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Screened In Sundays: Before Sunrise/Before Sunset

Posted in Drama, Romance, Screened In Sundays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by judsonw

One underseen gem every Sunday.

The greatest “date” movie of all time may actually in fact be two films. This is because viewing Before Sunrise and Before Sunset back to back offers a truly memorable and inspired experience that may give you hope in the idea of “true love.”

The two films, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as strangers who form a relationship while traveling abroad, were shot 9 years apart, and the gap of time between the movies is consistent with the plot. In Before Sunrise the two randomly meet while on a train in Europe. Sensing a spark, the two decide to get off in Vienna and spend the night getting to know one another. What follows is literally a series of conversations as the two grow closer. It’s amazing how entertaining people simply talking can be, but when the dialogue is as enthralling as director Richard Linklater’s, it’s more exciting than a blow-em-up action flick.

Before Sunset reunites the two love birds 9 years later in Paris (wait…they didn’t live happily ever after?), and those 9 years have changed both of them significantly, for better or worse. The film is very similar to its predecessor, but something about it seems more profound. While the two were previously innocent young minds, they have now found themselves lost in lives that they didn’t necessarily expect to live.

Hawke and Delpy have never been better, and their chemistry is a delight to watch. While Hawke has had other memorable roles in different movies, I have a hard time separating Delpy’s other roles with her character in these two films. She’s just that good.

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are two movies that I always put on at least once a year, and always watch back to back. If you find yourself longing for a good love story (perhaps around Valentine’s Day) or just want to watch a superbly made movie, you can’t go wrong with these two gems.

Screened In Sundays: Let Me In

Posted in Drama, Horror, Screened In Sundays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by judsonw

One underseen gem every Sunday.

It’s incredibly rare that an American remake ends up being better than its foreign original, but with Let Me In, that’s the case. 2008’s Swedish Let The Right One In was and is a near-masterpiece, and fans understandably cried foul when the American remake was announced, as well as the filmmakers’ intentions to make the two leads older.

The story revolves around a young boy named Oscar who is a loner and on the verge of violently lashing back at his bullies. A young girl and older man move in next door from his apartment, but Oscar starts to notice strange things about the two neighbors. The windows are completely covered in cardboard, and the girl, named Abby, only comes out at night and smells weird. She’s also an ace at completing a Rubik’s Cube.  Yes…Abby is a vampire.

The American remake keeps everything that was so great about the original (the innocence of young love, spooky atmosphere, brutal bullying), and even brings more to the plate thanks to the talents of director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). There is one sequence involving a car crash that may be one of the best filmed sequences in any movie of all time, and that’s no exaggeration.

The kids are played here by Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass) to perfection. It’s amazing that so much emotion can come out of such young people, but you really end up caring for these characters. Richard Jenkins was perfectly cast and is heartbreaking as Abby’s caretaker/father/who knows.

I love Let The Right One In…it’s one of my favorite movies of the past 5 years. But if I ever decide to experience this story again, I will almost always pop in its American remake.