Letâs hear it for female empowerment movies that are so graphic they could never air on Lifetime TV â flicks such as Hard Candy, Jenniferâs Body, and the latest The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. When it screened at this yearâs Miami International Film Festival, women in the sold-out crowd at Gusman clapped and hollered as men cringed. The protagonist, Lisbeth, is a pissed-off, cyber-goth hacker who helps a reporter solve a murder mystery. Sheâs the one with the dragon tattoo and a thirst for vengeance that gets women out of their seats cheering.
The film is based on the first book in Swede Stieg Larssonâs Millennium Trilogy, which sold upwards of 22 million copies. The original Swedish title was MÃ¤n som hatar kvinnor â literally, âMen Who Hate Women.â Hereâs hoping this sets off a whole new wave of rape-revenge movies. In all likelihood, Hollywood will get its clammy hands on the story, and the remake will lose all riot-grrrl cred. (Unless they plan on arming Gabourey Sidibe with a machete â that would be awesome.)
Sun., June 13, 9:35 p.m., 2010