Friday, April 13, 2012

Cabin in the Woods, Lockout, The Three Stooges: 7 Word Weekend Review

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

The Cabin in the Woods - See, this is why I hate cabins.

Lockout - Prequel to last year's film: The Locksmith.

The Three Stooges - I'd rather watch the original Stooges now.

Don't take that the wrong way. I simply mean I'd rather sit and watch the graves of dead men than watch the updated version. 

Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. Whether you're a fan of the Farrelly Brothers or not, one thing that can't be denied is their steady decline in quality over the years. Personally, I still like a couple of their earlier films but have had little more than distaste for them for about a decade. The bottom for them seems to still be off as they're planning on making their first sequel to a film in Dumb & Dumber. The idea of them tackling The Three Stooges, is dismal to me. I liked the stooges when I was a kid but unlike my love for Chaplin and Buster Keaton, even then I could only take so much at a time. I'll admit that a couple involuntary groans/laughs did escape from me with some of the puns in the trailers, but that's far from convincing me it's worth sitting through a myriad of secondhand slapstick. Until otherwise convinced, I just have no interest in the film. 

I've heard a lot of mixed reaction to Cabin in the Woods. Because of the meta quality of the plot it's got the classic divide of some hailing it as genius and others saying it's trying to be too clever for itself. Naturally the automatic retort being that those who hated it "didn't get it". One of my friends who caught an early screening is on the side of loving it. Though as he rarely visits my site I can safely say I've never really relied on him to be the most qualified when it comes to critiquing. All I know is that it looks fantastic and creative. I love the odd bit of genre bending now and again and I'm properly geared up for it. 

Finally this weekend, we have Lockout, which managed to fly under my radar for quite awhile. Probably due to the fact that I'm far from being a Guy Pearce fan. However, the other day I watched a 5 minute clip they released of the film. As a result I'm now up for seeing it. Here's the clip:

I think it looks like Die Hard meets Escape From New York in space. Yeah, you can already see the cheesiness that's sure to pervade the entire running length, but it has that good bad movie aura about it. And I'm totally down for that. Not in theaters mind you, but a definite rental.

So what are you guys up to this weekend? Anyone planning on watching The Three Stooges?


  1. Not a chance on the Stooges - it looks horrible.
    Hitting Cabin in the Woods this afternoon! I'll post a short review tomorrow for everyone. Hope to catch Lockout at some point as well.

  2. TS! Hi again! Great to make it here and read your reviews again. Hey! I recently have watched some Buster Keaton movies and loved them! I never gave them a chance before but I am finding them really fun. Hope you are doing well!

  3. At first I was angry about 3 Stooges. Then I saw the first trailer and got excited. Then I saw the second trailer and got sad. As a die-hard stooges fan I'm going through the stages of grief.
    "Prequel to last year's film: The Locksmith." LOL
    @Alex, looking forward to it!
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
    @thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

  4. the farrelly brother just haven't been the same since Chris died. No more big man, little coat to inspire them. What do you mean they aren't related?

  5. Cabin in the Woods...Yes!
    Three Stooges...NO WAY!

  6. I'm going to start trash talking my friends that don't read my blog too. That'll teach 'em.

    I think Lockout flew under the radar because it has the most generic and boring name ever.

  7. I'd rather be poked in the eye than see the Three Stooges - past or present. :)

  8. I'm a yes on Lockout, a yes on A Cabin in the Woods and a big no on the Three Stooges. The Three Stooges are more a guy thing right?

  9. Desperate to see Cabin but I don't get to the movies much. I'm saving my big night out for The Avengers in May. Lockout does look like fun and I like your description of the movie mash-up!

  10. Stooges is a no...seen all I need to see. Cabin In The Woods is a maybe, and Lockout is a for sure theatre trip.

  11. 1 - I agree with Camel's conclusion about trash talking ...

    2 - I think it's going to be really interesting what amazing new movies come out in the next few years. Hollywood finally releasing its last hint of a hold on "trying" and "creativity" are really going to open the doors for a lot of ... something.

  12. I think The Three Stooges would be lost on the younger generation. I don't think it will do well. I will wait for the rental. I'm waiting on The Avengers to come out.


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