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The Cabin in the Woods — 10 Most Anticipated of 2012 Follow-Up

So I said to myself this year, as an exercise, I should write something up for each movie on my 10 most anticipated list. It’d be a good way to stretch my writing “muscle”.

In any event, 12:01 AM on April 13th saw the release of The Cabin in the Woods, the first movie on my (chronological) 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012. Quite honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie showed up on my top 10 of 2012 list as well. This article will be short and my details will be sparse because YOU SHOULD NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE BEFORE GOING INTO IT. The less, the better, really. I’ve heard the trailers don’t spoil as much as initially thought… but seriously, I went in almost completely clean and I’m extremely glad that I did. You seriously needn’t look up anything about it. Here, I’ll tell you the things you want to look up: It’s got a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with 92/100 fresh reviews and it’s about an hour and a half long.

I will afford you one other detail. It’s a horror movie. If horror is completely not your thing, don’t see this movie. However, if you dislike horror movies because they’re mostly poorly made, or even if you absolutely love horror movies, go see this movie immediately. Personally, I’m not a big fan of horror movies. Generally I find they never accomplish what I want them to. I’m never scared out of my mind, I’m never sucked into the experience, and quite frankly, most horror movies are terribly made. They’re boring, predictable, and largely inept at conveying a compelling story. The Cabin in the Woods is somewhat antithetical to all of that. Go see what I mean. This movie deserves the praise it is receiving and the money I hope it receives.

A Celebration of “John Carter” — Followed by Depression

So, earlier this year, I listed off my 10 most anticipated movies of the year. Deep down in the “honorable mentions” you’ll find this:

John Carter (March 9th) – Highly stylized, this is Pixar director Andrew Stanton’s first live-action film, it should be quite interesting to compare to Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible from 2011.

The closer John Carter came to being released, I became more and more eager to see the movie. If I had written this article in the last few weeks of February, John Carter would have easily replaced a few of the films on my list including The Hobbit and The Great Gatsby. Finally, I have seen it (in 2D only, mind you), in its third and, most likely, final week in the theater. At the moment the film ended, I felt utterly depressed with the fact that we’ll never see John Carter: The Gods of Mars.

There’s a few points of discussion I plan on hitting in this article about John Carter, such as:

  • John Carter‘s origins in literature
  • How much I enjoyed the film
  • The Disney regime change that spelled the end of this movie’s future
  • Film media’s readiness to decimate the film
  • Maybe a few other minor points
I’ll continue the spoiler-free discussion after the jump.

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A Few Words on AMC’s “Rubicon”

Part of the brilliant cast.

“Not every conspiracy is a theory.”

I recently decided to check out AMC’s “Rubicon” at the suggestion of a friend. Let me preface all of what I’m about to say with some words about the show: “Rubicon” is an hour-long TV show that was on AMC. It aired in 2010 with 13 episodes and was subsequently canceled due to “poor” ratings (around an average of 1.6 million viewers through the series). The series follows Will Travers (James Badge Dale), a pattern-recognition expert and intelligence analyst at the fictional intelligence agency known as “American Policy Institute”. Will finds himself thrust into a conspiracy that surrounds him, the people he loves, and the people he works with as he begins to tug at the threads which hold the conspiracy together. Below the jump I’ll talk more about the show, my love for it, and its mysterious existence as an unattainable canceled show.

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Who needs school when you’ve got Skyrim?

Here’s a piece on Skyrim that I wrote a couple weeks ago for my honors society bulletin. I was asked to write something, and the editor said it could even be about Skyrim, so I figured I’d share my love of the game. Please forgive any anachronisms, and note that my character is now level 43 and I’ve played over 100+ hours.

Three weeks ago on the (really not-so) momentous date of November 11th, 2011 (11-11-11), the folks over at Bethesda Softworks released the fifth entry in their long-running (since 1994) video-game series, The Elder Scrolls. “Skyrim”, as it is referred to in a more colloquial manner, boasts a virtually infinitely long playtime, gorgeous graphics, and game play for the casual and the hardcore all in one complete package. Despite never having played a single Elder Scrolls game, the buzz coming off of this release was absolutely electric and I could not pass up the chance to be a part of the conversation. Read the rest of this page »

My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Just as last year, pretty self explanatory. I’ll post trailers if they’re available right now and provided that I think you should watch them. There are a few, however, that I’ll advise against.

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My Top 10 Movies of 2011

This is pretty self explanatory, but it’s my top 10 of the year. My judgement here is very subjective, as movie criticism usually is. I was deliberating on whether or not to make a list because I had a hard time filling it out with movies, but after completing my look back on my most anticipated movies of the year, it became clear that there were at least a few that stood out. Without further ado, in ascending order:

10. Moneyball

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Written by: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, et al.

Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin manage to sugar coat Michael Lewis’ critical analysis of statistics in baseball in their adaptation of “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”. The movie pitches an underdog story based around the  2002 Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) as he meets someone who opens his eyes to using sabermetrics (baseball statistics) to find undervalued players and assemble a smaller budget team that could hold their own against the multi-million dollar contracts held by the Yankees. Pitt puts forth his best effort as he always does and does a great job of portraying someone whose initial foray into baseball was not quite what they expected. Miller’s direction could’ve serviced the splicing of (sometimes jarring) sequences of Beane’s past throughout the film into something a little more obvious, but the light peppering and slow build-up inform what Beane could’ve been contemplating as he went against the advice of every person that played a role in constructing the team. A strong performance from Brad Pitt and solid directing with a fantastic script landed this movie a spot on my top 10 list.

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Revisiting “My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011”

Earlier last year, specifically on February 8th, made a list of my 10 most anticipated movies of 2011. Now I’d like to go back and revisit that list, along with some of the honorable mentions, and a few that weren’t even on my radar, but probably should’ve been. This is not a top 10 movies of the year list, so do not take it as that. I’m not sure that I’ll be making a top 10 of the year list, but if I do, you’ll see it here soon.

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