The first time I heard about the Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In, I ended up with a song stuck in my head. The novel the movie was based on was named after a Morrissey song, and I’ve probably listened to that song a million times over the course of my lifetime. I was perhaps predisposed to liking the film. When I did finally see the movie, what struck me first was how cold it was — not only in its icy Swedish setting, but in its contrast-heavy style and the emotional failings of some of its cast.
Calling it a “vampire movie” might give you certain expectations of the film, expectations the film is sure to disappoint. To me, the movie was much more of a coming-of-age story than a genre piece. In it, an adolescent boy named Oskar is bullied and lonely, spending his nights collecting clippings from the newspaper depicting grisly tragedies and pretending to stab his tormentors with the knife he keeps carefully hidden from his mother. One of the tragedies Oskar clips from the paper tells the story of a man who was lured into the woods and drained of his blood. Soon after, he meets his new neighbor, seemingly a pale young girl named Eli who avoids answering any questions Oskar has about her, including her age. Oskar and Eli become friends, with the shy and withdrawn Oskar becoming more and more confident as his friendship with Eli grows — confidence that leads, perhaps inevitably, to a savage act of violence.
Let the Right One In is a fantastic character piece, using the vampire mythos as a starting point to tell its story. See it now, before the already announced American remake spoils the film by making it into some kind of half-assed Twilight clone.
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The Batman Anthology hits Blu-ray, daring you to own Batman and Robin in high-definition. If you’ve been an avid reader of Add to Queue, then you already know that Batman Returns holds a special place in my heart, but even I don’t like that movie enough to buy it in a package with the Schumacher Batman films. Transporter 3 is a film that I thought I would like a lot more than I did. The highlight of the movie is the freckles sprinkled across the face of this movie’s love interest — the movie itself lacks any of the charm or the thrills of the admittedly cornball first two entries in the series. The fact that I’ve seen Transporter 3 and not Milk is somewhat embarrassing, and something I intend on rectifying soon. Classic Disney on Blu-ray is always a cause for celebration, even if the film in question, Pinocchio is not one of my favorites.
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