Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Based on the Worldwide Best Seller
Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a male journalist and a young female hacker. In the opening of the movie, Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged publisher for the magazine Millennium, loses a libel case brought by corrupt Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Nevertheless, he is hired by Henrik Vanger in order to solve a cold case, the disappearance of Vanger's niece
The first feature of the Millennium Trilogy, adapted from Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an ingeniously crafted mystery that expertly manages to retain its enigmatic atmosphere, tense feel & disturbing themes from start to finish by presenting its dark story in an unflinching manner and is as merciless as the subject it deals with.
It tells the story of an infamous journalist who teams up with a young, tattooed & wildly eccentric computer hacker to investigate the case of a woman who inexplicably went missing 40 years ago without any trace. But the further they advance with the case, the more they put their lives on risk as the family that employed them…
"He wasn't a victim. He was an evil motherfucker who hated women." ~ Lisbeth
If I had seen this before the 2011 David Fincher remake, I'd probably rate it higher. Noomi Rapace's portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar is a cut above Rooney Mara's. She's darker, crazier, sexier and altogether more the star of this than Mara was in her version. I felt Michael Nyqvist as journalist Mikael Blomkvist was more vulnerable and therefore a bit more believable than Daniel Craig in the part, too. Also, I may be wrong, but it seems this story was a bit fuller than the later production, and certainly the ending gives us a lot more interest in seeing the two follow-up films that are part of the "Millennium Trilogy." Kudos to director Niels Arden Oplev for his BAFTA win (Best Film not in the English Language). Well deserved.
The first installment of the internationally well-received Millennium Trilogy goes by the rules of classic mystery thrillers, but has enough substance and entertainment value to guarantee a suspenseful ride with aggressive material, assaulting imagery and grisly content to attract the attention of foreign masses. Some pacing problems can be found, as the film rushes things and underdevelops certain characters and situations, while excluding others that could only be found in Stieg Larsson's original novel. It shows that it was an adaptation originally planned as a six-episode miniseries, but decided to run theatrically trying to cover "the most important stuff". Nevertheless, the director was lucky enough to handle solid material. Released next to El Secreto de sus Ojos, it was not…
Viewing this swedish version of the source material presents me with a conundrum. I don't think I have ever seen two outstanding adaptations (or an original and remake) be released so close together and both be outstanding films. Personally, I thought REC/Quarantine were both outstanding, but that was more of an american virtually shot-for-shot/why did they even bother? remake type of take. Others would point towards the dual brilliance of the likes of Infernal Affairs/The Departed, the Insomnia films, etc. Picking between the two Dragon Tattoo adaptations is a bit like picking your favourite version of The Office, it's almost impossible. This might in fact become the first franchise ever where I own two versions of essentially the same product.…
ONE OR TWO SPOILERS
Although this is technically a rewatch, this is actually a viewing of the extended version of this film that is basically the mini-series version stuck together in feature length.
As someone who found the original 150 or so minute version to be entertaining but extremely and frustratingly flawed, I wanted to see if the extended version ironed out some of the flaws that I experienced when I watched that version back in 2011. I am planning on watching the final two segments in their extended versions in the next couple of weeks or so, too, although I'm not sure if I can be arsed watching David Fincher's remake of this - despite being a Fincher fan.…
Huh. Noomi Rapace pronounces her name like "sue-me" -- not like "tow-me". I was way off, but she's still awesome as shit.
How I ever could've preferred Rooney Mara to Noomi is beyond me. It may be that Rooney Mara is more conventionally attractive upon first glance, but she's no where near as amazing. And in the long run not nearly as attractive.
Noomi Rapace > Rooney Mara
Not a bad film, but I'm curious to see David Fincher's version.
I hesitate to say much about this film as I think it's probably much more enjoyable if you go into it blind as I did, but it's easily the best film I've seen so far this year and it's going to be very difficult to top.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) is adapted by director Niels Arden Oplev from Stieg Larsson's novel of the same name. It stars Michael Nyqvist as a disgraced investigative reporter who is hired by a wealthy businessman to investigate the 40 year old murder of his favorite niece by someone whom he suspects may be a member of his own family. The reporter is helped in his investigation by the…
Aunque en el remake hicieron un buen trabajo , la version original es increible!
I really liked the mystery involved in this. That was a really intriguing bit to the movie. I thought both of the leads were great. The movie is very brutal, which makes sense as to why it got such a big following outside of the US and why Fincher would want to do a remake. The brutality while compelling is a bit over the top and especially in those moments where someone should come forward at any point. Regardless of that though this was a fun watch and I was quite riveted once the mystery got going.
A mystery thriller that directly confronts the mysogyny - so often taken for granted or submerged in the undercurrent in so many of those Hitcockian narratives - through the mysteriously feral Lisbeth Salander, whose powers consist primarily of a stealthy intellect and a photographic memory, as opposed to what market research suggests that men aged 18-35 want to see in a "strong female character" (compare, e.g., Mad Max Fury Road). And the performance of Noomi Rapace is simply nonpareil.
Not really into this kind of thing. Well made though.
great value larsson adaption.
So...this is essentially a genre piece (detective fiction, I guess), and that's not a knock against it, but I think I just expected this film to be more exciting and interesting (not even profound, just interesting) than it actually was.
Noomi Rapace delivers an electrifying performance, but it's not enough to overcome a plot that just isn't all that captivating with plot mechanisms that also aren't that interesting (if I had to find a way to characterize it, it would be that the movie achieved the bare minimum of suspense and interesting characters to keep my interest. But it doesn't ever really elevate itself above that).
Complete list. :-(
This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch