Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sanantieng) *** - This is the second film I've seen from this Thai director and it's really something. An outlaw and governor's daughter meet as kids and grew to love each other but fate keeps them apart. This mixes an ultra-violent Sam Peckinpah-esque Western with a romantic soap operatic plot and for me, it didn't always quite gel but when it did, it was quite brilliant. The film is filled with bright colors (even the blood) in its cinematography and design.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Troy Nixey) **1/2 - Guillermo Del Toro's fingerprints are all over this film but it's not quite as successful as most of his own films. The director, Troy Nixey, does a solid if not that outstanding job in creating a perfectly acceptable horror flick. But that's all it is. Acceptable. The premise is stretched a little thin for a 100-minute film. However, it's miles away from awful. There are some decent scares. It won't win any awards nor is it destined for cult classic status. But it's very entertaining and it does feature Katie Holmes not being godawful.
The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton) **** - This is my second or third time watching this classic film which I own on Criterion DVD. It's one of those really, really great films. So beautiful, terrifying and moving all at the same time. Robert Mitchum is astounding as one of the creepiest, and I must say one of the best on-screen villains, Rev. Harry Powell. If you haven't seen this, do yourself a favor and check it out!