Review: The Cabin in the Woods

*** This is a spoiler-free review. *** (The fact that I have to say that is ridiculous, but there we go.) I'm always wary about movies that everyone professes to love. Too much hype will kill you, and all that. I haven't seen any trailers for this film. Didn't see a cast list, didn't read any reviews ("spoiler-free" or no). It was worth it. It was completely worth it. I shrieked when I saw each new cast member. I gasped and groaned and laughed my way through every twist and turn. It has the Whedon hallmarks (familiar actors, lots of feet) and it has complete U-turns, shocks and thrills. There was homage to the genre, and there were marked deviations that made it all so much better. From the get-go, it was surprisingly. And then it went completely off the reservation. And the ending...I can't believe he did that. I honestly cannot believe it. But wow. With this film, I have three words for you:...
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The Writer and The Director

I was thinking earlier on the differences in notoriety between writers and directors. Films are all about the director - as demonstrated by Dale Launer's comments (boosted by Scott at GITS). However, TV shows are a lot more about writers. Obviously, the bigger names are the showrunners - Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, JJ Abrams etc. etc. However, I also recognise most of the regular Doctor Who episode writers - for example, Euros Lyn and Moffat, when his episodes were the terrifying highlight of a season. Maybe it's because I know TV better, but it genuinely feels that writers get more credit in TV. Then again, movie writers get far bigger paydays. So, is it worth it? Do we want fame or money? Or...do we make the conversion? Aaron Sorkin is a renowned TV writer. Admittedly, he wrote films first, but TV is what he's famous for. 'The Social Network', however, is Aaron Sorkin's movie more than it is David Fincher's. There's...
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