Review: Uncertainty


'Uncertainty' is a fitting name for this film. When I was watching it I was uncertain if I was enjoying it or now. When I look back on it now, I did. For the most part. This film obviously had some good intentions, but it wasn't executed like that.

The film follows a young couple, Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Kate (Lynn Collins) We meet them on July 4th on the Brooklyn bridge. A flip of a coin decides their fate. We see them run in opposite directions to start our stories. We never hear who calls heads or tails, but we see two different scenarios of their day. Separated by color. a "green" story and a "yellow" story. We are shown serious decisions in both stories. Green involves an un-planned pregnancy, while Yellow involves a missing BlackBerry and some unwanted company. One is thriller-ish, the other is an interesting character study.

Like I've said many times, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a phenomenal actor. He's so good that his co-star has trouble keeping up with him. While certain scenes display fierce chemistry (one hell of a love-scene, drifting between the green and yellow stories) others it's painfully obvious that she's not on par with JGL. The cinematography is one thing that stood out. I've never been to NYC, but this film made me want to go even more. The shots of the city are lovely, quick, and seemingly done with ease. The characters are interesting, but make some questionably choices in the Yellow film. I personally enjoyed the Green version better, and Olivia Thirlby is a nice surprise as a minor character, even though she doesn't have much to do. The ending is subtle and nice. JGL carries the film and shows great range. He's definitely the best part.

Recommended: Yes 3/5 stars

Memorable quote: "So are we going to be people with a kid or parents?" - Bobby (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

BAFTA Nominations

2010 BAFTA Awards
Winners to be announced on Sunday, February 21st.



Best Film
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

An Education (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Up in the Air (2009/I)

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
Nominees:An Education (2009)

Fish Tank (2009)

In the Loop (2009)

Moon (2009)

Nowhere Boy (2009)

Best Actor
Nominees:Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)

Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Andy Serkis for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

Best Actress
Nominees:Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Saoirse Ronan for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Audrey Tautou for Coco avant Chanel (2009)

Best Supporting Actor
Nominees:Alec Baldwin for It's Complicated (2009)

Christian McKay for Me and Orson Welles (2008)

Alfred Molina for An Education (2009)

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Supporting Actress
Nominees:Anne-Marie Duff for Nowhere Boy (2009)

Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Kristin Scott Thomas for Nowhere Boy (2009)

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
Nominees:Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Neill Blomkamp for District 9 (2009)

James Cameron for Avatar (2009)

Lone Scherfig for An Education (2009)

Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Screenplay (Original)
Nominees:The Hangover (2009): Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino

A Serious Man (2009): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Up (2009): Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Nominees:District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

An Education (2009): Nick Hornby

In the Loop (2009): Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher

Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Cinematography
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

District 9 (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

The Road (2009)

Best Editing
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

District 9 (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Up in the Air (2009/I)

Best Production Design
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Costume Design
Nominees:Bright Star (2009)

Coco avant Chanel (2009)

An Education (2009)

A Single Man (2009)

The Young Victoria (2009)

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
Nominees:Avatar (2009): James Horner

Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Alexandre Desplat

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010): Chaz Jankel

Up (2009): Michael Giacchino

Best Make Up/Hair
Nominees:Coco avant Chanel (2009)

An Education (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Nine (2009)

The Young Victoria (2009)

Best Sound
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

District 9 (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Star Trek (2009)

Up (2009)

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Nominees:Avatar (2009)

District 9 (2009)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Star Trek (2009)

Best Film not in the English Language
Nominees:Los abrazos rotos (2009)

Coco avant Chanel (2009)

Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

Un prophète (2009)

Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

Best Animated Feature Film
Nominees:Coraline (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Up (2009)

Orange Rising Star Award
Nominees:Jesse Eisenberg

Nicholas Hoult

Carey Mulligan

Tahar Rahim

Kristen Stewart

Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer
Nominees:Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson for Mugabe and the White African (2009)(Directors, Producers)

Eran Creevy for Shifty (2008)(Writer/Director)

Stuart Hazeldine for Exam (2009)(Writer/Director)

Duncan Jones for Moon (2009)(Director)

Sam Taylor Wood for Nowhere Boy (2009)(Director)

Best Short Animation
Nominees:The Gruffalo (2009) (TV)

The Happy Duckling (2008)

Mother of Many

Best Short Film
Nominees:14 (2008/II)

I Do Air (2009)

Jade (2009)

Mixtape (2009/II)

Off Season (2009)

Review: The Lovely Bones



If anyone could adapt a book and make it into a film, I thought Peter Jackson would be the one to do it. The Lord of the Rings trilogy were some of the best adaptations of books to films I've ever seen (Brokeback Mountain being the best) So when I heard Jackson took on the role of director for Alice Seibold's 'The Lovely Bones'. I was pretty excited. I remember way back in pre-production when Dakota Fanning was rumoured to play Susie. That was fine with me, I do love Dakota but when I saw she was replaced with Soairse Ronan I got even more excited. This girl was brilliant in 'Atonement'. They add Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Rachel Weiz and I was set. That's a great cast.

The Lovely Bones follows Susie Salmon. She's 14 years old, and is murdered by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci) She watches over her family from heaven and watches her parents (Wahlberg, Weiz) struggle to cope, and her little sister Lindsey (Rose MvIver) grow up to be the woman that Susie will never be.

This is by no means a bad film, they negativity surprised me. Yes, I agree that Jackson focused way more on the CGI rather then the actual story, and that is regrettable. The film doesn't show Susie's murder on screen (she's raped, stabbed to death and cut up in the book) and it's not necessarily the bad thing. Sometimes its better to leave it up to the imagination of the viewer. The film only hints that she was raped, but the sexuality was a big part of the book that the film left out. Susie wanted to be a woman, she didn't want her only experience to be her murder. I thought they could've at least spent more time on Susie's feelings and longing to grow up like they did in the book. The ending is slightly altered, but still works.

The scenes of 'The in between' are visually stunning, though you may feel as if your watching someone else's acid trip at times. But they obviously speant a lot of time on them. They work. The acting is absolutely top notch. After watching the SAG awards last night and seeing Sandra Bolluck pick up the Best Actress trophy when Ronan wasn't even nominated is an absolute joke. Saoirse Ronan in my opinion has nearly unseated Dakota Fanning as the best young actress around, with her recent BAFTA nom we can still hold out for an Oscar nom, right? Stanley Tucci is absolutely deserving for all his acclaim for playing Mr. Harvey. He's creepy, he's unsettling, the scene in the underground fort with Susie is one of the most uncomfortable things I've watched in a long time. Wahlberg is great as a grieving dad, he's seriously underrated for this film. I'm very impressed with Rose McIver as well, especially once I realized that the actress playing Lindsey from 11-19 is actually 19 years old.

It's not as good as a book, but that's not a huge surprise. I expected more, but still enjoyed what I got. It was a touching, tear jerking film. It had funny moments, it had it's thriller moments. It's shot beautifully, even if they should've focused more on the emotion.

Recommended: Yes 4/5 stars.

Memorable Quote: "Who am I now"? "The Dead Girl" "The Missing Girl" I'm nothing now because of him." - Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan)

Screen Actors Guild Winners

Here are the winners!


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER:Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" (2006)

Steve Carell for "The Office" (2005)

Larry David for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000)

Tony Shalhoub for "Monk" (2002)

Charlie Sheen for "Two and a Half Men" (2003)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

WINNER:Tina Fey for "30 Rock" (2006)

Christina Applegate for "Samantha Who?" (2007)

Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009)

Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" (2009)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (2006)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

WINNER: "Glee" (2009)

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2000)

"Modern Family" (2009)

"The Office" (2005)

"30 Rock" (2006)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER:Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)

Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)

Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" (2009)

Patricia Arquette for "Medium" (2005)

Glenn Close for "Damages" (2007)

Mariska Hargitay for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)

Holly Hunter for "Saving Grace" (2007)

Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer" (2005)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (2006)

Simon Baker for "The Mentalist" (2008)

Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" (2008)

Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" (2007)

Hugh Laurie for "House M.D." (2004)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
WINNER: "Mad Men" (2007)

"The Closer" (2005)

"Dexter" (2006)

"The Good Wife" (2009)

"True Blood" (2008)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER: Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Joan Allen for Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Ruby Dee for America (2009) (TV)

Jessica Lange for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Sigourney Weaver for Prayers for Bobby (2009) (TV)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER: Kevin Bacon for Taking Chance (2009)

Cuba Gooding Jr. for Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) (TV)

Jeremy Irons for Georgia O'Keeffe (2009) (TV)

Kevin Kline for "Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac (#37.8)" (2008)

Tom Wilkinson for A Number (2008) (TV)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)

Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Diane Kruger for Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)

Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)

Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER:Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)

Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

WINNER: Inglorious Basterds (2009)

An Education (2009)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

Nine (2009)

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Review: Up in the Air



Jason Reitman is an extraordinary director. He can take things that might seem simple and make them unique. He gets the best performances out of his actors (In his 3 films, 'Thank you for Smoking'. 'Juno' and now 'Up in the Air' all of his leads got Golden Globe noms for example) Speaking of Globes, he made a good point in his exception speech (for best screenplay) he always gets told he writes great female characters. He does, I found myself adoring Anna Kendrick's character in the film, when I went into it with the whole "wow I really hate Twilight" thought.

'Up in the Air' centers around Ryan Bingman (George Clooney) a jet setter that's job is to fire people from companies when there bosses are (as quoted in the film) "too big of pussies to do it themselves". It's not all bad, he helps them figure out their futures. He has a personal goal of getting 1 million frequent flyer miles. He enjoys this lifestyle, he even meets his female equivalent Alex (Vera Farmiga) a sexy fling that he hooks up with when their schedules have them in the same city. His way of life is threatened when a new employee Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) comes up with an idea to save money, and fire people over the Internet. In an attempt to show her the ropes, Natalie shadows Ryan as he flys coast to coast to fire a variety of people.

Being someone that has to travel a lot for work, I loved to see a film where someone else loves flying as much as I do. I've never been a fan of Clooney, but this certainly changed my mind. He was great, as were Farmiga and Kendrick. There were moments where I laughed, and moments where I nearly cried. It was a great film all around, and one I can see myself watching over, and over again.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "You are so pretty! You are exactly how I want to look in 15 years!" - Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick)

Review: The Book of Eli



Oh Denzel Washington, you have so much talent, you carried this film. It's a shame I had to sit through the painful 2 hours of this film to once again be baffled about how this film could've appealed to anyone.

I'm not exactly in the demographic that this film is aimed for, but since I'm married to one (adult males) I went along, hoping it would turn out to be a decent action movie. What I came out with was a film so bland that I actually had to get up and leave the theatre for 10-15 mins and sneak a peak at "The Lovely Bones" instead. When "Lovely Bones" turns into the "feel good movie" for a quick getaway we know where in trouble.

"The Book of Eli" takes place in a post apocalyptic U.S.A. It's referred to as "the war", "the accident" etc etc, but we're never really told what happens. Eli (Denzel Washington) is carrying the last known bible across the country, trying to get it to a place where it deserves to rest. He runs across a small town of people run by Carnegie (Gary Oldman) Carnegie has been looking for this bible for a long time, most of the people around these days cannot read. Therefore, his thugs haven't been able to hunt down said bible for him. The world as we see it is littered with trash and destruction, people kill each other, attempt sexual assault (although we never actually see this happen it is hinted far too many times in the film) and rob each other. Carnegie offers up Solara (Mila Kunis) in exchange for Eli to stay, she lets it slip about his bible, and then the hunt is on for Eli after he leaves town.

Washington and Oldman are fantastic actors but suffer from a weak and bland script. Mila Kunis fares well with comedy, but slips in the drama dept. They are literally not given enough to do with their characters. They are generic and predictable. The film tries to take us for a swerve towards the end, but they drop too many hints along the way for you to be full on surprised. The cinematography reminded me a lot of last years 'Doubt'. Lots of black and grey, gloomy, however it worked with 'Doubt'. You felt moved through that drama, "Eli" just feels boring and is almost like watching "Waterworld" on land instead.

Recommended: No 1.5/5 stars.

Memorable Quote: You walk by faith, not by sight. - Eli (Denzel Washington)

Golden Globe Award Winners

Here are the winners for tonight's Golden Globe awards. There were some surprises (Hangover winning best comedy) and some givens (Avatar winning best drama) There were a few personal disappointments (No Joseph Gordon Levitt or Anna Paquin wins) and some amusing moments (Thanks Paul McCartney and Robert DeNiro) Ricky Gervais, who is usually very amusing was a terrible host. That was a bit of a let down.





Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner: Avatar (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner: Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner: The Hangover (2009)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Winner: "Glee" (2009)

Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner: James Cameron for Avatar (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Chloë Sevigny for "Big Love" (2006)

Best Television Series - Drama
Winner: "Mad Men" (2007)

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Winner: Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" (2006)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner: Up in the Air (2009/I) - Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Kevin Bacon for Taking Chance (2009) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Grey Gardens (2009) (TV)

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner: Up (2009) - Michael Giacchino

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner: Crazy Heart (2009) - T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Winner: Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Winner: Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (2006)

Best Animated Film
Winner: Up (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: John Lithgow for "Dexter" (2006)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Winner: Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

DVD Review: Moon

Moon has an interesting appeal. Directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) and starring Sam Rockwell (Choke, Snow Angels) 'Moon' is one of the best sci fi flicks I've seen in recent years. Not to mention the small budget, and the fact that the film was shot during the writer's strike. This film is a perfect example of how people can band together and create a great thing even in tough circumstances.

Sam Bell (Rockwell) is a scientist doing a 3 year stint on the moon. He's farming helium-3, which is being used on Earth. He's alone, the only contact he has is with his computer that assists him, GERTY (voice by Kevin Spacey) and the occasional video message he receives from his wife. We meet Sam at the end of his 3 years, with a few weeks to go Sam begins to doubt his sanity. He's seeing things, he ends up in an accident while working and awaits a team called ELIZA to come from Earth to assist him. Then things begin to take an interesting turn for Sam.

I don't want to give away the plot of the film because it's truly surprising. It's not what I expected at all, but in a good way. Sam Rockwell is fantastic and extremely underrated for this film. He has to portray a tone of different emotions and he nails them all. Being a huge Kevin Spacey fan, his voice is very welcoming, and really added a nice little touch to the film. When I read that the production studio didn't have much to work with due to so many people on strike, it really made me appreciate the special effects even more to know that this film didn't have the biggest budget. The shots of the moon are subtle and not over done, while the film editing somewhat feels like your cutting to commercial, the plot never gets boring and keeps you guessing.

Recommended: Yes 4/5 stars

Memorable Quote: "Do you know how many hours I put into that?" "986"..."986, really?" - Sam and GERTY (Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey)

Indie Gems: Mouth to Mouth


Like many people, I first took notice of actress Ellen Page in a brilliant film she did called 'Hard Candy'. I'll save that review for a later date, but after viewing that film I fell in love with Page and was determined to find her earlier work. The first film I came upon was 'Mouth to Mouth'. A small film shot in Europe in 2004. This little scene film packs quite the punch. It has an important message.

Sherry (Page) is an Canadian student in Germany. Like many teens, she's lost, moody and desperate to fit in. She joins a small gang/cult/random group of teens called SPARK (Street People Armed with Radical Knowledge) She's drawn in by the group's leader Harry (Eric Thal). She travels across Germany with them, but eventually realizes she's in too deep. She has bad relationship with her mother, Rose (Natasha Whiteman) in an effort to find her she eventually locates Sherry and joins SPARK to win her back.

I thought it raised a good point about how some teens want so badly to fit in that they go to these extremes. SPARK obviously isn't a healthy group of people, they victimize each other, try to control everything and teach us lessons such as why dumpster diving is a horrible idea.

Ellen Page is the best actor of the bunch by far, and this film obviously meant something to her. She actually shaved all her hair off to play Sherry (later on in the film Harry convinces SPARK's members to do so). The ending sequence with her mother is quirky and fitting. The low budget film obviously suffers a few setbacks. Poor lighting, shaky camera movements, a few plot holes here and there. But it's what the film is trying to say that's important.

Recommended: Yes. 3.5/5 stars.

Memorable Quote: "Close your eyes, and picture the perfect world". - Harry (Eric Thal)

Review: Sherlock Holmes.




Those of you looking for a more traditional Sherlock Holmes will be disappointed. Guy Richie's Holmes is a fresh new take on everyone's favorite detective. Diving deep into the old stories, Robert Downey Jr's Holmes is more badass, slicker and funnier than what we're used to. Yet still was witty as we have always known.

The story is simple. Holmes and constant sidekick (and bromantic?) partner Watson (Jude Law) just finished a grueling case only to have the man, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) return and wreak havoc on 1880's London once again. Ritche throws a little "supernatural" in there, but always keeps Holmes feeling like Holmes. Casting Robert Downey Jr was a great choice. (He got a Golden Globe nom!) The man is a genius, and morphs into each character so easily we never second guess him. Jude Law was a refreshing choice for Watson. The two men had a lot of chemistry together..surprisingly more chemistry then romantic lead Rachel McAdams had with Downey Jr.

The action is great, the quick shots really work. Oldschool fans will enjoy that they've brought in Irene Adler (McAdams) while some of the other subplots might leave them scratching their heads. If your looking for a good holiday movie that's not three hours long, this is it. It's fun and enjoyable. Perfect for this time of year.

Recommended: Yes 3.5/5 stars

Memorable Quote: "Your depravity know no bounds.." Watson (Jude Law) There was actually a lot of funny quotes in this film, but it's been a few days since I've seen it and I'm quite tired to be honest..thanks for the help IMDb. :)

Indie Gems: Let The Right One In



Foreign Edition!

'Let The Right One In' was technically a made-for-tv movie from Sweden. It came to the States a year later as an independent feature, and made waves as one of the best vampire movies ever made.

The film follows a young boy named Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) he's 12 years old, bullied at school and doesn't really have any friends. He lives in an apartment complex with his mother (and visits his father every now and then) he has a strange obsession with knives and collects newspaper clippings of murders and trageties. Soon a man and a young girl move in next door and change his life forever. He soon meets Eli (pronounced like Ellie and played by Lina Leandersson). Outside in the snowy courtyard they meet, Eli wearing no coat, hat or mittens yet doesn't feel the cold. She's forgotten how. At first Eli advises Oskar they can't be friends, though Oskar who is no intrigued ignores the matter and politely offers his Rubik's Cube to Eli to play with. They soon grow closer, but Eli has a secret. She's a vampire, she lives off blood. Håkan (Per Ragnar) the man that lives with Eli kills for her and drains his victim's blood. He's soon caught and now Eli must fend for herself and eventually reveal herself to Oskar.

This isn't meant to be a horror film, some places advertise it incorrectly. It's actually a very innocent love story. Sure there is a bit of gore and touchy subject matter, but the first love between the characters is adorable. The acting is great (though I'd recommend watching it with subtitles over the questionable dub) Both leads look to be promising young actors. They are already better than the adults in the film. For those of you that read the book, you understand there is more to Eli then just being a vampire. This bit of info that I won't spoil for you makes the film even more interesting and endearing.

The scenery is beautiful, we get nice shots of snow covered Sweden that look absolutely breathtaking. There is going to be an American Remake titled "Let Me In" that is going to exclude a lot of the so-called "controversial" scenes from this film. I'm sure it won't have the love and the beauty the Swedish film has. See this one before the remake comes out, I promise you will be pleased with the original. Also read the book, it goes into far more detail than the film was allowed.

Recommeded: Yes 4.5/5 stars

Memorable Quote: "Be me for a while. Please, Oscar be me for a little while" - Eli (Lina Leandersson)