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#570: High Art

March 14, 2011

Notes from the Manager

David Gordon Green made All the Real Girls (which I absolutely love) and George Washington (which I'm not all the crazy about, actually, but was well directed) — and he also made Pineapple Express and now Your Highness, which are a bit… less highbrow, to say the least. He also directed some episodes of the Danny McBride HBO series Eastbound & Down.

The bit about Green wanting to remake Suspiria is true, as well, of course, although the last I've heard of it was last year.

Check out the trailer for All the Real Girls over at YouTube, and watch Your Highness's red band trailer below:

Head over to Coming Soon for the other trailers and TV spots for Your Highness, and let me know what you think! Is there a more varied director working in film today?

UPDATE: I did a guest strip for the lovely and talented Joel Watson's HijiNKS ENSUE. Joel is a true mensch — one of the coolest people I've met in all my webcomic-related travails (we shared a table at C2E2 last year, don'tchaknow?), and his comic is frakking hilarious. You should definitely check it out — and that goes double if you're a sci-fi nerd.

UPDATE 2: Thursday's strip is running late, sorry! It will post sometime during the day on Thursday.


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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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