"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." — William Faulkner
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. It's that one day of the year where we all get to skip work to gather with our friends and family members and simply reflect on the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for...and then watch NFL football and consume massive quantities of "harvest" food. At ReelzChannel, we're all about movies, so Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete if we didn't take the time to be thankful for all of the great new movies of the year. If you're a movie person, then we consider you part of our extended family. So, before you have that third helping of stuffing and pass out on the couch from all of the tryptophan in the turkey, take a moment to share with us the movies that have excited, thrilled, scared, and moved you in 2012.
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Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
There are almost too many good options arriving on DVD this week, but our pick has to be the meta-horror/comedy Cabin in the Woods. Delayed for several years, Cabin in the Woods opened in April to mostly terrific reviews and more than doubled its budget at the box office. With a script from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon and directed by Cloverfield screenwriter Drew Goddard, the movie seemed like a slam-dunk, particularly with Thor and Avengers star Chris Hemsworth leading the cast.
Those looking for bonus features should be pleased with the commentary track, at least, Goddard hopes audiences will like it — he told MTV that he can't remember what he and Whedon talked about.find all your trailers here
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT more from goddard and check out our honorable mention >> Posted 09.18.12 by Ryan
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Hunger Games ||21.5M ||$337M ||First movie since Avatar to hold the #1 spot at the box office for four weekends in a row; has now earned more than $500M worldwide |
|The Three Stooges ||$17.1M ||$17.1M ||The Farrelly Brothers' best debut in over a decade |
|The Cabin in the Woods ||$14.9M ||$14.9M ||Despite strong reviews from critics, moviegoers gave this three-year-old horror flick a dreadful C CinemaScore |
|Titanic in 3-D ||$11.6M ||$44.4M ||With its 3-D re-release, the #2 movie of all time now has a lifetime gross of more than $2 billion worldwide |
|American Reunion ||$10.7M ||$39.9M ||People decided to skip this reunion early; pic has earned less than half of what Wedding and Pie 2 grossed after two weeks |
Posted 04.15.12 by Chris
For those that are familiar with horror movies, it's clear from the title alone that The Cabin in the Woods is going to take advantage of a popular horror trope. Not much of the movie's plot has been revealed — other than five friends will head to said cabin where "bad things happen" — unless you've read one the few spoiler-filled reviews that have made it online. Screenwriter Joss Whedon, who also wrote and directed the upcoming The Avengers, has been particular about guarding the movie's secrets, to the point of delivering a special warning message against spoiling the movie as it was set to premiere at the South By Southwest Festival last month.
Luckily, the latest preview clip for Cabin in the Woods is mostly spoiler-free, as it reveals how the cabin forces the group to engage in the inevitable "let's split up" device that's used in almost every horror movie ever made. Chris Hemsworth introduces the clip. watch the clip >> Posted 04.12.12 by Ryan
Next month, screenwriter Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard's horror movie The Cabin in the Woods will finally reach theaters after spending three years on MGM's shelf after the studio's financial woes resulted in bankruptcy. "It wasn’t just us," Goddard told EW. "It was The Hobbit, it was James Bond. If they’re taking a while [to deal with those projects], we know, 'Oh, it’s going to take us a while.'"
That's still a long time to keep a movie's secrets under wraps, but that's what's happened. Intended as an alternative to "torture porn" horror movies like the Saw and Hostel franchises, Cabin in the Woods is now being distributed by Lionsgate, the same studio that launched said franchises. "It is actually perfect that it’s them," Whedon said of Lionsgate. "Not despite the fact that they’ve released some of the movies this is a reaction to, but because they have. Cabin is an insane frolic in some ways, but it is a horror movie. Their passion for horror is a great match."
And they also follow advice. Prior to Cabin's premiere at the South By Southwest Festival, Whedon made a special warning video against spoiling the movie, leaving the studio to reveal new photos and a new preview clip that promote the movie without spoiling it. watch the clip and check out the photos >> Posted 03.27.12 by Ryan
After Joss Whedon made a special warning video against spoiling his upcoming screenwriting effort The Cabin in the Woods, it's hard to know how to talk about the new TV spot that Lionsgate has released. Whedon's self-proclaimed "very loving hate letter" to horror movies, The Cabin in the Woods seems to be getting universally good reviews, with FEARnet calling the movie a "brilliant subversion of horror cliches, stereotypes, and conventions" while IGN praised Whedon (and director Drew Goddard) for coming up with "a wonderfully conceived story that gives a bigger than life and fascinating explanation for why so many horror movie cliches exist in the first place."
So rather than say too much about the movie, we'll let Whedon do it instead. In a recent interview with Crave Online, Whedon explained why he and Goddard used the "cabin in the woods" conceit. watch the TV spot >> Posted 03.22.12 by Ryan
After spending years on the shelf due to MGM's bankruptcy woes, The Cabin in the Woods is finally heading to theaters — only screenwriter Joss Whedon doesn't want you to talk about it.
Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods uses a well-worn horror movie scenario and turns it on its head: Five friends head to a remote cabin where, the synopsis coyly reveals, "bad things happen." There is a twist, of sorts, with more clues revealed in the movie's second trailer. However, with Cabin in the Woods premiering at the South By Southwest Film Festival over the weekend for many movie critics and writer to see, Whedon made a special warning video with SFX about spoiling the movie's surprises. watch whedon's message >> Posted 03.12.12 by Ryan
If the first trailer for The Cabin in the Woods was any indication of what the movie entails, fans could be in for one helluva tripped-out horror flick. Full of creepy backwoods types, beautiful people looking for a good time, and a force field that fries the occasional bird of prey... Wait, what? If the first trailer didn't provide you with enough WTF moments, allow us to augment your curiosity with the second trailer which has now been unleashed via FEARnet. check out the new trailer >> Posted 03.06.12 by Jud
2012 should be a good year for writer-director Joss Whedon. Not only does Whedon's The Avengers reach theaters this year, but his long-delayed horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, which Whedon scripted and produced, will finally see the light of day.
Starring a pre-Thor (and Avengers) Chris Hemsworth, The Cabin in the Woods contains a familiar horror movie story that follows five friends that head to a remote cabin, where, the synopsis tells us, "bad things happen." The synopsis also claims, "if you think you know this story, think again," and the first (and only) trailer for the movie shows that Whedon has certainly put a twist on a well-worn horror movie plot. During an interview with Total Film, Whedon called the movie a "very loving hate letter" to horror movies. Whedon explains himself >> Posted 02.17.12 by Ryan
The full schedule of events for the 2012 South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival has just gone live on the official SXSW website and the long-delayed horror movie The Cabin in the Woods will open the festival with a Friday, March 9th, screening, in advance of its April 13th theatrical release. This continues the trend of SXSW to open with commercially-oriented fare, with Source Code and Kick-Ass opening the 2011 and 2010 festivals, respectively.
Directed by Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard, from a script by The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods was shot back in 2009, but its release was delayed several times — first for a 3D conversion, then because of MGM's financial woes — before finally getting picked up for distribution by Lionsgate. The movie follows five friends into the woods where they stay at a remote cabin and discover...something deadly. Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White and Kristen Connolly star. more about The Cabin in the Woods >> Posted 01.17.12 by BrentJS