The Rules of the Game didnt grab my attention like I thought it would. The beginning is rather slow motion with a lot of character development. But I guess it was worth it because after about 30-45 minutes the film captivated me. It finally got to what the film was really about and boy did I have a good time with it. The slow start was needed in order to build up the hostility between characters and allow for the complicated circumstances to occur. The acting was solid all around especially from Renoir. There are a lot of characters to follow but Renoir does a magnificant job balancing all of them. I have a feeling that with more viewings I will take to the start of the film and like it even more. The Rules of a Game is a great satire and a great film.
Let the Right One In is a unique vampire film but simply calling it a vampire movie is a knock against it. In truth its a story about Oskar's relationships; relationships with his parents, his classmates, and the new girl, Eli, who justed moved in across from him. Let the Right One In is indeed a grim and occassionally violent movie however the violence isn't excessive. The director, Tomas Alfredson, frames the scenes is such a way that you see just enough of the action and the result without the violence being overdone. One of my favorite scenes being when a group of bullies force Oskar to hold his breath for three minutes while he is swimming in the pool.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was, as I expected, not very good. Take a pass on this one.
Taken was actually pretty entertaining. Liam Neeson is a badass and surprisingly most of the events that take place are believable and not completely over the top.