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Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
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Friday June 1st, 2012
Rooney Mara's Giants have won the super bowl, but championship rings pail in comparison to the Lizbeth Cup. That is, the coveted award given by me to the better Dragon Tattoo film.  Having recently streamed the Swedish version I thought I would do a Sports Illustrated style comparison with the…More
Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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Wednesday January 25th, 2012
I was hoping I would be able to convince my friends to go see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but being as it was not their standard fare I wanted to warn them in advance. “It will be dark and violent,”  I told them – knowing full well there would…More
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
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Monday October 10th, 2011
In 690 AD Wu Zetian was preparing to become the sole Empress Regnant in Chinese history. There was a considerable amount of intrigue in the air as Wu was feared and hated for her ruthlessness in dealing with potential adversaries and dissenters. When a man overseeing the erection of a…More
Drive
Thursday September 22nd, 2011
In Nicolas Winding Refn's intense, powerful drama Drive Ryan Gosling is mesmerizing as the mysterious loner who is simply referred to as Driver and who wears a jacket with a scorpion sketched on the back. A man of few words his compulsive personality causes him to seek adrenalin rushes by…More
A Somewhat Gentle Man
Sunday March 6th, 2011
A Somewhat Gentle Man is a low budget dark comedy from Norway. The Man in the aforementioned title is Ulrik and his weathered, expressionless face doesn't reveal a lot about what he's thinking but after serving 12 years in prison for murder he seems ready to put his old life…More

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