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Pirates and Whedon Movies: In Theatres Now!
by Karma Waltonen

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Summer fun time is finally upon us. Thus, I'm finally starting to keep my New Year's resolution to see more movies. In the last two weeks, I've seen three fine films in the theatre.

CABIN IN THE WOODS. I'm not actually a fan of horror movies. Being scared doesn't thrill me (and I especially don't like horror movies with rapist-killers). I'll watch aliens and dinosaurs anytime, but I don't like being reminded of what humans to do other humans in real life. However, I had to go see CABIN IN THE WOODS for the simple fact that Joss Whedon wrote and produced it. Not only do I love Joss Whedon's body of work, but as someone who's presented on two of his series this year at conferences, I felt it was my job to see this film.

Best. Job.

The only part of this movie I didn't like was the title. The film was smart, funny, and included plenty of jump-inducing moments. Whedon fans will recognize actors from his other works, working alongside wonderful actors new to the Whedonverse.

I was telling my classes how great this movie was. One freshman said he'd seen it, but didn't necessarily agree that it was amazing. Why not? "I had to think about it for a while after it was over."

Umm. That = awesome.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS. My son and I hurried in to see this movie with a friend since we are great fans of Aardman productions. This is the team behind WALLACE AND GROMIT. Most of the theatre was made up with young children and their parents, but my group
laughed the most. Why? Because we were able to get the most jokes. You see, Aardman doesn't just please the little ones. There are lots of jokes for adults. Even better, there are lots of jokes for educated adults (their setting the film in Victorian England means that history & literature buffs will be rewarded). But you don't have to get all three layers of humor to enjoy this movie.

The film centers around The Pirate Captain, who would like to win the Pirate of the Year contest. When he realizes how much of a long-shot he is, he sets out on an unlikely course (one that includes an "extinct" animal, a science fair, Queen Victoria, and a monkey butler) to win his prize.

THE AVENGERS. Even if this weren't another Whedon
project, I would have seen this film. I was there for all the prequels, good (THOR & IRONMAN) and bad (CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE HULK). Once again, Whedon managed to insert some interesting twists and much needed humor in the film. He even managed to make the Hulk finally interesting to me. (Ruffalo did a great-job, too.)

It takes a while to bring together our team. Whedon exploits the inevitable tensions with some great fight scenes and hilarious dialogue.

All three films are highly recommended.

Two hints: The PIRATES' credits are great—you get to see all the signs and picture jokes you probably missed while watching the film. Also, there are two extra scenes in THE AVENGERS' credits—don't be like more than half of my audience and miss them.

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May 14, 2012 11:37 PM
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You'd think people would know by now that Marvel Movies always pack some extra punch into the closing credits.

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