Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

Welcome to my very first blog entry ever. I'm making history here....

So, I created this blog to focus on the industry that I have been fascinated and intrigued with since I was a child- the Entertainment Industry. I am a Film Major at the University of Central Florida, halfway through my junior year. I have endured the pretentious minds of worldly film students and bitter film professors practicing obselete ideals... but it's not all bad! I've had a lot of really great times working on students films, attending the screeners, interning, etc. 

And that's what this blog is all about! I'm going to bring you into my world and show you what the life of a film student is really like. I'll review the movies I've recently watched, let you into the secrets of film school, and the horror stories of being an intern. Basically, a guide for any of you trying to break into this industry and are just starting off. 

I'll begin with a review of a movie I saw last night and have been DYING to see- The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.

If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of it or seen the trailer, I posted it on my profile page. The teaser tells you absolutely *nothing* about the film and that's why I love it. It's a bunch of sharply cut images playing against the background of the "Immigrant Song" cover by Trent Reznor feat. Karon O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Btw I also posted this song on my page. I'm borderline obsessed with it at the moment. Anyway, it's a really great trailer, but if you want to learn more about the story, check out the other one on YouTube.

Back to the movie- The plot follows a recently scorned journalist, Mikael (played by Daniel Craig), who is asked to write the memoirs of the head a Swedish Steel Co., the Vangor Family. His real task? To solve the murder of Harriet Vangor dating back to the 1960's. With the help of Lisabeth (played by Rooney Mara), Mikael attempts to solve the mystery and digs into the horrific secrets of the Vangor family...

Why is this film so amazing? Besides the fact that it is directed by my all-time favorite director, David Fincher, it has beautiful cinemtography, an incredible soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and has a phenomenally talented cast. Rooney Mara underwent quite a transformation to become the tattooed, pierced, mohawk-sporting character, Lisabeth. She had to have her eyebrows bleached, for God's sake! The costume designer for this film was also incredible, Daniel wore nothing but blacks and grays throughout the film, a tremendous form of symbolism for a man entering the dark, disturrbing world of a sadistic family.

The ending was completely unpredictable. I left the theater feeling just as Fincher intended- shocked, disturbed, and a little uncomfortable. This movie is defintiely not one to bring your children to. It has some hard-to-watch scenes, including a pretty gruesome rape scene that I had to turn away from. But, don't worry, she gets her revenge in the end.

Overall, this is a must-see film. It chronicles the International Best-selling Trilogy meaning...? There's gonna be two more on the way. So don't fight it, go see this film! You may be a bit disturbed, but you won't be disappointed.

That's it for this entry. Hope you enjoyed it. More to come.

-K

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