A Brit a Day [#1051]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:  most integral soundtrack ever, imo.  Been listening to a lot of Trent Reznor and How to Destroy Angels in the car.  Trent Reznor isn’t technically a Brit, although he was resuscitated from an overdose in London once.  So today’s Brit is, by association, Daniel Craig.

Does anyone know when the American sequel to TGWTDT is coming out?

A Brit a Day [#839]

After last night’s opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, my head is spinning with Brits I’d like to humbly thank/honor/kneel down to for the emotionally charged spectacle they laid before my watering eyes:  Danny Boyle, J K Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney, Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys [for that awesome cover of ‘Come Together.’  I remember when Alex Turner was too young to drink in the clubs he played in–he finally looks like a grown up man.]

But for the sheer happiness his appearance brought me, I have to pick Sir Kenneth Branagh in a stovepipe hat……

….followed at a respectable distance by Daniel Craig transforming the Queen of England into a Bond girl.

As another viewer wrote on Tumblr, “Anyone know where I can download an app that turns me into a Brit?”

A Brit a Day [#663]

A week ago, I saw Daniel Craig [today’s guest Brit] and Rooney Mara in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’  It starts to get confusing with the novel in my head as well as the Swedish language film and both of its sequels and now this, but I think I liked it a lot.  I especially liked this scene and how scared Craig’s character was to have her stitch him up.  But for me, the best thing about the movie was Trent Reznor’s and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack.  And guess what? Atticus Ross is English.  More on that tomorrow.

A Brit a Day [#578]

Okay, Mr. Daniel-Craig-as-Mikael-Bloomquist, you’ve got some big shoes to fill–please don’t let me down, especially after I told everyone that ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ had to be good just on the strength of your appearing in it.

Here’s what collider.com has to say about it:

The script, which captures the novel’s bleak tone (its original Swedish title was Men Who Hate Women), was written by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, who wrote Schindler’s List, and it departs rather dramatically from the book. Blomkvist is less promiscuous, Salander is more aggressive, and, most notably, the ending—the resolution of the drama—has been completely changed. This may be sacrilege to some, but Zaillian has improved on Larsson—the script’s ending is more interesting.