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WARNING: Vague and minor spoilers for Insidious are discussed.

#576: Insidiolicious, Part One

April 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #575: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

A note about Angie's line: this strip continues from last week's Thursday comic, when they saw Insidious after close — so the events of this strip take place technically on Friday, April 1st.

EDIT: Since someone asked, Angie's boyfriend's Duncan first appeared in #418.

I managed to get both Insidious and Source Code in this weekend, as I'd hoped. I'll try to put up a view of each over at Deleted Scenes (T/Th), and I'm aiming for three updates this week (M/W/F), so check back soon and check back often!

Short version is, I liked both of them quite a bit:

Insidious was a particularly pleasant surprise, because I felt it lived up to its early reviews: it's a very good (if not spectacular) horror film that doesn't really break the mold, but manages to entertain throughout. There's a turn in the third act that will lose a lot of people (judging from other reviews and my friend Shanin's reaction), but I wasn't one of them.

Source Code was pretty much everything you'd expect it to be from the trailer, but one twist at the end seemed a little silly and extraneous to me. I'm still kind of turning it over in my head, but ultimately, I don't really care that much about it. The meat of the movie was smart, engaging, and a whole lot of fun.

What'd you see, and what'd you think?


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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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