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Time spent watching films, even crappy ones, is time well-spent.

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    These aren't comments on ALL of the movies through which I've cried, yawned, laughed, and rolled my eyes, but just about everything I've seen since early 2002 is here plus a few from earlier. Post dates reflect my screening & parenthetical dates are the year of US release (aka Oscar eligibility).
    Yeah, a movie review blog isn't very original. But originality is overrated. Just ask Michael Bay.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010)

I read the book and it was wretched. The film only improves on the source material by removing Blomkvist's bed-hopping and a lot of meaningless details (sandwiches? again??), and by giving us a glimpse -- although it comes rather late -- of how Lisbeth became dysfunctional. The movie was also surprisingly nudity-light for such explicit subject matter including bondage, rape, torture, and murder.

Still, there's no two ways about it: this is a distasteful story with an unrepentantly unlikable heroine. I don't know that I can heap kudos on it for simply improving on such a crappy book. I mean, it still pretty much sucks.