Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review- The Cabin in the Woods; GIN-RYU

The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate, 2012)
Joss Whedon has much credibility in nerd circles. His working knowledge of Horror, comic books, and popular culture in general has served him well in every medium he has tackled. He takes this knowledge to it's logical conclusion, or ultimate level of stupidity, depending on your interpretation of the story in this film. I am on the fence myself.
Without giving anything away, The Cabin in the Woods is as much a step forward or backwards as either of the genre's game changers of the last 20 years, Scream and The Blair Witch Project. Unlike the former, which was as much spoof as homage, and the latter, which blessed us with those wonderful shaking camera effects, TCITW redefines as much as it validates the genre and it's cliches. I kind of like it, even if I don't necessarily agree with it.
I almost felt like leaving during the first 20 minutes of the movie. I had thought that I walked into the wrong theatre auditorium during the opening sequence. Then the paper thin characterizations made me feel stupid and too old to be watching a movie like this. Those characterizations, coupled with the idiot Millenials/Gen Y kids behind me who were incessantly talking during the opening sequences, made me feel like I should have put movies like this out to pasture 20 years ago.
This feeling fortunately didn't last long, as things got strange and my constant shushing and dirty looks made the idiot kids behind me shut up. I went and saw this on a Monday night, figuring that nobody would be there. I was right. There were only a dozen people in the theatre counting myself. The problem is that they were all chatty assholes. I have so little patience for the humans any more. They have no social skills or sense of etiquette. While moviegoing is a communal experience, talking has no place once the lights go down. The shared laughs and sounds of people eating popcorn are expected and are part of the ambiance of knowing that you are not alone in this experience. Home video has ruined this, and we are on the second generation of clueless idiots who have grown up in this uncultured era. I weep for my children, and hopefully they will be able to just get movies beamed directly into their brains as adults and not have to have their experience marred by thoughtless people. I am this close to being done with movie theatres. As soon as they offer new releases on demand day of release, I'm out. Screw you humans.
So is this worth full price, the dollar show or a rental? Yes. The when and where all depends on your comfort level with the humans. 

GIN-RYU (self published, 2012; softcover)
Collects Gin-Ryu Nos. 2-5; Issue 1 has been entirely re-written and re-drawn. (cover dates June, 1995- December, 1995)
Writer: Stephen J. Egged
Artists: Frank Parr and Wes Simpson
This is a blatant rip-off of Captain Universe, although instead of a cosmic power picking somebody, there is a sword that changes hands along the way. Like Captain Universe, each user does something different with the power bestowed upon them. The story is pretty lame, and the artwork is quite terrible. Egged doesn't seem to have a solid grasp of the English language, often confusing your for you're, omitting punctuation and commas, etc. I wonder if English is his first language? 
The character development is subpar, and you have no sense of why any character does anything. No motivations or explanations are provided, nor is there any semblance of background for the sword.
The OCD zone- This is a pretty nice book for a fully independent production. Coated stock paper, wax coated cardstock cover.

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  1. It's tough to write much of a review of CABIN without giving anything away, isn't it?

    Speaking of chatty kids: I went to see THE HUNGER GAMES for the second time over the weekend. There were two young girls sitting behind me carrying on a constant whispered commentary. At first, it really got on my nerves. But as the movie went on, I kind of started to enjoy it. They were so into the film, and it was fun to hear them react.

    Gotta say that was probably my only good experience with talkative movie guests, though.

  2. Yeah, I did a lot of backspacing and rewriting for TCITW review. It's hard to discuss plot points without blowing it for somebody else. I try to keep things spoiler free, and am always careful to give a spoiler tag if I must discuss specific plot points. So much of TCITW is hard to discuss. I can't talk about points B, C, and D without blowing point A for somebody.

    People are so rude in movie theatres these days. I come from the era before cable even, where the theatre was the only chance to see a film it its pristine, unedited form. My Mom acted like it was religious experience or something sacred, and that has stuck with me. I am, admittedly, a dinosaur on many counts. Maybe I should just start talking and texting during movies too.

    1. It still kind of is a religious experience for me to go to the movies. I will happily watch three movies in a row if I am not busy.

  3. Kris Shaw wishes he could write a great piece of fiction like Gin-Ryu. He is a petty little mailman with no education.

    1. "Great piece of fiction" and "Gin-Ryu" do not belong in the same sentence. Why would I wish to write a derivative, amateurish piece of shit like Gin-Ryu?

  4. The review of the Gin-Ryu graphic novel is neither accurate or logical. Whomever wrote this clearly did not read the book. Not only is the story unpredictable and full of rich character development it takes you on a thought provoking journey. The black & white art is both beautiful and painstakingly accurate. A jealous petty person with little or no education obviously wrote this out of spite. I feel sorry for the little man who wrote the review and any family he may have under his misguided judgment.

    1. Unfortunately for me, not only did I READ the piece of shit known as Gin-Ryu, I also paid for it. Worst 20 bucks that I ever spent. The book is entirely predictable because the sword has to survive no matter what. It's really nothing more than a lame rehash of the Captain Universe concept, done years later. There is nothing thought provoking about this story. It's a lame mimeograph of Frank Miller. No motivations are given for any of the characters, and there is no explanation as to the whys and wherefores of how the sword came to be. In other words, this is comic book amateur hour.

      I did go to college, part time for years, thanks for asking. I write no reviews out of spite, I just call them as I see them...and this book sucks. The "writer" doesn't even grasp the difference between your and you're. The original issues are rife with incorrect word usage, and this version isn't much better.

      FUN FACT: I tried to help the guy out and actually edited the first two issues for the trade paperback edition reviewed here. My name is on the first printing. I really felt sorry for the author since he suffers from a serious medical condition that my aunt ultimately died from. I was always trying to be cool to the author even though he was always an insufferable douchebag. He treats everyone around him like shit and that is why he will ultimately die alone and without a family of his own.

  5. This women, I can only guess it is a women because the male version of Chris is spelled with a "C" not "K", come off as jealous and sad. The review must have been written by a dumped ex girlfriend of the writer. This assumption is supported by the fact that this is the only negative review of the book in existence and that the book has a Facebook page with over 300 "Likes". I'm not sure the critic knows the writer because this person doesn't know his marital status. He is married with several step children. The fact that the reviewer has none of their facts correct shows they must be one of the petty people that hide lurking in the dark recesses of the internet insulting people because they have no life.

    1. Sounds to me like you need to develop thicker skin, Stephen. Also, attributing praise for your book to my site makes you look like an even BIGGER douchebag.