Weekly Staff Netflix Recommendations
“Let the Right One In”
The modern vampire doesn’t do the centuries of lore a justice. After all of the ridiculous and incompetent reinventions of the ancient creature throughout the last decade, it has become a running gag or a thing of melodrama. No, despite what the media and Stephanie Meyer may have told you, vampires are not CGI fueled monsters or glowing and glistening heart-throbs, but terrifying, enigmatic, and quite tragic beings, and the Swedish film Let the Right One In brings that beauty back into the light.
Centering on a troubled 12-year old boy who befriends a vampire, it is the story of two tormented souls being mended by each other’s presence. This is a film that takes vampires seriously. It’s gorgeous, eerie, desolate, and often devastating imagery matches the poignant and tragic tone of its screenplay, capturing the inner minds of children on the verge of adolescence with breathtaking intimacy. Don’t be fooled by the age of the two main characters though. This is not a film made for 12-year olds.
“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
In post-WWII L.A., private investigator Eddie Valiant (Hoskins) has been hired to investigate the private life of a star “Toon” Roger Rabbit’s wife Jessica and her relationship with Toon tycoon Marvin Acme. Eddie is soon becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of Acme with the main suspect being Roger. At the same time, the fate of Toontown lives in the balance as Acme’s will has gone missing. Did Roger murder Acme for the love of his wife? Will Toontown be saved? Those questions are answered but real reason why I love this movie are the visuals. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and winner of four Oscars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is a showcase of pre-CGI visual effects. The live-action and animation appear to melt into one another. Just stunningly beautiful.
“The Bourne Supremacy”
Arguably the weakest installment of the “Bourne Trilogy,” Supremacy still delivers as a well shot action thriller starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. With breathless pace and an adult style, this movie is definitely worth the (re-)watch. I am generally a fan of spy movies and the “Bourne Trilogy” especially because it does not have stupid one-liners and gets rid of some of the things that make most spy movies unrealistic and laughable. Check this movie out on a boring Sunday night to get some thrills with a compelling story and a great leading character played by Matt Damon.
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