The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion ♦♦♦ [three out of five]

Well, you watched the film.  Let’s say that you enjoyed it.  Then you’re probably looking forward to watching it again, to reap the rewards of repeated, detail-soaked viewings.  To your rescue, then, in the limbo before a blu ray, is the Cabin in the Woods Visual Companion, an over-sized collection of production photos, interviews, and the screenplay.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Well, I read it cover to cover, including the screenplay.  It slaked my thirst.  Will it remain on my shelf once I have a physical copy of the movie?  Probably not.

DVD extras in book form

Two For the Money – Max Allan Collins ♦♦♦♦ [four out of five]

I could’ve sworn this was a modern book, and yet “Two For the Money” combines two Max Allan Collins books published in the 80s – Bait Money and Blood Money – his first two with character Nolan.  This speaks of the timelessness of certain concepts that are popular in crime/noir books, but moreso of the strength of Collins writing, imbuing his stories with very distinct characters and dialogue that you can feel existing in the real world…

Would you believe I wrote all these reviews in the 80s?  …R… Really?