Every once in a while it pays to check out a film that one hasn’t seen in a while. A film pops in your mind and you think, “yeah I liked that. Haven’t seen it in a while, I should check it out again.” I did exactly that recently and revisited the British gangster film, Layer Cake. I figured that with the release of The Dark Knight Rises and with Skyfall slowly making its way to theaters, I should step in the not-so-way-back machine and re-watch a film that has stars from both films. Before Daniel Craig was James Bond and before Tom Hardy was Bane, they teamed up for this British gangster film that was Matthew Vaughn’s directorial debut. I know! I didn’t realize it either! I obviously knew Daniel Craig was in it, but forgot all about Tom Hardy. A fact which resulted in a rather dramatic face-palm if I’m being honest.
Oh God. I can’t express how excited I am that MGM got it together in time to make Skyfall. Since Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond, it’s my opinion that they can’t get the out fast enough. I had a minor heart attack when word came down that the project would be shelved due to MGM’s pending bankruptcy. But alas, those worries were all for naught because the Bond Gods smiled down on us and the film got the go ahead.
With the release of this, the first trailer for the new 007 film Skyfall, all I can say is thank God that the whole MGM bankruptcy debacle got worked out and that this film is actually getting made. I loved Casino Royale and how the new Bond took a more gritty turn with the arrival of Daniel Craig. Quantum of Solace wasn’t quite as good, but that film suffered through the writer’s strike as well as an inexperienced director. Regardless, I still enjoyed it…just not as much as Casino Royale.
Making its English language debut in 2009, the first installment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has sold tens of millions of copies. Shortly afterward, the Swedish version of the film, directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), opened to American audiences and was well received by both critics and fans of Larsson’s gripping novel.
As a huge fan of the book, then the Swedish version of the film, I welcomed the news of an American version with a cold shoulder. I didn’t see the need for Hollywood to get their grubby mitts on a story that had A) just made its way to American shores and B) was excellent in its native language. With the success that the material enjoyed, the conversion to an American film was only a matter of time. David Fincher (The Social Network) was on board to bring his vision of the source material to the screen using Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network) as main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salandar. But the question was: will it be any good?
When I first heard word that Hollywood was going to make…actually re-make this film my first response was: Why? I’ve read the Millennium trilogy and I’ve seen all three of the Swedish films and really didn’t see any reason to put an American spin on it. Then word came down that David Fincher would direct, and Daniel Craig would star along with Christopher Plummer and my feelings toward this remake started to warm.
So did everyone survive Halloween? I sure hope so. I think I’m back on track with the Goodie Wrap so before you is a post filled with bad art, ridiculous products, awesome photos, unnecessary accoutrements and a couple of videos for good measure. Happy Friday!
Muppets and tattoos and zoos and scary underground Russian roulette clubs and cops! You will see that there are no sparkly vampires present. I already posted the trailer for the Breaking Dawn so if you want to see that, click here. Otherwise you may proceed with today’s Trailer Wrap.
TGIF people. This has been a strange week. The Smurfs almost edging out Cowboys & Aliens for last weekend’s box office take? What’s that about? This week has been filled with a rad web series that I mentioned last week, plumbing issues at home, and a really dreadful Saturday night SyFy movie. But we did finally see what the new Superman looked like, so that was pretty cool. I’m not sure what this weekend has in store but I’m sure there will be some sort of mayhem somewhere. I do know that it’s Goodie Wrap time.
Marrying together two disparate genres can be a risky move. It’s like combining bacon and chocolate. You’d never think that they would go good together until you actually try it. The thought of tying a western to a science fiction alien invasion/abduction story seemed like an odd choice, but in the end, it actually worked surprisingly well.
This week seems to be a mix of comics and creepy. Oh and a little smidge of action thrown in for good measure. There have been some great trailers coming out in the last couple of weeks. With Comic-Con taking place this weekend I suspect there will be loads of footage to feast on for the next week or so. Until then..onward ho!