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Month: January 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review

I’m getting to know the story of Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster book pretty well by now. The Swedish film adaptation was one my first reviews for Jaded Eye, while last summer I read the entire trilogy. Now, hot on their heels comes the big-budget Hollywood version. As I think we know, the American remake is a troubled genre, with a significant number of outright failures and few high points in its history. But the Swedish original was no masterpiece and suffered from a number of flaws: some inherent from the novel it adapts, some of its own making. So there’s certainly some room for improvement the second time round. After one of the most visually stunning opening credit sequence I’ve seen in a long time – a highly fetishised Bond-esque mix of writhing bodies, black oil and technology, all set to Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’s booming, powerful music. And so we slip effortlessly back into the world of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. The broad strokes of the story are unchanged from the book – Blomkvist is still the campaigning journalist, brought down on libel charges by his nemesis Hans-Erik Wennerström, while Salander is the bi-sexual, socially retarded computer hacking super genius. For anyone who’s not familiar with the story, the central narrative concerns the murder of a young girl almost 40 years ago on a remote isolated island,...

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Episode 33 – Jadees 2011

Yes it’s that time again, as Jim and Alex from Jaded Eye take a look back at the films of the last twelve months to bring you the 2011 Review of the Year, featuring the Jadee awards!

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Get your political fix

Not to be out done with the latest British film The Iron Lady which was recently released on the 6 January 2012 in the UK, Cine Lumiere in London is putting on a season of French political films.

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Live chat with Angelina Jolie

The clock is ticking, less than four hours to go to have your opportunity to chat with Angelina Jolie about her writing and directorial debut, ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’.

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