The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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A generic description and little commercial advertising made The Cabin in the Woods as enjoyable as it was.  Half the fun was trying to figure out what exactly was going on throughout the whole thing, although I had a pretty good guess since fairly early on.  But it was still exciting to watch and wait for the writers to reveal to you what is really happening.  Joss Whedon does it again for me, and leads his movie viewers around a maze of horrors and mysteries by the nose.

The Cabin in the Woods can be easily spoiled if someone tells you about it, much like movies such as The Sixth Sense or Saw.  Therefore, all I can say is at times the movie does indeed look like exactly what you expect, but at other times The Cabin in the Woods really surprises you, either with campy jokes that you can’t help but laugh at or unrealistic amounts of blood and gore.

The Cabin in the Woods is really really enjoyable to watch the first time around, but I doubt it really has much replay value once you’ve seen it.  Also, one should just try to enjoy the movie, and the humor, and not dwell too much on the “hows”, “whys”, and potential plot holes.

The Ides of March (2011)

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Super 8 (2011)

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This film was thoroughly advertised last summer with captive commercials that gave no inkling as to what the movie was about at all.  I decided it was high time that I finally watch it even though I had heard many mixed things about it.

A word that many critics have already used with it is “nostalgic,” and it’s definitely true.  Not only is it nostalgic because of the setting of the film, but also the entire theme.  My friend was quite correct when she said at the end that it seemed like a grown-up version of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.  I guess it isn’t that surprising since Spielberg was also a producer of Super 8.

For me, many parts of the movie felt like the previously J.J. Abrams produced film, Cloverfield.  It was probably the whole thing with not seeing “the creature” except for brief glimpses.  But at least in this movie, we had some music to listen to; a lot of interesting music…

I still don’t really understand why so many people were so excited about this movie, and why it was considered one of “the best movies this summer.”  It was good, but not a film I would go crazy over, or even rank in the top ten for 2011.  No matter what genre I consider it from–action, science-fiction, drama, nostalgic–there were better competitors on the big screen this year.

Drive (2011)

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One of those movies that seemed to fly under the radar last fall, it was highly rated by many a critic, but faltered in viewer ratings, at least on Rotten Tomatoes.  I was also interested to see the 2nd sexiest man alive in a role that didn’t center around his “photoshoped body.”

I must say, he did very well in this role, but that may have been because he didn’t have to do or say too much.  He only needed to express two emotions:  awkward guy smile, and silent angry guy on a mission.  But he showed those two emotions well.  The entire movie moves at a very slow pace, but always makes you feel like something exciting is about to happen.  I think its a result of the perfectly-matched electronica music that’s playing.  The music is so ambient but with chords of uneasiness mixed in.

Finally, things do get exciting, but it can’t be compared to other vengeance seeking movies like Man on Fire or Taken.  It is a strange amalgamation of calm, cool, and collected with anger, action, and anxiety.  Unlike the aforementioned, it is not a pure action movie.

Overall, enjoyable, but you have to be in the mood to sit through a patient movie.  Somehow it manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and without ever having too much happen.

Limitless (2011)


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Oh Bradley Cooper, you’ve come such a long way since Wet Hot American Summer.  I guess this movie was a good demonstration of the variety of roles that you can play.  Still, the film itself could’ve done more I suppose.  The idea was interesting, but in a way potentially doomed for failure.

The idea of such a drug is extremely intriguing to me.  But the obvious concern would be, what if others were taking the drug too?  And, what are the limits of this drug?  I still don’t believe a person with 100% of his brain capacity would’ve made some of the mistakes that he made.  I guess this is the reason that I believed such an idea was doomed to failure.  Much like he said at the end, he’s “50 moves ahead,” ergo, I cannot see how he would’ve allowed any of the troubles that happened to manifest in reality.  Connecting all the dots in his genius brain, he should also be able to predict all the misfortunes and probabilities of their occurrences, thereby preventing them all.

Eddie Morra really should have been able to get to the end with out all the drama of the middle parts, except for maybe the time loss that he experienced.  Which is the only area they could’ve really exploited to make a more thorough story that might’ve led to his downfall.  But the writers almost completely ignored what happened during his memory lapses.  I guess he didn’t make any bad decisions during his blackouts, oh, except for maybe killing that woman, but I guess we will never know.

For a movie idea that was doomed to likely failure, it was not bad.  I’m glad they didn’t try to make it any longer, but also sad that they took it a very different direction from one that I thought would’ve played out in a more exciting manner.    Now if only I could get my hands on some NZT-48…..