The Cabin in the Woods.
Okay, first things first: if you are even slightly entertaining the thought of catching The Cabin In The Woods this weekend, do that.
Drew Goddard has made a movie designed to be seen with a rowdy, appreciative audience, so don't miss out on being a part of one. The crowds won't be nearly as energetic next weekend, I guarantee it.
Now, if you were looking for something else to do, screen-wise, I can suggest a few things.
For instance: I'll be moderating a panel and Q&A after tonight's (Friday's) 9 pm screening of Girl Model at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Rachel Blais, a Montreal-born fashion model who's become an activist within the industry, will be one of the guests.
If you're looking for less of a commitment, there's the second edition of James McNally's Shorts That Are Not Pants, which takes over the NFB Mediatheque tonight (again, Friday) at 7 pm.
Once again, the series will sample the UK's Future Shorts program while folding in some Canadian exclusives; this time, the program includes two shorts produced for the Toronto Youth Shorts Festival's T24 Project, which requires young filmmakers to write, shoot and edit a short piece within the space of a single day.
Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the Projection Booth is commemorating the occasion with a screening of Titanic - no, not the one with Kate and Leo and Celine Dion, and not the one with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyk, either. This Titanic is the 1943 propaganda feature produced by Nazi Germany under the guidance of Joseph Goebbels - yes, really. An as-yet-unnamed special guest will provide contextual commentary, with cocktails after the screening. Weird? Absolutely. But sure to be interesting.
Also sure to be interesting is the latest lecture series from my good friend Adam Nayman, a regular contributor to Cinema Scope and Reverse Shot whose In Nayman's Terms talks have been providing miniature film theory courses on various international auteurs at the Miles Nadal JCC throughout 2011. He's back this spring with what may be his magnum opus - an eight-part course devoted to the films of Stanley Kubrick, starting this Monday at 7 pm with an introduction and a focus on the legendary director's first two features, Fear And Desire and Killer's Kiss.
The course fee is $90, but you can drop in on any one class for just $12; at the very least, I strongly suggest you check out the nights devoted to 2001: A Space Odyssey (May 14) and Eyes Wide Shut (June 25), because those are the two films Adam and I have discussed most often, and I know he's got some great material. That said, the classes on Lolita and Dr. Strangelove (May 7) and The Shining (June 11) should be pretty good, too.