3 stars out of 4
The Details is one of those under the radar indies with a high profile cast that will die a very rapid theatrical death. This is mainly due to with the film’s rather unfortunate release schedule, which is scant and lacks proper advertising. Every year, hundreds of movies are released with adequate or extravagant budgets, and every year there’s a dozen or more that undeservedly get lost in the shuffle. The film was screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and subsequently picked up by the Weinstein Company before sitting in limbo for a year, only now to surface with a very limited release.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
2.5 stars out of 4
God Bless America has a lot of things to say about reality TV, blowhard politicians, right-wing extremism, and the desensitizing role of violence. In fact, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, whose last effort was the underrated 2009 dark comedy World’s Greatest Dad, has so many things to say that he ends up making what amounts to a stand-up comedy routine coupled with a long-winded op-ed piece. Had this been a college term paper, it would no doubt read as a shrewd and entertaining take on the current state of pop culture, but Goldthwait has forgotten to actually craft a cohesive movie to support his opinions. One can agree with just about every point he raises while still admitting that as a film, God Bless America is a rather flimsy excuse for one angry diatribe.
CABIN IN THE WOODS
3 stars out of 4
There will always be a solid argument between those who crave all the latest information regarding a film and diehard cinephiles going into a theater completely cold. It’s not that one method is better than the other, or more preferable, per se. Honestly, it’s next to impossible to know virtually nothing about a movie these days, what with online marketing and the incessant buzz of the blogosphere, but this doesn’t always hold true when it comes to indie films. Certain movies, though, are tailor-made specifically to this second group of people; ones that shun spoilerish advance reviews and the endless stream of Internet chatter. Certain movies demand to be seen through virgin eyes at a time where nearly every single plot point is telegraphed in studio-approved trailers, which all leads to this new movie called Cabin in The Woods.
-FILM PICK OF THE WEEK-
When Repo Man was first released back in 1984, it was a commercial flop, proving much too weird and subversive for mainstream audiences. Though well regarded by critics, writer/director Alex Cox’s 1984 debut didn’t catch on until much later with VHS and midnight screenings. The film has since been branded a cult classic alongside other dystopian satires such as Brazil and Sleeper, developing a following of movie nerds carrying a torch for baby-faced Emilio Estevez as a street punk turned car repossor.