This morning, thousands upon tens of New Yorkers are realizing they have to go see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, as that film was announced as one of nine Oscar Best Picture nominees.
Big surprises of the morning included that film’s nomination for Best Picture, the inclusion of Best Actor nominees Demian Bichir and Gary Read More
Tomorrow morning will bring that early-morning announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees–with the attention-desperate wrinkle that no one knows how many nominees there will be. Herewith, our predictions, for last-minute entries into your office pool (if yours is the sort of office at which Oscar nominations are the subject of a pool. Ours is not, Read More
In the blood-soaked hands of the hair-raising, always surprising director David Fincher, the creepy remake of Sweden’s grisly thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is dreary and confusing but technically superb—a darkly photographed and superbly acted film. It is not my cup of bitter tea laced with arsenic, but I admire its tenacity in keeping the viewer dazzled, while the toxic effect of its violence, sometimes unwatchable, left me charged. I hated the 2009 Swedish film version, my dashed attempt to read the book (the first volume in the crime trilogy by the late, overrated Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson) put me to sleep faster than a double-dose of Dalmane, and I still don’t understand why it has been recycled in an estimated $100 million remake as unnecessary as it is unoriginal. It is also impossibly long-winded. When it ended, after just under a whopping three hours, I ended up impressed, in spite of my reservations. If I had found it even half as incomprehensible as it is, I might have liked it twice as much.
Oh, my god, that plot.
Vogue’s November cover girl, Rooney Mara, graced the cover of sister publication W back in February. Both magazines styled the Social Network star as her character, Lisbeth Salander, in the American adaptation of the Stieg Larsson thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Vogue way less so.) The movie is due out next month; February was Read More
The Social Network
In next month’s issue of W, Lynn Hirschberg tries to decipher why director David Fincher went with Rooney Mara to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Given that the movie is the first in “the biggest movie franchise since Harry Potter,” the audition process was bound to be contentious. Read More
As trends go, movies now translate to the Internet, and vice versa. The Social Network is the story of how Mark Zuckerberg, a nerdy, 19-year-old Harvard doofus with his face glued to a computer screen and all the personality and charm of road kill, invented a Web site one drunken night in 2003 that evolved Read More