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HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:33 pm
by Doorstop
I had the bright idea of beginning a thread of tips for movies to catch that may or may not be outside of the mainstream Odeon fodder that's fetched up these days.

The idea for the thread came to me after watching a movie recommended to me the other week.

As I was informed, it was a somewhat low budget Swedish horror flick by the name of "Låt den rätte komma in." (Let The Right One In.) and although I'm not a big fan of arty type subtitled movies I gave in to a moment of boredom and got hold of a copy.

Tell you what ... bloody glad I did.

What unfolded was an intriguing and captivating story of a 'love affair' of sorts between a 12 year old Swedish boy and an immature female vampiress who, as it turns out, has been 12 years old for a very, very long time.

Low on the almost slapstick gore that seems to be de rigueur these days the movie relies on a deep and involved examination of the relationship between the little creature of the nights' struggle to relate to her minions and the world outside her realm of experience which it appears she has deliberately constrained to whatever is entirely necessary for her survival until meeting the young boy.

The reasons for her breaking her own protocols don't become apparent until the end of the movie and, even then, the motivations aren't entirely clear as to whether or not they are selfish or circumstantial.

A great movie, highly recommended. If you have the time and the inclination I strongly suggest you put aside an hour or two and dip your toe in .. I'd be interested to hear what you think.

IMDB Link .. Image

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:21 pm
by Josef
It got a good review in the Guardian last week.

It's on at the GFT all this week, so might nip along.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:30 pm
by Doorstop
You won't be sorry Josef mate .. thoroughly absorbing wee flick. ttvggs.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:19 pm
by Lone Groover
Wuzthereanytittie in it ?

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:41 pm
by Doorstop
Teeny bit of flange, underage flange at that .. but don't fret .. it was vampire flange. :D

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:33 pm
by Peetabix
Good thread and good review mate. That film has been on my list for ages.

For every review could we get an IMDB link and maybe even a shot of the cover? Just an idea.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:32 pm
by Mori
Amelie was total surprise to me a few years ago,the art of story telling i tell ye. :D


Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:36 pm
by Dave
Doorstop wrote:it was vampire flange. :D


So thats a great excuse for Gary Glitter

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:15 pm
by Josef
Blink and you'd have missed it.

There was a ten past six showing, so having nothing constructive to do I nipped along.

Thoroughly enjoyable, and I don't think I've ever gone 'aw, cute' at an ending which involved multiple dismembered body parts strewn around, before.

Good call, big man. :)

As you say, though, the ending is a tad ambiguous.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:14 am
by Doorstop
Peetabix wrote:Good thread and good review mate. That film has been on my list for ages.

For every review could we get an IMDB link and maybe even a shot of the cover? Just an idea.


Cheers mate .. and the IMDB link and cover art are great ideas. *first post amended*



Josef wrote:Blink and you'd have missed it.

There was a ten past six showing, so having nothing constructive to do I nipped along.

Thoroughly enjoyable, and I don't think I've ever gone 'aw, cute' at an ending which involved multiple dismembered body parts strewn around, before.

Good call, big man. :)

As you say, though, the ending is a tad ambiguous.


Yep Josef, but unlike some 'open ended' films it doesn't leave you frustrated, it does however leave you thinking. A good thing in my book.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:31 am
by Doorstop
Peetabix wrote:Good thread and good review mate. That film has been on my list for ages.

For every review could we get an IMDB link and maybe even a shot of the cover? Just an idea.


Cheers mate .. and the IMDB link and cover art are great ideas. *first post amended*



Josef wrote:Good call, big man. :)

As you say, though, the ending is a tad ambiguous.


Yep Josef, but unlike some 'open ended' films it doesn't leave you frustrated, it does however leave you thinking. A good thing in my book.

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:34 pm
by mr moto
I just watched this film.... wonderful ! thoughtful,touching,scary, everything most films are not . I hear that the author who wrote the book has a sequel in progress but it will not be released for at least four or five years, so the story is not quite over yet .
And now the bad news.... an american studio has bought the rights for an english language remake !!! :roll:
Speaking of arthouse vampire films .. you may also like this...http://www.torrentz.com/c5170def3f71fbac0e38d31f8abb39e7632254b0
Details are here.....http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110620/

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:13 pm
by Mori
looking forward to this next week.


Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:33 pm
by Lucky Poet
I await Simon Pegg's accent with trepidation...

Re: HG Movie Critique.

PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 12:39 pm
by engineer

cadillac records, was a film i enjoyed. need to get it on R1 dvd for the moment, i think its out on R2 in the summer. a short history of Chess records with stars like muddy waters, little walter, etta james and a great performance from eammon walker as howlin' wolf.

recognise him? he played marigold to alf garnett!

vids gone for a burton, heres the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uaHXLgyGt4