Tomas Alfredson's dark supernatural fable Let The Right One In was one of the best films of 2008, but it had one glaring flaw: it was in fucking Swedish. Sure, the movie was phenomenal, if you didn't mind reading words on the bottom of a screen for 117 minutes. As they say in Sweden, jag knullar ditt bröd! (Translation: fuck your bread!) If you're anything like me, you don't go to the movies to read. You go to avoid reading. Also, to avoid process servers.
If you've seen neither the original film nor this one, and if you're interested in either, the nicest thing to say about this version is, it'll do. If it's one of those nights when you just don't wanna read nuthin', Let Me In will simulate the Let The Right One In experience, without all the ümlauts. And, to "writer"/director Reeves' credit, he makes some choices which, »
By now you've undoubtedly confirmed for yourself that Brad Pitt is not in David Fincher's The Social Network... Unless you count that "Tyler Durden" Facebook profile on a computer screen in Jesse Eisenberg's room (blink and you'll miss it but I did catch it the second time through).
A Fincher sandwich. Brangelina brung the bread.
If you foolishly expected Brad to pop up for a cameo, you're forgiven on account of your totally understandable great love of David Fincher movies, in which Brad often stars (Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). They're friends in real life and only one year apart in age. But for now, no new movie collaborations are on the docket.
<--- Fincher winning an MTV Award for Se7en (1995). It wasn't the first time MTV honored him but more on that later.
Beyond the obvious and uncurious case of Brad Pitt, does »
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Chicago – Whenever two power players in the world of cinephiles come together, it creates a critical buzz and such was the case when it was announced that The Criterion Collection had chosen Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” for induction in their world-renowned series of DVDs and Blu-rays.
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
The Thin Red Line was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 28th, 2010
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Criterion Collection
As with most Criterion releases, the most notable thing about the edition is the film itself. They never skimp on the actual transfer and one can only imagine the time and effort the notoriously-detailed Malick must have put in with cinematographer John Toll on this new, restored high-definition digital transfer. »
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Movies in the “portrait-of-a-killer” category have it tough; telling a murder mystery of sorts from the viewpoint of the killer can't be an easy feat. If the audience isn't going to like or root for the lead character, then all that's really left is to understand why the killer came to be how he or she is.
The Killer Inside Me does exactly everything it should: it reveals layer by layer Lou Ford's (Casey Affleck) motives, and what exactly causes the hamster to turn the wheel in his twisted, violent head. The story begins with Lou(Casey Affleck), a deputy in a friendly, quiet Texas town, introducing us to various characters in his life, each one of them quite amiable and respectful to him. Everyone knows everyone. The town's so tame, he doesn't even carry a firearm. An unarmed Texas police officer must be a sight to behold.
In an »
- Ryan Katona
This is the first trailer on Pure Movies for Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese and Cara Buono. The film is a remake of the fantastic Let The Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owen's age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, »
- Dan Higgins
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Life as We Know It$15.5 million2The Social Network$13.4 million3Secretariat$13 million4My Soul to Take$9.1 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.2 million6The Town$6.4 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5.5 million8Easy a$4.7 million9You Again$3.3 million10Let Me In$1.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
As predicted last week, David Fincher's The Social Network took the number one slot, as well as the praise of most critics. But the big surprise last weekend was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's new film Let Me In, which was supposed to give the "Facebook movie" a run for it's money, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million. This weekend will see three new movies entering the charts, including the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, the Disney film Secretariat and the horror movie My Soul to Take, which are all sure to »
Let Me In Alt' PosterThere is a new sensational clip in for the film Let Me In called "Neighbour Virginia," in which Abby, a vampire, feeds herself on the blood of a strolling woman. The clip is short in length (under one minute), but some of the excellent make-up and special effects can be seen in the reel. Notice the dark orangey hues from the camera lenses, which heightens the surreal nature of the showing; the clip is below!
The film's official synopsis:
"Let Me In, tells a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old boy named Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex.
His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
With a preem at Sundance and follow up fests such as Nd/Nf and Deauville, Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards has had a difficult time finding a distributor willing to partner on a project that may lack in star power, but might be working with a different curriculum. Screen Media have nabbed the rights to the drama will plans of setting it up with a release next year. Written by Eric Mendelsohn this is the story of three residents of the same suburban town over the course of one seemingly perfect autumn day. Seen through a prism of sunlight and glittering leaves, the film peers deep into the private lives of its characters as they embark on journeys that fracture the delicate normalcy of the day. A businessman (Elias Koteas) with marital troubles gets "lost" on a business trip without ever leaving town. A little girl (Rachel Resheff) steals her mother »
Screen Media Films has announced its acquisition of Us distribution rights to Eric Mendelsohn's "3 Backyards" on the eve of its showing at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Starring Embeth Davidtz, Edie Falco, Elias Koteas, and Rachel Resheff, the film explores the interior lives of three residents of the same suburban town over the course of one perfect autumn day. Screen Media will release the film in the first half of »
Let Me In Directed by: Matt Reeves Written by: Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (swedish screenplay, novel) Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas Remember when vampires played by the rules? When they only came out at night and actually bit necks? Judging by today’s glowering daywalkers, respect for that mythology has been all but Eclipsed. Ahem. Maybe that was the fear with this remake of Let the Right One In. Hollywood had essentially defanged the vampire, and many — myself included — poo-pooed the notion that an American remake of a brilliant foreign film could be anything but fast-food imitation. Fortunately, we were dead wrong: Matt Reeves’ Let Me In is the rare sequel worthy of its original. Still, it’s peculiar timing. Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 Swedish version is barely in the ground, less than two years old, and its English language retelling is already in western theaters. »
By Kevin Bowen - October 6, 2010
Life is unfair to middle children and remakes.
It didn’t work that way and we’ll never know. What I can say? "Let Me In," written and directed by "Cloverfield"’s Reeves, underlines and capitalizes so much of what was wonderfully understated about the original. Still, this creepy vampire flick, set in 1983 small town New Mexico, is better than most horror films that Hollywood will release anytime soon.
Alfredson’s 2008 original has a real genius for holding sick or horrifying scenes and daring you to laugh. A great example: a sweet dog stumbles onto »
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Chicago – Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” provoked such a strong response after its Sundance Film Festival premiere that the auteur behind “A Mighty Heart,” “9 Songs,” and “24 Hour Party People” was shunned by a crowd that typically embraces challenging films. What turned them? Check out Winterbottom’s daring film with Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, and Simon Baker, now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
The fact is that people still respond very, very strongly to extreme violence, especially when it’s linked to brutal misogyny. This critic has serious problems with violence merely for the sake of violence and I can see why some people saw that in some of the more disturbing sequences in “The Killer Inside Me” but I see something very different. I think people expected something from Winterbottom’s noir that it never intended to be. This film is closer to “American Psycho »
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Vampires. They have been a hot topic (no pun intended) the past few years. With the unfortunate popularity of the Twilight film adaptations and television adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse books from Charlene Harris in the HBO show True Blood, vampires seem to be the new popular villain – like zombies a few years back. Two years ago, I saw a Swedish film called Let the Right One In at the local film festival and fell in love with its rather subdued nature. It was story about friendship and touched on the coming of age subject of love and interest in the opposite sex. It was also a story about a young person needing blood to survive. After the success of Let the Right One In, it was inevitable to remake the film for American audiences. When I initially heard about the remake, I was up in arms. I was mad. »
- Andy Triefenbach
"This great evil. Where does it come from? How'd it steal into the world?..."
Terrence Malick proved himself a cinematic poet with the precise, sumptuous imagery of Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978), then, after retreating from the Hollywood scene for 20 years, triumphantly returned with The Thin Red Line (1998). The director's masterpiece transcends traditional war themed flicks bringing along intense battle sequences, soldiers' camaraderie and the moral/physical devastation of armed engagement. Inspired by James Jones' (From Here To Eternity) 1962 novelized account of his WWII experience against the Japanese in Guadalcanal, warfare is not glorified or merely demonized for the barbaric actions it forces upon us but acts as a stage to play out a philosophical examination of our humanity.
It is understandable why this visionary film strikes such a profound resonance with many yet feels disjointed to some. Deeply meditative on mankind's relation to nature and striving to achieve salvation, »
When Let The Right One In hit screens across the United States, it was lauded as an incredible example of what the vampire movie once was and could very well be. It goes without saying that, because everyone was praising it, I haven't seen it. (I know. I'm a weird contrarian like that.) So, my first experience with Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish film, is unencumbered by any expectations or knowledge of the original.
Set in the perpetually snowy mountain town of Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the early 1980's, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a candy-loving boy on the cusp of adolescence. He lives with his mother in a tiny, crappy apartment, his parents are in the process of divorcing, »
This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are truly some bankruptcy inducing titles. With two truly epic Blu-ray’s from Criterion to talk about, as well as a slew of new releases and catalog titles from various distributors, you’ll have to choose wisely, or perhaps just take out a loan on your house to pay for them all.
I know, I know. Tuesday was days ago, and we’re almost upon Tuesday again, where we’ll see a whole list of new titles. As those who follow me on Twitter know, I had a rather large event happen on Wednesday, which threw a wrench into my blogging plans. Nevertheless, I wanted to get these titles up, as I think they are incredibly important, and should be considered if you’re looking to drop some cash on DVDs and Blu-rays.
Before I get into this week’s new releases, I »
- Ryan Gallagher
Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$23 million2Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10.8 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.1 million4The Town$10 million5Easy a$7 million6You Again$5.5 million7Case 39$5.35 million8Let Me In$5.3 million9Devil$3.6 million10Alpha and Omega$3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There were some big surprises at the box office last week as Zack Snyder's Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole fell short of its predicted number one debut and was upset by the return of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But with three new movies entering the box office race this week including the Oscar-worthy film The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror flicks Let Me In and Case 39, Mr. Gekko definitely had some trouble trying to stay on top of the charts for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week »
New 'Let Me In' movie delivered unique,suspenseful,vampire drama. Overture Films released their new drama/horror flick "Let Me In" into theaters this weekend. I checked it out yesterday,and I thought that the movie delivered a very unique story about a vampire girl. It was more like a drama than a horror flick,and that aspect really made it interesting and different. The movie stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono,and Sasha Barrese. "Let Me In" revolved around character Owen (Kodi Smith-McPhee) who is an awkward 12 year old boy that doesn't have many friends,and gets picked on a lot at school. He eventually meets a strange 12 year old girl named Abby (Chloe Moretz) who has just moved into his apartment complex,next door to him. Contrary to her initial wishes, they eventually develop a unique friendship. Unfortunately,Abby is not »
The young Australia actor discusses his role in the new vampire movie based on the popular Swedish film and book
One of the most anticipated movies of the fall is Let Me In, which opens in theaters on October 1st. The movie is a remake of the popular Swedish film Let the Right One in based on the book of the same name. Director Matt Reeves' follow up to his 2008 hit Cloverfield tells the story of a lonely twelve-year-old boy who develops a relationship with a vampire child in a small town in the '1980s. Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, who is best known for his role opposite Viggo Mortensen in last year's critically acclaimed film The Road, stars as Owen, the tortured teen, while Kick-Ass actress Chloe Moretz plays the female vampire that catches his attention. We recently had a chance to speak with Kodi Smit-McPhee about his new movie, »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$30 million2Let Me In$15 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.7 million4The Town$9.6 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$9.3 million6Easy a$6.7 million7Case 39$6.3 million8You Again$4.3 million9Devil$3.2 million10Resident Evil: Afterlife$2.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
While most people were predicting that Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole would be the number one movie last weekend, they were surprised to find that "greed is still good" as Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s film Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps rose to the top of the box office with $19 million. But with three new movies entering the box office race this weekend including Oscar bait like David Fincher's The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror films Let Me In and Case 39 staring Renée Zellweger, »
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