Movie Diary 3/11/2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Niels Arden Opley, 2009). The book everybody has read on a bus at some point becomes a Swedish production while waiting to become a Hollywood movie that everybody sees. A fairly brutal movie; hard to forget the book’s original title, Men Who Hate Women. (full review 3/19)

Remember Me (Allen Coulter, 2010). Bob Pattinson staying gloomy, in a film that hinges on its final ten minutes but doesn’t want you to know about them. Some mood in it, though. (full review 3/12)

How to Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, 2010). Snappy story and good 3D, as a Viking lad learns how to whisper to flying reptiles. (full review 3/26)

Edge of the City (Martin Ritt, 1957). Too many feebly motivated plot turns in this fitfully interesting movie, which has good location stuff, borrowings from On the Waterfront and various Method outings, and an expansive performance by Sidney Poitier. Early starring part for John Cassavetes. But still, the Fifties are a great time for movies.