“The Cabin in the Woods” almost defeats the purpose of the Double Feature Friday this week, since the only sensible thing to do is see it twice. But if you are interested in catching some non-“Cabin” movies this week, here are some recommendations to keep you busy.
But seriously, see “The Cabin in the Woods.”
“The Cabin in the Woods” & “Zoolander”
This one is tricky. Like all other situations when discussing “Cabin in the Woods,” I really have to measure my words here. There is one joke in “Cabin” that is set up and pays off particularly brilliantly. It has something vaguely to do “Zoolander.” I won’t say how and spoil the fun, but if you see “Cabin” this weekend, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The real point is “See the movie.” It doesn’t matter what you watch before or after. See “Cabin in the Woods,” and then see it again.
“The Three Stooges” & “Dumb & Dumber”
Back before Bobby and Peter Farrelly were putting together odd remakes of the Three Stooges, they were at the top of the comedy game. Back in the 90s and early 2000s, they put together a string of hits that started with “Dumb & Dumber” in 1994 and ended with “Me, Myself & Irene” in 2000. They were filthy, and they were hilarious. During press for “Stooges” the Brother Farrelly revealed that they were revisiting Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in a true sequel to the original. Instead of checking out their latest, go back and watch the brothers’ first film to see what we’re missing out on these days.
“Lockout” & “The Proposition”
Guy Pearce is awesome. There is little way to argue around it. It’s simple. He kicks ass. His talents are clearly on display as the best part of “Lockout,” but if you’re interested in checking out a Guy Pearce at his most raw, seek out John Hillcoat’s “The Proposition.” In it, Pearce plays Charlie Burns, one third of a band of sibling outlaws, who must hunt down and kill his older brother to save the younger one. It’s perhaps the most brutal western ever put on film. Also, watch out for the scene with the spear. It’s a tough one to shake.
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If one movie is never enough for you and you’re looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week’s new release, >Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.