Chase Williamson in 'John Dies at the End'/Still © 2012 Magnet Releasing
“John Dies At The End” only came out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, skipping theaters almost entirely. However, since Sundance last year, it’s built up quite a reputation, and it’s got every sign of being the cult film of the year. Based on a comedic horror novel by David Wong (the sequel was called This Book Is Full of Spiders, if that tells you anything), the movie is sort of like “Pineapple Express” meets “The Matrix” meets the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. If that makes any sense. Anyhow, it’s always exciting to see Paul Giamatti or Doug Jones picking up interesting work in between blockbuster character acting gigs.
Meanwhile, we don’t really need interdimensional enemies to endanger our species. According to Donna Freitas, author of the new book The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy, today’s youth are boring themselves to death with bad sex. This article in The Atlantic hits all the high points of her arguments, but Jezebel has taken up the charge of defending the current generation’s habits as just another phase in social evolution that older people are (big surprise) unable to relate to.
They say truth is stranger than fiction, but sometimes truth is adapted to fiction in a way that’s so strange it circles all the way back around. Case in point: “Pain & Gain,” a movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, is based on a real-life story of two body-builders who brutally (and rather haphazardly) murdered some Floridians about twenty years ago. Now survivors are protesting the film, claiming it trivializes those deaths and lures audiences into sympathizing with the bumbling attackers. What is the statute of limitations on poor taste in Hollywood comedies? Now I’m even more curious to see the film so I can see what the fuss is about.
You’ll probably be spending more time enjoying the outdoors soon, but here’s a list of the new films heading to Netflix Instant this month in case Spring showers keep you in. Looks like a lot of Stephen King, a lot of James Bond, and heaps of great ’80s pulp like “Overboard” and “Footloose.” Just in time to help you procrastinate on filing those taxes!