I'd been looking forward to "BuyBust" for quite some time, and in fairness to director Erik Matti it boasts an excellent sense of place - the viewer experiences the claustrophobic squalor of this Manila slum as much as our team of drug enforcement agents - but for a movie that gives over much of its runtime to fight sequences, the action fails to convey impact and is letdown by frankly piss poor sound design.
Tobe Hooper's first true follow-up to (the nauseatingly effective) "Eaten Alive" proves something of a horror movie anomaly, as I enjoyed myself the most during the first 45 minutes, when Hooper is content to simply capture the texture of this rickety Miami carnival that's rolled into town - its barkers and nudie tents, mutant animals and rollercoasters - with an undercurrent of danger and white American squalor.
With a beautifully bleak depiction of Eighties-era Sweden that's so white and snow-capped you can practically feel the flakes falling in your living room, much of "Let the Right One In's" strength lies in its immaculate horror movie atmosphere. Yet its tale of schoolyard bullying and pre-pubescent love is close to perfection as well; the only real drawback being the subplot with the 'Cat Guy' and his drunken friends, which rever really goes anywhere or adds much to the film…
Is there a point to watching hundreds of old-school kung fu movies if you don't come away with a working knowledge of the genre? I don't doubt RZA's love for these films but his 'tribute' to martial arts cinema is executed more like a parody. That said, I'm willing to lay most of the blame on co-writer Eli Roth since the screenplay's lazy, cliche-ridden dialogue and sophomoric attitudes towards sex have his fingerprints all over them.
Otherwise, "The Man With…