The Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012)

I’m still on speaker phone, aren’t I? (spoiler notice)

For a film that’s all about a pretty novel twist on a familiar genre, The Cabin in the Woods sure wears its heart on its sleeve.

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

Hope isn’t a mistake – when you’re female (spoiler notice)

It was fun to see Dutch cinemas scramble to program more viewings of Mad Max: Fury Road. Apparently, they hadn’t expected audiences to respond as they did to what seemed a typical boy’s film about high octane (and high testosterone) car chases in an apocalyptic landscape. Ho-hum. Let’s put it somewhere in the evening for a few weeks. Then things exploded on social media and the film became kind of a must-see for geeks worldwide. Why the enthusiasm for a franchise that had its last outing thirty years ago with Tina Turner in punk-rock clothes and singing, admittedly, a highly addictive song?