Before the weeks-long discussion embargo on "The Cabin in the Woods" was slowly lifted yesterday, Criticwire pondered some of the issues surrounding any conversations about the plot of the film. Additionally, the ongoing debate about digital vs. film, the ever-present lamentation of the decline of the action movie and previews of upcoming releases help round out the past week on Criticwire.
The Criticwire Survey: Your Favorite Horror Film: Kubrick's "The Shining" garnered the most responses in this edition of our weekly critic poll, but plenty of variety made this list scary good.
Hollywood Hypocrisy: Young Women and Plastic Surgery: If notable actresses undergo elective surgery, often they're ridiculed for doing so. If they don't, they're deemed old. Therein lies the problem.
VODetails: 'God Bless America': Bobcat Goldthwait's latest film has been polarizing during its festival run. Now that it's available on demand, we look at the best arguments from both sides.
A Movie Review Show with Pretensions: The Battleship Pretension podcast's new video offshoot could end up being the Internet era's update of the "Siskel and Ebert" format. Matt evaluates its potential.
Retro/Active: 20 Years of 'The Player': A closer look at Edward Copeland's closer look at the impact of Robert Altman's classic.
The Film Critic Who Had to Review His Brother's Movie: Toronto Standard film critic Scott MacDonald was put in the undesirable position of having to evaluate the work of a family member. Brutal honesty and familial obligation is a tricky line to walk, even in the world of film.
Critics Who Hate 'The Cabin in the Woods' Love to Spoil 'The Cabin in the Woods': Some critics just haven't taken too kindly to the new cinematic buzz generator. They especially [REDACTED] the [REDACTED] where [REDACTED].
Criticwire Picks: 'Cabin in the Woods' Tops a Busy Weekend: But even amongst all of the would-be plot revealers, participating Criticwire members have given the film near-unanimous praise, earning it our top spot among the week's new releases.
Escalation in the American Action Film: In an attempt to regain some lost magic/revelance, recent action films have fallen into the deadly trap of trying to outdo each other.
Early 'Avengers' Reaction on Twitter All Extremely Positive: A select cadre of privileged critics had the pleasure of seeing Marvel's new blockbuster team-up. They were all pleased.
Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Damsels in Distress': Our occasional attempt to decode the bizarrely selective nature of movie advertising copy leads us to answer for Peter Travers.
From the Wire: Bye Bye Celluloid, Hello Digital: Highlighting an excerpt from Gendy Alimurung's captivating LA Weekly piece, Matt explains why it's inevitable that, at some point in the digital age, an entire movie will be accidentally deleted forever.
This is Not a Four Star Review: Ratings have been (and always will be) an imperfect system. So what makes the ultimate difference between a glowing review and an incredibly solid one?
The Religion of 'Rio Bravo' — And Other Great Movies: Inspired by David Bordwell's look at the spiritual undercurrents in "Rio Bravo," Matt offers up some cinematic scripture of his own.
Barbed Wire: 'Lockout': The best of worst reviews of the new thriller (and most assuredly the only post in Criticwire history to quote all of the following: "chintzy," "spacediving," and "pink slime meat.")