Before I begin, note that every word following this is considered a major spoiler for the film.
So, what would happen if you threw Men In Black, Cube, Hellraiser, and most every scary-secluded-cabin-for-teenagers movie in a blender? The Cabin In The Woods would happen.
This is the film from 2012 from Avengers wonder-boy Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. I loved this movie. It turns the genre (if you can pick just one) on its head. I loved that — despite it not taking itself too seriously, despite it having a good sense of humor — it painted a deep mythology. I loved that it dared to explain not only why we love monster, ghost, and zombie movies, but also where these creatures all come from and what their purpose is.
Joss is a talented writer, and you can hear it again here. He and Drew are working with very, very tired tropes. Stereotypes well-trodden, but yet here their dialog is sparkling. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of high-dollar paint will do to a lonely spooky cabin in the woods.
I love this movie. Did I mention that?
I just caught this highly entertaining geek culture documentary short film by Jay Cheel, host of the Documentary Blog podcast, which is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s called “The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends.”
The short doc has a really cool use of ironic slow motion. All the interviews are looking straight into the camera — very Errol Morris.
If you love board games, like Settlers of Catan, you’ll appreciate this film. You can see the whole thing here:
Gran Torino is a fine film, but it’s as deeply flawed as some of its characters. I can forgive its characters for their foibles, but not its filmmakers.
Continue reading “The way men talk to each other”
Back in 2000, I saw a short film by Jason Reitman called In God We Trust. It was the best short film at the USA Film Festival that year.
Continue reading “In God We Trust”
What happens when you try to mix 3 parts The Bourne Ultimatum with 1 part In the Line of Fire and 1 part “24” (pick any episode)? Bad things to be sure.
Continue reading “(disad)Vantage Point”
I’ve been hyping I am Legend for some time now (here, and here). As you may have guessed, I’m a bit of a dystopian fantasy buff. Ever since I can remember, I’ve daydreamed about being the last human on the planet. I guess that speaks a lot of my introversion, huh? Well, the movie is everything I hoped it would be.
Continue reading “Now I am become Legend”
Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is the most realistic dramatic look at apocalypse I’ve seen in years.
Continue reading “Faith in Praxis”
I don’t like Bond. James Bond. Never have. But I loved the newest James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Continue reading “Blond. James Blond.”
Marty is at it again, this time with Bostonian Irish mobsters in The Departed. Continue reading “Irishfellas”
Here are a series of reviews I started as a bit of a challenge. The idea was to write the entire review in ten (hence, “decuple”) words or less. I considered the movie title to count as only one word. Oh, and sometimes I had to get clever with hyphenated words to keep the word count down as well. Much harder that it seems.
Continue reading “Decuple Word Reviews”