How do I become friends with Joss Whedon? If this is how he spends his vacations, filming Shakespeare adaptations at his absolutely stunning house with a troupe of enormously talented actors and friends, then sign me up. Much Ado About Nothing is damn near perfect, the melding of two brilliant minds across 400 years. It’s clear that both Joss and his cast have a deep understanding both of the subject matter and the Shakespearean dialogue, and I hope we get to see a lot more of this sort of thing from him, once The Avengers 2 is done filming.
Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two romances that take place as a prince comes to stay with a local governor. Continue reading
It seems a bit silly for me to review a film that came out over a year ago, just because I finally got around to watching it. So instead of a traditional review, I’m instead going to offer up some disorganized thoughts about The Cabin in the Woods. (For the record, I give the film an A.) I didn’t see it in the theaters mostly because we generally don’t go see horror films, both out of personal taste and a general lack of quality. I’ve never been one for the sort of “jump out and get you” scares, but prefer more cerebral horror. Give me Hitchcock or The Exorcist over Saw any day. (We also don’t see a lot of comedy in the theater, but that’s a story for another time.)
Obviously I should have known better, considering the script was by Joss Whedon and one of his frequent collaborators, but the trailers didn’t help the situation. They presented it as a standard “cabin in the woods” type thriller with a sci-fi/conspiracy twist. That sort of thing has been done before. So after it was released I read the plot on wikipedia and it seemed more creative than I had originally supposed, but still not enough to get me to go see it. However, I recently read the script online out of curiosity which changed my mind, and I finally rented The Cabin in the Woods. Here are my thoughts: Continue reading