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#310: The Blogger Is Coming to Town

December 18, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #104: All I Want for Christmas; #105: Hentai for the Holidays; #106: Scented Santa; #107: I Told You So

(Incidentally, Damon and his mom here have appeared before — first the mom in #240, and then together in #248 — but they're not really related strips, per se.)

I never got around to having the Blogger come back at the Multiplex 10's Santa last Christmas, but it's supposed to be a recurring thing now.

As for The Day the Earth Stood Still, you can see the trailer over at Apple — and then compare that with the trailer for the original, below:

We discussed the remake on The Triple Feature (episode #103) Monday night, but basically, I thought it was pretty dull. While some critics are simply aghast that they remade the original at all, I don't really think of it as a perfect film. A really enjoyable film, sure, but the idea of a remake doesn't really bother me — unfortunately, this is not a terribly good remake.

If, as with the original, the remake is supposed to be a message movie — not just a showcase for so-so CG special effects sequences — then it's a failure, because this Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) fails to deliver his message to anyone as the original Klaatu does. Sure, he sort of explains what he's doing on Earth to Jennifer Connelly (in the Patricia Benson role, upgraded from a secretary to a scientist), but from the man on the street's perspective, the events in the new version are this: an alien ship landed, fucked some shit up, and then left.

This probably wouldn't have been a big deal if the action were more interesting, if the new Gort had gotten to fuck a bit more shit up, or Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly didn't look twice as bored as I was throughout the entire movie — but alas, such was not the case.


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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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