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#137: Spidey’s Got Bright Eyes

May 9, 2007

Notes from the Manager

No, I don't think Spider-Man 3 "sucks," unlike a lot of excessively vocal, whiny fanboys on the interweb. Although there are several really stupid plot points that drag down the movie for me, it was definitely fun to watch: the action is phenomenal, and most of the cheesy stuff is flat-out hilarious (I actually loved the widely-reviled Saturday Night Fever sequence). I only mention this, because every so often, I'll get an e-mail from a reader that forces me to explain (yet again) that my characters are not mouthpieces for my own opinions — even Jason, who does admittedly parrot my own opinions of movies most often, but still not all the time....

Anyway.

For more of my actual thoughts on Spidey 3, download the latest episode of The Triple Feature Talkcast, featuring myself, Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies)! This one is especially fun, because of all the back-and-forth between us. For once, none of us agreed on a movie! Joe loved it; Tom hated it; and I fell somewhere in the middle, though I definitely leaned more towards the "loved it" end of things than the "hated it" end....


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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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