Long, fast-paced, and disconcertingly upbeat for much of its running time, the US adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is punchy genre filmmaking.
Thanks to David Fincher, US studios are finally cottoning onto the idea that film franchises need not be the exclusive domain of Muggles and Twihards.
For better or worse, the franchise is the current sine qua non of mainstream American filmmaking—at once the defining trend, and the condition to which every studio executive aspires. When they work (Harry Potter, Twilight, Toy Story) they...
Friendly fire.
The Social Network is a story of enmity and entitlement based around the circumstances of Facebook’s creation – or more specifically, based around the debate about the circumstances of Facebook’s creation. As Aaron Sorkin writes it and David...
The US studios increasingly are looking overseas for inspiration.
For almost every successful Hollywood remake of a foreign film, there's been a commercial misfire or artistic disappointment. Yet in their quest to avoid making original fare, the studios are mining overseas hits with greater relish than e...

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