Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Men Who Hate Women

July 1, 2011

Men Who Hate Women - Män Som Hatar Kvinnor - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson…or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is the English title of the Swedish novel and film Män Som Hatar Kvinnor. Apparently the direct translation, Men Who Hate Women, was too harsh, too offensive. Really?

I don’t care much for Swedish films but since I got a free subscription from Love Film, I had the film sent to me. And I’m happy I watched the film and didn’t read the novel. I would’ve been too disgusted.

It’s the best Swedish film I’ve watched so I understand why Hollywood is doing their adaptation. But then there’s not much original ideas coming out of Hollywood so they can’t go very wrong by nicking a success story.

It’s the best Swedish film I have ever seen. Then it’s been years since I watched one. Had a marathon about eight years ago, just before I moved to the UK. So thinking I should have another one now…

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Public Enemies

July 22, 2009

I don’t know what happened to my summer of cinema. It hasn’t gone as I hoped.

So far I’ve only been twice but summer isn’t over yet so I’m not giving up. A month or so ago I saw Terminator and on Sunday I saw Public Enemies. If Johnny Depp is in it, I have to see it. And it has to be done at the cinema since there’s no patience to wait for rental or telly broadcasts.

If Johnny Depp is in it it’s going to be good. Good as in interesting, intriguing, weird, exciting, breath-taking.

Public Enemies is no exception. Depp plays the role of John Dillinger, a dangerous bank robber who’s being hunted down by FBI agent Melvin Purvis, played by Christian Bale.

The film is set during the Great Depression. It’s quite funny and ironic to see how crime was made and investigated during a time, compared to now, technology was close to none. It would be quite incredible if a gang of say five went in to a bank today, ready to fire their guns demanding money being handed over to them and they would not be caught.

It’s based on the non-fiction Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 written by Bryan Burrough. It’s history made into a film. I don’t have to read the book anymore. Educational and entertaining.

There’s romance too. Women are foolishly naturally attracted to bad guys. Marion Cotillard starred as Billie Frechette, Dillinger’s girlfriend and didn’t have much to loose when she gave up her job as cloak room attendant.

Phoebe’s brother is also in the film. Friends, the tv series, has been a big part in my life so Giovanni Ribisi will always be Phoebe’s brother in my eyes, sorry. He played Alvin Karpis, another gangster who tried to set up a job with Dillinger.

By the way Public Enemies is directed by Micahel Mann. Thought I should mention that since there are so many other names mentioned. He also directed The Kingdom, Collateral and Heat.