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The deal with Cabin in the Woods

Apr 27

I just read a review of Cabin in the Woods that promised to explain its awesomeness. And while it did touch on some of the reasons for its awesomeness – the effective blend of horror and humor, the self-referentiality, and a marketing campaign that held back the best parts of the film – it didn’t really explain what the movie was about. Like, it didn’t take it apart and spread the pieces out on the rug to figure out what makes it tick. Of course, that’s what we’re all about here at Wonderkill, so if you were wondering, “What’s Cabin in the Woods really about?” allow me to kill that wonder right now.

There are spoilers ahead – this is not a review, it’s a full-on deconstruction – so don’t blame me if you ruin the surprises for yourself. And they are good surprises!  So be warned.

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Netflix Recommends: This Film is Not Yet Rated

Mar 22

There’s a cruel irony beneath nearly every investigative documentary: you’ll learn something, but have another reason to feel uneasy about state of the world. In this case, it’s how a secret body of parents is controlling the American film industry. With This Film Is Not Yet Rated, director Kirby Dick exposes the censoring of American films and the Motion Picture Association of America’s monopoly of a rating system.

Photo from themoviedb.org

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The Many Faces of Bill Hader

Mar 19
Bill Hader

Saviour of comedy

Bill Hader is the saviour of recent seasons of Saturday Night Live. He is as funny as Kristen Wiig is unfunny. And he sure looks great with a moustache.

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The Devil’s Double

Mar 18

Republican dogma or the next Scarface?

Frequently dubbed as this generation’s Scarface and with much Sundance hype earlier this year, The Devil’s Double has been snagged by Lionsgate and will soon (the release date is unknown) be coming to a theatre near you.

Photo from The Hollywood News

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Offsite Reading: The AV Club on Drive Angry

Mar 17

Ever since my roommates and I watched Face Off recently (on VHS, no less), there has been a lot of talk in my life about doing a Nick Cage film fest (via Netflix, obviously). So when my friend Liam sent me this hilarious article the other day about the new Cage movie, Drive Angry, I was intrigued. Now I officially want to see this movie, and according to this article the only way to really do it is in 3D.

 

So check this article, courtesy of The AV Club, filed under “Offsite Reading” on this here website. Enjoy!!

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Netflix Recommends: Season 1 of Community

Mar 11

My roommates and I got Netflix cause there was a free one-month trial. To be honest, at first we were a little disappointed. The range of things they advertise to have on their website, really refers to the American Netflix, so we were sad when we realized the Canadian version has nothing from HBO or a lot of other American networks, as well as a weird selection of movies. After realizing this, we just figured we would keep it for the free trial, then subsequently get rid of it and go back to watching tv on the internet like normal people. But here I am, almost five months later, and we still have Netflix. It turns out the movies on it are actually pretty good if you dig (lots of criterion, good documentaries, cool independent and foreign films), there are good comedy specials (GALIFIANAKIS!) and the content is getting updated regularly. This brings me to the main point of this post: Netflix has just become fucking amazing.

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Zach Galifianakis on SNL

Mar 11

Now you’ve got a good reason to stay in this Saturday: Zach Galifianakis is hosting SNL (or stream it later to aid your Sunday hangover). And since many culture critics have said his appearance last year was one of the only solid shows of the season, it’s something to look forward to.

Here’s a refresher of last year’s episode:

“Remember that time when someone who wasn’t Zach Galifianakis hosted SNL? What a mistake that was,” says The Huffington Post. While I liked him in both Bored to Death and The Hangover, his stand up is my favourite. And what I loved about his opening monologue (and his entire performance at that) is that he was never out of his element as some hosts are, take Miley Cyrus last week, for example. He just meshed with the regulars—or as some reviewers have said—he was better.  “The episode as a whole was uneven, and the cold open, on the unpopularity of the healthcare bill, was unusually flat, but host Zach Galifianakis was hilarious,” says The Atlantic. I agree, the skits with Zach were the strongest.

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