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#541: The Good Shepherd

December 23, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #534: It Is Your Destiny; #535: Movin’ On Up

Pretend this took place on Tuesday; some of you will note that a couple of these movies opened on Wednesday the 22nd. (A couple of them, like The King’s Speech, were out last weekend, too — but only in limited release. The Multiplex 10 didn’t have them yet.)

For you Monday/Thursday-only visitors, check out the two guest strips I posted earlier this week. Since guest strips don't show up in the Archives (via the nav links above and below the comic), you can use the calendar in the left sidebar… or, y’know, just use this link and this link. At least until I add them to the guest strips section properly, but it's sooo much wooork.

There will be another guest strip tomorrow. I'll be back on Monday, as usual.

Next week, in addition to the regularly-scheduled updates, we’ll have a couple more guest strips — at least one of them drawn by some guy named “Gordon McAlpin.” (People interested in submitting guest strips — or scripts — for consideration for next week, please drop me an e-mail!)

Merry Christmas, if that's your thing. Happy Pancha Ganapati, happy Kwanzaa, happy (belated) Winter Solistice, etc., etc. If you venture out into the wilderness to see a movie this weekend, drive safe, keep the phones off when you're in a movie theater, throw away your own trash, and leave the guns at home, please.


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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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