Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Movie Stuff: Yet Another Lame American Remake

The 2008 movie poster
Why oh why do American filmmakers insist on doing remakes of already amazing movies? Let Me In is yet another sad example of a perfectly wonderful movie getting the bastardised American remake treatment.

Let Me In is based on Let the Right One In, a 2008 Swedish movie based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel of the same name. The book itself is an awesomely original horror story (and well worth a read) and the resulting film perfectly blends the themes of horror, love and friendship. 

Set in Stockholm in 1982, the movie tells the story of Oskar, an introverted, constantly bullied 12 year old boy who strikes up a friendship with his unusual new neighbour, the (supposedly) 12 year old Eli. As it turns out, Eli is a vampire and she's hungry.

The novel
What I love about the movie is how it doesn't romanticise vampires or make blood sucking look sexy- it makes it look creepy. The multiple story lines blend together seamlessly and the relationship that develops between Oskar and Eli throughout is completely touching and so much sweeter than Twilight could ever hope to achieve. The morse code scenes between the two children are absolutely beautiful. The story perfectly blends horror and innocence together to make for an unforgettable movie experience. The characterisation is perfect and the children playing the roles of Oskar and Eli are both flawless and give astonishing performances for their young ages. The cold, wintry setting of Sweden's winter lends both beauty and a sense of foreboding to the atmosphere of the film as well. Let the Right One In is guaranteed to stay with you for a long time after you've seen it (in a good way!).

Oskar and Eli
I just don't understand why on earth anyone would want to remake such an already perfect film. There is absolutely no way that the original can be improved upon. From watching the trailers for Let Me In, the movie looks pretty bad. Like a bland, unimaginative and inferior copy of the original. Basically, everything is too generic American looking and the story seems to have lost its heart. They've taken a unique little indie movie and turned it into a typical, boring, big budget flick. Ugh. Whatever happened to being original and coming up with new story ideas? I don't like the child actors they've chosen either- they don't fit the characters properly. Is it just that some American movie producers and viewers don't like to read subtitles? Come on, it isn't hard to read subtitles and watch a film at the same time people!

Luckily for us Aussies though, Let the Right One In is being shown on SBS One at 10pm on Saturday, October 9. So treat yourself by watching the totally rad original on TV and avoiding the disappointment of the dodgy remake showing at the cinemas!


btw: I'd love to hear other people's thoughts about movie remakes. Do you hate them? Love them? Or just don't really care?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Genius That Is Gaga

Since I mentioned the awesome-ness that is Lady Gaga in yesterday's post, I couldn't resist doing a post consisting solely of Gaga. I love how committed she is to her avant-garde outfits, she seems to live and breathe fashion 24/7. She stands out in a world of perfectly styled, boring celebrity fashion choices and you have to admit she's great fun to look at (and listen to). Enjoy the genius of Gaga!
Top & Below: Celebrating Hello Kitty's 35th birthday

From the Telephone video clip. She makes prison get-up fashionable!
Love the bow and the timeless Ray Ban Wayfarers
An interesting choice in head wear
Masquerade like for the Poker Face video
Just another day at the airport. I need those shoes!
A homicidal Mickey Mouse inspired outfit for the Paparazzi video
With Kanye West for The Fame Monster CD artwork

Monday, October 4, 2010

Blogtoberfest: Day Four

For today's post I think i'll keep it simple, so here's what i'm up to right now:

Loving: My newly painted room. It's a bright blue colour that will soon be joined by a pink on another wall. 

Not Loving : Uni assignments, the fact that Glee won't be on for two weeks because of the stupid Commonwealth Games (not fair!) Also, the fact that blogger keeps putting triple line spacing in all my posts which is driving me insane!

Doing: Working on Stuff zine.

Watching: The Delicious Miss Dahl, Parenthood, Fashion Police, Buffy (season 1: with some awesome late 90's fashion!)
How short are these skirts?! Gotta love the 90's!
Reading: The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do, Paradise Lost by John Milton, Yen, Harper's Bazaar and Delicious.

Eating: Swedish Daim chocolates. Little rectangles of crunchy caramel coated in milk chocolate- totally tasty and totally addictive. You get about a zillion of them in a bag for only $8. With thanks to the IKEA Swedish food section!
The totally rad Sia
Listening: Sia You've Changed, Lady Gaga Telephone and Just Dance, Katy Perry Teenage Dream, Madonna Vogue, Ke$ha Your Love Is My Drug, the Dickies Banana Splits (from the awesome Kick-Ass soundtrack), Professor Green/Lily Allen Just Be Good to Green. (And yes, I did actually list a song by Ke$ha, but there's no need to make fun!)
The totally avant-garde genius of Gaga. Love it!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Blogtoberfest: Day Three

Yes, I know, I missed a day of blogtoberfest. Already. On the second day. Oops.

I have been somewhat preoccupied with designing the first Stuff zine that i'm working on with my sister Sarah (shameless plug time: why not visit her lovely blog Box Brownies sometime?) and I also have to research and write two assignments for uni. Fun times. How I wish I could just work on my zine and blog instead! But hopefully I will still be able to post somewhat regularly and (fingers crossed) have a zine ready to be printed in the near future! Maybe I will be able to offer some sneak peeks of the zine in an upcoming post...

Head on over to Tinniegirl to have a read of some other awesome blogs.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Ah, another year, another Blogtoberfest! I just had to join in again with my new blog since I had such a great time last year discovering other people's awesome blogs and making some new friends too.

My first post comes somewhat late in the day but I put all the blame on a combination of IKEA fatigue (have you ever noticed after you leave that you've spent about ten times more money and stayed for three hours more than you intended upon entering the store?) and watching Jerseylicious with my Mum. Seriously, this show is completely addictive. I think it has something to do with the radioactive fake tans combined with overly teased hairstyles that somehow make for compulsive viewing. 

However, despite the IKEA fatigue I did end up buying some really pretty fabrics so i'll post some pics of them tomorrow. 

If you want to join in the Blogtoberfest fun, head on over to Tinniegirl!