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Alan Smithee

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Coherence
« on: February 26, 2015, 07:37:58 PM »
Anybody seen this one? Seems like a good one to pick apart here. Its the kind of film I wish Christopher Nolan still made.

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Re: Coherence
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2015, 07:51:35 PM »
quite a few of us like it. Here's my review. I wouldn't compare it to Nolan so much as Shane Carruth, if he wasn't into aping Malick.
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Re: Coherence
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2015, 08:32:14 PM »
Carruth is way more interesting than Malick. :P Neither of those comparisons seem very close to me though. Coherence is much too sloppy for Carruth, and quite a bit more fun.

Like a lot of small-budget and high-concept movies, I think Coherence stretches it's credibility a little bit too far, but manages it better than most. I've heard about how a lot of the production was improvised with the actors loosely following outlines rather than scripting everything out, and I think that's both one of it's biggest strengths (in the moment to moment interactions) and weaknesses (in the overall arcs). It ends up being a solid piece of entertainment though, and there are some genuinely clever ideas that I give them a lot of credit for.

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Re: Coherence
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2015, 10:18:09 PM »
I can agree with you about the films strength and weakness, though the strength wins out by enough that I can recommend the film without hesitation. For all the podcast tries to do to discover films and have their Golden Bricks, it's a real shame this one still flew under their radar.
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Re: Coherence
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2015, 10:29:49 PM »
Yeah, I would totally recommend it still. Did Coherence play theatrically at all? I don't remember hearing anything about it until it was already stream-able, and I wonder if that's why it didn't get as much attention.

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Re: Coherence
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2015, 06:14:52 PM »
I can agree with you about the films strength and weakness, though the strength wins out by enough that I can recommend the film without hesitation. For all the podcast tries to do to discover films and have their Golden Bricks, it's a real shame this one still flew under their radar.

Yeah, this would have been a perfect Golden Brick candidate.

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Re: Coherence
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2015, 10:34:28 PM »
Coherence didn't do much for me.  It had been too soon since I watched It's a Disaster, a much better film with a similar initial premise.  I didn't have trouble following it since I'm used to reading parallel universe stories, but it just made things complicated instead of dramatic.
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Re: Coherence
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2015, 01:01:48 PM »
Coherence was my 3rd favorite film from 2014. I've seen it 4 times, once in theaters with the director for a Q&A. I'm really bummed they didn't talk about it/mention it at all on the podcast. I would have loved to see it nominated for the Golden Brick last year.