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When news hit that the folk
behind the OC were going
to adapt Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl novels for
the small screen, fans waited with baited breath -- and
fortunately none were disappointed. The lives and loves
of rich bitch Blair, BFF Serena, scheming Chuck Bass and
perennial good guy Dan Humphrey and his sometimes
sweet sister Jenny made great fodder for TV.
Three seasons in, and the characters still hold plenty of
appeal and the antics of our favourite Upper East Side
clique have gotten hotter than ever. School's over for most
of the gang and real life beckons in the form of NYU, exotic
hotels and jobs in the big city. While Blair and Chuck nally
give in to their love and become a couple, Serena is fresh
from a holiday romance which looks sets to blossom into
something more serious. Meanwhile, little Jenny's all
grown up and ready to step into Queen B's shoes. There's
action and dramas galore in this new season and the cliff
hanger ending will leave you clamouring for Season Four.
Angelina Jolie has been kicking butt since the
Tomb Raider days and with her latest lm, Salt,
she adds another arse-whooping character to her
arsenal of memorable ladies who can swing a st
and shoot an Uzi at the same time - CIA agent
Sworn into the CIA, Salt promises to defend,
honour and obey her country and its powers
that be, so what happens when Salt is accused
of being a Russian sleeper spy? Will she remain
loyal to her country or was everything she
proclaimed to be, an elaborate ruse?
In an e ort to prove her innocence, Salt goes
on the run, using all her skills and years of
experience as a covert operative to elude capture,
protect her husband, and stay one step ahead of
her colleagues at the CIA.
Aussie director Phillip Noyce (who worked with
Jolie previously on e Bone Collector) ups the
ante in the action stakes, unfolding the story at
a breakneck pace. Jolie is superb as the maligned
CIA agent delivering a character worthy of a
Bond lm as she dives o bridges, slides down
buildings and rakes the scenery with bullets...
is is a nail-biting action ick with plenty going
for it -- most notably the lovely Jolie...
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist reprise their
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this
second instalment of the late Swedish author Stieg
Larsson's Millennium Trilog y.
Whilst lacking the punch of the rst movie,
Girl Who Played with Fire is still a satisfying lm.
Rapace and Nyqvist continue to evolve their char-
acters. Rapace is particularly memorable as Lisbeth
Salander -- she almost burns up the celluloid with
her voracious performance.
In e Girl Who Played with Fire, Salander returns
from a vacation (made from the ill-gotten gains of
her hacking exploits undertaken in the rst fea-
ture) only to discover she is being stitched up for
the murder of her attacker from Dragon Tattoo.
e police and the media are ready to have Saland-
er put away for life -- but our heroine has other
plans... So too does Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist),
the crusading reporter from the Millenium, who
decides he needs to help clear Salander's name.
Director Daniel Alfredson delivers a taut and grit-
ty lm that stays true to Larsson's novel and as such
spends considerable time setting the scene for the
Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
No matter, it's worth seeing for Rapace alone, who
provides one of the most intense screen heroines
you will ever see.
THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
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