RT on DVD

RT on DVD: Invite Let the Right One In

Plus, Richard Curtis struggles to rock The Boat and there's nothing New In Town for Renee Zellweger

by | August 13, 2009 | Comments


ltroi

This is a love story, a coming-of age tale and a vampire movie all in one, and each strand of the film is more beautiful and delicate than the last. It is a quiet film, muffled by the seemingly endless Swedish winter and somehow quite sweet, in a still and sinister kind of way.

Oskar is a shy, bullied boy who befriends his mysterious new neighbour, Eli. They are both 12 years old, the only difference between the two being that one of them has been 12 for some time. John Ajvide Lindqvist adapted the film from his novel of the same name.

Let the Right One In is why DVD was invented. While many may have skipped this small Swedish vampire flick when it was at the cinema, this is an opportunity to appreciate how wonderful intelligent filmmaking can be. Genre- and cliché-defying, the film raises the monster genre to something quite extraordinary.

For those of you who have been waiting anxiously for this to be released on DVD, you may have read about the subtitle fracas connected to the original DVD release. The subtitles in the US release were so dumbed down that they removed all humour and subtlety from the story. We’re thrilled to announce that the Australian release, brought to you by Madman Entertainment, contains the subtitles as they appeared in the theatrical release.

On a final note, be sure to see this before the 2010 American remake — to be directed by Matt Reeves, the man who brought us Felicity and Cloverfield. At the risk of sounding cynical, enjoy this sublime piece of cinema before it is… ahem… re-imagined.

Consensus: Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.

Next: Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Boat That Rocked


boat

This movie has a knockout cast: Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emma Thompson. It has a stellar soundtrack, including some of the all-time greats: The Kinks, The Turtles, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Troggs, The Box Tops, The Hollies, The Easybeats, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Supremes, Cat Stevens, Dusty Springfield and David Bowie. It’s set during one of the coolest periods in recent British history — the days of pirate radio ships in 1966. To top it all off, was written and directed by Richard Curtis, the man who had a hand in British hits Love, Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and Funeral. And yet, miraculously, it’s still kind of dull.

This was Curtis’s great passion project and it shows. When someone dreams of making a film like this for as long as he has, chances are it will be a little indulgent, corny and too long.

Expect the worst and you will be satisfied with what you get. It is obvious when watching this film that the cast are having an absolute ball and if you can accept the twee plotting, you will too. Anyone who is a fan of this great period of rock and roll will find the soundtrack alone worthy of the experience.

Consensus: The good cast and rollicking soundtrack eventually drown when this comic homage to pirate radio loses its quippy steam.

Renee Zellweger is New In Town.


New In Town

18%


new

Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr star in this predictable fish-out-of-water flick. She plays a tough big-city type who comes to a small town determined to shut down the local food processing plant. He plays the union rep ready to do whatever it takes to save said plant in said small town. Gee golly gosh, who’d have thought that would lead to love?

Every genre check-box is ticked before the film is over but at least the stars have the decency to look a bit sheepish. If this is your kind of movie, and you are looking for a bit of brainless fun, this will do the trick. You will get a laugh or two and it won’t matter if you have a bit of a natter to your movie-watching companions throughout. You’ll pick it up. After all, you have seen it all before.

Consensus: Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting.

Next: RT on TV, with Bones and The Unit.

Bones: Seasons 1 — 3


While there was always a risk this forensic crime drama would blend in with the same old dross that can be found any night of the week, this series stands out due to its charismatic stars, dark humour and extensive characterisation.

A large part of Bones‘ success is that tried-and-true gem: the sparring-yet-loyal, sexually-charged-yet-stoically-platonic double act in the form of Emily Deschanel as forensic scientist/genius Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and David Boreanaz (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth.

Based very loosely on the life of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs (who is also a producer and consultant to the show) and that of the protagonist in the crime series she writes, each episode revolves around a different FBI case that is solved via the examination of human remains.

The satellite characters are also strong and the over-reaching narrative arc of their lives and relationships means that they become the focus of the show, rather than the weekly murder. Sometimes the humour of the show will pass black and head on into farcical but such is the strong following of Bones that the ratings remain high and the show has been signed for two seasons past this box set.

The Unit: Seasons 1 — 3


The Unit is an adaptation of producer Eric Haney’s book, Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit. Like Bones, this show was born of real-life experience, with Haney being a retired Command Sergent Major from the US Army’s Delta Force. With its much snappier title, The Unit was created for television by the legendary David Mamet, who is also an executive producer and writer of many episodes, in conjunction with Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

The focus of the show is divided between the high-action adventure of the men’s military manoeuvres and their wives’ home-fire sacrifices as they struggle with the secrecy surrounding their husbands’ lives. It is a little like the television equivalent of a 1970s Aussie barbecque — with the men turning the sausages while the wives cluster in the kitchen tossing salad.

While there are moments when the show steers to shrill melodrama, the overall effect is saved by Mamet’s trademark quick-fire dialogue. No one puts words in other people’s mouths better than Mamet.

Strictly for fans of the military genre, this show does it much better than most.

Tag Cloud

Comedy king arthur spanish FX IFC Films psycho international 20th Century Fox The CW The Purge romantic comedy new zealand Biopics 4/20 Hear Us Out know your critic RT History Emmy Nominations USA live event tv talk all-time romance marvel comics TBS art house suspense TCA Winter 2020 black twilight italian Amazon Prime ViacomCBS comics The Walt Disney Company festival Instagram Live Turner aapi medical drama Brie Larson high school DC Comics Paramount Plus New York Comic Con children's TV debate 2017 Black Mirror VH1 Sci-Fi kids President Ellie Kemper harry potter Apple TV Plus animated The Academy Alien OWN Fox Searchlight natural history mockumentary game of thrones Year in Review CBS All Access Calendar Binge Guide dramedy social media Exclusive Video TV Reality Competition Universal hidden camera theme song new star wars movies television adaptation batman zero dark thirty ABC Family superman TNT zombies wonder woman Showtime CNN pirates of the caribbean comic book movie Starz Podcast documentaries Pet Sematary finale worst movies rt archives Interview FOX E3 parents critics Masterpiece Watching Series dc renewed TV shows streaming movies Mudbound 1990s Martial Arts PlayStation ghosts Esquire sequel rt labs critics edition vampires new york rt labs cancelled television Cartoon Network scary news rotten movies we love binge A24 Nickelodeon fast and furious boxing Disney HBO Go comic book movies spanish language prank australia BBC America IMDb TV Photos political drama halloween tv japan Tubi archives dragons blaxploitation Comic-Con@Home 2021 werewolf cooking CBS superhero Stephen King Toys Paramount Network Classic Film toy story TCA 2017 Avengers young adult WGN french thriller versus vs. Columbia Pictures discovery Rom-Com FXX Paramount classics saw crime Comic Book book adaptation sopranos jurassic park Syfy Hulu Thanksgiving Red Carpet First Reviews Crunchyroll CMT Ovation Video Games Mary Tyler Moore historical drama CW Seed HBO joker Mary Poppins Returns Spectrum Originals docuseries Pacific Islander jamie lee curtis TV One stop motion stoner YA criterion popular concert legend miniseries Universal Pictures Schedule heist movie series screen actors guild hollywood live action Cannes royal family child's play Grammys richard e. Grant spider-man Film Star Trek posters E! VOD mission: impossible Apple TV+ police drama TCA Sundance TV serial killer biopic award winner BET anthology Image Comics Chernobyl remakes aliens SundanceTV A&E a nightmare on elm street elevated horror spinoff Mystery emmy awards The Witch scorecard Walt Disney Pictures cancelled TV series rom-coms Summer zombie hist japanese GIFs Disney+ Disney Plus reviews what to watch godzilla breaking bad documentary DirecTV Shondaland Adult Swim Mindy Kaling Lionsgate Family lord of the rings robots black comedy marvel cinematic universe Baby Yoda politics slasher sitcom blockbusters Tumblr Pirates monster movies Amazon Prime Video BBC One DGA Super Bowl Mary poppins hispanic heritage month anime Holidays rotten Ghostbusters TCA Awards ID TV renewals Cosplay SDCC Television Critics Association satire Pop TV disaster scene in color Best and Worst reboot nature 21st Century Fox YouTube American Society of Cinematographers indiana jones Marvel Television AMC Plus X-Men Neflix comic books transformers Election universal monsters 007 technology mob science fiction Kids & Family hispanic Sundance Trivia Dark Horse Comics Amazon Women's History Month Quiz Drama Awards Spike golden globes Lifetime Christmas movies women comic justice league foreign genre screenings NYCC Acorn TV Amazon Studios dreamworks Pop ratings AMC Awards Tour DC Universe golden globe awards Action YouTube Red video on demand football Travel Channel space Britbox ABC Writers Guild of America Star Wars king kong sequels San Diego Comic-Con adenture Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Emmys fresh Sundance Now Bravo canceled TV shows olympics Sony Pictures gangster toronto films adventure Warner Bros. Peacock revenge Heroines Discovery Channel 73rd Emmy Awards Teen 45 Crackle doctor who Vudu Legendary Creative Arts Emmys cults directors Disney Channel Fox News 2019 WarnerMedia period drama LGBT strong female leads latino MSNBC PaleyFest The Walking Dead Marathons BBC sag awards talk show composers dark APB USA Network Western Lifetime independent Comedy Central streaming christmas movies name the review Arrowverse IFC GLAAD SXSW FX on Hulu Lucasfilm 72 Emmy Awards razzies 2020 game show video Pride Month docudrama Nominations El Rey Christmas Food Network Reality Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2021 ITV deadpool comedies cancelled Rock cinemax canceled facebook Premiere Dates Polls and Games movie obituary RT21 Oscars teaser critic resources Character Guide Marvel Studios Endgame Epix 2015 Black History Month First Look boxoffice PBS TLC chucky kong green book true crime witnail Superheroes GoT LGBTQ VICE crime thriller Rocky nbcuniversal crossover TruTV sports mutant venice Opinion quibi MCU Academy Awards singing competition See It Skip It franchise ESPN cops scary movies dexter 93rd Oscars Set visit Hallmark Christmas movies Pixar Valentine's Day YouTube Premium History halloween 99% Wes Anderson DC streaming service National Geographic nfl comiccon TIFF blockbuster movies Sneak Peek cars Turner Classic Movies BAFTA Anna Paquin war best book ABC Signature spy thriller Music free movies Winter TV stand-up comedy travel Tarantino Spring TV 2016 Fantasy Extras crime drama The Arrangement TV movies Funimation Musical NBC Television Academy Film Festival worst Tokyo Olympics TV Land 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Trophy Talk Certified Fresh Captain marvel Comics on TV dogs Freeform spider-verse Horror Musicals target OneApp Countdown laika BET Awards Song of Ice and Fire cats Marvel casting Rocketman Disney streaming service Holiday Infographic dceu NBA cartoon Animation Tomatazos Box Office HBO Max Netflix Christmas movies action-comedy psychological thriller Hallmark Logo 71st Emmy Awards 2018 Superheroe festivals feel good diversity kaiju telelvision james bond TCM asian-american trailers indie Country cancelled TV shows Fall TV spain basketball 24 frames Winners MTV Shudder Broadway supernatural biography unscripted Netflix die hard Elton John south america 90s based on movie mcc Trailer slashers Disney Plus Apple Nat Geo