The Girl Who Played with Fire: I’m still finishing this book so I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I do know that I already have undying love (and a major crush!) for main character Lisbeth Salander, played to perfection by Noomi Rapace. I still don’t think the American versions of this Millennium Trilogy are going to be any good, so I’m campaigning for everyone to see these Swedish versions ASAP! This one involves the sex trade and political corruption, plus our punk-rock heroine being framed for murder.
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?): AKA everything you always wanted to know about the guy who wrote “The Lime and the Coconut” (along with several other hits, but what can I say? The Muppet Show version is my fave). I haven’t checked to see if he’s in it, but if they didn’t interview Mr. Sean Nelson for this one, they missed out on some valuable info.
Winter’s Bone: A good Indie film that lives up to its hype, this bleak drama/thriller focuses on teenager Ree Dolly, who has to find her missing father before a certain court date in order to save her family home. The mysteries are buried deep, and even if you think you know what’s gonna happen—chances are, you’re wrong. This much talked-about film took the Grand Jury Price at Sundance.
Nice Guy Johnny: I try to never miss an Ed Burns film, even though No Looking Back is still on my “worst ever” list. This one looks like a nice, low-key, contemplative piece about romance and choices. This guy, Johnny, apparently has a fiancé who’s forcing him to take a boring job over his lower-paid awesome one. Then he meets another girl and things get complicated. Burns knows how to write about relationships, so I’m in for this one.