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[Posted by: Eric Raymer]

Matt Reeves’ vampire coming-of-age film Let Me In hits theaters October 1st – which means it’ll come out just a little shy of two years after the original Swedish version (Let the Right One In). There’s been somewhat of a backlash from fans of the original since the remake was announced, and accusations of the new film being dumbed-down for a U.S. audience are flying left and right. Reeves has defended his work, saying that the original itself was a remake of a novel, and that his film is just a “variation on a theme.” The marketing for the new film has done a pretty good job of distinguishing it from the Swedish film, but at the end of the day, it’s the same story. It’s not uncommon for major studios to “Americanize” foreign films by remaking them with well-known actors and without subtitles. Sometimes a larger budget can bring a little more flash to source material that couldn’t quite pull it off. Other times… Well, it’s usually best to try and forget about those. Some of the worst remakes occur when a director tries to remake something (foreign or otherwise) that succeeded in the first place. Regardless of Let Me In‘s eventual fate, it’s probably not going to be as bad as the following cinematic catastrophes. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“You understand, if we don’t find a stiff out here, we leave a fresh one?”

Miller’s Crossing was the Coen Brothers third feature length film, dating from 1990. While still in a fairly early stage in their careers, Miller’s Crossing shows off the confident flair that had been acquired from the critical hits of Blood Simple and Raising Arizona. It tells the story of Tom Reagan (Gabriel Byrne) as he flicks between to Prohibition-era gangsters and the crooked bookie, Bernie Bernbaum, played by the fantastic John Turturro. Miller’s Crossing is told at its own pace, and never struggles to do anything else apart from that. It floats along, doing the normal Coen genre-hybridisation along the way, and nearly always hitting the mark smack on. If you like most Coen Brothers films, this will be right up your street. (more…)