The films of Matt Reeves

The Pallbearer 65
[ review ]

Cloverfield 57
[ Part “Godzilla” knockoff, part 9/11 allegory, with a touch of urban apocalypse cinema (“End of the Line”, “Mulberry Street”) and a whole lot of “Blair Witch Project”: quite a tall order! I dug the simple but effective character set-up, there are some good scares and the found footage gimmick mostly works… Mostly. I mean, intellectually, I appreciated what they were going for but, sometimes, I wished I could actually see what was going on, you know? Ultimately, I’ll always be more of a “Sixth Sense” guy than a “Blair Witch” guy and, as far as post-9/11 disaster movies go, I much prefer Spielberg’s masterful mise en scène in “War of the Worlds” to Reeves’ more enjoyable in theory than in practice approach here. ]

Let Me In 71
[ Stephen King has recently claimed in his EW column that this is not only the best picture of 2010, but also “the best horror film of the decade.” Now, when I read that, I hadn’t seen “Let Me In”, but I had seen the 2008 Swedish movie it’s based on, “Let the Right One In”, and figured that if one of those two was the best horror film of the decade, the original had to be it, right? Still, I have to say that, as it turns out, this is a more than worthy remake, staying true to its inspiration, tweaking a few things here and there, but mostly just retelling the same greatly moving story of the friendship/love between a lonely, ostracized little boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a mysterious little girl (Chloe Moretz) who happens to be a vampire. This is not what you’d expect from a Hollywood version, i.e. a louder, faster, gorier take on the source material. “Let Me In” is pretty much as quiet, meditative and artsy as “Let the Right One In”, and all the more admirable for it. I guess one could say this is a pointless venture, but there are at least two elements that make it a must-see on its own: the typically brilliant score by Michael Giacchino and the amazing performance by Chloe Moretz who, at her young age, can already act circles around many of her more experienced peers. ]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 81
[ review ]

War for the Planet of the Apes 87
[ Reviewed on Extra Beurre ]