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Cabin in the woods film review repost from blogspot

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Not really sure what genre this film is after watching it.  You could say it is a horror film if you had to but it does more than simple horror.  Cabin in the woods is built on twists and turns of anything standard.  Without spoiling anything the main cast of five is involved in a fight for survival in a cabin being controlled by other people.  I can’t really say who the other people are and why without giving away the twist of it.  I can say that it is unpredictable in the outcomes of the run.  I left the theater satisfied with the film and loved every part of the final act.

The camera does go hand held at times but it doesn’t really take away from it.  The film doesn’t rely on it since it goes by standard master shot to close-ups.  The jump in narrative to the main cast and the other people does feel jarring at times but it makes sense once they actually reveal what is going on.

The main cast does a good job of making the characters fit into the roles.  While they do come out as one dimensional at times they do turn it around once everything is said and done.  The dialogue is very witty and smart and you can really tell its Joss whedon as the funny yet ironic tone the film plays out.  The tone is very loose in this film.  Sitting there watching it I didn’t know how I should have felt thru the entire film.  There are so many emotions that the film takes you.  Again without spoiling anything I can’t say more than that.

The film takes several mechanics of other films and the combination of them makes a really unique and fun experience.   From survival horror to jumps in tone and total genre changes Cabin in the Woods is anything but ordinary.  I do recommend seeing this one and I cannot stress how much I can’t reveal without actually spoiling the whole thing.


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April 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Chronicle Movie review

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Three teens receive super powers and deal with social issues and problems in their daily lives.  This film is from mostly the perspective of Andrew a bullied high student with an abusive father and a dying mother.  We then have Matt, Andrew’s cousin as Andrew’s only friend who tries to help Andrew deal with the problems but with no avail.  And last but not least Steve the school’s upcoming president and star quarter back.

All three discover a strange rock and gain telekinetic powers from it.  The film relies on the documentary look as Andrew buys a camera and starts filming everything.  While this does seem like a cheap tactic it does act as something more by the end.  Also this adds to the alienation of Andrew by everyone as we see what Andrew sees literally.  Many of the dialogue only happen between Andrew, Matt, Steve and Andrew’s parents.

The term superhero is never said.  Rather this is not a superhero film it’s a film about teenagers learning to become adults.  Learning how to deal or not with life’s many problems.  Andrew’s camera becomes a clutch for him as it’s the only way he can really “talk” with anyone.  And this point is even clearer later in the middle when the camera shifts to Matt holding it.  This I will explain later in another post after people have watched the film.

All in all this film is more than science fiction is about discovery, life and death.  The main characters struggle with the problems of social norms and our ever changing views.  Go see this film as this is one of the most important films of the year.

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February 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

Film festival

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Rick Kariolic
chashama Film Festival
201 East 42nd street, 32nd floor
New York, New York 10017

independent films!!

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November 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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Breaking Upwards update!

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Months ago I updated about the movie Breaking Upwards a small independent film that got a lot of praise.   And now they are getting a DVD release, Itunes, Netflix, and Amazon.   I had the pleasure of meeting the cast and crew personally and I hope they do well with this distribution release.  Please I urge all of you to go and see this movie if you already haven’t.

Also a side note is down.  I don’t know whats going on but it seems serious.

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October 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm

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Breaking upwards

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Many independent film makers hope to have their films released to the public in theaters. Only a few make it this far. Only a few of those make a film that is below $20,000. And only a few get picked up and have a distribution company move their film.

I’m glad to say this one made it. I hope everyone and anyone who gets a chance to watch it on April 2 do so. Opens in the IFC theater in NYC on April 2. I personally saw this in a free screening in class. I enjoyed it, it may not be for everyone but its a funny and touching story. I got to have a Q & A with the director/actor/producer.  Made in New York by New Yorkers. With a Budget of 15,000.

Note: Average Hollywood film budget Now 8-30 million dollars. Average Independent budget Now $50-100,000.

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March 23, 2010 at 12:53 am

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