The Proposition. Puts a Peckinpah level of violence on top of a Searchers-style plot, in the process, making The Searchers seem like a movie made by and for wusses. There's plenty to like ... the Australian setting simultaneously recalls classic westerns and suggests something new, and a lot of the acting is excellent. I'm not convinced this makes The Proposition a classic in its own right, but maybe that's not necessary. #235 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They list of the top movies of the 21st century. 7/10.
Let the Right One In. Had everyone heard of this movie except me? I try very hard to avoid spoilers, but in this case, I seem to have avoided everything outside of the part where various recommendation systems thought I would like it. So I ordered up the Blu-ray on Netflix, didn't read the blurb on the sleeve, and sat down to watch a Swedish movie about a 12-year-old boy who suffers from bullies at his school. And that is indeed what Let the Right One In is ... but it's not the only thing it is, and I suspect I'm one of the only people who saw it without knowing anything going in. The Swedes certainly knew ... it's based on a novel that was a best seller in Sweden. People who pay attention to awards knew ... so far, it has won awards from 25 different groups, including, to name just one that is local, Best Foreign Language Film from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. Yet I knew nothing, and I'm wondering if I should avoid spoilers or not. Well ... let's just say that I liked this movie a lot ... it's a spoiler, but I think it might be as good in its way as Near Dark. #118 on the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They list of the top movies of the 21st century. 8/10.