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#590: Freddy vs. Jason

May 20, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #589: Dream Come True

Thanks again to TJ Tague for Wednesday's guest strip! I'll get it onto the Guest Strips page as soon as I can.

Fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies will probably recognize panel 10 as being a reference to a scene in Nightmare on Elm Street 3, but I don't think you really need to know that to follow what's going on. I mean, seriously, you've all figured out by now that if there isn't a panel border, it's not real, right? (If the girl in bed with Jason changing every panel wasn't enough of a hint there.)

I like to think that Jason and Kurt actually did act out the bit in panels 4 and 5 to scare the Blogger, though, and that it wasn't only Jason's dream (within a dream).

I'll be reminding you (many times, probably) in the near future, but Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show will be listed in Diamond Comics' June PREVIEWS catalog (for sale in August). Its order code is JUN110987. Especially for those of you who live overseas, where the cost to ship the book often exceeds the cost of the book itself, this will your best chance to get the book! Have your local comics shop (which almost undoubtedly has an account with Diamond) order the book for you along with their regular order!

Send them over to http://www.multiplexcomic.com/enjoyyourshow if they want to learn more about the book, or read some clips from the many positive reviews the book has gotten since it was first published! The better the book sells through Diamond, the more likely they will carry Book 2 — which will also have some impact on whether Book 2 arrives sooner, rather than later… or (gulp) not at all.

Back to the subject of the strip, though: Have we got any other Nightmare on Elm Street fans out there? I like 1, 3, 4, and 5, despite all of their flaws — and 3 is actually my favorite. 2 and 6 were garbage, though, and I never saw any of the others. What I loved about 3 and 4 is the idea that Freddy actually has opponents who could sort of… but never really seem to… actually challenge him in a meaningful way. Those films don't really explore that idea as much as I would have liked, but they're still fun films. (I'd love the chance to write a Nightmare on Elm Street comic, now that I think about it… Somebody make that happen.)


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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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