Jonathan Poritsky is covering the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin. Read his Turnstyle News piece “Don’t Judge a Fest by It’s Centerpieces“.
The following are excerpts from his film reviews of the Joss Whedon produced Cabin In the Woods and Avi Zev Weider’s Welcome to the Machine, the full text of which can be found at the candler blog and Heeb Magazine.
Cabin In The Woods:
How does one even begin to review a film like Cabin in the Woods, whose very premise is a spoiler? That’s the question that has been bugging all the film journos (well, most of them) here at SXSW.
When he introduced the film at the premiere last night, producer and co-writer Joss Whedon implored the audience to enjoy the film and not tell anyone… it’s [ending] after the credits rolled. He recommended we just call it “awesome” and tell our family and friends to see it.
So here’s the thing: this movie is awesome.
Weider refuses to make up his mind about what kind of a film he is making. The film weaves multiple talking-head narratives with the story of the filmmaker’s family, but none rise to the occasion of actually telling a story. The film serves as a decent taste of the teachings of its characters, but nothing more.