BOFCA REVIEW ROUNDUP: 7/6

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

“A rancid, terrible, stiflingly inept, torturous-to-sit-through piece of shit.” – Bob Chipman, The Escapist

“They had a chance to make something new, something hip, something exciting with this. Instead they made a film we’ve already seen.” – Jake Mulligan, The Suffolk Voice

“For those who actually like getting involved with the characters, it’s an improvement.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

“This might be the most curiously under-populated New York City we have ever seen at the movies. $200 million can’t buy you any extras?” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

“Cut from the same form-fitting cloth as any other superhero movie. This is no art house classic, though it’s certainly better than most movies of its genre.” – Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston

“Taking for granted that the character’s popularity alone will pull in an audience, they turn in an uneven, often sub-par product with only glimmers of improvement here and there.” – Tim Estiloz, Boston Movie Examiner

“The reason this movie exists is because of Sony’s bottom line. Beyond that, what else does this add? Nothing.” – Steve Head, The Post-Movie Podcast

 

TO ROME WITH LOVE

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS was profound in a deceptively breezy way. TO ROME WITH LOVE is just plain breezy, but I didn’t mind.” – Sean Burns, The Improper Bostonian

“Woody Allen’s latest vacation may not be his worst film, but it’s his least inspired.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“The stories are entertaining but feel unfinished, as if we are watching Allen’s cinematic sketchbook instead of a finished film.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“I loved the comedic surrealism. I would go see it again in a second.” – Steve Head, The Post-Movie Podcast 

 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

“Some moments seem derivative, or unnecessarily enigmatic, but the sheer exuberance of Zeitlin’s most stunning visuals suggests an artistic voice far too strong to write off.” – Jake Mulligan, The Boston Phoenix

“Here’s a movie that looks, feels and sounds so profoundly different from the vast majority of films that you occasionally want to pinch yourself.” – Bob Chipman, The Escapist

“A junkyard rhapsody that seems to be inventing its own cinematic language as it goes along.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly

“One of the most striking, brilliant, poignant and beautifully crafted films I have witnessed within my lifetime. I imagine it will always hold a special place in my heart.” – Greg Vellante, The Eagle Tribune

 
 

SAVAGES

“So damn refreshing it makes you realize just what pale, pathetic junk we’ve been force fed so far this year.” – John Black, Boston Event Guide

“Stone may occasionally make you wince at the plot twists and the purple prose, but the film won’t leave you bored.” – Daniel M. Kimmel, NorthShoreMovies.net

“Travolta the ham, Benicio the cheese, with a hilarious edit by Stone that even holds the tomatoes. Literally.” – Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine

“It may not be perfect, but it’s the perfect anti-summer movie: violent, obliquely political and aimed at adults.” – Jake Mulligan, EDGE Boston

“I don’t know of too many surfer dudes who say: ‘We’re going to go all Sunni on their asses!’ But that’s the mark of a Stone film, I suppose.” – Monica Castillo, DigBoston

“Messy and electric, as deeply problematic as it is provocative. In other words, it’s an Oliver Stone movie.” – Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly 
 
 
 

NATURAL SELECTION

“Yes, it’s a road movie, and an unfortunate drama begging to be a comedy.” – Brett Michel, The Boston Phoenix

 

TAKE THIS WALTZ

“It makes you think about just how far good lighting, some risky dialogue and an ambiguous ending can go in covering up a been-there-done-that narrative.” – Jake Mulligan, The Suffolk Voice

 

 

BOFCA INTERVIEW: 7/5

Drew Goddard at SXSW 2012. Photo by Monica Castillo

Co-writer and director Drew Goddard’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS returns for late shows July 5th through 8th at the Brattle Theatre. Last March, BOFCA’s Monica Castillo sat down with Goddard at the SXSW Film Festival. As a TV screenwriter, his name can be found in long-running series like BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL, ALIAS, and LOST. Goddard made the leap to the big screen with a script for CLOVERFIELD before teaming up with BUFFY creator Joss Whedon for a thoughtfully spooky film that became THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Q: So CABIN was on the shelf for a while, wasn’t it?

A: Yeah, well, we were at a studio that went bankrupt. We got delayed a bit, but so did the last James Bond film, THE HOBBIT. But we’re out now!

Q: How did you come up with a horror story that weaved together pop culture and mythology?

A: We just love horror movies, so we started to explore why we loved horror so much. It started to suggest bigger things. Why do we like watch kids getting butchered on-screen? What is it that we enjoy about being scared? It just made us look beyond the horror movie and at the people we are. This sort of sacrificing of youth — that’s been happening forever and that bears a lot in the movie too. We have to go to the mythology because so many of our stories are based off of that. Those roots are very much a part of the horror genre.

Q: How about the basic idea of a house of horrors that other people controlled?

A: You know, it wasn’t a lot more complicated than, “You know what would be cool? This…” Joss had this original idea of people upstairs and people downstairs, and we just pitched that and said let’s explore this. That was fun to see where the story would take us. We didn’t do anything more than to set out to write a movie.

Q: What would you say were some of the horror movies that influenced you?

A: I didn’t try to get any one influence. I wanted to give the film a very elegant look to counteract the ridiculousness that happens. I wanted it to feel grown-up. I wanted to balance the mundane and the simple with the operatic.

Q: So this wasn’t your quick and dirty B-movie?

A: We shot for a while actually, about 40 days. It was some hard months in Vancouver, with a lot of rain and a lot of snow. It was not hard for the actors to look distressed.

Q: How did it feel to work with a cast of young, fresh actors and older, more experienced ones?

A: It definitely felt like I got to shoot two different movies. It was a totally different vibe. What was interesting is that the veteran actors were much more fun than the kids. The kids were way more serious. I think that comes with experience, they know how to let their hair down a little better. But I didn’t expect that.

Q: How was it collaborating with Whedon again?

A: We just got along right away. I love his writing, he’s my favorite writer in the world.

Q: With quite the cult following.

A: Oh my God, I was a part of that. I think that our voices are very similar. It’s very easy for us to write together because we just like each other. We had so much fun writing BUFFY and ANGEL; it felt like the next thing to do was to do when the shows had gotten out. Let’s write a movie. Let’s try to write something fun and fast. We had this original idea and we decided to write it for ourselves. Just a movie we’d like to see. We’ll figure out if anyone would let us make it later.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS shows Thursday, July 5th through Sunday, July 8th at 9:30 PM. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138