Deja Vu All Over Again…

This article (a rare non-review) was originally published on 12ftdwende.com on 23 April 2010. I saw a movie this past week (actually three but only one is relevant to this particular op-ed). It was a madcap comedy about the many things that go wrong at a funeral. It is called Death at a Funeral and … Continue reading

If I had my own damn Award Show…

Well, the Oscars are coming up in a couple days. I’ll get my picks and predictions and whatnot posted Sunday morning and then try to do some sort of real-time reaction thing like I tried doing with the Emmys a while back… In the meantime I figured I’d chime in with what I actually thought … Continue reading

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – Gary Oldman is an actor who can go wildly over-the-top. That’s not a bad thing. Some of his larger-than-life characters have been the best things in movies like Léon or Air Force One. His sneering Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy or his Old World emo vampire in Bram … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – So in the month since I’ve seen the latter, I’ve still not quite made up my mind whose film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I prefer: Niels Arden Oplev or David Fincher. The Swedish Dragon Tattoo is the only film of Oplev’s I’ve ever … Continue reading

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) — Of the three film adaptations of Stieg Larson’s trilogy, I find this one to be the most uneven.  What works in this one more than anything is still the casting.  Noomi Rapace embodies her character so perfectly that it’s hard to imagine anyone else even trying … Continue reading

Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In (2010) — With an almost impossibly high standard to live up to, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves actually managed to make a very good movie.  Make no mistake: if you’ve seen Let the Right One In, you know point by point what’s going to happen in this movie.  Details are altered but it’s … Continue reading

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) — This film trades in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev for director Daniel Alfredson (whose brother Tomas directed the amazing Let the Right One In). This, along with some other issues, means that the film isn’t quite as good as the first. The … Continue reading

Thirst (2009)

Thirst (2009) — So a guy turns into a vampire and guess what?  HE DOESN’T FUCKING SPARKLE!  Of course this is only the tip of the iceberg about why this film kicks Twilight‘s ass but I will do the dignity of this film justice by not mentioning that accursed franchise’s name again in this review.  … Continue reading

Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008) — My Mom was watching Oprah and Stephanie Meyer was on and my Mom liked that stupid glittery vampire movie and I was grumbling about actual GOOD vampires movies so Let the Right One In was my best example.  So naturally I put it on as my parents have … Continue reading