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Posted in Reviews on November 13, 2012 by Single Malt Serials

Saw this on another blog, thought it was excellent.

Bittersweet Romance

Scary Comic

This is for all you horror lovers out there!
It may look like an ordinary comic, but I assure you, it’s not 😉 Scared the hell out of me first time I saw it.
Make sure you have your sound on, and just scroll down the comic, picture by picture.
Have fun!

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Walking Dead…OMG!

Posted in Misc, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by Single Malt Serials

That’s pretty much all I can say about this show: OMG! That being said, I have more to say about this show 🙂

So last night’s episode was AMAZING!! Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers. Directed by the special effects wizard Greg Nicotero, it was in my top three episodes of that show. My absolute favorite episode is Season 1 Episode 1 (pure terror), and two and three are a tie between this week and last week.

I love zombie movies. I love shitty zombie movies. But this show unsettles me in such a beautiful way. The thing that impresses me most about Walking Dead is that they always find a way to escalate the horror. Whether the horror is psychological, revulsion to the gore, or the shattered mirror into the soul, this show delivers. I read a quote recently that says, basically: art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. Walking Dead hits both of those.

Last night’s episode is replete with paradoxes. Rick and the gang taking refuge and finding solace in a prison? Brilliant. Asking the question: who deserves to live and who should be killed for the greater good of the group? Age old questions presented in a fresh and in-your-face way.

The episode begins with some characteristic gruesome violence. About halfway through the episode I began asking myself the question I ask myself at the middle of each episode: How are they going to climax this? Without giving anything away, I was not disappointed. The end of the episode left me with chills. I’ve never had more fun being terrified.

Review: Chronicle

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by Single Malt Serials

Chronicle

Director:

Josh Trank

Writers:

Max Landis (screenplay & story), Josh Trank (story)

Cast:

Dane DeHaan – Andrew

Alex Russell – Matt

Michael B. Jordan – Steve

Ashley Hinshaw – Casey

 

 

Chronicle is viral-style film that follows three friends who are mysteriously endowed with powerful telekinesis. It was filmed in South Africa, Vancouver, BC and Seattle, Washington. It had an estimated budget of $12 million and grossed over $125 million worldwide.

The movie begins with Andrew setting up a camera in his bedroom. It is through Andrew’s camera that most of the story is revealed. There are some brief sequences augmented by street camera footage and Casey, another viral filmmaker. The story progresses linearly as we follow outsider/loner Andrew around high school, his abusive home life and the progressively intensifying exploits of Andrew, Matt, and Steve. At a party, Steve and Matt discover an underground cave in a ravine and coerce Andrew to bring his camera and film what they find. Inside the cave, the boys discover a strange structure and before they know it, something happens. The movie is about how the boys use and abuse their new power.

The first thing that impressed me about this film was its honesty.  The three lead actors come across as typical American teens. This is evidenced by the type of pranks the boys pull as they exercise their power. In one scene the boys telekinetically move a parked car in a mall parking lot. When the driver returns the boys are overcome with giddy laughter at their clever joke. The acting doesn’t seem like acting but instead, re-acting. And it is pulled off well.

Second, the psychology is spot on. What begins as fun teenage pranks degenerates into profound violence. This is not another “hand-held” movie. This is a subtle science fiction thriller caught voyeuristically through the lens of the main character’s camera. The filmmakers don’t pull any punches when dealing with the psycho-socio repercussions of three teenage boys who discover that they have limitless power.

Finally, the movie is entertaining. I could watch this again and again. The movie delivers some great Jackass-style viral hijinks (i.e.: the baseball scene) and exceptional low-budget VFX. Unlike Cloverfield (which I love), the audience is not so much along for the ride but instead is almost the fourth character. The film draws you in and lets you be the proverbial “fly on the wall” and it is very satisfying.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

 

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