Notes from the Manager
Dario Dargento's Suspiria is pretty well known, but I expect House isn't. Here's its trailer, courtesy the Criterion Collection, which issued a DVD and Blu-Ray of the 1977 horror-comedy last fall:
Both Suspiria and House have their shortcomings (Suspiria has pretty bad acting and the plot's really kind of stupid if you think about it objectively; House is just… well, you saw the trailer), but they both have excellent, frequently brilliant visuals, and Suspiria has amazing music (by Goblin), so they're certainly worth watching.
And also, now you know for certain: Norma suspended Kurt for three weeks. But since Multiplex is set in real time, and he was suspended on the same night Angie 2 was injured (May 20 — the day Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened), that means he'll be back at the theater before you know it.
Thanks to Joel Watson of the webcomic HiJinks Ensue and the T-shirt mini-empire Sharksplode, I've found a T-shirt printing company that offers high-quality print-on-demand shirts at reasonable prices — so, I'm going to start rolling out a ton of T-shirt designs at the store over the next few weeks. Yes, I will finally be able to do character T-shirts (using DTG printing)! Yes, I will finally offer a Multiplex logo T-shirt again. If there's a Multiplex T-shirt you've been dying to have, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.
I need to make sure that the printer has the other colors of shirts in stock before I can add the next couple designs. I'm also double-checking on the available of larger sizes (larger than 2XL) before I add those. I don't want to offer something they can't make, obviously!
UPDATE: They do indeed carry Men's sizes up to 5XL, so I've added those to the existing designs — and I've added four other shirts, as well: Multiplex logo shirts, Rhyme Bandits, I Believe in George Romero and Kurt's T-shirt from this strip, Rosebud Was My Dick.
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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