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The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Niels Arden Oplev (2009)

This is a fantastic adaption of the first of three novels in the Millenium Trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson. I have already read the first 2 books and am eagerly awaiting the third, and have been looking forward to seeing this film since I saw it had come out in Sweden. And I must say it is a an excellent adaption and a slow, though well paced thriller. Noomi Rapace is perfect as Lisbeth Salander, and Michael Nyqvist is perfect as Mikael Kalli Blomkvist. The book is a faithful adaption, though it does not end on the down note of the novel, but instead on the start of the next book. My only real complaint is at 152 minutes, I would have liked it longer, and gone more into the film. Without seeing Berger’s character and how Blomkvist has had a long term relationship with his married colleage that also screwed up his marriage, or his affair with one of the Vanger’s, we don’t get his downside, which is what pisses off Lisbeth at the end of the first book, and keeps her from contacting him in the second. Still a very enjoyable and well done film, and a must see, especially before the inevitably subpar US remake (even if David Fincher does do it).

Journalist Mikael “Khali” Blomkvist (Michael Nvqvist) one of the publishers of Millennium Magazine loses a court case with Swedish Industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström (Stefan Sauk) for libel. It seems Blomkvist published a huge story, and then all of his backup disappeared. He has been found guilty of libel, and been given a prison sentence. Blomkvist informs the people at millennium, including his co-publisher and married lover Erika Berger (Lena Endre) that he is leaving the magazine, at least for the time being. A man named Dirch Frobe (Ingvar Hirdwall) hires a man named Dragan (Michalis Koutsogiannakis) to find out about Blomkvist for his boss Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube). Dragan uses his best researcher, the heavily tattooed and pierced Lisbeth Slander (Noomi Rapace) the girl of the title. Lisbeth is a social misfit, and a master computer hacker, who can easily get any information on anyone. Henrik then has Mikael come up to the sleepy island town where he and many members of his family live to investigate the 37 year old murder of his favorite niece Harriet Vanger who used to babysit Mikael when he was a child.

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My Life as a Dog by Lasse Hallstr

I remember seeing this film as a child, probably in 1986, and just loved it, and saw it again on video and still loved it, so when I realized their was a Criterion DVD I just had to pick it up. This is an amazing portrait of a young child whose mother is dyeing, and who really feels unwanted, but finding his place in the world as he discovers his own sexuality. And it doesn’t look down on the child, in fact we see the world through his eyes, which to me is a prerequisite for making a good Children’s film. Really a powerful and amazing film, that I think should be mandatory watching for everyone.

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