The Intruders - Gigi Bannister
The Twilight Zone is, without doubt, the most important television program of the 1960s. Yes, yes, I know, Star Trek, but stay with me. The Intruders is one of the most classic episodes, and here, Gigi Bannister has taken the story and given us a contemporary version that is not only well produced, but avoids all the traps that updating a classic can fall for. There's no hip, up-to-the-minute lingo, no use of post-modernist, internalist referential imagery or dialogue. It also was no merely a shot-for-shot remake. Instead, it took the idea, and worked it beautifully. Well-done and impressive.
The dance film. It's a tough genre for me because it's really all ab out linking movement to storytelling, and without the benefit of dialogue typically, I can get lost. If there is dialogue, all too often the dancing feels forced. Not so here in Rehal. The dancing is natural, in a way there's a similar feeling to Once and how it uses music in a musical. Here, we get the movement, powerful and intelligent, and we get the emotional content as well.