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  1.  (10525.101)
    Went to Cabin in the Woods last night with the missus. Huge, huge fun had by all. Lots of couples and mums on a night out at the cinema we went to, so we actually got to watch it without yapping teenagers and phones lighting up. It was even better than I'd hoped and my hardcore horror fan wife actually jumped at one point, which was amusing. Favourite performances: Bradley Whitford and Fran Kranz. I am biased though seeing as Bradley Whitford is one of my favourite actors (Why did they cancel Studio 60!) and Topher was one of my favourite characters in Dollhouse.
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    Saw Wrath of the Titans and Cabin in the Woods today.

    Wrath is much better than Clash, having clearly defined stakes and a decent theme running through it. It was only ok, but that's a big step up from Clash, which was just a mess.

    Cabin is every bit as good as was said. And that's all I shall say except that the level of spoiler avoidance going on is perhaps a bit extreme, given much is made obvious early. However, anyone spoiling the final act for you deserves a throat punch.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
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    Funny thing about Cabin I read about yesterday from an interview with Joss:
    Every monster listed on the whiteboard makes an appearance, in some way, no matter how brief. Joss' favorite were the dismemberment goblins, who were goblins...that dismember people. Another favorite of his was the Molester Tree, which is essentially the tree from the first Evil Dead. You only see the Molester Tree briefly in the first elevator scene lobby but there apparently existed a scene, cut from the movie, where the Tree got more screen time and was more..."molesty"

    There's also apparently a Firefly Reaver at some point among the monsters.
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    I'm with cjstevens on TYRANNOSAUR. Those two performances are more than enough to see it. I wish it got some play here in the US, but that was never really going to happen.
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    Watched Cabin last night, and have to agree, one of my favorite "Horror" movies period, and one of my favorite movies this year (so far).

    If I were to pick on thing that I had issue with

    And it's hard, because if you accept everything else that happens in the film, why accepting this one thing is odd, but I get "pheremone gas" making people horny, but what gas makes people go from "We need to stick together" to "We should split up"? I get that they had some way of lowering people's IQ or something, but it seemed a stretch that some gas would make you think the opposite of what you were thinking. I know, I know, I've successfully suspended my disbeleif for Redneck Zombies, invisible force-field walls, molesty-trees, evil elder gods, and every other monster under the sun, and I'm having trouble with opposite gas. I guess its because everything is this world follows a set of logical rules, and this one thing stands out that doesn't fit as well. Maybe if they had just said "hit him with the opposite gas" or something that explained it better, like they did with pheromone gas, maybe it would quiet that very small voice.

    Wow, that's one small thing that took a lot of explaining.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
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    Yeah, Prometheus is getting closer. Like a lot of folk, I'm gagging to see it.
    And it's not long till we get the new Batman.
    Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight etc; C. Nolan has become one of my favorite directors.
    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
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    thanks thinwhiteduke.

    On a separate issue I watched the critically acclaimed Hugo on Blu-Ray last night..Not that there weren't moments of cinematographic beauty and the history-of-early-film elements were sublime but really, WTAF was that? The only thing I can remember with complete clarity was Sacha Baron Cohen's awkward smile.....
    This was by Scorsese?!?!?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2012
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    Oh, cool . . .

    Joss Whedon writes that the inspiration for The Cabin in the Woods was Jeff Rowland's Unicorn vs. Werewolf T-shirt:

    http://dilettantepickle.tumblr.com/post/21505431406/from-the-cabin-in-the-woods-official-visual

    T-Shirt
  5.  (10525.109)
    @govt spy:
    My best guess for that part of Cabin you refer to...

    I'm going with a drug which disrupts oxytocin or some other pheromone-based pack-bond trigger. Disrupt the pack bond, splitting up seems more sensible. But that's pure fanwank.
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    Big Joss Whedon fan and have been looking fwd to this FOR FOREVER. And now stuck in Japan where it doesn't even have a release date. THE GODS ARE TORMENTING ME.

    Have been exposed to a lot of spoilers (since I've been reading the reviews obsessively) but thankfully still unaware of the twist at the end.

    Also apparently this is a thing, from Popmatters:

    Seems purposefully written for ppl like me.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2012
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    @Mercer Finn

    I wouldn't say that it's a huge twist, especially if you're familiar with Joss' work on Buffy or Firefly, but it's worth not spoiling for sure.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2012
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    Had the hangover from hell on Saturday and watched Young Adult, Ides of March, Marth Marcy May Marlene, The Believer and Bronson. Enjoyed them all, but stopped thinking about them the moment they finished.
    However, I just watched Kill List, and that movie planted some very creepy seeds in my head.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
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    Saw The Avengers this afternoon. It's great fun, the first half was kind of dull because they had to present everyone and the second was excellent, packed with great action scenes. I walked out grinning like an idiot. Stay until the end of the credits for a fantastic surprise.
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2012
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    @DC: Part of me wants to ask you to spoiler-text who the actual Big Bad of the movie is. The other part of me really wants to view that spoiler text.

    Finally got to see Cabin in the Woods. Funny as hell, a good horror movie, and I must say I loved the ending.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    Heh, what you see on the trailers is what you get when it comes to bad guys, kind of predictable. I'm probably "overhyping" but there's another one what the end of the credits that I know a lot of people will love to see.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    The Avengers (Assemble) is the most fun I've had at the movies in months, possibly years.
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    @Oxbrow: Japan release date 17 August. AAARRGH
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012
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    Ouch. Sorry.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012 edited
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    *Ahem* After credits sequence from The Avengers featuring a certain villain giving the camera Troll Face.

    Obviously, spoilers inside.

    ETA: fixed, grabbed the wrong URL
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012
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    @RenThing, wrong link. Troll face lol I didn't made that connection.
    Some girls I know asked if the villain at the end was Hellboy :P