American remakes of foreign films? That would be a 'no' vote. Having said that, I can heartily recommend Let Me In, the moody, touching American remake of the Swedish vampire film, Let the Right One In, from 2008.
True, Lettie Mae's assertion that she's turned her life around by having an affair with her minister may not be the most important moment of this year's season finale, but for me, that declaration sums up a lot of what has made this season great.
Compared to Russell's de-spining of a television news anchor, every other moment in this season of True Blood may seem tame by comparison. Instead of focusing on the gory or the baroque, they episode thrives on what isn't said.
I'd like to begin this recap of "I Smelled a Rat" with an ode to Russell Edgington, who has become one of my all-time favorite TV characters. As the episode's title suggests, lots of characters are grappling with honesty and trust.
Thoughtful, articulately argued judgments on the unconstitutionality of gay marriage be damned: The religious right still has a few trump cards left in their deck to demand gay marriage remain illegal.
This week's installment may be called "Everything Is Broken," but I'd argue for "Everything Is Waiting" instead. The episode feels like it's moving chess pieces into place and leaving the final three installments to make decisive plays.
What is it about vampires that we find so compelling and fascinating? They're scary, but also charming, sexy, and sophisticated when not playing into the cliché of dramatic capes and slicked-back coifs.
After delivering two exceptional segments in a row, True Blood comes closer to earth with "Hitting the Ground." That's not to say that the episode is bad -- it's really pretty good -- but it does contains some frustrating elements.