Saturday, May 31, 2008

Let The Right One In

Film: Movie number two in our SIFF series, Let The Right One In is a dark fantasy from Sweden that goes wildly off the mark and completely wastes any potential it had to tell a good story.

A young, wispy boy is alone and friendless in his apartment complex until a dark-haired girl and her father move in next door. A series of murders immediately occurs afterwards, and it's revealed that the girl is really a vampire. The young couple (both about 12 years old) go through a brief getting-to-know-you phase, and the story goes on from there.

This charming as the idea may be that a cute vampire could move in to you next door, the film absolutely fails to make any of the characters real or relatable, and of the series of events make precious little sense. The film's bloated two-hour running time consists mostly of moody, pensive shots with very little dialogue, and at no point is there ever any tension or mystery built up. The film makes it pretty clear that the girl is an actual vampire within the first 20 minutes, so there's nothing really to resolve afterwards... and if the director thinks watching these two 12-year olds get into bed with each other and share bloody kisses is somehow charming or touching, he's woefully mistaken.

The worst part was that the film had creepy, pedophilic overtones. The wife and I kept commenting to each other that what was happening on film would be vastly more appropriate with teenagers or young adults as the leads, not kids who haven't even started puberty yet. The worst moment came when the director found it necessary to flash a shot of the girl's vagina for no other reason than, what... shock value? His own satisfaction? We both felt slightly dirty.

I'm not a huge vampire fan, but I've read more than my share of the books and I certainly enjoy a good fantasy tale. Unfortunately, Let The Right One In feels pretty nonsensical and amateurish when dealing with the vampire issues, and comes off like some sort of inappropriate self-gratification remedy for I-was-an-unpopular-kid syndrome the rest of the time. There was plenty of snow and tons of inexplicably silent scenes, but the movie fails to rise above the level of "rough sketch" in terms of storytelling.

Not recommended.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Juan Carlos (Face 227)

This rather handsome face is going to be the last for a little while as I'm going to be leaving for Japan tomorrow. I'm away for 3 weeks so normal service will resume at the beginning of June. Please check back then or make sure to subscribe to the rss feed.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Face Facts

This week has seen a whole lot of new faces staring out at me from my inbox. Thank you to everyone who has linked to Your Face (,, , to name just a few).

I have too many emails to reply to them all right now so I'll answer some of the most popular questions here.

- Yes, I will send you an email when your face has been posted on the blog. Feel free to check back here as much as you like to see the other new faces though. You could even subscribe to my feed and help make me feel popular.

- I'm 26 and currently live in London.

- I'm a real person whatever that means.

- No, I don't look like the queen and won't be posting a photo of myself anytime soon. Strangely enough I don't feel comfortable posting images of myself on here despite expecting all of you to email me yours.

- I'll start accepting new submissions for the tea towels soon.

- Yes I accept commisions and would love to work on your new project. Contact details for this type of thing can be found here.

>>Please try to send photos to this email address and not to the address from my portfolio site<<