Michael Nyqvist

Europa Report

Intense, unnerving, claustrophobic. These are three adjectives that describe some of the best trips into space that man has taken in the realm of science fiction. Films that come to mind: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, perhaps even the less fictiony Apollo 13. Every time men and women venture into the depths of space, things get a little intimate and uncomfortable. And that’s before things start to go wrong. So to say that a movie like Europa Report — a found footage movie about humanity traveling to one of Jupiter’s moons — accomplishes this could also be construed as par for the course. It’s five people in a confined space, traveling into the unknown. Of course it’s going to get a little tense. Add some of the film’s more ambitious, haunting fictions and you’ve got yourself a movie that, once it settles into its story, will have you occasionally gripping the armrests of your seat.

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Europa Report

Wouldn’t it be so great if a group of smart, dedicated, ambitious astronauts blasted up into space in search of intelligent life and the pursuit of knowledge and something wonderful happened? Like they didn’t die at the hands of a bunch of screeching, flashing, horrifying aliens? Or they didn’t get abandoned up there, away from the only home they know? Or they didn’t leave behind a bunch of video depicting their last days alive? Wouldn’t that be just the tops? Well, probably not in terms of pure entertainment value, but it would certainly be a different take on the tired space exploration genre. However, based purely on the pull quotes in this first full-length trailer for Sebastian Cordero’s Europa Report, the space-exploration-gone-horribly-awry trope might still have some fresh moonrock to mine, and this feature just might do it. Starring Michael Nyqvist, Sharlto Copley, and Daniel Wu, the film centers on a private mission to Jupiter’s fourth moon (Europa) and apparently a whole bunch of bad stuff that goes down once the crew touches down and starts work. You know how it is. So what happens up there? Oh, we don’t know, but check out the first full trailer for Europa Report after the break to get a tiny idea of what might await us in space.

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David Gordon Green has been talking about helming a remake of Dario Argento’s warped ballet-academy-turned-witch-coven horror movie classic Suspiria for so long that it started to sound like a project that was never really going to happen. But then, a little over a month ago, a press release came out officially naming it as the director’s next project. Suddenly the idea that there was actually going to be a new take on Suspiria coming our way looked a lot more likely. And now that the first round of casting on the film has been completed, cold hard reality has set in. Variety reports that the film’s lead role, that of a young student from America who travels to a well-respected, European ballet academy, has gone to Isabelle Fuhrman. At only the age of 15, Fuhrman is an actress still at the very beginning of her career, but many people might already know her as the creepy little girl in Orphan, or for playing the side character of Clove in this year’s smash hit The Hunger Games.

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Consider this as a rumor from the Swedish TMZ crowd until further confirmation, but Tom Cruise and director Brad Bird may have found their villain for Mission Impossible 4… Per online Swedish tabloid, Nojes Bladet, Michael Nyqvist may be starring against Cruise as one of the baddies in the latest installment of the action/spy franchise. If the name doesn’t sound familiar it may be that you have yet to catch international sensation, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or its two equally popular sequels. I don’t speak Swedish, so I’ve had to trust in the infallible accuracy of Google Translator. Which means any errors in this post, big or small, can be blamed on the fine folks at Google. And probably on the Swedes too.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

As if it were The Avengers all of the sudden, the David Fincher led re-envisioning (or whatever) of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is making so many headlines that I’m forced to lay it all down in one mega-article. It’s only mega based on length, mind you, as I’ve all but run out of hilarious quips about a movie that involves so much rape and shivering Scandinavians. Alas, there is some news. Including a confirmation on Daniel Craig’s involvement and another lady who might be throwing her name into the hat to play Lisbeth Salander. It’s all very interesting, I assure you.

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Foreign Objects

Stiegg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy continues to dominate the New York Times bestsellers lists just as it did across Europe, and the film adaptations are doing brisk business as well. The first film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (review here), didn’t top the US box-office (it is subtitled after all), but it did very well in limited release. It appeared on DVD and Blu-ray this week and both formats currently sit near the top of the sales charts. The inevitable US remake is still in pre-production and cast speculations run rampant, but for those of us who don’t mind reading while we watch the second film in the Swedish trilogy is about to reach our screens. The Girl Who Played With Fire picks up roughly a year after the conclusion of Dragon Tattoo, and our two leads have gone their separate ways. Once-disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is back in the saddle both as co-publisher of Millennium Magazine and as occasional sex buddy with his long time magazine partner, Erika Berger. He hasn’t seen the odd and fiercely intelligent Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) for quite some time and is unsure why she left and where she’s gone. For those of you with short-term memory loss, Dragon Tattoo saw Blomkvist convicted of libel and decide to take on a forty year-old missing person case while he awaits sentencing. His investigation crosses paths with Salander and the two join forces and genitals to solve the case and stop a present-day killer.

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SXSW Film 2010

This year, SXSW will host the US premiere of the Swedish film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Adapted from the novel with the same name, this is the first film in a trilogy. From seeing the trailer, I am immensely interested in checking this film out. It looks like a thriller that shouldn’t be missed.

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