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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Remakes are tricky business. The rules have been thrown out the window, but back in the day the rule of thumb was that you waited long enough a) for people to have forgotten about the original, b) for people to have properly digested, processed, and internalized the original enough to dream up an interesting reinterpretation, or c) at least until the next generation (i.e., the next graduating class of film school) comes along with fresh eyes and a new perspective on the story. David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a 2011 remake of a 2009 TV miniseries based on a 2005 novel, of course, satisfies none of these rules, but that’s okay because it’s David Fincher, right?

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam never disappoints me. I know that when I see his film it will be like nothing I’ve ever seen before. At the age of 10 I found Time Bandits and I was hooked.  The Imaginarium… was an artistic wonder. Once again I’m torn with the Avatar problem.  Visually I found the film to be a work of art; however the plot a little muddled.  It seems to me it’s a movie best set for The Music Box, and not the Cineplex. That’s not to say I didn’t dig it. I don’t think the average movie viewer will. Read the rest of this entry

Awards and Award Season: Independent Spirit Awards 2009

Well, awards season is upon us again. Moviefone has been doing a non-stop onslaught of “The Race So Far” and “Oscar Buzz Goes To…”, and now the nominees for the Oscars of independent film have been announced: the Independent Spirit Awards. I greatly enjoy these awards, and this year is no exception. There are a ton of surprise choices on the ballot (Adventureland for Best Screenplay? Jemaine from “Flight of the Conchords” for Best Supporting Male? Paranormal Activity for Best First Feature???), but few of them stand to the juggernauts of this year’s festivals. (For the full list of nominees, check here: http://spiritawards.com/nominees) Read the rest of this entry