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I get internet at home at the end of the month so you'll probably see me updating a lot more come May. I would have liked to have been a bit more prolific here recently since I started in the new office but I've actually been very busy (unsurprisingly I guess) :p

I'm away in America next week for the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas. I fly out this Friday (10th April) and land back in the UK again on Saturday 18th April. Then the following week I'm away in France from Friday 24th April to Monday 27th April for Salon du Jeu de Societe in Paris.

So it's busy bee time one way or another for me.

Not having internet at home, and not really knowing all that many people here as yet has seen me getting out to the cinema quite a bit or staying in watching loads of DVDs between unpacking a million boxes from my house move.

Myself and the office Intern went and saw 'Låt den rätte komma in' ('Let The Right One In) last night at the local Empire which had a single screening of it as a special. It's a subtitled Swedish horror/vampire film and is very good. It certainly won't be to everyone's taste as it's quite slow paced and quiet but the story is very good, very dark with a number of layers that when you reflect back on it you'll realise more and more things that are hinted at.

I've not read the original story the film is based on but from the sounds of things the film has toned down several aspects of the book - subjects such as paedophilia have been seriously toned down, but they are still hinted at and/or alluded to. Also the violence, whilst still quite shocking in some ways, is not as gruesome as the text in the book. But then you can expalin a lot mroe detail in the written word than you can capture in a few moments of celluloid.

The film certainly won't be to everyone's taste (he says repeating himself) but if you like Japanese style dark fantasy/horror films I'd certain reccomend hunting it down and giving it a go.

I'm certainly very pleased to have caught it and will be picking up a copy on dvd when it's released.

Apparently the film's proper release is taking place this Friday (10th April) so hopefully it'll be available on a cinema near you (well... you UK folks) then.


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Apr. 7th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Make sure your DVD has the theatrical subtitles.
Did you see gmskarka's post about this? We missed it in the theatre, but heard a lot of reviews that were akin to yours, so we caught it on DVD. And then wondered why everyone thought it was so good.

It turns out that they used totally different subtitles on the DVD, which lacked, shall we say, a basic understanding of what was going on! Including not even "translating" the morse code. *sigh* They're supposed to be fixing it for new releases after so many people complained.

Of course, it may not be an issue for you at all, if you buy it at home. They may only have assumed that Americans lack subtlety.
Apr. 7th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Reviewed the book when it came out here, and consider it the goriest vamp I've ever read*. Nasty stuff, a lot of it. I have since carefully erased most of the plot from my memory.

Should you want it as a read and compare exercise, it's yours.


*Not a horror fan. I'll read some of it, but won't watch it. 28 days later was enough for me, and a horror fan I know reviewed that as dull in its gore.
Apr. 8th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
We've been looking at that as an option for the pictures next week (now we've done Watchmen and Monsters vs Aliens).

Funnily enough, when I lived down the road in Salisbury and didn't know anyone, I spent a lot of time at the shoebox they have for a cinema there ;)
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