Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Well that’s a bland as fuck horror title. I mean, there’s no way it could subvert any tropes or expectations within the horror genre. No way. Whatsoever. None. Zero. Nada. Nah. Nuh-uh. N- you see where this is going, aren’t you?

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Cabin in the Woods”.

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A group of pesky youngsters travel into the middle of fucking nowhere to stay in a cabin for a weekend. But it doesn’t take too long for their weekend to get ruined by something sinister. Yes, it does indulge a bit in a lot of old school horror tropes… but then it also satirizes them the rest of the time. You can tell that the people crafting the story have a love for the genre and its cliches, but also know when to poke fun of and subvert them. It puts an insanely unique and fun spin on horror that I found really clever and enjoyable.

The characters in this are for the most part walking cliches… but then there are moments where their identities are subverted ever so slightly. The shit they do with these characters is quite fun. And the lead cast, consisting of people like Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Jesse Williams, all do wonders with what they’re given. And in the supporting cast you have people like Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, and Amy Acker, all doing very well in their roles too.

The score for the movie was composed by David Julyan, and I think he did a pretty great job with it. It’s sometimes more subtle and ominous, and sometimes bombastic and thrilling. It’s just a really well composed score that works quite well for the movie. Not much else I can say on that.

“The Cabin in the Woods” was written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, and Goddard directing it (this being his debut). And man, they knocked it out of the park with that. While the movie is mostly concerned with pointing at horror tropes and satirizing them, they of course also have to indulge in them a bit, creating some genuinely suspenseful and gruesome scenes that add to the overall experience quite well. There is also a good amount of humor strewn throughout the movie, and it made me laugh… ’tis very funny.

This movie has been quite well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating and and fresh certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,0/10.

“The Cabin in the Woods” is fucking rad. It has a great plot, good characters, great performances, great music, and great writing/directing. Time for my final score. *BOO*. My final score for “The Cabin in the Woods” is a 9,89/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Cabin in the Woods” is now completed.

Hell yeah.

Movie Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

I was gonna do a joke about a priest walking into a bar, but I couldn’t come up with a good punchline. So let’s just get into the review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Bad Times at the El Royale”.

The late 1960s. On the border between California and Nevada lies the El Royale, a snazzy-looking motel. And on one fateful day, a group of strangers all decide to book rooms there, all of them carrying some secret. And we follow them as they get tangled up in the most insane night of their lives. The plot here jumps around a lot, partly in showing how all the characters got to the El Royale, and partly to show all the different perspectives on certain events that go down at the motel. And this could get messy and convoluted if put in the wrong hands. But I think that it was handled very well here. I like that they really took their time to tell this story. It’s intriguing, suspenseful, fun, pulpy, and just overall entertaining.

The characters here are colorful, unique, layered, flawed, and just overall really interesting. And that’s all you’ll get out of me. I won’t go any more in-depth on any of them, as that would be really tough without accidentally spoiling stuff. So let’s just list the cast. Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, all great in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Michael Giacchino, and it was really good. It does lean into the pulp angle I mentioned earlier, which really helps sell the movie’s vibe while still adding to the sense of tension and drama. There’s also a fair bit of licensed tracks used throughout, and not only are they really good on their own, but they also work incredibly well within their respective scenes.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” was written and directed by Drew Goddard, who I think did a great job with it. He gives the movie a very slick style that makes it feel somewhat unique, without sacrificing any of the pulpy suspense that is built up through the story, characters, and music. And the cinematography by Seamus McGarvey is pretty stellar, giving us some really great looking shots throughout the movie.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 75% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 60/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Bad Times at the El Royale” is something that I can easily tell will polarize audiences. But I thought it was great. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and great writing/directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Bad Times at the El Royale” is a 9,71/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Bad Times at the El Royale” is now completed.

Good times, bad times, you know I had my share…

Series Review: Daredevil – Season 2 (2016)

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As some of you might know, I reviewed the first season of this show almost a year ago and absolutely loved it. So I was of course really excited when it was announced that the show (unsurprisingly) was getting a second season. And now it is finally here and ready to be reviewed. Just to warn you, there will be a few spoilers for season 1 in the process, but I will try to be as spoiler-free as possible, given that some of you may not have seen this season or season 1.

Ladies and gents… “Daredevil” season 2.

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is back, still operating as the costumed vigilante called Daredevil (Or “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”, whichever you prefer). Everything seems to have calmed down after the whole Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio from season 1) ordeal a while ago. But then shit starts to occur again when a new vigilante by the name of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) starts showing up and mowing down a whole buncho f street gangs. So it’s up to Daredevil to stop Castle while also dealing with his ex-girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) showing up, asking for his help with some… stuff. Look, I know that having too many charcters within a plot can go south really quickly (*Cough* “Amazing Spider-Man 2” *Cough*), but I feel like they actually managed to balance it out pretty well with the two new characters. Both get a good amount of time in the story and both add a good amount of drama too it, while still not sacrificing any of the drama added between Matt and his friends Foggy (Elden Henson) and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll). The dramatic tension of it all works fine while also adding new stuff to the plot that works perfectly. Yeah… I liked it a lot.

The characters of the show are still really interesting, very well realized and perfectly integrated into this world. Charlie Cox is still fantastic as Matt Murdock, even being able to give a performance that is even better than in the first season. Elden Henson is still great as Foggy and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen gets a lot more to do and she also gets a lot more depth to her character. Now how are the new guys doing in this show? Well, Jon Bernthal is absolutely fantastic as Frank Castle/Punisher, giving a multi-layered performance that stays true to the original comic book character while also adding something new to it. And Elodie Yung is great as Elektra, a femme fatale that still shows that she’s a good character and not just a sexy/devious woman. We also get a few more great supporting characters/performances which I will not go into because you might want to experience them for yourselves…

Like in season 1, the score was composed by John Paesano who once again succeeded! The score for the show is intense, dramatic and just overall really great, perfectly fitting the show.

Who directed the show? A whole bunch of people, so I’m not even gonan mention them all here… you go look ’em up. What I at least can say here is that the show is very well directed, with the camera work being really good and the fight choreography being absolutely terrific. Seriously, there is a scene in the season that rivals the hallway fight from season 1. There are also a lot of interesting easter eggs and references to a lot of other Marvel stuff throughout the season, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

This season of the show has been received pretty well so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 68/100. And on imdb.com the show has a score of 8,8/10 and is ranked #63 on the “Top 250 TV” list.

“Daredevil” season 2 has a lot going for it. A really good plot, great acting & characters, terrific music, great directing & action and some fun little nods towards other Marvel things. Time for my final score. Jeff, gife me the damn thing before I *ahem* Punish you. My final score for “Daredevil” season 2 is a 9,96/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review for the second season of “Daredevil” is now completed.

One batch, two batch… penny and dime.