- Let Me In This is one of the best independent films I’ve seen. It’s also one of the best vampire films I’ve seen. The 2010 American remake directed by Matt Reeves is based on the Swedish 2008 film called Let the Right One In (and novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist) which tells the story of a brutishly bullied 12 year boy and his friendship with a vampire girl in New Mexico in the 1980s. It’s more than just a vampire film; their complex relationship shows the depth of these characters, their bleak predicaments and the contrast of innocence and violence. The acting by Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) is fantastic, as is the supporting cast of Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas. If you haven’t already, see it!
- The Fence Documentary. Directed by Rory Kennedy and produced by HBO, it examines the impact of the controversial fence between along the US-Mexico border. In 2006 the US government passed The Secure Fence Act which resulted in the building of a 700-mile fence along the troubled 2000-mile+ border with Mexico. Of the Act, former President George W. Bush said “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.” The fence has cost more than US$3 billion to date. While it has helped limit attacks of violence on the Border Patrol Officers, it hasn’t decreased the amount of drugs entering the US from Mexico or reduced the average number of illegal immigrants running the border. As one border patrol officer states, it’s “a band-aid on a chest wound”. A fascinating and educational look at the fence and the impact on the American & Mexican people as well as the US economy and the environment.
- Water for Elephants. I saw this over the weekend and it was a beautiful rendition of the novel by Sara Gruen. The cast is directed by Francis Lawrence; Reece Witherspoon looks amazing and acted brilliantly as always, Robert Pattinson was good (so good that I didn’t think of him as ‘Edward’ once!) and Christoph Waltz was fantastic as the brutal August. You’re heartbroken and then heart-warmed. Loved it!