The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest / Buried / Nowhere Boy / Grandma’s Boy

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest / Buried / Nowhere Boy / Grandma’s Boy

Saturday October 30th, 2010

I want to thank all of my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man fans that check in on my blog weekly. Also thanks to my blog on my Tallahassee costume here: https://spartanphoenix.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/zombieland-the-invention-of-the-tallahassee-costume-for-dragoncon-2010/ and my props to the Tallahassee tarp hat makers: http://realdealbrazil.com/ I have a bunch of new friends checking out my blog. And for some reason when you have “Lindsay Lohan boobage Update” in your blog title you get a lot of hits, go figure.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

After taking a bullet to the head, Lizbeth Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past. So this is the final movie of the “Millennium” trilogy. Which started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) and The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009). I was very much looking to seeing this final chapter of this excellent European thriller trilogy. It was great to see the character of Lizbeth Salander eventually get her revenge and redemption from all who did her wrong. There was a great supporting cast too. My only issue with this final installment was that it was more drama than thriller. There was a little less action than I was expecting. Most of the drama centered around the court hearing scenes which put Lizbeth Salander front in center answering for her charges. I guess I was a little disappointed with the lack of action with this film but the previous two had. I haven’t read the books so I’m curious if the third book has more to it, I still recommend seeing this film and the previous two. These films are brilliantly acted especially by lead actress Noomi Rapace. I think she’s going to be a big international star. She already has been cast in the Untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel and rumored to be in the Untitled Alien Prequel #1. Lead actor Michael Nyqvist also is getting international attention and has been cast in the Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie. Before the American production version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara hits the theater do yourself a favor and check out this original international made trilogy.

Spoiler Alert! I’m going to spoil the shit out of this next movie Buried (2010) cause I have to get some things off my chest. Scroll past it to my next movie take if you don’t want spoilers.

Buried (2010) starring Ryan Reynolds. Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. When I first heard about this flick when most of the movie involves the lead character stuck in a wooden coffin I was intrigued. Up and coming super star Ryan Reynolds plays the lead. Ryan Reynolds will be starring as the Green Lantern 2011 next summer. This movie opens up with his character waking from unconsciousness to find himself buried alive inside a cheaply made wood coffin box. Inside the box with him he has a cell phone, Zippo lighter, a flickering flashlight, a couple of snap glow rods, a flask filled with flammable alcohol and a folding buck knife. Later a snake makes an appearance as it slithers through a small crack in the box. Most of the film involves our lead actor talking with his captors on the cell phone they provided as they try to get ransom money from him or his company. He also has conversations with his employers, the US military as they try to find him, the FBI and later his wife. Most of his phone calls end with frustration and don’t help him out of his situation. He does get to see a cell phone video of a co-worker getting shot in the head from his captors. This whole movie takes place in the coffin with Ryan Reynolds character trapped in this fucking box! To make it worse, at the end of the film his coffin is starting to fill up with dirt when there was a failed military bombing nearby. As his coffin fills up with dirt our lead starts to accept his death. At this time your thinking maybe someone will find him at the last moment and he lives, or maybe there is a twist that we didn’t see coming. Nope, the light goes out when the sand fills up the coffin and then silence and then the movie credits. I guess he dies. I stayed till the end of the credits to see of there was a hidden scene. When the credits ended it looked like there was a shot from inside the coffin as if you were Ryan Reynolds character looking at the top of the inside of the box, then the scene faded to black. What the fuck? Was that it? Yep. Depressing shit. That’s the movie for you, don’t see it.

Instead rent this movie: Grandma’s Boy (2006).

This movie is very funny! If you like to smoke weed and play video games Grandma’s Boy is for you. This movie has become somewhat of a cult classic now. It’s made by Adam Sandler’s production company and stars many of his friends that he has had in his films. It’s one of my favorite comedies. Check it out!

Nowhere Boy (2009) starring Aaron Johnson and Kristin Scott Thomas. A chronicle of John Lennon’s childhood. Nowhere Boy is about John Lennon’s adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles. The movie is based on a biography written by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird. Lead actor Aaron Johnson who plays the young John Lennon was very good as the lead. I thought the movie did a good job shedding some light on John Lennon’s background and musical influence. The movie was OK, but it fell kinda flat for me. I guess I was expecting something else and I found myself leaving the theater unfulfilled with this film. I wanted to see more musical performances than what the movie showed. Lead actor Aaron Johnson caught my attention due to his previous lead role in Kick-Ass 2010. Its good to know he’s doing the sequel Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall 2012. As for Nowhere Boy (2009), you should take a pass.

Stay tuned movie fans I’ll have more for ya soon!

– Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  145

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 14

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