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Another look at LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - & why the Academy's Policy for Considering BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM is broken!

Published at: Jan. 13, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... I'm broken hearted. You see, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is my pick for best film of the year - and yet... because its country of origin didn't offer it up as the film representing its country, it will not even be considered for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, which at the very least... it is. This is why that award in the Academy Awards is broken. When you depend upon a host nation to offer up a film for consideration for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, you are forced to consider only the films that the nation in question feels artistically represent their country. As a result, films critical of their current country's policies and politics - won't be offered up. A film in a genre that is, perhaps, not a genre that the host country deems as being "proper" - goes unappreciated. At the very least the Academy needs to expand the nominating field to the films released domestically in the United States under the same rules as the rest of the English Speaking films. It is fair, it allows for the truly BEST films to even be considered. However, to have a film that has won the acclaim that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has, and have that film go completely ignored for even the nominating process... frankly, it is unjust and beneath the standard that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences purports to endorse. It is, of course, too late to do anything this year, but the governing board should seriously look at changing and reexamining the rules for this category. Meanwhile, more of you need to seek out and experience the brilliance of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, like this fellow... who was profoundly taken with the film.

If you should run this, you can call me Chance Gardener. I like to watch. I seldom write online reviews of films, though I love movies and see a lot of them. I regularly read your site, and consider it my frontline link to fresh news about films. I'm a full time freelance Disney artist/writer, and am fairly discriminating when it comes to story. The last film that really knocked my socks to the degree that the the subject of this review does was Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings"...so this movie is really something special to me. It's a little film. It lacks the huge budget of LOTR and is directed by some guy I never heard of in Sweden with two first time twelve year olds in the lead. But you know what? "Let the Right One In" is an instant classic; one of those rare masterpieces that come out of nowhere, and is going to be remembered, I think, as one of, if not the very best, vampire movies of all time. This is a seriously great film, not only in the horror genre, but compared to any movie. This is the story of 12 year old bullied Oskar, who is angelically blonde and fair, and his newly moved in friend, Eli, who is raven haired, dark and mysterious. These two tweens are kindred spirits. Oskar is very alone, with no friends. He is brutalized daily in school, his parents separated with problems that leave him quite without any meaningful relationships. He acts out getting revenge on his tormentors with a knife, but at the same time we see he is intelligent and very, very sensitive. Eli has problems of her own. She has the confidence that Oskar lacks, but is even more desperate than poor Oskar for human understanding and companionship. See, as Eli says in understated fashion, she has been 12 for "a long time". This film is unique. It offers the viewer about as wide a breadth of feelings, of questions on the human condition, as any film in recent memory. It does this with a touching, fragile and quite beautiful relationship between this hurt boy and this achingly lonely ageless girl. The scenes between these two offered to this viewer the finest portrayal of the angst of growing up ever seen on the big screen. These haunting and sad scenes are set between horrorific moments of mayhem and bloodshed. The resulting impact on the viewer is a mix of emotions. We find ourselves rooting for the protagonists, even if one of the them is a monster, and we are chilled even as we are sucked into their believable and poignant relationship. This is a seriously difficult film. I have not found myself pondering so many difficult and various conundrums, the likes of which this frankly brilliant film tasks me with, in a very long while. In a world where awards programs aren't reliant on Hollywood glitz and big name actors, this movie could...actually, deserves, to win a many, many top awards. The cinematography is isolated, geometric and stark. The shots are beautifully worked out, and often the more "action" oriented pieces are shot in ways surprising and original. The CGI work is especially clever, subtle and unsettling, with the lead character, Eli's eyes sometimes seeming larger than they should, and her movements seem sometimes unearthly. The sound work for Eli is among the finest horror work I've ever witnessed, with brilliant cat like stomach weirdness when the little girl is unfed. She is almost a muttering vampire-Popeye of Fleischer Studio's fame....with her underpinning of subtle growls, teeth grinding, smacking and general understated otherworldly noises escaping her left me afraid and breathless. One has to give huge credit to Swedish director Tomas Alfredson for his brilliant handling of this material. The snow and ice laden setting seems to simplify the backgrounds, allowing us to more easily focus on the two protagonists. He relies heavily on their expressions and sounds in lieu of a lot of dialogue, which, of course, is the way real people actually communicate. This adds greatly to a feeling of their relationship being real. The film builds over time, with both Oskar and Eli giving little bits of themselves to each other. A bond forms that seems sweet and doomed, until Oskar saves Eli, and Eli saves Oskar...or did they? Are they cursed, or blessed? The real greatness to this wonderful, objectionable, no holds barred masterpiece of horror cinema is, there is no answer to the questions laid at our feet. We each are forced into considering the plight of Eli and Oskar, and there is a great deal to think about. I've never felt this way before. A priceless, uniquely sad movie on what it is to be a human being. Guillermo del Toro describes "Let the Right One In" as 'as delicate, haunting and poetic a film as your ever bound to see'. The Best Film of 2008.

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  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    First?

    by Xandar1977

    woo hoo!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Man, I always hate douchebags that post First

    by Xandar1977

    but the sheer exhiliration is overwhelming.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Talking about Foreign Language Oscars:

    by DerLanghaarige

    I wish Germany would finally stop to send the Academy movies about this country's history. This year it was 'The Baader Meinhof Complex'. It may be a shock for many of you, but German cinema is not just about history lessons! (And over the last 10 years or so we made lots of pretty good movies of almost every genre.)

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    IS IT BETTER THAN TWILIGHT?

    by BADBOYBROM HC

    Two great vamp pics in the same year, that's great. Really looking forward to this one. Think it hits England in March.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    for real: see this movie.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i've heard the book is more fucked up and interesting, as they always are, but this is a great film.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    and yes,

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i'll read the book.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The recommendation from del Toro...

    by 11ZOMBIES

    ...is the only thing going against this film. from the sound of this review.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    It was good but not that good

    by horvak

    It was a very interesting film to watch but nothing new and yes far more engaging that Twilight..

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Fantastic Film

    by ScottinDC

    Imagine a coming of age 'The Hunger'. Great film...atmospheric, well acted, beautifully filmed and a shocking finale that is almost as whimsical as it is ferocious and stunning (the infamous pool sequence). Completely sublime film.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    art VS genre

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    as long as we are talking about artsy fartsy genre pieces, has anyone read Sharp Teeth? its a book of free verse poetry written about modern Werewolves in LA. my copy is being delivered by slug from Amazon.<p>anyone?<p>any of you Aint It Cool Kids read it?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    The thing is...

    by NoLaw4000

    ...that the movie picked as Sweden's choice for Oscar nomination, Maria Larssons Eviga Ögonblick (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment)... is better than Let the Right One In. Last night it won a Guldbaggen (Swedish Oscar) for 2008's best movie (Alfredsson got for best Director though) and deserved it. Let the Right One in is great but the best 2008 movie from Sweden it's not. But CLOSE!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    My favorite of 2008... But the CGI Cats...

    by stlfilmwire

    Gotta say though. The CGI cats looked a bit odd.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I Hope This Lives Up To The Hype

    by Broseph

    I hate buying movies that i'll never watch again.this seems to have gotten alot of positive feedback so i'll pick it up on dvd

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Saw this a couple of weeks ago...

    by PsimonSez

    ...damn it was good! The ending (without spoiling it for those of you not lucky enough to spy this masterpiece) at the pool was brilliant for its simplicity. No need for over the top special effects to deliver to the viewer what Eli could really do for someone she cares about. Without a doubt my fav for 2008 with a close second to Boyle's Slumdog!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Not Eligible This Year - Eligible Next Year

    by YND

    At least according to a guy on another site, the Oscar eligibility year runs from September to September and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN was released in Sweden in October. So according to some faceless, nameless internet guy, it wasn't eligible this year... WILL be eligible for submission next year, if Sweden chooses to submit it.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    "nothing new" horvak?

    by PsimonSez

    What about seems rote and similar to the genre it represents? I am not trying to start a flame war but am interested in your idea of "nothing newness" of it.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    This film is overated ...

    by can-D

    Saw this one at the Sitges film fest and was really looking out for it but it didn't really blew me away just because of the over the top gore in it. It begun very good and realistic and then there was some gore scene's in it that doesn't fit in the style of the film. For me it destroyed the film and believe me I like gore but it has to fit inn. There're far more better foreign films this year than this one.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Well the Oscars have been broken for years.

    by DigitalDong

    It's assholes giving other assholes awards. Tell me that ain't broken.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Chance has chosen Let the Right One In and here why...

    by Shepard Wong

    Nice review but kinda late to the game, don't ya think?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Great, great film

    by SpawnofAchilles

    I loved it, easily one of the years best in a pretty good year. After seeing the film I got the book and could not put it down (even though it's quite long) and it filled in some details quite nicely that brilliant film had to trim out. Both are genius works.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    the book reminds me

    by SpawnofAchilles

    of top shelf stephen king

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Great film- tragedy disguised as romance.

    by Flim Springfield

    We are shown Oskar's sad future in the film, but we still root for him and the monster anyway.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    anyone else who saw it confused...

    by SpawnofAchilles

    by the crotch shot? I know I was but the book explains that too. Okay enough about the book.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Can-D did you even see this movie?

    by ScottinDC

    You were bothered by the 'over the top gore'? This film isn't very gory outside of two sequences which don't come close to Hostel-level gore....are you sure you saw the right film?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Academy!

    by laraz

    Come on people, who cares about the fucking oscars anyway! It isnt people that love movies, its all politics and producers! Let the right one in, is the best film of the year! Yet the academy wont regonize it! Hell the second best film of the year is The Dark Knight, and it will suprise me if they nominate that as well! The Oscars havent be serious as an award show since ROCKY one best picture! The same goes for the Globes!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Can anybody explain to me this movie's appeal?

    by MyManD316

    To get it out of the way, I think the movie's solid, if at times boring. Eli being a castrated boy the entire time was pretty messed up, as was the guy's face who put acid on himself. <p> Still, WHY is this movie so revered by everyone to be more than it is? It's a sweet little horror flick with two or three shocking moments (the two just mentioned plus the pool scene) with a pair of okay kid actors. So what am I missing? The acting isn't any better than what you'd find in Slumdog or The Wrestler. The cinematography isn't even close to those films (the budget really shows). <p> Are people getting a boner because it happened to be foreign, and therefore must be better than western 'crap'? (Well, Slumdog was western produced).

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    harry, have you seen the swedish nomination?

    by lex romero

    I agree with what you're saying, the academy's method of picking foreign films is fucked. But...have you actually seen the film they picked instead of LTROI? Because for all you know they made the right decision, the swedish film they nominated might be a hell of a lot better.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Gomorra

    by FraDolcino

    Also, Matteo Garrone/Roberto Saviano's "Gomorra" about the Naples mafia (or Camorra) hasn't made the final cut of the nine nomination finalists. It won what, the Grand Prix at Cannes. I caught it at the AFI screening in september and it fucked me up good. Haven't been able to finish the book 'cause it disturbs me too much. Dipshit Academy members. I don't usually give 2 shits about these awards but I like to see foreign and low budget films nominated just because that will help them sell to the common moviegoing public who read "award winner" and get curious about the film because of it.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Lex romero

    by NoLaw4000

    Yeah, the Swedish nomination is actually better. 2008 was a GREAT year for Swedish film and I loved Let the Right One In and STILL just rate it as the third best Swedish movie of 2008.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Isn't Harry being condescending to Sweden?

    by MyManD316

    I mean, if the country that made the film agreed another one of their's is better, who's some American to complain they made the wrong choice?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    wait, is YND right?

    by filmfanatic1

    If YND is right, and the Foreign Lang Oscars go Sept. to Sept., then what the hell are we complaining about here? Can anybody confirm this?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    filmfanatic1

    by NoLaw4000

    Not sure about how the rules work but they screened Let the Right One In in february 2008 already (might have been january even, can't remember) at filmfestivals. I think that counts.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    people won't get onboard with this film...

    by IAmLegolas

    until it hits DVD (in America, at least). It's not playing in enough cities/theaters and some are just dismissing it because it's another vampire movie. Plus there's the whole "I ain't reading subtitles" crowd. Heck I was going to wait for DVD, too, but I was bored one night over X-mas break and it was playing at Sunset Laemmle 5 and just decided to go. Glad I did.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:09 p.m. CST

    i agree mymand316

    by soup74

    just because you think its the best film of the year, harry, doesnt mean sweeden had to pick it, and it doesnt mean the whole academy's methods are messed up. it just means a movie you liked a lot isnt going to win a shiny naked man statue.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one

    by starmand

    who thought the film had some serious plot holes and/or characters acting in bizarre, unmotivated ways? I liked the film a lot but I remember while watching the film more than a few times thinking "why in the world would that character do that" or "how could there be no lock on the hospital window?" Things like that sort of took me out of the movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Harry please delete the spoilerific post by MyManD316!!

    by BadMrWonka

    jesus christ man, just nonchalantly giving away huge things like that is really stupid!<p>also, if you read Harry's posts, all he's saying is that the Academy should be able to consider films on their own merit, not just the few that the government of the country deems fit. they view any american films they want, and if this film is released in the U.S., it should be afforded the same rights.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    YND isn't right...

    by MyManD316

    Eligibility is for a film that opens the previous calender year, January 1 at midnight to December 31 at midnight. If it ever had a chance to be nominated, this was the only year.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka...

    by MyManD316

    I assumed anybody posting in a thread about whether or not a film should be nominated must have seen it already. If not, it'd just be retarded because spoilers are expected and because whatever opinion they have is moot.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    i might be kicking in an open door but

    by Basehead

    who agrees with me that Oskar is the next guy she is going to use to get her blood till he screws up or is too old and she trades him in for a new one?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    nerds only like this movie because

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    its something the average person has never and will never see, its like those people that go on about big bang theory<P>its ok to like the things other like, don't say you like crap like LtRoI just because you think it makes you educated...the movie sucked my balls

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    A great little film

    by mcordy

    I had seen LTROI on more than one top ten list for the year (including being named #1 by David Ansen at Newsweek). Luckily, it played here for two weeks and I was lucky enough to catch it on the big screen (me thinks it's a 2.2:1 AR). Beautiful, haunting, inventive, yet, stuck to all the basic vamp legends...and a suburb narrative. Easily the best vampire movie I've seen (and I've seen 'em all) since Near Dark some 20 odd years ago.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    its good - but its not that good

    by Cedar_Room

    why do people have to go overboard? Now anyone who hasn't seen this will go in with impossibly high expectations. "Masterpiece" "One of the greatest horror films of all time" "Instant classic". Fuck me give it a rest. Its good - but its not that good.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    On a completely unrelated note

    by jmyoung666

    To all you idiots that declared that Harvey Deent was definitely dead at the end of Dark Knight. Mr. Eckhardt recently implied otherwise.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Indy Indy Indy...

    by ScottinDC

    I know it feels *cool* to slam a movie that everyone likes (both critics and moviegoers)....it's great being a contrarian! But, you see, when you say a film like LTROI 'sucks your balls', you just come off looking like a tool with anger issues - the kind no one pays attention to in real life so they jump on web boards and slam movies people like in a futile attempt to make them feel stupid. It's ok to not like this film; like any movie, it's not for everyone...but don't be such a douche about it.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Sweet Love Story??

    by Lang The Cat

    I was chilled at the end of this film. It was clear that I was watching a spider lure a fly into its lair and train it to bring more flies home for her. By the end everything she did seemed calculating and planned out like a chef cooking a well-practiced recipe. How old was she? And how many little boys went down this path with her?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    YND is right

    by Ditch Brodie

    The deadline for foreign language films is different than the deadline for American films. LTROI had to have played a week in theaters in its home country (Sweden) between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 in order to be eligible for this year's Oscars. The movie opened in Sweden on October 24, 2008.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    this was a good movie, but not a masterpiece

    by bluetunehead

    the bad cg in the cat scene made me chuckle. some of the characters act in ways that simply make no sense. the guy who has just lost his best friend sees his wife being attacked in a similar manner and then watches the attacker run off but does nothing? was there no police investigation? why was the murder in the beginning taking place in a brightly lit area for all to see? come on. good movie, but it had its share of problems.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    also

    by bluetunehead

    the main reason why people are flipping out over this movie is because it's about vampires, and it's a decently respectable take on the genre. but guess what, if you're not into vampires, it's not going to blow your mind.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Harry - Questions plus SPOILERS

    by toshiro-solo

    For all who haven't seen: no reading if you don't want some things spoiled... <p> Harry (or anyone else for that matter) - what's your take on the ending? True friendship, grooming of a new assistant, or a bit of both? I took my girlfriend to see this a couple of weeks back, and we've been disagreeing ever since. She's a big softie and just sees it as a rescue of Oskar and the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Me? I see the darker side of the coin. It seems to me that the whole reason for showing the Hakan character at all was to foreshadow what would become of Oskar over time. Plus, it seemed like Eli was awfully happy that she saw Oskar pretending to stab a person. I can't say that there's no possibility of friendship there, but I definitely think the friendship is taken in conjunction with the potential for a new helper. Question #2: I wasn't sure what to make of "the crotch shot" when I saw the movie. I hadn't read the book (still haven't), and didn't fully understand what I was meant to have seen until I came home and read up a bit. Now knowing what I know - I can't for the life of me figure out how that either added or subtracted from the story... Does anyone have any thoughts? It didn't detract anything for me, but - it really didn't add anything either... That aside, I really really liked this movie. Nice to see vampirism taken seriously and not made into something postmodern and cool for a change.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    THIS is why Gus Van Rant's Canadian documentary on Tony Danza wa

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    wasn't nominated . . .

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Toshiro-Solo-- POSSIBLE SPOILERS

    by Kirbymanly

    I'm going to try to tackle Question #2 while trying to not give too much away. I'd say that Oskar was aware that Eli wasn't just a vampire... that she was something Gregory Hines was posing to be in History of the World Pt. 1. He was not bothered by this because he saw that his father was with a certain someone in the film and not with his mother. It added to the story because it added to the dimension of Oskar and Eli's relationship. He truly loved that vampire no matter what stood in the way. Hope I didn't spoil anything for anyone. Hard to theorize without giving anything away.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Grand Torino was a great film

    by ThePilgrim

    Just saw it and was plesently surprised with it as an entire film. Anyone who slammed on it spent to much time hypercritizing the predictable moments and overlooked the human moments between them. Yes last confession and suit buying mean something. And yes Walt was vulgar, but tdamn if that movie didn't make me laugh a lot and nearly cry even when I had some gumption about what the end may be. Clint's still got it. Hope that smoking was onscreen isn't how he's living in real life. heard the man doesn't like to smoke and only did it for looks in film... Still just saying it made 2 on my list. Still need to see the wrestler.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Kirbymanly

    by toshiro-solo

    I had forgotten about the dad thing... That makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Their Music catagory is FUBAR too

    by blindambition238

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Oskar's dad: gay or...

    by Some Dude

    bullied? I haven't read the book, but I couldn't tell what the hell was going on in that scene. I think him being passive to an intrusive neighbor makes more sense than him being gay. What's the deal?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Some Dude... SPOILER

    by Kirbymanly

    The Dad was totally gay. Did you see that tucked in sweater? I kid, I kid. But, yes, I do believe having the friend come over in a dialogue-less scene was a subtle way of telling the audience why the father wasn't with the mother any longer. What other purpose could that scene have served?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    MyManD316

    by BadMrWonka

    scroll up to see how people above posted in here talking about spoiler-ish stuff and MENTIONED it before they wrote it out of common courtesy. take a note.<p>if you don't know how things work in a given place, it's best not to just assume you're right no matter what. because you know what happens when you assume...

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    dont know how dark knight came up..

    by soup74

    but im guessing harvey dent isnt dead. and more kudous to Nolan if he can actually keep it a secret for surprise sake.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're completely wrong on why it is not nominated

    by Kirbymanly

    Academy rules in regard to Foreign films are different than American films. To qualify, a foreign film must be released by September 30th. "Let The Right One In" was not released by the distributor until mid-October. Yes, it played at bunch of festivals prior...but it was not officially released until after that date. Don't blame an entire country-- blame the dumb-ass distributor who, obvious from the fact that you have to hunt this film down in order to see it, had no idea (and STILL don't!) what they had.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Playing in Boulder on January 30th and 31st

    by jimmay

    For those Aintitcooler's in Colorado who want to see it before it's mercifully released on DVD and Blu Ray March 10th. Check it out. Yet another example of how the only decent 'horror' movies this decade are all foreign.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    so...

    by kaspianwithak

    since harry's apparently shit the money bed on even writing this article, where is he to defend himself? And I'm a little pissed about the spoiler, seeing as how I hadn't seen it yet, that was fucking cavalier man.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    KirbyManly

    by Some Dude

    I think Oskar seeing dad being subservient to a pushy neighbor serves more purpose than showing why dad doesn't cohabit with mom as the film is about a bullied kid. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree and so on. I just wonder how the book handles these scenes. I suppose dad could be gay and bullied.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Better than the DArk Knight!!!!

    by aPo

    I'm telling ya...how much i loved the dark knight, "Let the right one in" was that much better. Truly the best movie of 2008. Masterpiece!!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka...

    by MyManD316

    I guess I do know what happens when I assume:<p> People who have no grounds to bitch will take up the burden to do so anyways. But hey, that's the internet for ya.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by BERSERKR

    Saw it in the summer at the Vancouver international film festival.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I really want to see this

    by quadrupletree

    It's not playing anywhere that I can find... Not out on video either :(

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Let the right one in Playing in Normal, Ill...

    by aPo

    For those who lives in Illinois, LTROI will be playing at the Normal theater from Feb 5-8th.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Some Dude

    by Kirbymanly

    I'm confused as to how the dad was being bullied

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    So what you're saying is, the academy won't...

    by SilentP

    let the right one in.<br>Eh? EH?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    SPOILER! What I really liked about the movie...

    by Organs

    ...was how it came full circle. You have to know that the old man who cares for Eli from the beginning must have known her since he himself was twelve, and now Oskar is filling in for him.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    oskar's dad, cont. *SPOILERS*

    by vaudeville villain

    the way it's presented in the film, it does appear that oskar's dad is homosexual... at least, that was my first thought. but after reading the book, it's fleshed out a bit more that his dad is just an irresponsible, alcoholic asshole.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    This movie is the shit's tit!

    by FuckMichaelBay

    Gotta love a filmmaker who leaves it to the imagination instead of spelling it out for you.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    oh, and about the old man *SPOILERS*

    by vaudeville villain

    if you read the book, you'll see that eli actually met the old man (håkan) not too long before the events of the story. and to eli, håkan was nothing more than a tool for sustenance... never receiving a fraction of the affection/care that (s)he bestowed upon oskar. for this reason, among several others, i actually saw the relationship between eli and oskar as genuine love/friendship.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    great movie

    by thecrimsoncurse

    fuck the naysayers!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Not even playing in L.A.

    by landosystem

    At least not more than one dingy dirty awful theater. This film needs more distribution!

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    a few points (and a few SPOILERS)

    by maxwell's hammer

    1) I'm not into Vampires in any way, and I would, in a heartbeat, call "Let the Right One In" my favorite film of the year. The two kids are just so sad and pathetic that I fell in love with them both and was very much drawn into their slow sad story.<BR> <BR> 2)I have no doubt that Oskar was her new meal-ticket, but that just made Eli even more sad and pathetic. Maybe the book has her meeting Hakan not too long ago, but based on what you see in the film, he seems to genuinly love her, so his fate is a very sad one as well. It leaves you with the impression that Eli has had to form these pitiful friendships several times in the past, but they're all going to go to shit eventually. So as thrilled as you are at the big pool-rescue, its extremely bittersweet.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    who see's a pedophiliac tone to Let the Right One in? I keep hearing about love and friendship and this isn't a movie about sex at all but the director chose to include a crotch shot that showed a castration scar. That's a nod to the source material that has Eli as a boy, nay..a MAN. a 200 year old man stuck in a 12 year old's body. It just happens that the actress is indeed a girl but the crotch shot defines Eli as a MAN. A man who chooses to get naked and get into bed with a 12 year old boy.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    So overhyped

    by schnipple

    It's an artsy pretentious film with a very flimsy story. The only decent plotline in the whole thing was the guy who lost his friend and then his girlfriend. This movie was so overhyped in a year when everybody was salivating over a Batman movie idiots were calling a masterpiece, a movie that made no sense plot wise which is usually the simplest thing to get right in a story. People who review films these days need to get their heads out of their asses.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    one more point (and one more SPOILER)

    by vaudeville villain

    i understand (and respect) your stance, maxwell, but the major reason why i don't see oskar as eli's meal ticket is because eli actually asked oskar whether or not he wanted to become like her. from that offer, it was made apparent that eli wants oskar to be around for the long haul... not just to collect a meal or two.<p> now, seeing as how that little bit was gleaned from the book also, you can take it as you will. since i saw the film and then immediately blew through the book, it's hard for me to separate the two as exclusive narratives. as someone stated above, it fills in some nice spaces that were trimmed out of the film--both being brilliant works of art.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    What is Magnolia doing?

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Their initial expansion was fine, but then they just gave up on the film (despite the critical accolades and decent box-office) and it's hardly going to be playing anywhere else. Here in Milwaukee, LTROI is actually going to be playing at a UWM's student union, of all places. Ugh.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST

    it was a cop-out

    by rainbowtrout1265

    Eli is a boy/man, and yet is played by a girl who looks nothing like a male. This is basically a gay love story if it's played out as written in the book. I wonder how a movie with a couple of 12 year old boys hugging, kissing and sleeping naked together would go over? I prefer to think of this as a boy/girl vampire relationship.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    FuryofthefilmFan

    by FuckMichaelBay

    They dont cut your dick off during castration.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 10:36 p.m. CST

    vaudville...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...i get your point. I went out and bought the book after I saw the movie, but I've consciously decided not to read it for a while. I've heard hint of a few things from the book that would radically change my initial impressions of the movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    a gay love story

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    If this story was meant to be a universal theme of love and companionship then why did the director choose to include a crotch shot?

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    A good movie, but I don't know about the best...

    by robertkent.net

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    FuryofthefilmFan

    by FuckMichaelBay

    The crotch shot was to show Oskar that Eli was a chick. Eli's a 200 year old female vampire, as evidenced by the scene where she embraces Oskar and tells him to see her as she really is. The director then flashes to a shot of a decrepit old WOMAN...a woman that knows how to get a man's interest, especially if it's for the purposes seen in the ending.

  • Jan. 13, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I thought The Dark Knight was way better

    by robertkent.net

    But it won't win Best Picture, even though it was, and I don't really care. Spider-man 2 didn't win either. The Academy likes to nominate and award films nobody watches. That's fine. I won't watch their show (I'll rent a movie I like, instead--not Crsah!). Every few years they throw a bone to the people and award a popular movie like Titanic. But as Return of the King was still pretty recent, probably Batman won't get Oscar gold. But Batman doesn't need their gold--he'll be just fine. Still, you'd think they'd pay a little more attention to the films people love. Is there anyone who still says Ghandi was a better pick than ET? Has Spielberg really been hurting because Ghandi won? Let them have their little party and give a trophy to all their friends. Who cares?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    robertkent

    by maxwell's hammer

    Are you under some odd delusion that 'popular' = 'best'? I'm not saying that all popular movie such, as many are very fine films, but on average, I'd wager that a film's box office gross is inversely proportional to its substance. I'm sure you could name many notable exceptions, but if you look at the week-to-week #1 films in the nation, they're mostly crap.<BR> <BR> btw, the 'Dark Knight is the best film of the year' arguement can really only be championed by genre nerds. DK is an exceptional movie, but anyone who truly loves film, and I mean ALL film, has a little more perspective than that.<BR> <BR> Someone on the talkbacks the other day actually described this site's clientele as 'cinema buffs'. What a bunch of horse-shit. The majority of talkbackers are the above-mentioned genre-nerds who think Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Batman as the epitome of the motion picture experience. Those people aren't cinema buffs, those are geeks. Not that there is anything wrong with a geek, but the self-righteous preening and boasting about the various genre niches gets a little obnoxious after a while [and yes, i realize this post is mostly self-righteous preening].<BR> <BR> Anyhow, I miss Moriarty, because he was a true cinema buff, and I really enjoyed Quint's AMAD articals, because those were the ramblings of a true cinema buff. The majority of the rest of you [us?] are just a bunch of geeks.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Don't worry, Harry

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Plenty of people will see this on DVD in March. For the people who don't see it right away, it will be discovered when the American remake comes out. Good movies will always be found, even if it takes a while.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    FuckMichaelBay

    by aPo

    I assumed when i saw the crotch shot that there was a scar there. Basically telling us that she had a penis and it was chopped off.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Maxwell's Hammer

    by robertkent.net

    I'm under no delusions (that I'm aware of). And no, popular doesn't always mean best. I like Home Alone and so do lots of people, but let's not go giving it any Best Pic tropheys. I'm simply saying that there is often a wide divide between the movies the Academy picks and the movies that most people watch and love--something they seem to know and be okay with. And yes, I'm definately a genre fan, but I love all well made movies. I really like Batman and I thought The Dark Knight kicked ass. That the Academy doesn't award it best picture won't stop it from being my favorite film of the year anymore than they have the power to invalidate Let the Right One In's standing as a pretty good flick with a nasty, needless crotch shot. I think they should pick the film that best does what it is supposed to do. The Dark Knight is intended to tell a great story and it delivered in spades. I haven't seen a story, in any genre, told that well in years. There isn't a bad performance in the film and there isn't a wasted second. It got the audience to the edge of their seats and kept them there for 2.5 hours. That's an amazing accomplishment for any film and that a Batman movie did as well as The Dark Knight did, far exceeding the box office and critical response of any superhero film previous indicates (to me) that there was something special about it. As for ET--that was the best picture. I'm not saying Ghandi wasn't good, but ET was truly something special and I think The Dark Knight is as well. I'm entitled to my opinion, but sadly, the Academy will not be requiring my vote this year.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Maxwell's Hammer Part 2

    by robertkent.net

    While I'm at it, I might mention that though Kate Winslet gave the best performance of the year in RR, my pick for Best Actor would be Robert DJ for Iron Man. He nailed the character and carried the whole movie. Audiences seemed to like him almost more than the movie. Too bad he didn't cry or learn how to read or overcome drugs (in the film). If he had done any of those things, he'd probably be a shoe-in. It was a really good year for superheo flicks, that's all. I'm looking forward to Wolverine, but it doesn't look like best pic stuff. Just good fun. Nothing wrong with that. And on that note, I'm off to bed.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Maxwell's Hammer

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    It's easy to make the mistake that talkbackers represent the majority of the traffic to Aintitcool.com, and I'm not trying to beat you up over this, but many people who visit this site ARE true film lovers and like to see all types of cinema. For me, the worst talkbackers are the ones that don't know the difference between "movies they don't like" and poorly-made movies. Strike that, the WORST ones are the people who hijack talkbacks for no other reason than they have nothing better to do except remind me that "Avatar will be fucking my eyeballs in 2009". Talkbacks should be for spirited discussion and sharing of information related to the subject of the article that hosts the talkback thread. I know that "Avatar will be fucking my eyeballs out in 2009", but somehow that doesn't seem to have anything to do with any article that isn't about Avatar.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, those CG cats unsettled me alright.

    by BenBraddock

    Anyway, the film was OK, the book was OK too. Just my humble opinion

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I agree Aportee

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    I understood the crotch shot was a nod to the source material where Eli was indeed a boy/man vampire and had been castrated. so this isn't an innocent story about 2 kids in love this is a story about a man who digs kids. It feels like it was written by a pedophile who is trying to romanticize his depravity.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    So.... when is Harry going to suck it up and admit

    by Kirbymanly

    his error as to why "Let The Right One In" is not being nominated? Harry, I understand your plight and love the fact that you're helping to get people to see this film but the reason it is not nominated is not based on fact at all. It's very misleading and would only take a Google search to get the facts.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    their remaking it in english

    by bacci40

    the dude who made cloverfield is remaking it...arent you excited?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Bacci40...

    by Kirbymanly

    "Their"? "Arent"? I'd only be excited if you re-made your English class.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    And now I shoot myself in the foot....

    by Kirbymanly

    In the "Is Harry going to suck it up..." post, I meant: "but YOUR reason it is not nominated is not based on fact at all". Rats.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    And be forced to deal with their Horrid Crap

    by PTSDPete

    Believe me. Happens all the time. </p>" Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ", anyone ?</p>

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Cats, Crotch and Booze

    by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat

    I disagree....the cats - while clearly visible CG - were pretty scary and well executed. I don't care if CGI is identifiable as long as it's effective. You know, like "cave troll" effective. Those cats are. As for the crotch shot....I really don't know what to think of it, but I surely know that when I saw that scene in cinema, it really confused me cause it was so briefly and weird (I really couldn't tell there was a scar). And one thought about the scene with his father - to me it occured that he really loves Oskar (depicted in the early scene when Oskar visits him the first time)but immediatly loses interest in his son when his neighbor comes over and they both get wasted.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    wHY ISN'T IT ELIGIBLE FOR best fim<

    by workshed

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    This piece of shit Microsoft keyboard is garbage...

    by workshed

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Best Film Oscar..?

    by workshed

    Can't it be eligible to win the big one a la 'Life Is Beautiful'..? It's the best film this year by a stellar mile and I'd go so far as to say it's the best 'vampirism-related' movie since Dreyer's 'Vampyr' nearly eighty years ago. It a genre-straggling piece of Cinema full of intelligent, peotic insight that leaves you thinking about it for weeks. How many films can claim to do that..? One question - [BEWARE SPOILER] - why does everyone not get the fucked up nature of the ending..? EVeryone whom I've seen it with seems to think it's a happy ending. Wrong. Eli is using Oskar from the very start and, through the last sorry days of the henchman, Hakan, we see Oskar's shocking fate mapped out very clearly; one he has served his usefulness his disposal will be cold, brutal and swift.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    also

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    Eli is a dude

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Does it really matter...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...if this excellent film is overlooked by Oscar? <p>I mean, exactly how much credence can we give to the opinions of a bunch of people who thought 'Forrest Gump' worthy of Best Picture?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    i know prior

    by Basehead

    i was grumbling about that one myself

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    It's good...it's really good...

    by sonnyfern

    but it ain't the best vampire movie ever made. That's a BOLD statement and one that doesn't hold up. I'd watch Fright Night over this any day of the week...shit I'd watch Lost Boys over this. This is a better made film than either of those, but it does drag a bit here and there and it is an incredible movie. But lets reel in expectations a bit huh?

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    the most interesting thing of the whole film...

    by RockLobster800

    is the whole clouded sexuality thing...it actually kind of tricks the audience into seeing it as a touching love story, but when it comes down to brass tacks, its essentially about paedophilia. I mean, we have Hakan at the beginning and his twisted version of love and then we have Eli, who depite appearances, is a 200 year old MAN. In a girls body-take that for what you will. But like all great films its left to the audience to interpret it-is it condoning the act? Condemning it? I mean for all purposes the ending could be seen as epically tragic. You're allowed to make your own decisions about the events transpiring and beyond all the other fantastic things about the flick, its the deep dark questions on human nature (not just Eli, but if you read the book you'll know Oskar has a violent side to him too)that'll be whirring round in your head after. The second best flick of 08...after TDK. But thats just cos I was literally counting the days since I first saw Begins in 05 till the film came out in July and managed to not disappoint.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Batman is dead.

    by most excellent ninja

    http://handofmessi.blogspot.com/ <p> biggest movie of 2008. killed in first month of 2009.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    One of the best lines from an an oscar loser..

    by emeraldboy

    was Chris miller. He was asked how he felt when babe. didnt win best picture and said I am a little disappointed. But that disappointment is more than outweighed by the people when to the movie and enjoyed it and that is good enough more me. babe is one of the best films never to win best picture.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Let the right one in will not be nominated...

    by emeraldboy

    Because of the age and coservatism of the academy membership. Whos vp is tom hanks. Silence of the lambs won because it was a mainstream movie. Let the right one in is probably too shocking for the academy anyway.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    FuryofthefilmFan / Aportee

    by FuckMichaelBay

    Forget the LTROI book, and open a medical book. Even in the most barbaric societies, castration never involved cutting the entire dick off. It involved the removal of the testes...so if what your saying is true, then their would have been a shaft in the shot. A five minute google search would tell you that. Understanding the film would tell you that Eli's gender is irrelevant. If it was, then they would have cast a boy in the role. Otherwise it was meant to be androgynous, further hitting home the fact that it was their relationship as people that the director wanted to display, not a homo-erotic pedophiliac love story to justify his own personal wants. Your entitled to your opinion but at least give consideration to the real life facts before making your opinions known.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    FuryofthefilmFan / Aportee

    by FuckMichaelBay

    Also, have you ever seen a vagina before? Cause, in that shot, it looked like one to me.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    It is quite a good film

    by MontyPigeon

    You did connect with the characters within the film. The young actress was damn good and the boy was also very good. I wouldn't say it's the best of the year by a long shot but I would go out on a limb and say it's the best film from Sweden this year.<p>Of course, the American remake will get all people saying "Wow that was was good" but unfortunately people should really see the original version. The same happened with "Rec.".<p>It should be nominated for Best foreign film but would the Academy voters vote for the subject matter?<p>Shame that most people will come to think that the remake WAS the original as well.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by most excellent ninja

    what the fuck? One of the best films never to win best picture? Hey babe is good but there are a ton of films that never won best picture but deserved to and some that weren't even nominated that should of won. The academy awards are irrelevant.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 12:36 p.m. CST

    FkMichaelBay

    by FuryofthefilmFan

    I think I'm looking at the facts. The fact is that the director chose to include a crotch shot which is a nod to the book which had Eli as a boy. Am I gonna go into the very details of whether a scar or a shaft is enough to prove this was the directors way of saying Eli was a boy. If the film was supposed to be androgynous why include a crotch shot at all. I don't think you can ignore the pedophilia nature of this film when you consider all these things.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moments

    by TheNorthlander

    Is not 'better' than LTROI, whatever 'better' means.<br> <br> Fact is, that no other film has accomplished what LTROI has accomplished this year - you can count the horror films produced in Sweden since the Swedish Film Institute started on one hand. None of them have been even remotely good. This is a film that is the absolute exception to the rule that horror (or genre in general) films from Sweden can be qualitative AND popular - domestically AND abroad. It set the example that Sweden can produce great genre films that deserves proper budget and talent.<br> <br> That's why it's so important that LTROI would and ultimately should have been selected as Sweden's contribution. It didn't happen however and I think it's because the Institute is stuck in thinking 'quality' film means a specific type of drama with a specific group of actors.<br> Micke Persbrandt wft?!

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    To all of you discussing if Eli's a MAN or not

    by atomride

    It's disturbing when an intelligent discussion over the merits of a film devolve into trying to manipulate people's views, intentional or not. To be a man, you need testosterone. Eli doesn't have that. he never reached puberty...no hair, no sexual characteristics. The concept of a 200 year old pedophile trapped in the body of a 12 year old defeats its own purpose. There would be no lusting, no sexual urges. Hakan, on the other hand, is a pedophile, at least in the book, who likes boys. Does Eli 'want' him? No, not on the sexual side. Loneliness and isolation are powerful emotions. My one caveat was wondering if my view of the film would be altered knowing that Eli used to be a boy; if the film duped me. But it didn't. Oskar needs a friend, Eli needs a human familiar. And he's pretty good with a knife. So, to all this yes/no gay stuff, it's obvious you have a hang up if you have to keep reiterating that Eli's a MAN. Let it go. To Eli, a man is just a source of food.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    FuryofthefilmFan

    by FuckMichaelBay

    Forgive the MNG-ness of this post but...<br><br>"I keep hearing about love and friendship and this isn't a movie about sex at all but the director chose to include a crotch shot that showed a castration scar."<br><br>IT'S NOT A CASTRATION SCAR! Pick another directing choice to illustrate your fondness for nods to the source material depicting Eli as a boy. You're wrong, it doesn't prove anything about his./her gender. That's all. Yes, the shot was creepy and gross. That aside, the pedophiliac tones are subtle at best.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    atomride

    by FuckMichaelBay

    Thanks for nailing it. Eli's gender is irrelevant to the story. It's about how a friendship develops. In this case, it's generates from a mutual "back-scratching". Eli needs a human shill; Oskar needs a friend. Eli just happens to be a vampire.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 6:54 p.m. CST

    A masterpiece, really

    by cifra

    And the final shot underwater in the swimming pool gets my vote for the best shot of the year, hands down. Probably the best one of the 00's.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    It's not just a "friendship"

    by rainbowtrout1265

    12 year-old boy "friends" don't hug each other and kiss each other and rub shoulders while sleeping naked together in bed. Vampire story or not, this is gay cinema. And the director chickened out by casting a girl (who looks like a girl) as Eli. The director botched the "nude" scene since all it did was confuse most of the viewers.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Thanks for playing

    by atomride

    You're absolutely right! The "botched" nude scene has "confused" people...that's how we start intelligent conversations about movies that rise above the usual drivel. Eli doesn't think like a boy, having never reached puberty. Eli thinks like a vampire, not a human being. The mark of a great movie is the ability to provoke debate. I'm not defending a non- homophobic stance, just the androgenous of Eli's sex didn't bother me as it did some people. The "nude" shot is the tip-off. I didn't feel conned, because the director DID include it. It allowed the viewer to decide how the revelation impacted the film, going forward and in retrospect. Either the viewer came away thinking it was an interesting story arc (adapted from the book), or it confused the audience(!) So you think it's gay cinema, Rainbow. As long as it made you think, moved you to write your feelings, it worked.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    by the way

    by atomride

    ...the scene in question, the crotch shot ... What gives you the right to decide how many of us were confused? Some of us can put two plus two together quite well. You don't speak for the masses. Your opinion is yours...period.

  • Jan. 14, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    cifra...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...I would posit that the best shot in the whole film is the moment after he's underwater...[SPOILER]...Oskar breaking the surface of the water, grinning from ear to ear at his savior, so at peace, having forgotten every miserable thing in his life. It was a beautifully heartbreaking moment for that poor little schmuck.<BR> <BR> And Killjoy, you're absolutely right: I know most of the people at AICN are probably bona-fide cinema buffs, but all the DK worship has gotten a little obnoxious. Its making me not like a movie that upon initially watching, I really liked.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I am in the group of people who thinks that

    by emeraldboy

    la confindential was robbed. that was the best picture of 1997. and not titanic. I have seen all of camerons films. and I think the academy went overboard giving titanic 11 awards. technically the movie is superb and the cinematography is superb. but best picture and director. hmmmmm...that should have gone to curtis hanson and La confidential. and not cameron and titanic.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    In the baftas 2009...

    by emeraldboy

    the best supporting actor category. Gleeson and Ledger are both nominated. thats a tough one. Ledger was excellent as the joker. But i want gleeson to win. I thought he was first rate in in bruges....

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Read "The Stolen Child"

    by Chakalak

    by Keith Donohue - fantastic, and similar subject, alternatively about the human child stolen by a goblin child who changes places with him, and the human child who in turn becomes a goblin.

  • Jan. 16, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    OVER-FUCKIN-HYPED

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Now, as a film student and lover of all kinds of film genres, I've been dying to see this. I finally did @ Angelika in NYC and it waaaas a good flick. Just not as great as ppl are sucking it off to be. I love vampire flicks. (Fright Night/Buffyverse) But I don't see why this is so spectacular. I feel that when something new comes out (not a fuckin remake) and it winds up not sucking and is different (even tho it's a book adaptation) that it's praised like the next big thing. I do reccomend seeing this, but it's not a fuckin academy winner, you Ain't it Fool News homos.

  • April 9, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Someone said the cats looked fake... not true.

    by Mt. Top

    OK, OK. If you are really being pissy about absolute CGI perfection (WHICH IS NOT POSSIBLE YET) then, yes, you could tell that not all of the cats were real. BUT... and I hate CGI when it is not necessary... I would rather take 90% almost-perfect CGI in order to see something I have never witnessed on screen before (like the cat scene) than have no CGI and no scene. I applaud what they were trying to do. The scene was intense and I was not removed from the experience of watching the film just because I could detect a little bit of CGI. I mean... good luck finding a cat wrangler!!

  • April 21, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Ignore the hype and don't wast your time

    by HateDragon

    I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this movie for some time and I have eagerly looked forward to a different kind of vampire movie. Well, if by different you mean soft kiddie porn, then this movie has what you are looking for. Half way through the movie I'm wondering why I am being exposed to so many half naked children, and then the crotch shot. What the hell? Some may call this artistic, and I don't care if it was explained in the book, it was pretty sick. I am a fan of the horror genre and have been for a while, but this was border line terrible. Even the kiddie porn aside, this is still a lame movie. The only redeemable parts were the cat scene and the pool scene, the rest was dribble only popular for it's indy status.

  • April 21, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Listen to Hatedragon, only his opinion matters

    by orcus

    Yeah fucking right

  • May 13, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Ignore anyone with Hate in their name...

    by IgnorethePervs

    The screen name says it all. If you're full of hate, all you see is evil things. There isn't any kiddy porn in this movie ya nut. It's a beautiful film, and like all good films, it leaves a lot to the imagination. Is she a boy? a girl? an it? All that matters is that Oskar has a friend. Why the heck are americans so prudish about nudity?? A naked body doesn't hurt anyone. And that crotch shot sure raises lots of questions. She keeps saying she's not a girl. Maybe vampires don't have genitalia? Clearly Eli has been damaged.