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With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – that our cultural need to rally behind obvious points of praise and awareness have been gloriously undercut. 2011 was the year to see and love films that spoke to you, and to be prepared to argue the case with fellow cinephiles. In other words, 2011 was the year the gloves came off. To say that none of the 30 films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these.
I think it’s safe to say that not one person including anyone on our staff will agree with every movie selected on this list. »
- Simon Howell
So striking and unique was Swedish actress Noomi Rapace’s portrayal of 21st century anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander in the original 2009 film that director David Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian already had their work cut out adapting author Stieg Larsson’s complex first book of his Millennium trilogy as an English-language film. The plot is so complex with its plethora of characters and emotions and deals with so many issues, including Nazism, serial murder, rape, torture and twisted family liaisons that it acts as both a cinematic dream and a hindrance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it’s a relief that Fincher and Zaillian not only appreciated that the central theme to refer everything to is the Salander journey and the breaking down of her defiant resolve, but also that the film could not be set anywhere else but in Sweden again, purely for the inherent cultural quality and mystique that the story desperately requires. »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2011) Film Review, a movie directed by David Fincher and starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgard, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow, Joely Richardson, David Dencik, Joel Kinnaman, Embeth Davidtz, Goran Visnjic, Julian Sands, Steven Berkoff, Geraldine James, Yorick van Wageningen, and Sahlima.
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Tattoo Dragon is Matt Reeves’ Let Me In to Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In. It is that scenario, this time between Niels Arden Oplev and David Fincher, all over again: there is a book, its first adapted into a Swedish film (directed by Niels Arden Oplev) then its adapted into a Us film (David Fincher). And like the Let the Right One In / Let Me In scenario, the first film adaptation is far superior to the second film adaptation. In the current scenario, its even worse for the second director, »
Actor Derek Magyar piloted a new course into producing and directing with his new movie Flying Lessons, which is this month arriving in select theaters with the aim of attracting attention for awards season.
At first slotted to act in the indie heartbreaker, his passion for the project and his relationship with its creators saw him plucked from the stage and dropped into the director's chair.
It tells the story of 25-year-old Sophie Conway (Lost's Maggie Grace), who has hit rock bottom and returns to her hometown and all the baggage she's left behind.
While struggling against a tangled relationship with her mother, portrayed by Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Sophie finds solace in her bond with an Alzheimer's patient (Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook) as she battles to remember her own troubled past.
- Michael Pellegrini
Old-fashioned Cold War espionage is at the center of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, a smart and complex spy thriller that leaves the viewer constantly befuddled about who is who, who is using whom, and who really knows what about who. It’s a great film that delights in the complexities, treacheries, and counter-maneuvers executed by vividly drawn characters in colorful globe-hopping settings. Smartly scripted by Bridget O’Conner and Peter Straughn from the novel by John Le Carre, the basic story takes place in 1973 and has George Smiley (Gary Oldman), an intelligence agent forced into retirement called back to identity and flush out a Russian mole who is believed to have infiltrated the “Circus,” (a term that refers to the highest echelon of British Intelligence). Smiley’s boss, “Control” (John Hurt) had sent an agent on this quest to Budapest earlier, but that mission was botched and Control was canned, »
- Tom Stockman
In the 24 years since Roger Ebert called him "the best young British actor around," Gary Oldman has convincingly played the Devil, Beethoven and the police commissioner of Gotham City. His latest iconic role is less known on this side of the pond: the retired spy at the heart of John le Carre's Cold War classic, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Oldman plays George Smiley, a taciturn right-hand man brought out of retirement to hunt down a Soviet double agent. Canonized by Alec Guinness in a highly popular 1979 miniseries for the BBC, Smiley is a certain sort of powerful man, likened by le Carre to the heat-regulating swift for his ability to fade into any atmosphere. That physical quietude, so at odds with the frantic roles that made Oldman famous, suits the older Oldman, whose mellow, rumpled Commissioner Gordon is one of the highlights of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise.
In "Tinker, »
- Mallika Rao
Now playing in limited release is director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) great new movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Based off the 1974 British novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first novel of the “Karla Trilogy” and the first installment that may spawn a franchise. The spy thriller features Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, just to name a few, and is set during the Cold War era and follows former spy George Smiley (Oldman) through his investigation of a possible double agent within Mi-6. It's a hell of a movie and one you should definitely see. Anyway, over the past few weeks I've been posting the video interviews I did at the New York City press junket and tonight I've got the last one with Colin Firth. During our short interview we talked about how he got involved in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
New Delhi, Dec 19: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', the big screen adaptation of John le Carre's iconic 1974 spy novel of the same name, will release in India Dec 30.
Directed by Tomas Alfredson of 'Let the Right One In' fame, the movie is set in London in the early 1970s. Featuring actors like Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Tom Hardy, the narrative follows the hunt for a Soviet double agent at the top of a British secret service.
'When I first met John le Carre, he was very clear about his wishes regarding the film version of his novel 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 'Please don't shoot the book or remake the TV mini-series. They already exist. I'm not going to interfere, but. »
- Diksha Singh
Tomas Alfredson‘s directorial follow-up to the beloved Let the Right One In is, on the outside, appears to be a drastically different film. Taken at face value, Let the Right One In is about a boy following in love with a vampire and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is about the search for a high-powered government mole. Digging deeper, both films are startlingly, but beautifully similar. They’re stories about repressed loners, even down to the smallest of characters and the most intimate of moments. At the center of the lonely bunch is George Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, in an all internal and “it’s-in-the-eyes” performance. Very few spies are as emasculated, cold, and unsuave as Smiley & Co. Unlike the Bonds and Bournes of the spy world, by the end of this film, no one will wish they were these characters of the Circus. A few weeks ago I had a chance to sit down with »
- Jack Giroux
Gary Oldman has played so many different roles onscreen—punk rocker, gay playwright, Harry Potter's godfather, cops noble and dirty, Count Dracula—that it's hard to believe it when he says of his latest character, "I've never really played someone like this before."The role in question is George Smiley, the brilliant but reserved British spy who appears in many of John le Carré's novels and was immortalized by Alec Guinness in the 1979 BBC miniseries "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," in which Smiley tries to determine which of his peers is a traitor. Now Oldman is stepping into Guinness' "very big shoes" in a new film adaptation from director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In"), and the decision to take on the character could have been "a colossal failure," the actor admits. Instead, the role is earning him rave reviews and buzz that one of the most respected actors of his generation. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jenelle Riley)
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Running Time: 2 hrs 2 mins
Release Date: December 16, 2011 (Chicago)
Plot: A retired espionage expert (Oldman) is hired to find a mole within Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service.
Who’S It For?: If you’re interested in a true change of pace from the multiplex assault of December’s calendar, and the catered potential Oscar fare, Tinker Tailor will certainly be a much different experience than Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and even The Artist. However this film might look and sound, keep your expectations out of the “typical” spy elements.
Expectations: I haven’t seen the original BBC mini-series, or read the book by John le Carre. However, all I needed was a cast of Oldman, Firth, and Hardy to know I definitely didn’t want to miss this one »
- Nick Allen
Now playing in limited release is director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) great new movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Based on the 1974 British novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first novel of the “Karla Trilogy” and the first film installment that may spawn a franchise. The spy thriller features Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, just to name a few. Set during the Cold War era, the story follows former spy George Smiley (Oldman) through his investigation of a possible double agent within Mi-6. It’s a hell of a movie and one you should definitely see. Anyway, when I was at the New York City press junket I interviewed Gary Oldman twice. The first time was a video interview where we talked about how he found Smiley’s glasses (it was a very important part of discovering the »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Slowly walking into theaters is the British espionage hit, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which can be summed up as “the anti-Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” The film boasts the casting of Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Ciaran Hinds and more, while featuring zero car chases. Based on the book by John le Carre, and then the BBC mini-series that featured Alec Guinness, the film now receives a different vision from Let the Right One In Swedish director Tomas Alfredson.
I sat down in a roundtable interview with Alfredson to discuss making the film, the importance of Gary Oldman’s performance, and the differences between a Swedish film set and a British one.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy opens in Chicago on December 16.
So, working with this material that’s been known for the BBC series, and your own film ‘Let the Right One In’ being remade, I »
- Nick Allen
With David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arriving in theaters next week, it reminds us of the difficulty of detaching from source material and making your own mark. I’ll likely be in the minority, but I didn’t think he exceeded at doing so, with many of the original’s problems carrying over. The same can be said for Matt Reeves‘ Let Me In, who said he was going directly from the novel, yet many visuals were nearly identical from Tomas Alfredson‘s Let The Right One In.
The original isn’t as popular as either two examples before, but a similar situation may be brewing with Headhunters. The Norwegian heist novel was written by Jo Nesbo and already adapted into a film by Morten Tyldum (who is making his own debut stateside with a recently announced project). Deadline now reports that Summit Entertainment »
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Tomas Alfredson’s long-awaited, star-studded adaptation of John le Carré’s famed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has begun to creep into North American theaters a couple of months following its UK debut, bringing with it heaps of awards buzz and the hope that it will live up to Alfredson’s breakout feature, Let the Right One In. We’re joined by UK correspondent John McEntee, with whom we’ll also discuss director Martin Ritt’s 1965 film version of another le Carré book, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, available in a lovely Criterion edition.
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- Simon Howell
Director Tomas Alfredson, most recently the wizard behind the gorgeous, spookily moving Let the Right One In, takes the concept of slow-burn thrillers to a new level in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Co-writers Peter Straughn and the late Bridget O’Connor tackle John le Carré‘s landmark 1974 spy novel with suave diligence — that the resulting adapted screenplay thoroughly honors most of the source material’s primary narrative strands is an admirably challenging tightrope to walk, and it pays off handsomely. (At times, though, confusion seeps in. I’d read le Carré’s novel beforehand, so I had somewhat of a leg up going in. But, suffice it to say that most viewers will be, at one point or another, working fervently to connect the narrative dots.)
Most importantly, though, the script — and Alfredson’s bravura treatment of it — captures the aura of le Carré’s work. The paranoia, the voyeurism, »
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There's been a spree of remakes of perfectly good foreign films -- from the Swedish "Let the Right One In" to "Let Me In," to the (again) Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to David Fincher's new version -- so you might well ask: why do we need any more of these? It's a question director Ben Affleck and producer Kathleen Kennedy grappled with before deciding to undertake a remake of the excellent French film "Tell No One." "I don't usually do remakes," Kennedy told The Playlist recently as she was promoting "War Horse" and "The Adventures Of Tintin." "But this was also a movie that wasn't seen by a lot of people in the U.S. It's an absolutely fantastic movie, but at the same time, there was a bit of a flaw in the third act in terms of how everything wrapped up, so it just felt like perfect remake material. »
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a stylish and sophisticated thriller starring an ensemble cast that includes Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. The thriller is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In). The screenplay adaptation is by the writing team of Bridget O.Connor & Peter Straughan.
Wamg is giving away passes to the advance screening of the long-awaited feature film version of John le Carré.s classic bestselling novel in St. Louis, on Wednesday, December 21st, at 7pm.
Official Rules: 1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening. 2. Fill Out Your Name And E-mail Address Below. Real First Name Required. 3. Answer The Following Question: What famous actor played the British spy George Smiley in the 1979 miniseries of the same name?
Winners Will Be Chosen Through A Random Drawing Of Qualifying Contestants. No Purchase Necessary. Passes Will Not Be Substituted Or Exchanged. Duplicate Tickets Will »
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On Saturday, October 22nd, 2011, the eleventh annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival Awards were held in Hollywood, California, to celebrate the ten days of original horror programming which had preceded it, most notably the China Brothers’ Crawl (which took home awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography). Today results were released for the fest’s Screenplay Competition, and we’ve got ‘em. Read on for the winners!
Screamfest, which is spearheaded by founder and director Rachel Belofsky, has built a reputation over the last decade as having its finger on the pulse of the horror genre. Recent films programmed at Screamfest that have garnered a lot of attention include Let the Right One In, Trick 'r Treat, Splinter, Martyrs, The Signal, and Paranormal Activity.
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Chicago – Director Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”) completely destroys the theory of the sophomore slump this week with the Chicago opening of his take on the award-winning John Le Carre novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, and Tom Hardy. We’ll be back tomorrow with an interview with Mr. Oldman and our review of the film later this week but let’s start with this wonderful Alfredson round table, featuring myself, Locke Peterseim, Peter Sobczynski, and Nick Allen.
Working with this material that’s been known for the BBC series, and your own film Let the Right One In being remade, I was wondering if you had any particular feelings about remakes and also if you thought there’s anything truly out of bounds to be remade?
Tomas Alfredson: I really don’t consider this »
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