Best Show You Don't Know About

Best Show You Don't Know About
Leverage

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

I really can't review this film without giving too much away. So this will be short and sweet as I want the joy to be found in the viewing of the film.
The movie starts with two office workers (played by Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins) obviously getting ready for a long shift.
Flash to a group of 5 college kids (1 smart,1 stoner, 1 jock, 1 promiscuous blonde, one redhead female just getting over a breakup with one of her professors) goin to one of their cousin's cabins in the woods to hang out for a weekend full of sex and drugs.
On their way, they meet a creepy store owner, drive through a tunnel, there is a wolf head hanging in the main room of the cabin,and a creepy cellar below.
That is all that I will say. While, yes, it is very cliche, that is the fun of it. Cabin in the Woods was co-written by Joss Whedon (of Buffy and Angel fame, and, in 3 weeks, director of Avengers), and, if you watched Buffy or Angel on TV, you know that he took well-used tropes and cliches and flipped them and created something wholly different. This is exactly what he does here.
Some scenes are played totally cliched (while being the point) and others are so giddily flipped that, as the scenes unfold, you are never quite sure what to expect.
As it is very cliche, be aware that its R rating is for exactly what you might expect (violence, gore, nudity, drugs), but not in the same laborious way as you are used to seeing.
If you have seen any horror movies, especially the'cabin in the woods' variety, you owe it to yourself to see this film.

Film rating- 10
Movie rating- 10

End of an Era- Again

After my dad's death, I was needing a little "comfort" in my surroundings. To make a long story short, I ended up back at Blockbuster. And I really enjoyed it again.
While Blockbuster sucked at being a full time job before I quit in December 2007, going back 2 nights a week in December 2010 was what I was needing.
In the last year and a half, I have been able to talk movies again with customers, get the employee benefits, and work with a good friend of mine who was managing the store.
3 weeks ago, we were told that the store that I was working at would be closing its doors for good on May 20th. I have spent the last 3 weeks deciding if I was going to transfer or not and I have made my decision.
No, I am not transferring.
While I have loved Blockbuster for 13 years and had a great time, as I approach my 40th birthday, it is time to let it go and re-embract my nights off. I am getting tired of doing double duty 2 nights a week and sleeping a lot more either between the 2 jobs on those 2 afternoons or taking naps on the days following the working of the 2nd job.
While there are a myriad of other reasons, the truth is that I am done working there. I have been trying to work through it for a while now and the closing of the store gives me a great opportunity to get out right now, no harm, no foul, and to be okay with it.
So, goodbye Blockbuster, once again.
And, yes, I get to turn the lights out. I have already asked to work the final shift in the store.