Best Of 2012: The Beginning

So the supposed “few days”off turned into three weeks awfully quickly.

I sat through quite a few movies last year; probably more than in any other year of my life. I didn’t review all of them, but I must have watched about 500 films in those 366 days. A lot of sites like this do a “Best of the year” list and I’m no exception, but I thought I would do mine a little differently. First off, there are going to be two lists. The first one is for flicks that were released in 2012, followed up in a day or two by the best movies from other years that I saw for the first time in 2012. The other big difference is that I don’t really have any empirical formula for deciding which films are The Best, so these will simply be the ones that I enjoyed the most; the movies that appealed to me on an individual level.

So here we go. Read More

5-Word 365 #001 – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

In mid-December I got drunk and thought it would be a good idea to watch a new movie and review it, every day of 2012. These won’t be as in-depth of some of my other posts, but if I make it three weeks it’ll be a damn miracle.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

A good film, well made.

If you had to describe the difference between David Fincher’s movie and Niels Arden Oplev’s original adaptation in just one word, it would beĀ cinematic. No surprise really, when you consider that the Swedish version was made for television before being released internationally, but still, Fincher and his screenwriter on this one, Steve Zallian, have done a hell of a job distillingĀ this 533 page novel into an effective movie. It’s not as visually arresting as some of his other films, in terms of impossible angles and such, but it doesn’t need to be. What it is, is a good pulpy novel presented as an effective thriller.

Rooney Mara is astonishing as Lisbeth, but it would have been nice if Daniel Craig had at least tried a Swedish accent like everyone else, unless he did and it was shite so they made him stop…

Most of you will now that the story is pretty downbeat and goes to some dark places, but the flick wasn’t as grimy as the trailers implied. It doesn’t glamourise what is happening, but neither does it fetishise.

except, uh, this

If I had to complain, it would be about the fact that the two leads don’t meet until over an hour in to the running time. Until that point, Lisbeth seems like an unrelated B plot in her own movie. This is true to the structure of the novel though, and I personally can’t think of how it could have been done otherwise but hey, grumble grumble.

So, one down, 364 to go. Oh shit, this is a leap year isn’t it?