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"LET THE RIGHT ONE IN caused a small sensatio...

2009-12-20T13:15:41.590-08:00

"LET THE RIGHT ONE IN caused a small sensation around the globe (and, yes, an American remake is in the offing) at the time of its international release - it's not hard to see why the film got people talking."
That is such a bullshit, you americans fuck art in the name of business.
No remake will ever be as gracefull as the original movie!

Europe artists kicks it better!



Just saw this movie tonight. I love horror movies...

2009-05-31T20:41:09.530-07:00

Just saw this movie tonight.

I love horror movies and I've been so disappointed with so many of them these days ... I don't get into the torture porn and my favorites are vampire movies ... excited about Thirst http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762073/ and Blood: Vampire Hunter http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0806027/ (not as horror)

This was perfect.

Recently watched Inside .. did you see that one? Lots of blood!



Mostly the post and particularly this line..."LET ...

2009-03-27T11:47:00.000-07:00

Mostly the post and particularly this line...

"LET THE RIGHT ONE IN distinguishes itself by placing a value on humanity over cleverness."

Nail, that sensation you are feeling is your head being hit.



But mostly the post... right?Nah, for me it's the ...

2009-03-25T16:16:00.000-07:00

But mostly the post... right?

Nah, for me it's the comments.

And Rick, I have a series of posts culminating in your murder. You should totally read those in order. And don't pay any attention to the trap door beneath your feet. Thanks.



Now that I've seen the post (that's what I get for...

2009-03-25T10:05:00.000-07:00

Now that I've seen the post (that's what I get for checking my feed-reader only once every couple of days and then working backward), I thought you nailed it.

And for what it's worth, I thought immediately Eli was talking about gender, then oh: it was about the vampirism, then I wasn't sure again. A nice little touch.



But mostly the post... right?

2009-03-24T19:44:00.000-07:00

But mostly the post... right?



I'm in awe of this post including the comments. -U...

2009-03-24T18:45:00.000-07:00

I'm in awe of this post including the comments. -UNK



This comment thread is going on so long I'll need ...

2009-03-24T09:55:00.000-07:00

This comment thread is going on so long I'll need Cliff Notes to understand it!



There shore are!

2009-03-24T09:33:00.000-07:00

There shore are!



Oh great, now there's going to be waves of puns co...

2009-03-24T09:00:00.000-07:00

Oh great, now there's going to be waves of puns coming our way.



Wow... well Greg sure "eroded" the momentum we had...

2009-03-24T07:56:00.000-07:00

Wow... well Greg sure "eroded" the momentum we had going on this movie, didn't he?

He shore did!



Wow... well Greg sure "eroded" the momentum we had...

2009-03-23T20:50:00.000-07:00

Wow... well Greg sure "eroded" the momentum we had going on this movie, didn't he?

HAHAHAHAHA!

I'm gonna talk in puns for the rest of the night... and that may include love making.



Erosion is no joke Bill.

2009-03-23T20:22:00.000-07:00

Erosion is no joke Bill.



I'm glad Jonathan's not alive to see this.

2009-03-23T18:18:00.000-07:00

I'm glad Jonathan's not alive to see this.



Everything's a joke to you, isn't it?

2009-03-23T17:57:00.000-07:00

Everything's a joke to you, isn't it?



I'm all jazzed about that new movie on erosion, Se...

2009-03-23T17:43:00.000-07:00

I'm all jazzed about that new movie on erosion, Sea Wall! At first I was like, "Yeah whatever" but then I read that piece on erosion I copied and pasted and shit, now I. Am. Psyched!



Thanks! All this talk has me really jazzed for th...

2009-03-23T16:58:00.000-07:00

Thanks! All this talk has me really jazzed for the film now, I must say.



They sure as hell won't be good for anyone else.Br...

2009-03-23T16:41:00.000-07:00

They sure as hell won't be good for anyone else.

Brilliant!



If I may...In the book, that scene played, for me,...

2009-03-23T16:34:00.000-07:00

If I may...

In the book, that scene played, for me, as Oskar's clear tipping point. From that point, he was no longer an innocent, and he was heading down the road to becoming the next Hakan. I thought it was one of the novel's strongest moments. That doesn't mean that from then on I "hated" Oskar (I don't recall Oskar being aware of why Lacke was trying to kill Eli, so as far as he was concerned he was just protecting her) or Eli, but the future looked dark and, well, evil. They may have found each other, and were good for each other, but only as far as they were concerned. They sure as hell won't be good for anyone else.



First off, Fox - Arbo totally forced me to make th...

2009-03-23T16:33:00.000-07:00

First off, Fox - Arbo totally forced me to make those jokes. Okay, he didn't but in all seriousness I was just joking and I hope no offense was taken.

Second, Bill, I'm one of the ones who thought The Descent was awesome. It's one of the handful of recent releases I've seen that didn't disappoint me. I thought it was better than good, I thought it was excellent.

Third and finally, the comments here are too long and about a movie I haven't yet seen but I don't want to be left out so here's an excerpt on erosion I lifted from Wikipedia. Enjoy:

Erosion is a noticeable intrinsic natural process but in many places it is increased by human land use. Poor land use practices include deforestation, overgrazing, unmanaged construction activity and road-building. Land that is used for the production of agricultural crops generally experiences a significant greater rate of erosion than that of land under natural vegetation. This is particularly true if tillage is used, which reduces vegetation cover on the surface of the soil and disturbs both soil structure and plant roots that would otherwise hold the soil in place. However, improved land use practices can limit erosion, using techniques such as terrace-building, conservation tillage practices, and tree planting.



Here's another question - how should we respond to...

2009-03-23T15:57:00.000-07:00

Here's another question - how should we respond to the murder of Lacke? (...) Isn't he doing what we would be doing in his place? I don't think Albertson wanted to demonize the guy because he could have made him eminently hateful but didn't; therefore I think we're left with the burden of trying not to sympathize with him because we like Eli and Oskar better. And that's not really right, is it?

Good scene to discuss. Yes, I agree that it's "not really right" that we feel such strong sympathy for Eli and Oskar when Lacke - as you said - is just trying to avenge his friends (and wife!). But undeniably I saw him as the bad guy in that scene, an intruder on the relationship between Oskar and Eli. But why are we pulled that way?

I would offer a few reasons:

*Eli and Oskar are kids.

*Eli is portrayed as having a "curse", not a luxury of being immortal as has been displayed in other vampire films. She doesn't ever seem to take pleasure in her killings or her feedings.

*Eli's eyes. I referred to them as "puppy dog eyes" earlier, and that may have seemed flippant, but I really think they carry a lot of the emotional pull in this film.

And I do enjoy your "ambiguity argument" in favor of this film. It wasn't an angle I had considered prior, and I don't think I ultimately jive with it, but it's provactive. In fact, this is off-movie, but the "gray areas of humankind" is what I ended-up appreciating about Watchmen, and oddly I think talking about LTROI has helped me flesh my feelings on Watchmen out a little bit more.



we can't use the book to give us the information t...

2009-03-23T15:29:00.000-07:00

we can't use the book to give us the information that a movie that fails to include

Agreed - I was just noting it for the record. I don't think the movie wants you to have that information or to factor it into the film.

I can't say whether Alfredson meant there to be several readings of the ending or if he really wanted us to have that seeming sweet resolution (well, if you accept the fact of someone riding the rails inside a suitcase as sweet) and on a certain level I don't care! I loved the ambiguities.

Here's another question - how should we respond to the murder of Lacke? Other than being an alcoholic and kind of rude to Virginia at one point, he's not a bad guy and he's avenging the deaths of his friends. Isn't he doing what we would be doing in his place? I don't think Albertson wanted to demonize the guy because he could have made him eminently hateful but didn't; therefore I think we're left with the burden of trying not to sympathize with him because we like Eli and Oskar better. And that's not really right, is it? But that gray area is, to me, another strength of the movie and why I find it not only entertaining but progressive - it seems unfailingly honest about people. See, this is why I think the movie is such a slam dunk... whereas so many vampire movies try to come up with interesting things to say about vampires, this one is actually more interested in people, even those who are vampires.



Fox, are you saying the way Hakan is shown loading...

2009-03-23T15:13:00.000-07:00

Fox, are you saying the way Hakan is shown loading his kit is bad? Because that sounds like a great way to handle the scene to me.

No, not bad, just that it kinda squashed the way I percieved Eli the first time around.

If Alfredson intended it to appear like a man getting ready for work, I agree that it would be a pretty brilliant way of handling it. I'm just not sure how many others would agree with me that that's how it appears.

Arbo-

Of course, the book is more specific about Håkan and you'll know if you've read it that that's not his backstory at all.

Yeah, but we can't use the book to give us the information that a movie that fails to include.

But one of the beguiling strengths of the movie to me is how so much of what we want to take as sweet or positive could have a dark interpretation.

Agreed, and to be honest, I tend not think that Alfredson wasn't aiming for what my interpretation ended up being. The last shot of the film, I think, is clearly supposed to be sweet but in my mind it looked as if Oskar was headed down a one-way track.

So, is my interpretation just wacked, or, did Alfredson bumble a few things tonally, or, did he intentionally leave the possibilities open?? Can't say. And for that I give LTROI some props b/c, if anything, it was a film that I've enjoyed wrestling with.



Bill... I was totally joking about the "you're lat...

2009-03-23T14:58:00.000-07:00

Bill... I was totally joking about the "you're late to the party guys!" comment. (I'm sure Marilyn was too, but I won't speak for her since she might be a vampire).

I don't think it's ever too late to talk about a movie - as evidenced by my excitement and many comments on this post in the last hour (sorry, boss!) - nor do I ever expect you good fellas (and fellettes) to comment on anything I post. I think it's a privilege when I get comments (except for Greg... I might ban him if he disses me one more time).



And Marilyn, your review weighed so heavily on the...

2009-03-23T14:56:00.000-07:00

And Marilyn, your review weighed so heavily on the side of synopsis that I skipped most of it (did read it through yesterday, though) because I wanted to come to this somewhat fresh. And I'm glad I did. I was encouraged by your concluding paragraphs, though, with which I'm in agreement.