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<-- Ooh look The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo poster. There are so many posters for every movie nowadays that I think the word "official" has lost all meaning. But I like it. The tag line sounds artier than most

"what is hidden in snow comes forth in the thaw"

Slant has a strong piece on the 25 best horror films of the Aughts. Some truly surprising but gratifying inclusions.
Film Buff On Demand has a fun post about Halloween treats you can make for your party like brain cupcakes and such. 
The Movie 411 has a nomination round in which you can submit your favorite blog articles or movies blogs in various categories. 
IndieWire considers the many way's this year's Oscar race might mirror 1998's: Brothers Weinsteins comedy vs. Steven Spielberg war epic with a little Terrence Malick on the side. And that's not all.
The Movie 411 has a nomination round in which you can submit your favorite blog articles or movies blogs in various categories. 
Michael Musto's choice of the two best lines in The Descendants 

I hadn't seen this so maybe you haven't either but delicious devil Colin Farrel presented Robert Downey Jr with the "Hero" award at the recent Scream Awards. Like so...

That is one gawdy-ass awards show!

Grantland Mark Harris on the writers branch of the Academy. Which causes will they take up this year?
Movie|Line speaks with Sean Durkin, the writer/director of Martha Marca May Marlene
IndieWire speaking of... how about a double feature with a previously disturbing cult movie The Rapture. Let's call it Martha Marcy Mimi Michael
Boy Culture shares an awesome Elizabeth Taylor photo and Richard Burton poem. I can never get enough of Liz & Dick.
Towleroad Gareth Thomas, who came out of the closet two years ago, is retiring from rugby. I wonder if his biopic is still on... it's SO weird that Mickey Rourke is supposed to play him because they look nothing alike and Jason Statham would be so so perfect. 


Pajiba "the superhot women of old timey westerns"
HitFix Eddie Murphy speaks about his Oscar hosting gig. 

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Isn't the central image of Mara Rooney on that poster is a rip-off of the original "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" poster? (although this is a remake of a Swedish film/TV movie to begin with, which was an adaptation of a book, so - I get it, I get it. Everything comes from something else.)


Still, the Hornet's Nest poster had a simple, striking image of Lisabeth Salander, her mohawk cut and her cigarette, and even though I haven't seen the films that poster stuck in my brain the moment I saw it. This takes a simple idea and botches it up seven ways to Sunday: a visually messy composition that is unbalanced, too complicated and too arty by half; a lack of a clear focus (my eye doesn't know where to go and ends up drifting off in disinterest). And that tag line is awful in my book. I love words, I love good writing, and that line is horrible. It flows in the brain and on the tongue with all the ease of of Eliza Doolittle's marbles. And what the hell does it mean, anyhow? I don't think that's quite the reaction they were going for, or at least I hope not, because my takeaway is "I hope the movie is a hell of a lot better than this poster."

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Janice -- actually you're right. it is similar. i hadn't thought of that because i avoided that movie (thought the first one was just a total mediocrity.

October 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat, as I've mentioned I haven't seen any of the films or read the books (and have no plans to, especially, although I'm intrigued by the new remake.) But it's weird how that poster for Hornet's Nest stuck in my head. It's simple - almost too simple, and that's exactly what makes it work. (I can not immediately call to mind the posters for the other two films btw.)

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice
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