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#410: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 2, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #100: Another Fine Mess…

I'd really like to push for the $10,000 level over these next couple of weeks, so that more of the print run is covered by the Kickstarter funds.

Towards that end, for every $250 we raise above $8500 I'll be giving away a free copy of the Multiplex/Memento parody mini-poster and a set of five buttons to one lucky backer. If we reach $10,000 by the time the strip goes up on November 12th, though, I'll give away ten copies. [NOTE: if you've already pledged, you are already eligible — but if you want to increase your chances of winning, you can always increase your pledge!]

That's ten days to raise $1,255 — that's actually less than we've averaged to date, so I'm sure we can do it.

Oh yeah: this week's strips are all set on Halloween night. (I'm always a little behind my holidays.) I'm not 100% sure if it'll be a three-parter or not just yet, though. Check back Thursday either way, then, and if it is a three-parter, then you'll have a bonus on Friday. (You could also subscribe to the RSS feed or follow my Twitter account, y'know.)

UPDATE (11/3): Here's a bonus strip for you today, though — but only if you're a Kickstarter backer. The second part of the "Hostile Makeover" story explaining Becky's redesign is up as the latest Kickstarter update. As with the previous one, it's set after #42 in the archives and will appear in the the second eBook, as well as the Multiplex: Book 1 collection, of course. The third strip in this series will be back at the Multiplex 10 and hopefully come a lot quicker. (You see why I need time off of work to finish the print book, now, don't you? Because with a day job and the regular update schedule, it would take me years to get the bonus material finished.)

UPDATE (11/4): Looks like there will only be one more regular update this week (but it's a long one). It'll post Thursday, possibly Friday.

UPDATE (11/5): Ran out of time (and energy), so #411 will post on Friday (or late Thursday night). Sorry! There is that bonus strip over at the Kickstarter update page, though. Pledge $1 and read it, then come back tomorrow. :) [Don't forget that if you pledge, you get access to all the bonus content/updates, including the first two eBooks for free — even if you just pledge $1. The second one isn't out yet, mind you. Soon!]

I would also like to point out that this is the first update I've totally missed in about two years. So nyeah.


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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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