The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
After the exam yesterday, I wasn’t up for any more studying, so I decided to watch this instead. I ended up loving it. I usually don’t have high expectations when it comes to horror movies. They sort of just resemble each other, right down to the sequence of kills and scares. It’s a rigid genre, and somehow, moviegoers, including myself, have made their peace with that. This is why I was so impressed by Cabin. The central idea is brilliant, and how it all plays out, even more brilliant. If you’re a horror movie fan, it would be criminal to miss this. And also: that scene where the girl releases all the monsters and they all go on this rampage, killing everything and everyone in their way. My god, goosebumps.
Noordzee, Texas (2011)
I still wasn’t in the mood to get some studying done today, so I finally decided to watch this. I’ve heard good things about this film here on Tumblr and I’m glad to report that every word is true. Okay, so it’s a gay coming-of-age Flemish drama, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen something so beautifully shot and so brilliantly acted. My heart, Anita, but my heart.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
My roommates and I then decided to catch a movie in MOA. I don’t think I could handle all the testosterone in this one. I felt so butch just watching the whole thing. The guns blazing, the blood splattering everywhere, the knives darting in all directions, plus the accents, the hairline jokes, the meta Chuck Norris reference - it was a very enjoyable hour-and-a-half. I wish I could’ve taken Papa, though. He’d surely love it. It’d be like the Spice Girls Reunion for him.
The Office Season 8
I finally finished the latest season, watching while having my meals in between study sessions. The Office is no doubt one of my favorite comedy series, right up there with Friends, and I’ve always been weirdly protective of it. I decided not to continue watching it last year when Steve Carrell left, thinking that it was high time the series ended. But then I chanced upon Jim and Pam gifs a few weeks ago, decided I missed everyone and got right back into it.
Yes, I still miss Mike, and the vacuum that he left cannot be ignored. Simply put, this show is not, and probably never will be, as great as it was when he was on. But, it’s not a total letdown, I guess. I’m glad the brilliant supporting cast got to shine. I loved how Kevin, Angela, Stanley and Oscar were featured more prominently. And it’s so satisfying to see Pam and Jim in married bliss with the cute kids and all. I’m also on board with the casting of Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram. She does pathetic, desperate, predatory and ditzy so well. Again, I wish they’d just end the series now, but I hear they’re planning a ninth season. Maybe I’ll watch that one too. I just hope they’ll do away with the Robert California character, tone down the Erin and Andy elements, and give Pam some great material, because we all now Jenna Fischer is like crazy-talented.