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#303: The Game Plan

November 24, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #301: Franklin Onassis, All American; #302: Necessary Roughness

If you haven't been around for a few days, you'll probably notice that the site's been redesigned slightly. The ads are a little more obtrustive (sorry) but there are actually fewer of them! (I'm also trying to see if I can stop serving the most annoying ones.

Let me know if you have any problems with it, or see any mistakes. (If you do see something weird, first try clearing your cache or forcing a browser refresh.)

Update (11/25): Late second strip this week, sorry! Probably Friday during the day? It's mostly hand-drawn, and I don't want to rush it before I head out of town for the Giving of Thanks.  (Nevermind.)

Update (11/26): So there is a second strip this week  — the first of a two-part strip — but I'm putting it in the forum, because it's set after this current football story arc wraps and I didn't want to immediately confuse any of you. (I will add this completed "interlude" strip into the archives after the football arc wraps.)

The deal is this: I'm much slower with the hand-drawn stuff than vector art (only when I'm only using existing characters and backgrounds), and this being Thanksgiving week, I'm strapped for time to work on the strip. Since the next Multiplex strip has a few hand-drawn panels, rather than rush it out or put up the strip late, I thought I'd put up an quicker-to-draw (read: vector) strip over the next few days while I do the holiday thing and get caught up on the football storyline. Sorry to interrupt the story and keep you in suspense!

Go read the new comic in the forum here. Part two will show up over the weekend sometime, probably.

Update (11/29): Part two is up in the forum now.


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Review: Coherence (2013)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit.
Starring Emily Foxler, Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, and Maury Sterling.

A new Patreon backer at the $50 level opted out of the usual reward of a plug in the “Become a Multiplex Patron” box (above, on the website), asking instead for me to plug the 2013 indie science fiction filmCoherence (with which he is not affiliated). I was happy to oblige, and so “A fan of Coherence” — a.k.a. The Patron, as I’ll refer to him from here out — is, for the duration of his patronage, among Multiplex‘s supporters. (And, yes, I will review just about any movie a $50 backer asks me to.)

What really got my interest in the film (aside from being asked very nicely to see it) was that The Patron compared it to Shane Carruth’s Primer, one of the best no-budget sci-fi movies ever made. I can definitely see the comparison: both are decidedly low-budget films with small casts and a science-fictiony premise. I feel like seeing the film fairly blind is probably the best, so I won’t summarize the plot beyond the premise of eight friends having a dinner party when a comet passes over and Strange Things Happen, but I don’t think I’m quite as enthusiastic as The Patron.

Unfortunately, the “go in as blind as you can” suggestion means I feel like I need to be pretty vague. Some clunky (and largely unnecessary) exposition gets spat out early on, which tried my patience a bit, but it gets fun as the plot gets rolling. And the plot is definitely the star of the film, not the largely forgettable cast of affluent, Southern California white people or the dialogue, which often feels improvised (in that it neither pushes the story forward nor reveals character, as good dialogue ought to).

Despite some genuinely terrifically creepy or suspenseful moments in the film, a handful of contrived plot points hold it back from being much more than a fun genre flick for me, but I found myself wondering what would happen next — almost up to the very end. A late turn in the film got more of an eye-roll from me than the shock that I think it was supposed register. As always, your mileage may vary, but the film’s merits make it well worth a viewing, particularly for science fiction fans suffering from blockbuster fatigue.

Here’s the trailer! If it piques your interest, please do check it out. It’s available for rent from Amazon Instant Video or for purchase from its official website, among other places. (I never recommend reading YouTube comments, but definitely on’t read the comments if you want to stay away from spoilers.)

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