Film Junk Podcast Episode #350: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

0:00 – Intro / Film Junk Reader’s Choice Award Winners
21:15 – Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
55:40 – Trailer Trash: The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
1:25:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Rocketeer, Bombay Beach, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, Scrooged, Saturday Night Live, Buck, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
1:47:10 – Junk Mail: Foreign Directors and their Opinion on Foreign Films, Hipsters
2:01:40 – This Week’s DVD Releases
2:07:30 – Outro
2:09:45 – Spoiler Discussion: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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  • James, just because I think saying “Batman is George W. Bush” is a stretch doesn’t mean I didn’t love the film. Is it a requirement to buy into that interpretation to be a fan of the film? You’re being overly defensive, certainly in this case seeing as we all like The Dark Knight.

    I’m not sure if you read the quote in Kent’s comment (#26), but seeing as you’re in to providing evidence of Nolan’s talent via the opinions of respectable directors, here’s a response about the social themes in TDK from the man himself:

    “We try not to sit down and write commentary on the world we live in but we do try and write from an honest place and in doing that you do naturally write about the world we live in. But I think you’ve got to do that unconsciously. These films are not meant to be providing specific social commentary, I think that would be alienating and I think it would take the fun out of it,” Nolan said.

  • kyri

    Rus not everything has to do with 9.11
    There were other terrorists attacks elsewhere you know..
    When we speak about a terrorist symbolism we do not directly refer to a 9.11 symbolism. Terrorism is something more broad and abstract.
    For example, when your government say.. “war on Terror” what does it mean? The film comments on that concept in a very smart yet direct way

    Who created the Terrorism?
    How you deal with Terror? What are the ethical dilemmas?

    Why can’t Batman Kill Joker?
    why do they need each other?
    Why our Democracies always need an Enemy?
    Nazis-Soviets-Russians-Terrorist-Chinnesee..
    you Get the point.

    But the thing with TDK is that it’s at the same time a great story as well, a great Action film, a great Thriller. a Great Tragedy.

    Most of the time when films combine linear story with allegories the result is horrible , (avatar)

    But in some cases (children of men, There will be blood, Shutter Island and TDK)
    the result is simply brilliant.

    And it is Brilliant because it is done so well that you can ignore it and enjoy a Great Film. that works in many layers. And justify it self without them. because it is not a propaganda film. but Art. And Great Art just Like philosophy. it’s inconclusive.

  • James

    Jay: I’m just being a enthusiastic fan, I’ve read that interview as well. It’s ridiculous trying to change someone’s opinion, and it’s not like you guys said you didnt like it or anything, I just felt the need to defend it a little bit. Just a little bit. It’s all in a fun and friendly spirit though, I hoped that came through my posts.

    I even brought in total eclipse of the heart, I think I deserve some credit for that.

  • yes, but you ignored my point, you keep talking about terrorism in the current time period. this terrorism has very defined goals on ALL sides. TDK’s representation of terrorism (at one end) is a selfish psychopath whose goals are his own/less concerned with the group (religion, region, government). You keep trying to tie this film to global events yet you ignore information the film gives you. classic reading things in to a great film to expand your enjoyment, thats fine.

  • kyri

    maybe you are right, but to be honest I just don’t see “clear defined goals on ANY side.”

    All I see is chaos and nonsense actions/arguments etc..

    Anyway.. let’s just say TDK is like the Bible..

    a matter of interpretation… :-)