Movies to Watch: The Cabin In The Woods

Joss Whedon obviously hit it prettttty big this year with a small, little movie called THE AVENGERS, but he also directed another great film that didn’t seem to get the recognition it so truly deserved. If you couldn’t already guess from the above trailer, I’m talking about The Cabin In The Woods. While I guess you could put it into the horror genre, it’s just part horror film. The other parts I would say are comedy, drama and thriller. If you’ve seen Drag Me To Hell, it’s very similar only in the sense that it combines slapstick humor with elements of scary films. Drag Me To Hell actually did frighten me while Cabin In The Woods left me with a creepy feeling but got me thinking on a deeper level about society.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but like most scary movies, it starts off with a bunch of good looking college students, including one incredibly hysterical stoner played by Fran Kranz to perfection (he is this movie’s heart and soul). They all fit the stereotypical roles you see in scary movies – the brains, the beauty, the good girl, the nerdy yet cute guy, etc. They are embarking on a weekend trip to Chris Hemsworth’s character’s family-owned cabin when of course trouble ensues… in the form of undead, crazy zombies unknowingly brought back from the grave. But, there’s a twist! A twist I won’t give away but one that truly sets this film apart from other scary movies.

The reason I say it’s only partially scary is because it’s not really a horror film. To me the film is more of a study on human instinct and survival. And…well okay, I’ll post the spoiler below:

SPOILER ALERT! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED…

The twist is that the entire cabin and the undead zombies have been set up by a lab which houses gods below the Earth. In order to satisfy these beings, there must be human sacrifices. So the lab creates the perfect situations to ensure these characters are killed. Without the sacrifices, the beings will rise up and destroy the world. But one of the characters discovers the setup and is determined to live. But the interesting point is, is it fair for these people to live but let the whole world collapse? Or is it fair that these innocent human beings have to die to save the world? It’s the kind of movie that really makes you question who is wrong and who is right. Plus, Sigourney Weaver is in it so that’s pure win.

All in all, this is a movie I highly recommend so as soon as it comes out on DVD.. see it!

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Boyz II Men… For or Against?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED!

Ok, I just finished tonight’s episode of True Blood and I have to say, this show is testing my patience people! It really really is. I have no idea what is running through Alan Ball’s head but I am really not loving any of it. This entire season has been full of ridiculous sub-plots (Ifrit being the dumbest of them all), upsetting character shifts (Hoyt?! TARA! BILL!!) and general ridiculousness. I’ve been trying so hard to embrace it but I really just can’t anymore. I was hoping this would be the episode that saved the show but it was once again a disappointment.

I am not going to re-cap the episode but I am going to give my thoughts on some of the moments that stood out to me, good and bad and the straight-up ridiculous. Let’s just start with the good since the bad heavily outnumbers it.

THE GOOD:

– I really love that we are seeing more of the Sookie/Jason relationship this season. The moment under the tree tonight was moving. You can feel their bond that was missing for so long and for the first time in a while, I felt the love between them. The fact that they are so fiercely protective of one another is really powerful and this relationship keeps the much needed humanity on the show.

-The moments between Jessica and Tara. This is a friendship I can get behind.  They are both complete and total opposites but it works and I want to see more of it.

-STEVE NEWLIN. He is perfection.

-Andy’s cute moment with Holly’s sons.

– Jessica saving Jason’s life. She’s had some pretty powerful moments this season and I’m happy her character was able to grow and evolve more as it went on.

-Eric and Nora escaping was pretty amazing.

THE BAD:

-Anything with Bill. Any scene, any conversation. He is a pompous JERK and I would love to see him go. That appalling scene with Jessica at the end was the nail in the coffin for me. Done and over him!

-That really weird smile Eric gave Nora. What was that??

-Sam and Luna. It’s pretty obvious to me that Luna isn’t going to live to see next season but I hate that this sub-plot involves her daughter.

-The fact that they all are ending up at the Authority headquarters. And also, wouldn’t Tara have been taken too?

-Why is Alcide still on the show? They have made his character totally useless this season.

-LILITH.

-WHERE IS LAFAYETTE? Oh that’s right, being used for stupid sub-plots. When did he become Miss Cleo?

THE RIDICULOUS:

-The fairy elder. I didn’t know whether to laugh, cringe, or just go with it. I chose to just go with it because…. well….yeah.

So, there you have it. I don’t even know what to think for the finale at this point. Sigh..


Let’s just bring her back please?

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Warning: There Will Be Spoilers!

So I just saw The Dark Knight Rises and thoroughly enjoyed it! I thought it was a really great way to cap the trilogy and left me feeling very satisfied. I know there have been many complaints by some about the length of the film or the clunkiness of the storyline, but to me, it all worked. I was able to suspend my disbelief and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Now, that’s not to say there were some things that I didn’t think made much sense, because there were, but as someone who has seen both of Nolan’s previous Batman films, I thought this film was the ending of Batman/Bruce Wayne’s story that should please most fans.

The film picks up 8 years after TDK, with Bruce Wayne as a recluse, not quite fully recovered from injuries he’s sustained over the years. Batman has completely retired and Gotham has been quiet. All of that changes with this film’s villain, Bane, whose mission is to destroy Gotham by bringing anarchy to the city. I thought Tom Hardy did an excellent job with what he was given and played Bane very well. Bane is not my favorite Batman villain and to me, does not really warrant the role of being the big villain in a Batman film, but it ended up working. While some might have been distracted by the dubbing and his choice of accent/voice, I wasn’t too distracted by it and thought the voice made the character even scarier. Bane is NO Joker though and I was feeling strong overtones of the Joker all throughout the film, thinking a lot of Bane’s sequences were almost meant for the Joker. But it is unfair to pit Hardy’s performance as Bane against Ledger’s as the Joker since they are two completely different villains and in two very different films. Overall as a villain, Bane is not a standout to me by any means (SPOILER: I found his death scene to be very underwhelming), but he worked in this film and the character did what he was supposed to do: be big, scary and a threat to Gotham’s safety.

We also met Catwoman/Selina Kyle in this movie and I thought Anne Hathaway was spot-on. Did she overact? Absolutely. But it was never to the point of distracting and I thought it worked in this type of film. Catwoman for me, brought some much needed fun to this VERY dark movie and I thought Nolan perfectly captured Catwoman’s sense of being in it for herself and playing both sides, even if she did lean more heavily to Batman’s side. Did she and Batman have chemistry? Eh, not so much, but then again, I’ve never felt like he has had great chemistry with any of his female leads. I didn’t really buy them ending up together in the end but the final act so powerful that it overshadowed my doubts.

As far as the remaining characters, some have said they didn’t understand how Alfred could leave Bruce, but I understood it. He had to leave him because he loved him too much to watch him destroy himself and by doing that, Bruce truly felt alone for the first time. I think he needed to feel alone to become human again and wake up to the world he had been shutting himself out of. Michael Caine as always played Alfred incredibly well and gave much heart to the film. Commissioner Gordon, even though he spent most of the film in the hospital, was incredible as well! Gary Oldman has always played the part with such intensity. I loved the surprise introduction of Robin. I was shocked to find out that’s who Joseph Gordon Levitt was and am glad, since it made it a really fun reveal for me.

The only things I had some criticisms of were the waste of Marion Cotillard’s brilliant acting (that death scene anyone? COME ON), some plot holes (how did Batman make it back to Gotham so fast from the prison?? Also, why would you send ALL of the city’s police force underground?) and the length was a bit over-indulgent. It’s not TDR but it was for me, a perfect ending to the series. If you read all that, thank you! Now go see it!