movie news and plans

Have you ever written a post and then wondered why you haven't had any comments on it, only to discover that you forgot to hit the "Publish" button and it's been sitting as a draft for a whole day?

Yeah, me neither.

Before I start on movies, let me plug Stevie One. The beginning of Part Three has been posted here.

I just saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Hollywood version). I enjoyed it, but I was never involved in it. I just watched it and ticked off the things which were done differently compared to the original, and compared to the book. Some of the choices were (IMHO) good decisions. Some were not. Other than that, the credit sequence is really great.

The biggest problem for me was the casting. Rooney Mara is good as Lisbeth Salander, but Noomi Rapace has already drilled her way into my brain, and I don't need another Salander any more than I need another Ethan Edwards, Tracy Lord, Atticus Finch, or Charles Foster Kane.

The surprise was how much I missed Michael Nykvist (the original Mikael Blomkvist). With Daniel Craig playing the part, Blomkvist was just as grim as Salander, which doesn't work, and he never seemed to be in any danger no matter what was happening. He's James Bond, for goodness sake.

I've written about the Millennium books and movies a few times before.

Anyway, I had my year in movies all planned.

First I was going to look forward to Underworld Awakening (which I wrote about here).

Then I was going to look forward to Dark Shadows (in May), then to Resident Evil Retribution (September), then to The Hobbit (December).

Well the problem is that the first Dark Shadows trailer has revealed that it is going to be (I find it difficult to face this even now) a... wacky comedy. It looks like a remake of Love at First Bite.


I'll still see it, of course. I've seen every movie Burton and Depp have made together, plus this one has Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloë Moretz, so I'd see it no matter what it was. But I'm not getting my hopes up.

So, I've changed my plan and now I'm looking forward to Prometheus (in June). Ridley Scott makes another movie about the Alien universe, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron? I'm there. Check out the trailer.

Then Resident Evil Retribution, definitely. This one may wrap it all up (based on indications in the first trailer), carrying through on hints from the last movie, including bringing back some of the best people from the earlier movies (Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr), despite the fact that their characters are (or were) dead. In the RE universe, death is not necessarily permanent, but it will be interesting to see where they're taking this. For a real geek analysis of the trailer, go here (though I can't believe they're confused about who the people dressed in white are – that's from the end of the last movie, which wasn't really all that long ago).

Then The Hobbit. I probably don't have to tell you about that one. 🙂

(Oh, and I admit I swiped the first two paragraphs up there from this post by Jo Eberhardt. Obviously, I only delayed this post so she wouldn't feel like she was the only one. 🙂 )

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