I'm still torn over " Let Me In."
It's the American remake of the haunting Danish film "Let the Right One In," which was a surreal tale of a young bullied kid who discovers the girl next door to him is a vampire. The movie was released in 2008, going on to become a cult hit here in America on DVD. I loved it, both for its dangerous, dreamy mood and its beautifully executed climactic sequence.
I haven't seen "Let Me In" yet (it opened in theaters on Friday), but critics are mostly agreeing that it's surprisingly good in its own right, without dumbing down the source material, John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel.
I may love the film, too. I hope I will. But still — why a remake?
Is it because we Americans can't possibly bring ourselves to — the horror! —read subtitles?
Is it because we must have everything spelled out for us? (The title change to "Let Me In" loses the poetic symbolism of "Let the Right One In.")
I'm all for exploring artistic interpretations — being inspired by an idea and adding your own twist. That's what I tried to do with my zombie film, hardly an original genre.
But I would never dream of copying an exact story. That seems blatantly lazy.
"Let Me In" director Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield") knows his version will be keenly scrutinized, and he hasn't apologized for wanting to do it. He says he loved the story and simply wanted to experience making it.
I get that, too. Perhaps that's why Gus Van Sant wanted to do an almost shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho," to walk in Alfred Hitchcock's shoes.
But I don't get why the usually interesting director Michael Haneke remade his own violent, potent 1997 film "Funny Games" 10 years later into an almost exactly same movie, only with an American cast. It seemed so unnecessary.
I'm tired of remakes, in general. And pretending they will go away is like pretending there won't be another "Saw" movie.
But the day Michael Bay remakes the original "Star Wars" is the day I spit up blood.
Reel matters — The rousing, entertaining documentary and film festival hit " Reel Injun" looks at the evolution of the depiction of Native Americans in film, from the silent era to today.
It includes interviews with such directors as Clint Eastwood and Jim Jarmusch, and Native actors such as Adam Beach, Graham Greene and Wes Studi. It also features insight from Native filmmakers, activists, film critics and historians.
Even with my Native ancestry, I found it a sometimes funny, eye-opening experience.
The film is being presented by local public TV station KPTS as the inaugural event of its new Community Cinema program, and will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orpheum Theatre, First and Broadway. It will be followed by a panel discussion; I will be on the panel. The event is free and open to the public.
To view a trailer for the film, go to www.reelinjunthemovie.com.
Upcoming Community Cinema programs include a screening of " Deep Down," an exploration of the world's shrinking natural resources, on Nov. 1, and " The Calling," a look at young Americans preparing to become religious leaders, on Dec. 5.