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Review: 'Let Me In'

A friend was at a Producers Guild screening of Let Me In, and there was a Q&A afterward.

The producers tried to convince the audience that it's a mistake to call "Let Me In" a remake of "Let The Right One In". They said Hammer optioned the English language film rights to the "Let Me In" novel before the non-English language film "Let The Right One In" was released.

They went on to say most of the people involved in "Let Me In" did not see "Let The Right One In" before they started filming in New Mexico. They said they were nervous that people would start referring to their version as a remake once "Let The Right One In" started getting such good reviews.

I wasn't there, so this is all second hand, but I call shenanigans. That is the same kind of studio lie that is used when they don't want to pay the people who actually created a film. The producers will claim the film didn't make it's money back (I think New Line tried that with Lord of The Rings).

I saw Let Me In just so I could see how close they were. It's a remake. When your credits say "based on the screenplay & novel," and then you copy scenes and even some compositions & tone, it's a remake.
While "Let Me In" is not bad, it is a remake. And I agree the whole flashback opening was pointless, and why did we need Elias Koteas' character anyway? They eliminated the friends of some of the victims from the original and created the cop. Isn't that less dramatic? At least friends have some stake in finding the killers. A cop is just doing his job.

October 3, 2010 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

Finally, someone else who dislikes Shia. The huge difference between him and Michael Cera, is that Cera's dweebs are likable. All of Shia's characters are dicks. His characters only seem interested in themselves. His motivations are selfish, whereas Cera's characters seem to care about other people (even if he's being selfish).

September 24, 2010 at 4:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

I surely hope it didn't seem I was defending the Twilight series (books and movies). I can only tolerate them when seeing them with Rifftrax (though the 2nd movie was intolerable even with Mike Nelson and the boys).

While on the subject of Vampire films, if I remember correctly Dreyer's "Vampyr" had some daytime shenanigans. At least I remember some scenes during the daytime when a person's shadow moved on its own (borrowed by Coppola for his Dracula). I could be wrong, it's been a long time.

On a side note, I enjoy The Film Club radio shows and wish you guys were on every week. I'm glad you stand up to Scott (he was my cinema history teacher 22 years ago in Chicago). My tastes seem to be a mixture of both of you. Though I'll never understand his hatred of sci-fi and prostehetics (while at the same time he likes musicals and Jerry Lewis, which I'm not a huge fan of).

Keep up the good work.

July 8, 2010 at 10:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

Actually, Dracula could and did go out during the daytime in Stoker's novel. It's the movies that made the sun deadly to him. Probably started with Nosferatu.

July 3, 2010 at 5:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )