It’s Blu-ray release day. Which is exactly like every other day except that your bank account might take a ruthless beating… at least mine does.
Here’s what’s hot this week:
1) Let Me In
Bah! I couldn’t stand the Swedish film that this Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) remake is based on. Critics went crazy for the original film and I was persuaded into seeing it from pundit peer pressure alone. Two hours later I felt used and a bit dirty. How had I succumbed so severely to this sluggish Swedish succubus…?
Yeah. I didn’t like it.
Now critics are going crazy for the remake. My Movie Examining buddy Joe Belcastro (Tampa Bay of all places) had this to say about Let Me In in the Movie Examiner End of the Year Report Card:
“Being an admitted fan of the horror genre, Let Me In trumps all the rest in my book. When’s the last time a horror flick actually made it on critical Top Ten Lists? Blair Witch perhaps? How’s the replay value on that guy going these days? Let Me In is getting shunned cause it is a remake. Fair enough. But tell me the last original story/concept to come out of Hollywood in the last decade. Even if you’re not a horror crack-head like yours truly, this flick has the entire package flowing (Cue Roestel with a package joke).”
Well I didn’t get my package joke. And I didn’t see this new vampire film either – mainly because I’m a resentful old lunatic whose package spits nothing but dust and exhaust fumes. But I’m going to see it now. And if I hate it Joe…? Expect a very dusty and exhaustive email campaign sent into the very heart of Tampa Bay’s film criticism community.
2) The Tillman Story
I skipped this. Wanted to see it but was a bit worried that it might be a left-leaning propaganda piece using a family’s tragedy to bawl-out that last President one more time for the choir to cheer on. I remember hearing about Pat Tillman on the Michael Medved show a few years ago. I don’t remember if that was when the military media machine was trying to sell Pat as a patriot and a war hero – or if the truth about his death had finally been revealed.
Either way the guy was killed fighting in Afghanistan instead of continuing his professional football career here at home. Which sort of makes him a patriot and a war hero anyway. Still, I really want to check this out.
3) Hatchet 2
Victor Crowley’s back. Now will he ever leave? I half dug the original Hatchet. It was funny and crude – it spilled more blood than Tommy Lee’s penis at a hymenoplasty survivors cocktail mixer.
I’m guessing that you can’t keep a seven foot tall, mutated serial killer down for more than two years… because here he is again running around killing everyone.
Keep out o’ the swamps in 2012 people – Victor might be back again by that terrible date.