Dir. Kathryn Bigelow (1987).
Kathryn Bigelow has made bigger movies than this 1987 genre flick, but none better. Not nearly as celebrated as it ought to be, Near Dark is a poetic horror film that draws its power from the outlaw mythology of Bonnie and Clyde and Gun Crazy (or maybe the Manson Family), and its brooding loneliness from the western landscape. Nothing I've seen has so successfully Americanized the myth of the vampire.
Tue., Sept. 14, 6:50 & 9:15 p.m., 2010