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Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.

Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.

With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.

Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Magnolia Pictures

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Just what the world needed – another vampire movie. Is it not bad enough that 2008 brought us the flowing hair, sweet teen, vampire melodrama of Twilight? Did we really need the same thing except younger, nerdier and in a foreign language? Yeah, actually we did.

I enjoy a good vampire movie as much as the next guy but the truth is (and we all know this) that they’ve been done to death. If a movie dare come out about one person wanting to drink someone’s blood, turn into a bat or even count things in an accent with bursts of laughter in-between it sure as hell better bring with it an original twist on the tired old themes. Let the Right One In, a Swedish film based on a book about a bullied boy who befriends the bizarre new girl in town only to find out that she eats people when the sun goes down, tackles a lot of the vampire standards but only manages to bring something new to its namesake. Not that a spontaneous combustion caused by sunlight exposure or the most vividly fantastic cat attack ever committed to screen weren’t impressive, I was just particularly taken with what the film presented when it came time to “invite the right one in”.

We all know the vampire rule that, “If a vampire is not invited into a house then they can not enter the house.” If you’ve seen Buffy or The Lost Boys this is all standard stuff, right? Well with a title like Let the Right One In you just know right away that there’s got to be something to it. They’ve got to do something special with that rule to justify putting it front and center like that. I was wowed by its literal translation or more specifically the direct result of a vampire entering when not invited. It’s a beautiful effect but more importantly it’s a new idea, which was a relief even though it came so late in the film.

I found that the movie also played around with a less literal meaning in questioning whom we befriend or welcome into our lives. Oskar (the bullied) inviting the friendship of Eli (the blood sucker) might not be the most obvious friendship or love story of the year but it’s certainly one of the more interesting. Delicate and haunting like the best vampire movies should be but can’t manage to achieve, even with age appropriate actors and the benefit of the English Language. (Sorry, World, that’s just the way it is. The more English your movie has the more people it will be exposed to. Why else would they remake a movie as good as this?)

The real burst of originality when it comes to these ageless monsters is in the film’s perspective. Like a lot of vampire tales, Right One is a love story and by focusing in on the kids and their unique relationship, already complex dilemmas like the morality of killing the innocent or Eli’s urging for Oskar to fight back against his bullies takes on a whole new meaning. Their relationship is unnatural. They challenge one another and in a lot of ways bring out the worst in each other. I think the most pivotal scene for me is one in which Oskar, a boy who has a lot of issues and spends the whole movie challenging the line between right and wrong, is confronted with a life or death situation in which he’s forced to save a friend or cross that line. It’s a line that I so desperately didn’t want to see Oskar encounter but regardless of the outcome I realize that it was necessary. The film is better off having asked the hard questions.

That’s what’s so great about Let the Right One In. It gives the horror fans what they want in terms of sneak attacks and disfigurements but also manages to tell the kind of story that a movie like this needs to tell if it wants to be anything more than, “the latest vampire movie”.

Rating: 8 out of 10 - Marvelous performances from the two kids, Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. Hedebrant embraces the awkwardness of youth that if applied to a couple comedies could make him the Swedish Michael Cera and Leandersson manages to be both terrifying and adorable throughout with sunken, soulful, blood-hungry eyes. How many people can emote innocents from behind the smear of a bloodstained face? This is a must see.

I have a lot of trouble committing to buying foreign language films on DVD. While I don’t mind doing a little reading in theaters, in the comfort of my own home when seeing things in repeat viewings, I prefer something that’s a little less demanding of my senses. Not that I’d never sit down and focus on what turned out to be a pretty incredible film, I’d just like the option of checking my e-mail or taking a deep yawn without fear that I’ll miss something important in the text. Should I ever learn Swedish though… this’ll be the first movie I pick up.

Right One was a big hit all things considered. Few foreign language films are embraced during any year so you know that any film that slips through the cracks and generates the kind of attention this one did is worth your time. At the same time it was, at least a little, overshadowed by the almost simultaneous release of Twilight, a far inferior movie that had the benefit of a built in audience. You have to believe that a movie like Right One will find its followers eventually though even if on paper it sounds just as lame as the other vampire movie that came out this year.

Late last year Phil and I (Who I’ve been working together with on Matriculated for over 5 years now) started up a new comic strip. It’s a workplace comic that takes place within the world of videogames. Literally within the world. So much so that the two main characters so far are named “Player 1” and “Player 2” and in the brief history of the strip we’ve already seen them dress up like Blanka, Sackboys, the Prince of Persia and a Pong paddle.

Whereas JLCM offers comics, reviews and commentary for movies, this video game strip (cleverly or lazily titled Another Videogame Webcomic) offers the same for videogames. Phil has been a gaming junkie for as long as I’ve known him and even though we’re only 8 strips in right now I’m thrilled at what he’s come up with and definitely excited about exploring the videogame universe with him in the future.

If you love gaming or have grown accustom to my goofy looking art style then spend some time getting caught up with AVW. And if you like it – spread the word!

This past week, with the new releases on the horizon I realized that I needed to do a big push on getting my top ten list of 2008 together. There are a handful of films I need to see but if I put things off too long it’ll get lost in the shuffle of Bride Wars. Over the past couple days I’ve made a conscious push to see some of those “must sees” which included Let the Right One In. Hopefully the rest of the films on my list will yield such good results. Either way I’ll let you know. Thanks for reading!

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Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - The Introduction

Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.

First Appearance - Fever Pitch

Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.

First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.

First Appearance - V for Vendetta

Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison

Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.

First Appearance - 300

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe

Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.

First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side

Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet

Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.

First Appearance - Four Brothers

Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.

First Appearance - Ultraviolet

Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.

First Appearance - The Producers

Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!

Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?

First Appearance - Saw IV

Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V