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The Avengers [spoiler-free, duh]

‘The Avengers’. An absolute blast from start to finish! Whedon has pulled off the ultimate Summer blockbuster!

Superhero ensemble films are never easy to get right, and even the best of them to date, like X-Men: First Class, though thoroughly enjoyable, still fall flat in parts, with their throwaway, not-so-fleshed out characters. The sheer scope of The Avengers is insane. The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Phil. Dear old Phil. What’s crazy is that this thing works SO well.

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The Cabin in the Woods [spoiler-free, duh]

‘The Cabin in the Woods’. Genre-bending genius from Whedon and Goddard. 

What an incredible surprise. The horror genre, its conventions and archetypes are maintained and honoured, but there are so many more layers to this! This is a spoof, a homage, and then something completely different. The tone maintained is perfect, sliding easily from horror and suspense to self-referential comedy, while never selling short its characters and emotional stakes.

I really can’t talk about what happens, because it would completely ruin half the fun you’ll have with this, but believe me, you WILL have fun. A LOT of fun. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had as much fun in a movie. And, I don’t know how, but I’m pretty sure the audience at the packed Paramount Theater had way more fun than me, and added so much to the atmosphere; rapturous, deserved applause throughout. 
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