Here is something you don’t come across every day.  As we head into an Oscar season that is mostly going to be, once again, about white male protagonists it was refreshing to come across this site, Confessions of a Female Filmmaker and her review of The Dragon Tattoo.  Nicole Davis is a 23 year old filmmaker who has wanted to be a director since she was 13.  Here’s to hoping when the time comes the industry will be open and available for her.  So much of success now is built on instant celebrity but here is a smart up and comer — we wish her the best.  She writes about Dragon Tattoo:

Despite the big names involved in this film,  don’t expect that traditional Hollywood gloss. This film is raw and some people might be a bit disturbed by a few scenes. As an adaptation, the film is great because it stands on its own as a great piece of art. Fincher is a master of capturing the under belly of modern culture, he does it so well in fact, that you wish you could live in the dark worlds he creates.

And about Rooney Mara:

Mara is completely unrecognizable in the role and has gone from unknown to super star literally over night. Salander is a complex character with a murky past. The book takes great time to explain her history and her quirks in excruciating detail to the point that she becomes larger than life. The film is the same, but unlike the book Fincher rooted Lisbeth in the real world which made her more relatable.

This film is anything but subtle and I do not think any actress could have captured this character the way Mara did. She has multiple nude scenes and many of them involve sexual violence that will make your skin crawl. Mara’s performance is cutting and impassioned, she has really raised the bar for actors across the board.

I have found the reviews about this film to be mostly annoying and off point, written by men, too many men.  The Dragon Tattoo is a film that is drawing the attention of 20-something girls. And if there ever was an underserved demographic, there it is.  It’s mostly written off as the “Twilight set” but for those who are looking for something beyond the usual crap in service of the fanboy demographic, we’re seeing something new with this film and how it’s sparking the interest of young women.  Nicole Davis is one of those, and a refreshing voice amid the male-dominated