By Al Kratina
July 19, 2008 - 22:50
Sunday, July 6th:
Let The Right One In
While bloody and occasionally horrific, Alfredson’s film is not a horror movie. Instead, it’s a sweet, romantic, and ultimately tragic exploration of the love between Oskar, a 12-year old boy, and his vampire neighbour. Regardless of the fact that, though vampire Eli looks to be Oskar’s age, she’s actually much older, meaning that every time the two characters kiss the audience should get arrested. It’s a funny, touching, and beautiful film.
Rating 9 out of 10.
If I were still 14, this bio-pic of LA punk legend and Germs frontman Darby Crash would be the perfect movie. Containing cussing, drugs, and loud guitars, most teenagers would find the film’s bratty rebellion synonymous with regicide. Now that I’m older, however, I’ve discovered that mildly irritating my parents and wearing a wallet chain is fairly far removed from shooting Tsars in the back of the head, and I feel silly and old watching this film.
While the Germs and their proto-hardcore thrashing may be idolized in certain circles, the way filmmaker Rodger Grossman treats Crash’s lyrics like a cross between Jesus’ parables and dirty limericks gets annoying quickly. Bio-pic clichés and poor performances don’t help either, though Shane West is capable as Crash, and Bijou Phillips, as bassist Lorna Doom, steals every scene she’s in. Ultimately, you’re better off listening to the records, or just growing up.
Rating 5 on 10.
ADDITIONAL BONUS REVIEWS BY ALISON ANDERSON
Sick of reading paragraphs with punctuation and sentences? Here’s a bit-sized capsule review, with a handy “Suckometer” scale, that runs from 1 (good) to Suck (not good).Let The Right One In
If I were a 12-year-old vampire, I would definitely hang out with cooler people than some albino kid. This was a great movie, but I totally don’t understand why the vampire didn’t hang out with cooler people. Come on, you can fly and stuff. Try out for the football team. On a scale of 1 to Suck, I give this a Bela Lugosi.What We Do Is Secret
What do they do that is so secret? Pick scabs? Throw up in corners? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Also, Darby Crash is kind of a douche. The Germs weren’t that good, and neither is this movie. On a scale of 1 to Suck, I give this a Joel Madden