Sherlock (2010-)

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Sorry for the absence, as I was out of town and unable to do my normal viewing. On top of that I got sucked into this magnificent show over the last week.  I would have posted after the first season but I just couldn’t stop watching especially when each episode is roughly an hour 20.  Thank you netflix for allowing my binge watching.  Ok, now back to business.  Man, talk about a classic and true representation of Sherlock Holmes as only the British could have provided.  It’s leaps and bounds better than that Elementary and the Robert Downy Jr. version, which I just found  way to hollywoodized.  In this version Sherlock is sherlock, a master investigator with a particular personality.  Or as they call it a sociopath, I would agree with that diagnosis.  Even though the crimes are serious there is a great use of humor to break up the seriousness.  Plus all of the created characters; villains, supporting and main are just outstanding. Not only due to the writing of the script but the acting will just blow you out of the water.

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock and man does he do a good job.  I was a big fan of his before watching this but I would rank this as one of my favorite performances of his.  Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson is incredible as well.  There chemistry is something you rarely see now a days.  It’s mind blowing.  Top ten in casting I’ve ever seen, seriously.  Plus I love that the writers made this running joke that they might be gay with each other which is just hilarious to watch as its constantly brought up. Not that there is anything wrong with that, its just humorous.  Catch my Seinfeld reference there?

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The villains that they cast are mind blowing as well.  Each one is so different and it makes each episode quite different.  I actually have been quite surprised by each episodes plot line, I couldn’t even guess what was gonna happen next.  I’ve had a trend of that lately which has been quite refreshing.

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There is a difference between sociopaths and psychopaths.

Overall: 24/25

I can’t give a perfect score but this is damn near close.  Believe me.

Rotten Tomatoes:

Season 1 – 100%

Season 2 – 100%

Season 3 – 97%

IMDB Score: 9.3/10

It’s elementary my dear readers…

– Ben

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

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I got lucky thanks to Netflix, they had The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s sequel The Girl Who Played with Fire on instant.  Once again I was blown away by this one.  Firstly, it had a totally different storyline than the previous. Which made the entire story so much more in depth and just gnarly. It justifies me saying last time it was very novel-like.  I can’t think of another series of movies that I have seen in the last few months that can compare to this one. It is just so fantastic, I can commend it anymore.

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Noomi Rapace was once again just fucking sick.  You learn so much more about her character’s personality and dark past, which Noomi just portrays so skillfully.  I can totally see why Ridley Scott tapped her for the lead in Prometheus (which I blown away by too). She is quite sexual in this one compared to the previous, I don’t want to spill to much and give away the plot line.

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Everything else that I stated on the review for the previous movie held true for this one.  I already added the third installment into the Millenium Series onto my instant, so it’s next on my list.

Overall: 23/25

A continuation of a very engaging story that started with the first installment in this series.  After watching the second you are gonna crave to watch the third.

Rotten Tomateos: 69%

IMDB Score: 7.1/10

It was like a shock to the nuts…

– Ben

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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Firstly let me state this is the Swedish version that came out a few years before the English version in 2011.  Now with that said I absolutely love this film.  It was one of the instances where subtitles just disappear and blend so well with the film that you began to not even notice your reading them by the time the movie ends.  This is also one of those crime films where I couldn’t actually guess the storyline at all.  That’s a total breath of fresh air.  It is a long movie two at 152 minutes but I felt like that just flew by.  Not to mention the first hour is almost like watch two widely different films, each plot is very engaging, until the minor connection between two main characters blossoms into one single story to keep you on the edge of your seat.  I am a little biased as I have been watching quite a few Scandinavian films and shows lately, Trollhunter (2010) and Lilyhammer (2012-), which has impressed me by the talent that is over there.  I’m a big fan of the scenery and landscape there too.  That’s also quite refreshing to see the film industry return to those countries which played such a vital role in the early 20th century growth in film production.

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Noomi Rapace is just killer, no pun intended, in this.  She made this goth/punk/anarchist character F-in’ sexy.  Minus the few graphic scenes of sexual abuse from her characters probo officer, damn probi’s always ruining the fun.  I commend her for taking this role especially with the sexual violence topics that are represented in the story.

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The other actors in this were also quite compelling, I’m looking at you Michael Nyqvist.  Kinda funny I had just watched him in Europa (2012) and didn’t even recognize him in this, I blame it on the “Russian” accent he used in Europa.  I would say this is a must see if you enjoy movies that have been adapted from novels.  It really had the feel of a novel storyline but providing visuals instead of you having to use your “imagination”.  I did see they had two additional movie released in 2009 to complete the Millennium Series, so I got them on my list to see.  I also would like to watch the American adaption with Mara Rooney (Big fan here) and Daniel Craig.  I will post immediately after viewing those to do comparisons.

Overall: 23/25

Quite the crime thriller with an original plot and tremendously good acting.  Prepare yourself there are some graphic scenes.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

IMDB Score: 7.8/10

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Yeah for Sweden!

– Ben

The Ninth Gate (1999)

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Well this one really reminded me of the da vinci code just due to the similar story matter.  Instead of the illuminati we had Lucifer and this truly devilish girl, reminiscent of the the albino Silas in da vinci code.  This was a pretty typical Polanski movie.  Lots of nice scenes shot all over Europe with a thrilling suspenseful musical score.  I enjoyed it but its seemed a little long and drawn out.  Just when you think it might be wrapping up it continues, and even though other critics found the ending bland.  I liked it. It really left it up to your imagination of the resulting consequences of Johnny Depp’s character.  Per usual Depp played a very dark and mysterious character and to top it off he was shown drinking quite often.  Not drunk but drinking none the less.  Oh he also appears to smoke American Spirit cigarettes through the whole movie, legit.

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One character I really like though was Emmanuelle Seigner’s The Girl.  She just had the prefect attitude and look to play this devilish angle like character.  Polanski made her look just incredibly evil and a total temptress.  Plus you get a glimpse of her breasteses, always a plus.

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Those eyes though…

Overall: 18/25

It’s a decent thriller and suspenseful movie just way to long, but enjoy the scenery and Depp’s typical character.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

IMDB Score: 6.7/10

– Ben