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New Meetup: "THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE" University Regal, Irvine

From: Lila
Sent on: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:31 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Orange County Movie Fans!

What: "THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE" University Regal, Irvine

When: Friday, July 23,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Edwards Univeristy Town Center 6
4245 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Movie starts at 6:40. We will go in at 6:25.

Mr. Larsson?s ?Girl? books (including the last one, ?The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet?s Nest,? which was recently published in the United States) may not be great literature, but it would be foolish to deny that Lisbeth is a terrifically compelling character. She embodies so many cultural fantasies and anxieties that it is hard to imagine anyone who could resist her magnetism. Antisocial and deeply principled, a computer nerd with lethal fists, a chain-smoking sexual athlete and merciless scourge of sexual predators, Lisbeth elicits disparate instincts in viewers (and in some of her fellow characters) that are less contradictory than mutually reinforcing. Do you want to protect her? Sleep with her? Hang out with her? Or be just like her?

By ?you? I mean primarily Mikael Blomkvist, the muckraking, bed-hopping journalist who is Lisbeth?s confidant and alter ego, and the conduit between her inscrutability and the audience?s desire to know her better. Mikael, as played by Michael Nyqvist, is as open in his demeanor as Lisbeth is secretive, though he also frequently operates by means of indirection and outright deceit.

The two of them ? Watson and Holmes; Nick and Nora Charles; Robin and Batman ? unravel grim conspiracies involving powerful men and poke at the underbelly of modern society, where misogyny, political authority and capitalist greed fester and commingle.

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