Thank god we’ve gotten to 2008. We can finally talk about Twilight! What a fantastic movie. A wonderfully deep, complex, layered, interesting film full of subtlety and character development… naw, I’m just fucking with you. It’s horrible. And Stephanie Meyer should feel bad. However, there were some really dope movies in 2008. Cloverfield came out this year and, say what you want about the follow ups, this first movie is great. A found footage film of a monster or alien attack in New York City, this movie shows the true horror of being found in a situation you cannot handle. You think you can, but no, no you cannot. Beautifully shot and realistically acted, Cloverfield is a wonderful flick and worth watching. Really skip those sequels though, hot garbage.
While there were a lot of other really great films in 2008, it’s Sunday so we are going with the top one. Let the Right One In came out and turned vampire movies upside down. It’s a Swedish film that is equal parts friendship and horror. The plot goes that a 12 year old boy is being bullied in his small town. He befriends a young vampire girl named Eli who moves into the apartment next to him. I don’t want to go too deeply into the story as it’s so beautifully done. The cinematography is gorgeous. The acting is subtle yet powerful. And the ultimate message, of love and understanding as the basis of connection, is simple and beautiful. It is a vampire movie, but it’s also so much more. I urge you to watch the original first, although the remake is good as well. More tomorrow.