I really hated 30 Days of Night, and really, really wanted to like it. I wonder if it's because I'd previously read the comic book and loved it, and wanted the film to be as effective (didn't think it was by a mile).
The Mummy 3 is just wretchedly awful in a "holy shit WTF were they thinking?" kind of a way.
I'm watching Brighton Rock at the moment, and marvelling at how profoundly different William Hartnell is in it to his work on Doctor Who.
I'll be curious to see what I think of the comic of 30 Days. I think I enjoyed the film because the vamps were vicious, nasty, and clever, and the make-up work that I thought made many of them look a little shark-like was beautiful.
I was a bit like that with Mummy 2, especially with the selling-out of Imhotep's love story right at the end, so I had incredibly low expectations for the third film, and it pretty much matched them. Oh, you know what really shat me though? The DVD opening menu which shows you pretty much every action set-piece and and monster in the film! After the first few seconds I shut my eyes because I wanted some surprises left.
I'm assuming you've seen Hartnell in This Sporting Life? It's a beautiful and subtle part.
I actually have never seen Hartnell in *anything* beyond Doctor Who. You always read in the Who guide books that "the role of the Doctor was a surprising one for Hartnell", etc, but I never realised what a profoundly different role it must have been.
If I can get my burner working, I'll try and send copies of Sporting Life and Hell Drivers over. I've got them from when they aired on the ABC. Both good character films, and radically different roles for Hartnell.