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#455: The Best Laid Plans, Part Two

March 19, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #454: The Best Laid Plans, Part One

Yes, the screen in two of the Davis's theaters are actually at an angle: here's (photo of) a diagram of the theaters' layouts for evidence. I have no idea why they did that. Possibly because of the fire exits next to them…? Just a guess. It bugs the hell out of me when I end up seeing movies there.

I don't want these strips to seem like I'm knocking the Davis Theater owners, managers, or staff, by the way. It's a small, independent theater, and the current owner and management had nothing at all to do with the original theater getting chopped up, or the screens being at an angle. They're doing a great job with what they've got — and they were obviously kind enough to let me take photos inside it — and the absolute last thing in the world I would want is for anyone to not support an independent theater on my account.

There will be one last strip in this arc (and this chapter, and this book).

Also, those of you who aren't in the Club of Awesome may be interested in knowing that I'm one bonus strip and one bio page (for Gretchen) away from being done with the Chapter 4 eBook. Then — on to Chapter 5. And THEN… the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith prequel comic and off to the printer. I'm guessing I'll be about a month behind schedule, all told. Hopefully that won't impact the availability date much.

This whole book thing is going a bit slower than I'd hoped, partly because of things like… oh, deciding to take significantly more time on the art with the regular updates than I usually allow myself. :1 Ah well. I hope you've been enjoying the strip lately! 'Cause I have.


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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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