Despite a handful of brand new wide releases, 'The Hunger Games' continued to thoroughly squash its competition without anything remotely resembling mercy, taking the top spot at the box office for the fourth week in a row. With a weekend gross of $21.5 million, the violent, dystopic science fiction flick (but you know, for kids) continued its march to the coveted $400 million mark with no signs of stopping, slowing or giving anything else in the multiplex a break.
The Cabin in the Woods
Who the heck are these guys? And what, exactly, can we tell you about them without ruining part of the fun of ‘The Cabin in the Woods,’ which is now playing in a theater near you? (Once you’ve finished reading this, be sure to go.)
Directed by Drew Goddard, who co-wrote with Joss Whedon, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ gleefully subverts the horror genre and emerges as a giddy crowd-pleaser, easily one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year (and one of the smartest horror movies you’ll ever see). In the film, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford play Sitterson and Hadley, co-workers on a suspicious project who … well, I’m not sure I can tell you yet.
Can Jenkins and Whitford -- tremendous character actors given the chance to sink their teeth into a unique genre – better explain how they fit into Goddard and Whedon’s intricate puzzle? We’ll give them a shot in our exclusive interview:
Occasionally there is a film that sparks some spirited discussion and debate. Such is the case with this week's 'The Cabin in the Woods.' As such, critics Jordan Hoffman and Matt Singer have teamed up for a joint-review to work out their thoughts on the film together.
Jordan Hoffman: Since I just came back from a Passover Seder, the Hebrew word "Dayenu" comes to mind. "Dayenu," a sentiment expressed by the Israelites after God freed them from the Egyptians, loosely translates as "it would have sufficed." Or, as my grandmother would put it: "No, no, don't make a fuss."
If Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon had joined forces to give us a standard slasher thriller in a rote setting, it would have sufficed. If they'd just thrown in Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins as some sort of omnipotent string-pullers, it would have sufficed. But this is just tip of the iceberg stuff. I feel like Goddard and Whedon made 'The Cabin in the Woods' because they were tired of films with cool concepts left unfulfilled by halfhearted executions. This is a movie meant specifically for people who are tired of being able to predict where films are going to go.
Drew Goddard is making movies just for you.
The writer of many 'Buffy,' 'Angel' and 'Alias' episodes (as well as 'Cloverfield') has planted his butt firmly in the director's chair for 'Cabin in the Woods,' a film made by horror fans, for horror fans. Co-written by Joss Whedon ('The Avengers'), the film was shot for MGM just in time for it to sit on a shelf while that studio roiled in financial difficulty.
After a triumphant screening last year at Butt-Numb-a-Thon and, a few weeks back, at SXSW, 'Cabin' and all of its secrets are coming to a theater near you. We had the good fortune to speak with Mr. Goddard about the film, the secrets and its inspirations.
Truth or dare is a silly little game that a lot of us have played at some point when we were teenagers. It's a simple enough game that not only forces everybody to interact with each other but dish out their secrets against their will. It's a cute game, it can be a little scary depending on what you have to confess to, but it's a lot scarier to play the game when the house is suddenly taking part in it.