title role of the Girl with the Dragon tattoo (Lisbeth Salander) being played by recent new star Rooney Mara The Social Network (2010) and the male lead of Daniel Craig whom plays discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist.  The film also stars Christopher Plummer, Joely RichardsonStellan Skarsgård and Robin Wright.  David Fincher whom helmed some amazing movies in recent years: Fight Club (1999)Se7en (1995)The Social Network (2010). Fincher takes this movie and runs with it but at the same time seems to have done so while staying true to the original novel and movie while putting a unique twist to the storyline that fans of both the book and movie will not expect.  The soundtrack has been highly publicized recently as it’s not your traditional score that you would find in similar movies.  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross create an amazing soundtrack and especially the during the opening sequence that definitely clues you in that the movie  you’re seeing is not your typical thriller/drama fair.  Much like the TRON: Legacy soundtrack done by Daft Punk it’s mostly electronic music but done by musicians normally never associated with movies scores. They both do a fine job with this film’s score and helping drive parts of the movie through the music.

Definitely a word of warning though for some movie goers.  The movie has some very intense scenes that may not sit well for all viewers.  Definitely keep this in mind when going to see this.  To find out more check out the following link, keep in mind some of the contents of this page do include potential spoilers:  Parental Guide

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Dragon Tattoo Review

Dragon Tattoo Movie Poster

I went into this movie without having read the book or seen the original movie.  The only reason I even knew of its existence is because my husband has seen the original and I’ve noticed the movie sitting in the instant queue on Netflix. I was looking forward to seeing this movie because I like Daniel Craig, and it looked interesting enough.  I’d have to say that I did enjoy it, but watch out if you’re not one for too much sexually graphic content.  I honestly can appreciate a movie from time to time that is willing to show the good, bad, and ugly.  A good movie is hard to forget and I have found myself still thinking about the two and a half hour long adventure days later.

The movie stars Daniel Craig who is an investigator and he is asked to look over an old unsolved mystery case of the murder of a girl. Christopher Plummer invites him to stay in a house on his island in which most of the family resides where he can do his research. Whether he finds anything new or not he’ll be paid, so why not try.  Unfortunately during his investigation, Plummer’s character becomes ill and is in the hospital unable to communicate.  As Craig’s character works to find answers, he finds a helping hand from Lisbeth, a socially awkward young girl who’s lived a hard life. How they come together is explained.  Before they meet, the first part of the movie shows who she is and the type of life she lives.  Not a pleasant first half of the movie at times, but regardless still an exciting and suspenseful film.  Being that I have not read the book, I can only hope that fans of this story were pleased by this new film.

With this being a very dramatic and serious film, the actors did a great job portraying their roles. There were some very difficult scenes that left me thinking, I don’t know how they did it.  I usually enjoy watching Daniel Craig and that was no exception in this movie.  He’s good at what he does and nice to look at as well.  Rooney Mara played Lisbeth, who had a very challenging role and played it superbly. She must have had to step outside of her comfort zone quite a bit and got the job done well.

Don’t want to say too much more about the movie.  I think it is a must see in theatres if you’re into this type of movie.  I am unable to compare the movie with the original or the book, so its difficult for me to know of any flaws or things that could have been better.  If you’re looking for a better comparison in this regard I would recommend listening to the podcast where “Q” and “Square” talk about their thoughts on the film. Thanks for reading!

EftRoU 137: It wasn’t gratuitous…

Entertainment for the Rest of Us - Movie reviews

In this weeks show the crew and I talk about the Dr. Who reboot concept, Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars again, the DVD 300 and the this week’s feature flick Immortals.

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300 movie review

Warner Bros. Pictures - 300

The movie  300 hit the theaters in 2006 and it just may be on its way to being a classic. I’m not fully sure of that but others on the show may think so. 300 stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham and Michael Fassbender. It’s about King Leonidas and how he leads an elite group of 300 men to fight the Persians at Thermopylae. It’s based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. Listen in tell us what you think of this DVD, have you seen the extras? Is this a movie worth owning? Tell us why by leaving a comment below or head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment there.

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movie review of Immortals

Relativity Media - Immortals

We thought it would be fitting to discuss the movie Immortals since we watched the DVD  300. Immortals was produced by the same folks that brought you 300I guess we thought we could compare the two movies and see which one we liked better. If you saw  300 and liked it you will also like Immortals. The look and feel are similar but the acting by Mickey Rourke in Immortals is phenomenal. This movie takes place in ancient Greece and is about a man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against a ruthless King, who is on a terror to find a bow that can destroy all of humanity. Besides Mickey Rourke you will also find the stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, and Freida Pinto. We think you will enjoy this film, it is well worth the effort to go see in the theaters. Tell us what movie you liked better by leaving a comment.

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EftRoU 135: in time vs logan’s run…

Movie review of In Time

So we had some technical difficulties the last couple of weeks. First we had a computer go bad and then we had an application crash on us. So this episode is out late. Thanks for being kind to us and coming back to listening in. For your listening pleasure we discuss the retro DVD Logan’s Run and the feature flick In Time.

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Retro DV-Debrief :

Logan's Run

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

We thought it would be good to compare the retro DVD Logan’s Run to this week’s feature flick. Logan’s Run is takes place in 2274 and every on can only live until the age of 30. Once you hit the ripe old age of 30 you terminated in a quasi-religious ceremony known as Carousel. There are some that avoid the ceremony and choose to run. Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Richard Jordan star in this movie. Let us know if you think this movie stands the test of time or let us know if you ever liked by leaving us a comment below.

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In Time

New Regency Picture

As we mentioned before we wanted to compare our retro DVD to this week’s Feature Flick, which is In Time. In a future people have been genetically engineered to not age past 25. AS soon as you reach the age of 25 you only get a year to live longer. Justin Timberlake plays Will Salas a man who has been gifted more years than he could ever earn and is now living a life he never had. We get to see how Salas lives his life with time to spend in an adventure he has never been on. Other fine performances in this film include Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Galecki, Olivia Wilde and Matt Bomer. Let us know what you think of this film by leaving a comment below.

We hope we have our technical issues figured out so come back later this week to hear another great episode from Entertainment for the Rest of Us.

EftRoU 132: silent shady…

Ides of March

It’s that time again… on this week’s episode we bring something a little different and new to the show, plus we review the feature flick The Ides of March. We touch on some hockey and a bit of controversy around DC’s New 52.

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Points of Interest:

Listen in as Mike describes the opening night of the Winnipeg Jets and what it was like to be there. We then address this post on Comic Alliance.  We give a lot of credit to these folks for creating content that we just had to talk about. During this segment we mention two other websites that are a must read. One is the one Mike has written for called EatSleepGeek and the other is MajorSpoilers. Check-um out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

Catchall:

TV, Movies, Video Games, DVD

EftRoU - Media Mogul

The new segment that I alluded to above is called EftRoU Media Mogul Fantasy League. We plan on having four seasons each year of the league and the point is to see who know more about media. Each of us will pick from movies, TV shows, video games and new DVDs. During this segment we kicked off with the first two rounds of the Media Mogul draft. In the first round Mike picked The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Shady’s pick was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Square Ross went with The Muppets, and I picked Battlefield 3. Listen in to see what else we pick in round two. We will also post all our other picks in a later plus the results spreadsheet for the world to see. Look for that to come later.

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Ides of March movie

Cross Creek Pictures

The Ides of March stars George Clooney, not only does he star in this movie he also directors it and did some writing. The Ides of March is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon. It’s about a dreamy campaign staffer for a new presidential candidate who receives a crash course about dirty politics. Other stars in The Ides of March include Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright and Evan Rachel Wood. Listen in and see what we think of this movie. After you hear our thoughts tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

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