Monday, October 12, 2015

"Coherence" was … ooof. I will tell you my thoughts this October night thanks to GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

It's October, and it's finally time I review a movie that didn't do it for me. I'm still doing so thanks using our Godaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

Coherence is set up thusly: Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

My spoiler free review:

The short: I'm a science based kind of person, there is no doubt. So I know that when a comet passes close to the Earth, no matter how many people I'm having dinner with, and no matter how close the comet gets to Earth, I'll be fine. Nonetheless, I rolled with quite a lot of this storyline.

I loved the ingenuity of the dinner party guests, and I love the icon box that they build to see what's what (nothing more to say there to avoid spoilers).

The longer: Although I really loved the glow sticks and the general tenacity of the guests, I was disappointed that the storyline ended up taking a smaller, goofier path to it's end. It became a tiny story about a tiny person, instead of a story about the whole world at large and everyone's stake in the universe. And the science kind of stank, as you'd imagine.

Still, a mystery about a multiverse is probably worth a gander if you like that kind of thing.  See Primer first, for sure. And skip Upstream Color for sure. This one is a good middle ground in that scheme.

I didn't see a lot of coherence in Coherence.

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Me, Earl and the Dying Girl" was swell! My review, courtesy of GoDaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

Check out my thoughts on "Me, Earl and the Dying Girl" thanks to our Godaddy coupon CJCSIGLERC

This one was a big winner at Sundance, claiming the Grand Jury award and the audience favorite award earlier this year. I watched in October and it was still good.

My spoiler free review:

The short: A high school touchy-feely piece, different and yet similar to the angst the students felt in the fantastic movie Brick.  Earl is a wonder, and the dying girl is … well, dying. They both execute their parts exceedingly well and are wonderful foils to the main character.

The longer: I love that the protagonist (the "Me" in the title) narrates the whole movie in voice over, and you can never tell what he wants or where he's telling the truth or making up a reality he'd love to see come to pass. It's nuanced and quiet, and very moving.

From IMDB: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

This one is one to watch when you're not in the mood for a lot of action, but are in the mood for a lot of feels.