May 29, 2010
Casino Jack and the United States of Money Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney examines the stranger-than-fiction saga of Jack Abramoff, the superlobbyist turned convicted felon whose schemes and dreams entangled American Indian casino kingpins, U.S. senators, and members of Congress. A fascinating tale of money, power, corruption, and greed. No MPAA rating The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Fans of Stieg Larsson's dark, chilling Swedish mystery will be stunned by this skillfully faithful adaptation, by its ace compression, and by the scarily good Noomi Rapace as Larsson's punky, multipierced, cyber-hacking heroine, Lisbeth Salander.
October 29, 2010 |
Lisbeth Salander spends at least half of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in a hospital bed, barely moving, let alone kicking. The third and draggiest of the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's wee Millennium trilogy, this is the one that ties up the loose ends, finally meting out justice to the band of pervy old secret police and government creeps who have made the punked-out heroine's life so miserable. Justice is also delivered upon Alexander Zalachenko (Georgi Staykov)
March 26, 2011
The female action heroes of "Sucker Punch" are unusual in Hollywood, but not altogether new. Here are 10 of moviedom's toughest ladies, from Western gunslingers to alien killers. Joan Crawford: In the gender-bending 1954 Western "Johnny Guitar," she wore the pants and packed the pistols. Tura Satan: As the leader of a girl gang in Russ Meyer's 1965 sexploitation classic, "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," she kills a man with her bare hands. Sigourney Weaver: As Ripley in 1979's "Alien," she turned a distressed-damsel role into a tough-as-nails character who survived through three more films.
December 20, 2011 |
Rest assured, Stieg Larsson acolytes. One of the most important questions to be asked in the late Swedish author's mega-selling mystery The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - the line "Do you want a coffee?" - makes it into David Fincher's movie. In fact, this beautifully taut and terrifying thriller is faithful to its source in just about every way that matters. Perhaps the opening title sequence - a kind of Mapplethorpe-meets-Bond S&M whir set to Karen O's urgent take of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" - is too much.
December 23, 2011 |
Reprinted from Tuesday's editions. Rest assured, Stieg Larsson acolytes. One of the most important questions to be asked in the late Swedish author's mega-selling mystery The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - the line "Do you want a coffee?" - makes it into David Fincher's movie. In fact, this beautifully taut and terrifying thriller is faithful to its source in just about every way that matters. Perhaps the opening title sequence - a kind of Mapplethorpe-meets-Bond S&M whir set to Karen O's urgent take of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" - is too much.
January 22, 2012 |
The Leopard By Jo Nesbø Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett Knopf. 517 pp. $26.95 The horror, the horror. Joseph Conrad knew the savagery simmering in the heart of darkness, and Norwegian noir-master Jo Nesbø returns and returns to it because his mission is to show readers just how depraved human beings can be, and how noirer than noir a Norwegian author can be in this, our global village of crime fiction. At the heart of The Leopard is not a leopard, but a Leopold's Apple - a torture device designed by a 19th-century Belgian to scare the diamonds out of recalcitrant black warlords in the Congo.
March 19, 2010 |
Readers of Stieg Larsson's blockbuster thriller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, already know what truly dark and depraved business is in store for the Swedish author's improbable pair of sleuths: intrepid investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk cyber-hacker Lisbeth Salander. (Nick and Nora Charles, they are not.) Those who have yet to read the international mega-seller - and those who have - can take heart not only that the film adaptation is exceptionally faithful to the late Larsson's book, but also that the deftly compressed mystery boasts an actress who is the walking, talking embodiment of the strange creature that is Lisbeth.
December 31, 2011
Music New Year's Eve. If you're hitting a plain old club on Saturday night, you're likely practicing an amateur's-night-out strategy. More advisable is a night out with Philly's alternative elite - the skinny- jeans-wearing rockers, baggy-pants electro-programmers, and classy-costumed performing locals who bare their souls for maximum pay on the last day of 2011. The flashiest of New Year's Eve parties occurs at MilkBoy's Center City outpost when Johnny Showcase meets El Malito.
December 20, 2011 |
EVA GABRIELSSON, the longtime partner of late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson, says he wouldn't have approved of merchandise being linked to the release of a Hollywood adaptation of his bestselling novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " Eva told the Associated Press yesterday that Stieg would have used the buzz around his work to call attention to violence and discrimination against women. "We would never have sold any rights for merchandising," she said. "It has nothing to do with books.