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Somewhere, in some warehouse right in the middle of Los Angeles, there are thousands of factory-made, ready-to-eat motion pictures that come in a perfect little plastic envelope, shrink wrapped to keep everything fresh until the plates are looking empty. At the approved time, a little man comes along and takes out his pocket knife, carefully cutting the plastic and delivering the soulless but superficially pleasing product to another little man, one with a big rubber stamp who marks the movie "Safe for snacking". This second little man sends out this plastic soldier to movie theaters where it gets a smattering of praise, maybe a few people see it, and later gets released and forgotten on DVD. There will always be a few people that love it but they too will eventually forget about it. Such is the fate of this product.

This time the product is called The Way Way Back and, if I may steal from one or two of this forum's long-time posters, it is truly aggressively mediocre. All of the factory-stamped stuff is in its right place: dysfunctional family learning about its dysfunction (a good opportunity for an actor, this time Steve Carell, to play against type), naive protagonist learning how to "go his own way", a first crush -- and you know she's worthy because she's reading a book(!) at the beach (!!??!!), not just some girl who doesn't read a book at the beach, and the ol' standby character of Too Old Quirky McGee, a loose-on-the-world free spirit who takes the protagonist under his wing and teaches him important lessons. If Sam Rockwell is available, GET HIM. A part this easy will give him the room needed to really get some comfortable rest.

The most astonishing thing about this particular incarnation of Indie Summer Movie Model D -- Adventureland was produced in the same batch, I believe -- is Liam James, the actor at the center of this mush. His toneless, bored/boring performance may be because he's untalented or the script was written by an iMac in the summer of 1999 or because the directing team (who are ALSO the iMac that wrote this movie AND AND AND get quirky characters of their very own) didn't know what to do with a character so one-dimensional. It's okay, Guys Who Directed This, this movie is released every year and it's rarely very good. That this is the worst of this product line, well...

After reading over what I've typed, perhaps I've laid it on a bit thick. Force of habit. I'll shorten it to this one following sentence:
I hated The Way Way Back.

Then I'll hit submit.

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Philomena (2013)

Biopic with a hot topic like this must be so easy to go down the usual route: wallowing in miserablism and making one's blood boil. What's refreshing about the film is how the titular character works against the latter by the end (when most of us will feel that emotion acutely), helped by Judi Dench's superlative performance. And by letting the two characters have personalities outsides of the case, Coogan's script provides them with humor and humanity that evade the miserablism admirably. The direction and score can get a tad heavy, but the story and how it is told overall are well handled and heartbreaking. 7.5/10


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Somewhere, in some warehouse right in the middle of Los Angeles, there are thousands of factory-made, ready-to-eat motion pictures that come in a perfect little plastic envelope, shrink wrapped to keep everything fresh until the plates are looking empty. At the approved time, a little man comes along and takes out his pocket knife, carefully cutting the plastic and delivering the soulless but superficially pleasing product to another little man, one with a big rubber stamp who marks the movie "Safe for snacking". This second little man sends out this plastic soldier to movie theaters where it gets a smattering of praise, maybe a few people see it, and later gets released and forgotten on DVD. There will always be a few people that love it but they too will eventually forget about it. Such is the fate of this product.

This time the product is called The Way Way Back and, if I may steal from one or two of this forum's long-time posters, it is truly aggressively mediocre. All of the factory-stamped stuff is in its right place: dysfunctional family learning about its dysfunction (a good opportunity for an actor, this time Steve Carell, to play against type), naive protagonist learning how to "go his own way", a first crush -- and you know she's worthy because she's reading a book(!) at the beach (!!??!!), not just some girl who doesn't read a book at the beach, and the ol' standby character of Too Old Quirky McGee, a loose-on-the-world free spirit who takes the protagonist under his wing and teaches him important lessons. If Sam Rockwell is available, GET HIM. A part this easy will give him the room needed to really get some comfortable rest.

The most astonishing thing about this particular incarnation of Indie Summer Movie Model D -- Adventureland was produced in the same batch, I believe -- is Liam James, the actor at the center of this mush. His toneless, bored/boring performance may be because he's untalented or the script was written by an iMac in the summer of 1999 or because the directing team (who are ALSO the iMac that wrote this movie AND AND AND get quirky characters of their very own) didn't know what to do with a character so one-dimensional. It's okay, Guys Who Directed This, this movie is released every year and it's rarely very good. That this is the worst of this product line, well...

After reading over what I've typed, perhaps I've laid it on a bit thick. Force of habit. I'll shorten it to this one following sentence:
I hated The Way Way Back.

Then I'll hit submit.


Have you read JB's review? It made me sad for him

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Mark III wrote:
Somewhere, in some warehouse right in the middle of Los Angeles, there are thousands of factory-made, ready-to-eat motion pictures that come in a perfect little plastic envelope, shrink wrapped to keep everything fresh until the plates are looking empty. At the approved time, a little man comes along and takes out his pocket knife, carefully cutting the plastic and delivering the soulless but superficially pleasing product to another little man, one with a big rubber stamp who marks the movie "Safe for snacking". This second little man sends out this plastic soldier to movie theaters where it gets a smattering of praise, maybe a few people see it, and later gets released and forgotten on DVD. There will always be a few people that love it but they too will eventually forget about it. Such is the fate of this product.

This time the product is called The Way Way Back and, if I may steal from one or two of this forum's long-time posters, it is truly aggressively mediocre. All of the factory-stamped stuff is in its right place: dysfunctional family learning about its dysfunction (a good opportunity for an actor, this time Steve Carell, to play against type), naive protagonist learning how to "go his own way", a first crush -- and you know she's worthy because she's reading a book(!) at the beach (!!??!!), not just some girl who doesn't read a book at the beach, and the ol' standby character of Too Old Quirky McGee, a loose-on-the-world free spirit who takes the protagonist under his wing and teaches him important lessons. If Sam Rockwell is available, GET HIM. A part this easy will give him the room needed to really get some comfortable rest.

The most astonishing thing about this particular incarnation of Indie Summer Movie Model D -- Adventureland was produced in the same batch, I believe -- is Liam James, the actor at the center of this mush. His toneless, bored/boring performance may be because he's untalented or the script was written by an iMac in the summer of 1999 or because the directing team (who are ALSO the iMac that wrote this movie AND AND AND get quirky characters of their very own) didn't know what to do with a character so one-dimensional. It's okay, Guys Who Directed This, this movie is released every year and it's rarely very good. That this is the worst of this product line, well...

After reading over what I've typed, perhaps I've laid it on a bit thick. Force of habit. I'll shorten it to this one following sentence:

I hated The Way Way Back.

Then I'll hit submit.


Have you read JB's review? It made me sad for him


It's not much of a film although I did like the reference to station wagon used in National Lampoon's Vacation. James' B review clearly shows that he had a connection with Liam James character, so it's not hard to see why he enjoyed it so much.

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Have you read JB's review? It made me sad for him


The entire time I watched I kept wondering why it was so universally loved, on this forum and out of the mouths of every critic this side of Neptune. Turns out, I confused this movie with something called The Spectacular Now. I'll see that one at some point.

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I didn't hate The Way Way Back as intensely but will agree that it didn't deserve the gushing praise it got. Too many clichés, plus the kid is a big vagina.

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Mark III wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Have you read JB's review? It made me sad for him


The entire time I watched I kept wondering why it was so universally loved, on this forum and out of the mouths of every critic this side of Neptune. Turns out, I confused this movie with something called The Spectacular Now. I'll see that one at some point.


The Spectacular Now is a nice little watch, not in the same ball park as the mediocre Way Way whatever. The lead character is one of the better choice's in casting I can recall for a coming of age film in some time. We all knew guy's like this at high school, some of us better than most. I'd think someone would have to be very critical not to at least want to form an opinion on Sutter (Miles Teller) character. I don't like James' B review on this film either though. The scenes where he goes to visit his father aren't the highlight at all, they play out just as they're expected too. It's the chemistry and realism between Sutter and that girl from The Descendants that rings true.

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The Cabin in the Woods

What if The Truman Show were a horror film? That's basically the plot of this film. The Cabn in the Woods tries to be more clever than the average scare-fest, but if you know horror films like I do, you'll realize that this isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is. But I appreciate the effort.

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I just can't rate Cabin in the Woods. That was just one big "WTF?OMFG!" to me.

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I personally didn't care for Cabin, it wasn't nearly as clever as it thought it was, and that stoner guy got on my nerves REAL fast, I was begging for him to be killed and was dissapointed when he wasn't.


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My pan of Cabin In The Woods has gotten me into trouble with more than a few horror fans.

So I'll make it even worse and say that it's what would happen if a generic horror movie collided with an especially bad episode of Family Guy.

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My pan of Cabin In The Woods has gotten me into trouble with more than a few horror fans.

So I'll make it even worse and say that it's what would happen if a generic horror movie collided with an especially bad episode of Family Guy.


Anyone who is a hardcore horror fan should dislike this film. It really doesn't make any observations that haven't been made before. Joss Whedon has said that this film was a reaction to torture porn, and I guess it is in some way, but at least films like Saw and Hostel never kept their audience at arm's length like The Cabin in the Woods does.

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Ken wrote:
My pan of Cabin In The Woods has gotten me into trouble with more than a few horror fans.

So I'll make it even worse and say that it's what would happen if a generic horror movie collided with an especially bad episode of Family Guy.


Anyone who is a hardcore horror fan should dislike this film. It really doesn't make any observations that haven't been made before. Joss Whedon has said that this film was a reaction to torture porn, and I guess it is in some way, but at least films like Saw and Hostel never kept their audience at arm's length like The Cabin in the Woods does.

Agreed, all Cabin did was make me wish I was watching one of those torture films instead, same with Funny Games, another film that wasn't nearly as clever as it thought it was.

Family Guy has far more clever writing then that film.


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The Cabin in the Woods

What if The Truman Show were a horror film? That's basically the plot of this film. The Cabn in the Woods tries to be more clever than the average scare-fest, but if you know horror films like I do, you'll realize that this isn't nearly as clever as it thinks it is. But I appreciate the effort.


Here's my problem with Cabin in the Woods -- it's really easy to criticize cliches. Particularly in horror movies. It's a lot harder to make a good horror movie. If these people are so smart and clever...why didn't they make an actually good horror movie?

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Rather than criticizing cliches, they may have just been attempting a good-natured deconstruction--which seems to have been their intention, from what I remember. But really, we've seen better horror deconstructions, frequently by people who've already demonstrated that they can do good straight horror. That's probably a key requirement.

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Rather than criticizing cliches, they may have just been attempting a good-natured deconstruction--which seems to have been their intention, from what I remember. But really, we've seen better horror deconstructions, frequently by people who've already demonstrated that they can do good straight horror. That's probably a key requirement.


This has always been how I've viewed it, not so much an attack and more a loving deconstruction (although not quite a celebration). But your Family Guy comparison certainly has a ring of truth to it; Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil had a similar approach and goal but managed to pull it off without the sense of talking down to everyone from a high pedestal.

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Tucker and Dale is a really excellent deconstruction of the horror film. The way it takes cliches and uses them for its own ends is borderline brilliant. Plus, it's hysterical.

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Tucker and Dale is a really excellent deconstruction of the horror film. The way it takes cliches and uses them for its own ends is borderline brilliant. Plus, it's hysterical.


Agreed. I preferred Tucker and Dale to Cabin in the Woods.

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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Tucker and Dale is a really excellent deconstruction of the horror film. The way it takes cliches and uses them for its own ends is borderline brilliant. Plus, it's hysterical.


Agreed. I preferred Tucker and Dale to Cabin in the Woods.

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Total Recall (1990) I've never been a huge fan of this film, but it sure is a fun ride. Hammy and cheesy, but still with some nice, cool twists. Grade: B

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