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2010 Film Review: Surprises & Guilty Pleasures

In a year when the film harvest has been verging on the exceptional and quality products came from all corners of the industry; even veteran franchises such as “Harry Potter” delivered notable moments. The most popular genres brought us notable surprises; from Robert Rodriguez venturing again into the same B-movie territory he visited next to Tarantino for the ‘Grindhouse’ double bill; to the directorial debut of movie star Diego Luna with an intelligent and moving comedy. Amazing register changes experienced by acclaimed indie directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s, inspired by John Hughes teen comedies; or Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba (whose ‘Belle Epoque’ is part of the plot in “The Fighter”) returning to form by teaming up with Javier Mariscal for a foray into animation. Not forgetting Todd Solondz, whom two decades afterwards revisited his most acclaimed film, “Happiness”.

Hollywood’s growing remake fever, buying the rights of recent international hits to push them through its mainstream filters, generated an unexpected gem in “Let Me In’, adaptation of the vampire classic by the formerly effects-driven director of “Cloverfield”. A work as accomplished as it was pointless and unnecessary; due to its remarkable resemblance to the recent Swedish classic based upon. And what “Let The Right One In” did for vampires; Mexican flick “We Are What We Are” repeated it for cannibals; somehow humanizing the myths by turning them into something chillingly ordinary.

The thriller genre had in Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés one of his best ambassadors, inspired by the spirit of Hitchock in a work terribly simply, yet incredibly effective. The much maligned romcom was rescued from years of mediocrity by the French, thanks to the original and entertaining “Heartbreaker”. In the field of the unclassifiable, British Gareth Jones offered an arthouse road movie set against the backdrop of an alien invasion.

After the jump, those movies that broke our preconceptions; and those that went to become our guilty pleasures of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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2008 Film Review: 10 Surprises & Guilty Pleasures


10-EDEN LAKE-James Watkins

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De entre la avalancha de mediocres producciones de terror provenientes de los cinco continentes, este modesto film británico sorprendía tanto por su eficaz realización – realmente daba miedo – como por su premisa a modo de metáfora sobre las relaciones entre las diferentes clases sociales en Gran Bretaña.

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Among the avalanche of mediocre horror productions coming from all corners of the globe, this modest British film surprised as much for its assertive execution –it was actually frightening- as for its core metaphor about the relationship among different social classes in Great Britain.

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