One of the best films of last year - and certainly one
of the least appreciated - Matt Reeves's Let Me In
(a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In)
might one day be seen as a milestone in the horror genre. In a seedy,
blue-collar housing development in 1980s New
Mexico, a bullied adolescent boy finds an ally in a
strange barefoot girl who smells funny.
Those people at the MPAA sure have some funny ideas
about what constitutes a dirty movie. They may have changed the rating of Blue
Valentine from NC-17 to R, but Todd Haynes's Poison
(1991) still bears its "No One Under 17 Admitted" stigma proudly. Inspired by
the writings of Jean Genet, it's a triptych of stories in different styles:
lurid crime drama, campy horror film, Fassbinder-like prison love story.
But first the results of this year's"Where's Whitey?" award for Best Animal Performance of 2010. Despite a late surge from such newcomers as the chicken in "The Social Network" and a
1. "The Red Riding Trilogy"
Three films, three directors, one screenwriter, three
decades, five hours, uncounted dead children and venal Yorkshire cops and
moldering cellar secrets.
The films today at the Museum of Fine Arts range from Pop Art to the
Dutch Masters to Japanese anime. They include Esther Robinson's A Walk Into the
Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (2009 | 3:30 pm), a documentary
about the iconoclastic '60s artist's forgotten collaborator; Hans Pool and Koos
de Wilt's documentary Views on Vermeer (2009 |5:30 pm), a profile of artists
inspired by the 17th century genius; and Mamoru Hosoda's animated Summer Wars
(2009 | 7 pm), in which a nerdy high school girl is all that stands between
Tokyo and the nefarious Love Machine.
But first the results of this year's "Where's Whitey?" award for Best
Animal Performance of 2010. Despite a late surge from such newcomers as
the chicken in "The Social Network" and "the donkey, the llama,and especially the two cats in Jean-Luc Godard's 'Film Socialisme,'" which unfortunately had to be disqualified because it didn't open here yet, the overwhelming winner was "Little Blackie" from the Coen Brothers' "True Grit."