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The loss of the video store

Posted November 22, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

I used to love visiting the video store a lot more than I love scrolling through Netflix, Stan or iTunes for my televisual needs. Don't get me wrong. I love the convenience of digital distribution, the always there all you can eat buffet. But there was something weird and extra about actually dragging your arse down to the shop.

I've read a couple of really excellent think pieces on the passing of the video store. The best of the indie stores were akin to the finest book shops, a place were people and ideas came together. This piece at Vox by Dennis Perkins, "I worked in a video store for 25 years. Here’s what I learned as my industry died," is one of the best in a crowded field.

A little taster:

The enemy of video stores was convenience. The victim of convenience is conscious choice.

We watch Netflix like we used to watch television on a slow Sunday night, everything blending together as we flip aimlessly through the channels. At first the choice is overwhelming: all of these options and nothing but the questionable "You Might Like" cue to guide us — we stare at the screen like idiots, paralyzed. But then when we make a choice, if we make a choice, it feels unimportant. Another option is only a click away.

If you're actually in a video store, the stakes are different. You're engaged. You're on a mission to find a movie — the right movie. You had to get out of bed, get dressed, and go to a store. You had to think about what you want, why this movie looks good and not that one, perhaps even seeking guidance or advice. Whether it's from nostalgia, advertising, packaging, reputation, recommendation, or sheer whim, a movie chosen from the shelves attaches you to your choice. Before the film even starts playing, you've begun a relationship with it. You're curious. Whether you've chosen well or poorly, you've made a choice, and you're in it for the duration.

With online streaming, we don't decide — we settle. And when we aren't grabbed immediately, we move on. That means folks are less likely to engage with a film on a deep level; worse, it means people stop taking chances on challenging films. Unlike that DVD they paid for and brought home, a movie on Netflix will be watched only so long as it falls within the viewer's comfort zone. As that comfort zone expands, the desire to look outside of it contracts.

He has many more insights, often touching and brilliant. It's sad to think that something which was once such an important part mass culture will soon pass away. But this is the way of all things.

Read it all here. It's a good Sunday arvo indulgence.

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Murphy_of_Missouri would have you know...

Posted November 22, 2015
I think there is a sad piece of irony that these stores, which were supposed to bury movie theaters, have in turn been eaten alive by more advanced technology.

As for visiting such shops, I stopped doing that once it got cheaper just to buy the VHS and later the DVD outright at Wal-Mart.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 22, 2015
That irony was indeed explored in the article. And deliciously so.

GhostSwirv mutters...

Posted November 22, 2015
Loved working in video stores in Melbourne in the mid 80s till the early 90s ... in Clayton and in Toorak. Back when Beta and VHS sat side by side on the shelves.

Nothing more exciting than new releases coming out, back then a single VHS unit cost on average $90-100, still remember the buzz over 9 1/2 Weeks.

Dennis Perkins is spot on - you got to know customers like extended family and they expected you to know their viewing habits and always recommend a hit.

Xmas Day was always a riot with someone getting a player but nothing to play on it ... things not so good was dealing with late fees, occasional drunks and oh yeah getting robbed by a guy in overalls carrying a sawn-off.


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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted November 22, 2015
Perhaps another point of irony. I remember when store front video game arcades closed down one by one, outpaced by the internet and gaming consoles. Yet now there is a hipster pet industry of bringing those old classics from the 1980s and 1990s back to life in arcades fitted out with bars for children of the mullet now grown into the adults they held in contempt during the Hair Band Era.

Maybe someday movie rental stores will experience a similar comeback.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon puts forth...

Posted November 23, 2015
With access online to the gazillion films made throughout history the good ones that should be watched will get buried in the crap. What you might get is guys like the one in the article becoming like a personal trainer. He'll create a movie library base and charge you to stream off his recommendations.

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted November 22, 2015
All flesh is grass and time's a lawn mower.

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Spanner would have you know...

Posted November 22, 2015
But my Sunday afternoon indulgence is beer and video games...oh man you used to be cool now it's read this do that, buy my book.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted November 23, 2015
Every time you get into your car to go to the bank, the grocery store, the pharmacy, it is an event. Not, perhaps, as exciting an event as the video release of a film, but still an event. All of these events are disappearing. In my neck of the woods, you can do all of these things - bank, shop for food, obtain medicine - via the internet with delivery to your home. It is the same as accessing a film without the need to leave your house.

[I think it is worth noting that the initial cause of all of this was and still is the desire to access porn in the privacy of our own homes. From photos on demand (Polaroid) to video via private purchase (VHS/Beta/CD/DVD) to streaming content on demand. A big improvement over the previous access mechanisms.]

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted November 23, 2015
Indeed the argument can be made, and I think Crack's Cezary Jen Strusiewicz makes it quite eloquently with remarkably few dick jokes in the piece '5 Ways porn created the modern world."

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 23, 2015
What a great article.

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Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 23, 2015
My family was late onto the VHS thing. I think my Dad was so risk averse he didn't want to back the wrong horse so waited until 1987 just to make sure that Betamax wasn't going to stage a comeback. I remember when going to the vid store was such an event - I'd walk from our place near the corner of Botany and Wellington St, past Clayfield Bowl (where I'd stop in for a Slurpee and a game of Star Wars - one of those video games you'd actually climb into and sit inside) and on to the vid store on Junction Rd. And the smell of those places - was there some sort of 'stale sweat' carpet spray that they used to ensure a consistent customer experience?

Murphy_of_Missouri has opinions thus...

Posted November 23, 2015
It seems we got our first VHS machine at about the same time. Risk had nothing to do with it though. We we're simply dirt poor.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 23, 2015
this comes in just as the long suffering Blockbuster in my area finally expired a last gasp of "everything must go. Closing down sale!"

Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted November 23, 2015
All of the Blockbusters in our area are long gone. They took a stab at Red Box style rental machines for a bit but those didn't last long either.

Lulu mumbles...

Posted November 23, 2015
Our VideoEzy closed recently. I think it's being replaced by expensive apartments.

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted November 23, 2015
Possibly because we live in a free-range Boomer sanctuary, there's still an actual, functioning video store at the local shopping centre. Maybe we could get it Heritage listed?

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Therbs reckons...

Posted November 23, 2015
Going in to a JBHiFi or equivalent to buy a complete series on dvd/blu ray is becoming the same for me. I know what I want but get distracted by the various categories which kinda match the old video stores. I see a cheap 3 pack of Caddyshack, Stripes and Ghostbusters and get flashbacks of mull bowls, booze and home made flat bread pizzas.

Quokka ducks in to say...

Posted November 23, 2015
What T-herbs has said.I like browsing JBhi-fi etc just for ideas.We love netflix but the reality is that we'd only watch an hour of non-ABC idiot box fodder at night & we have an enormous pile of shame to plough through in the DVD box sets, anyway.Netflix & the apple TV have been great, but the bottom line is that I've wound up spending more time ereading since the video store disappeared. The kindle, the ipad & the ease of eborrowing from the council library means that I'm probably watching less on the screen than I used to.

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Aaron would have you know...

Posted November 23, 2015
It's funny that someone mentioned porn cause on some ways the same thing is happening g to that. Look what's happened to playboy (not that I am complaining about the umm...convenience)

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Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted November 24, 2015
First it was the video shop across the road closing a few years back, then the other one two blocks up. The real death knell for me was when Dr What at Bondi Junction closed. That was one of the oldest video shops, and carried an immense selection of rare, obscure, arty or hard to find videos...but now they are all available on line with a bit of a search. I can say that we still own a VCR...tried playing something on it the other day and discovered the heads need a good clean as its totally unwatchable! Don't get that on the computer I guess.

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Aaron has opinions thus...

Posted November 24, 2015
I am not surprised but sad to hear dr what is gone. I used to live in bondi 2001 (who knew burger brotherhood was only 3 years away...) and loved that store. Sigh...

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TeamAmerica ducks in to say...

Posted November 24, 2015
I remember going to bookstores like Robbins in Philadelphia or local used book stores and coming across unexpected mags, books or audio cassettes. It was also at least a somewhat social experience. I recall someone at Robbins, a lefty bookstore, suggesting I steal a book I said I couldn't afford. When I responded "You mean liberate it," he didn't catch my sarcasm.

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Star Wars trailer. Still no Luke

Posted October 21, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

I'm beginning to wonder if he followed in his father's footsteps. Which, I suppose, is exactly what JJ Abrams wants.

Also nice to see Han raised to the level of barely believed mythic figure. It's a great call back to his scepticism about the Jedi in the first series.

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Rob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 21, 2015


My first thought is it looks like a really well made fan film. Not as good as Pink 5 and Troops but pretty good. But I think that says more about the quality of fan films, the digital revolution and the passion of individuals.

I was actually taken aback by the Han Solo thing, that's a super nice touch. Just like when Han intones in the A new Hope, about kooky religions, old fossils, magical forces controlling his destiny. Now that I've said that , it is actually amazing. Now lets put Attack of the Clones behind us. ( or behind me ...It still hurts...)

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Geoff swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 21, 2015
I'm assuming we did see Luke just not his face. I guessed he was the one patting R2 on the head with a prosthetic hand in a very brief scene

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted October 21, 2015
And these are prolly the highlights of the next confused part of a franchise which should never had gone past one, let alone six movies. Rinse, repeat.

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trib is gonna tell you...

Posted October 21, 2015
The fan expectation is already at fever pitch. Abrams is on a hiding to nothing, and if we're seeing the highlights of something disappointing, the backlash will be fierce.

My desperate hope is that it kicks arse and resets the wonder of the original trilogy. Seeing Star Wars at a drive-in as a 10 year old was a foundational experience of my childhood.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted October 21, 2015
God, we can only hope it is really going to be that good.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted October 21, 2015
Low expectations are often met and rarely yield disappointment.

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Bondiboy66 asserts...

Posted October 21, 2015
I'm hopeful it won't suck- the scene of the starfighters blasting at zero feet over the lake looks to be worth the price of admission alone.
And how come Chewie hasn't gone grey too, like Han? 44 gallon drums of Grecian 2000?

Rob puts forth...

Posted October 21, 2015

when 230 years old you get, look this good; you will not.

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted October 21, 2015
Not sure which one of the trailers its in, but luke is hooded and places his mech hand on R2D2 ya bloody muppet!
But I guess he really is missing. And why are you fkn faffin about again instead of WRITING ANOTHER FKN BOOK!!!!!

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted October 21, 2015
at first I though "oh no none of the dog fights take place in space" but seeing how fake some of the prequel stuff was- that really does look like "real Xwings" heading down a Norwedgian fjord.

I also love the fact that everyone seems to use a lightsabre with intent- not as a twirly look at me baton

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BigTimeTexasTeaserPony asserts...

Posted October 22, 2015
I thought it was anti-white. They put a black guy in it. Jesus.

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Shifty Tourist has opinions thus...

Posted October 22, 2015
I really liked the trailer, and am more excited than I should be for this to be released.
However the lack of Luke makes me fear the may have nicked the absolute knuckleheadiest of knuckleheaded ideas of the EU and made Luke have turned to the dark side as "the twist." This would be an unforgivable narrative sin in my opinion, by completely missing the entire point of the original movies.
To my mind, they are already on shaky ground by the Empire still being a thing (ok, the New Order... but if it quacks like Galactic Empire...) and by what appears to be another superweapon. But these at least are not unforgivable if done right and written skillfully. But two sins would be unforgivable to my mind.
Luke turned to the Sith and/or the Emperor brought back as a clone.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted October 22, 2015
Who's face is that at 1:02?

Shifty Tourist swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 22, 2015
The torturer or the torturered?
The torturer is the purported big bad, played by Adam Driver (?) Kylo Ren. The tortured is Poe Dameron, the X-wing pilot badassing (its a verb now) across the lake in the first trailer.
At least that is according the entertainment sits I've spent... well... probably a bit too much time on.

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted October 22, 2015
It's looking like one of the very early supposed leaks of the script was accurate rather than fan wank.

Anyway, Gold Class at 12.15AM on the 17th here.

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Spanner mumbles...

Posted October 23, 2015
Obi Wan: I feel a great disturbance in the force.Han: That's not a disturbance in the force it's the sound of 50,000,000 nerds fapping.

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bazzaa ducks in to say...

Posted October 25, 2015
So what am I looking at when 1:03 rolls around?

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Two questions about the Dad's Army reboot

Posted August 31, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

1. Why was I not told earlier?

2. Why is Britain still facing defeat in 1944?

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trib ducks in to say...

Posted August 31, 2015
I'm not certain this was needed, but I'm happy it exists.

I'm also not certain Toby Jones can do pompous and self-inflated quite as well as Arthur Lowe did to carry off Captain Mainwaring.
The other casting decisions intrigue me.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted August 31, 2015
Fucking earworm

Spanner is gonna tell you...

Posted August 31, 2015
Damn you Insomniac! Damn you to heck! I didn't watch the video and now thanks to you I've got that theme song stuck in my brain.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted August 31, 2015
Hey I watched it with the volume off and still it got in.

All together now ... "Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Hitler? ... "

Spanner mumbles...

Posted August 31, 2015
Bastard

dweeze has opinions thus...

Posted August 31, 2015
When I was a wee one, I used to think that this went:
"Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Whitlam?"

I hope that the sleepless one has this one on high rotation earworm whilst the rest of us are snuggled up, dreaming of funny old duddies in khaki.

dweeze puts forth...

Posted August 31, 2015
When I was a wee one, I used to think that this went:
"Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Whitlam?"

I hope that the sleepless one has this one on high rotation earworm whilst the rest of us are snuggled up, dreaming of funny old duddies in khaki.

GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted August 31, 2015

You sound like you're channelling One-Term Tony here Dweeze ... what wivv all the double-speak?

Canoli lead to someone's Downfall.

http://captiongenerator.com/56757/Border-Force-Operation-Racist-Derpitute-Downfall

dweeze mutters...

Posted September 1, 2015
Sorry, me browser had an e-fart.

Now I feel all unclean being compared with Tonya, and not in a mud bath @ Confest kinda way either.

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Sparty reckons...

Posted September 1, 2015
You of all people should know that the Germans tried to invade in '44 (in an alternate time line ) but were repelled by Dads Army, Prince Harry and Viv Richards name sake?

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David S. mumbles...

Posted September 6, 2015
1. You were asleep and no one dared wake you. Sir.
2. Well they're still facing defeat in 2015 (according to Mr Murdoch's finest and UKIP) so '44 makes perfect sense don't you think?

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Star Trek: Renegades

Posted August 28, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

Another full length feature comes off the seemingly endless production line of semi-pro fan-made Star Trek films. This one features actors in character from some of the original series – Chekov and Tuvok somehow existing in the same timeline – and lots of cheeky little references which seem at times to stray off canon and into other story worlds.

It's all good. Some of the costuming, make up and set design is very obviously fan-made. And some of the CGI is better than anything we saw in the TV series.

You'll need to block out the whole evening or a slab of the weekend to enjoy it in one sitting.

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Murphy_of_Missouri puts forth...

Posted August 28, 2015
The FX/CGI guy is Tobias Richter and he is also doing the work for Star Trek: Axanar.

Chekov's scenes are fairly good but I feel like this script needed one more pass before the editors before they tried to film it.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted August 28, 2015
Reckon I'd agree with that.

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted August 28, 2015
Its Chekov / Bester!

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted August 29, 2015
Its certainly a great fan movie, but I am really looking forward to <font color="#333333">Star Trek: Axanar. I imagine Paramount are watching this fan efforts closely. Torn between wanting it to generate the interest that the last film almost killed, and their instincts which is to squash any competition with their business.</font><font color="#333333">The wrap has a piece on the risk the producers of these ran made films are running.</font>

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The (ruder) DEADPOOL trailer

Posted August 6, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

Don't waste your time with that family friendly version. This is the sexdroid you're looking for.

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TheWah mumbles...

Posted August 6, 2015
It actually looks good. I am hopeful.

The green band trailer is worth watching just for having deadpool admonish you for watching the nice trailer and daring you to watch the "big boy trailer".. he also denigrates your mum. yay!

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted August 6, 2015
Worth.
The.
Wait!

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Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted August 6, 2015
Ryan Reynolds was born to play this.

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GhostSwirv swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted August 6, 2015

Am beginning to think that Green Lantern was deliberately and brilliantly sabotauged by some guerilla studio exec to allow Ryan Reynolds the opportunity to play DEADPOOL.

If GL had been a hit DP wouldn't now be making grown men wet their pants.

Mordwa has opinions thus...

Posted August 6, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xcMxnNzp2I
Sabotaged by Deadpool himself...

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ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted August 6, 2015
Why the fuck are you people not talking about the other awesome in the trailer. COLOSSUS. God I'm been waiting for Piotr to get a decent treatment.

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Sparty has opinions thus...

Posted August 6, 2015
Just had to gloat about the cricket right now :-)

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted August 7, 2015
What's a cricket?

GhostSwirv reckons...

Posted August 7, 2015

Oh you won't believe what DEADPOOL does with a cricket!

Trashman ducks in to say...

Posted August 8, 2015
Cricket.





...snigger...

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damian would have you know...

Posted August 6, 2015
I find this comics world diverging from anything I recognise faster than I'd imagine. But this thing looks cool in a mechanical, gory way.

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ChrisB reckons...

Posted August 7, 2015
To quote Star-Lord: a little pee just came out of me...

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Raymond Camden puts forth...

Posted August 7, 2015
The green band trailer also has his friend giving him different insults I think. Watch both. (Oh, and the older black woman has a different insult as well I think.)

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Peter in the bleaches asserts...

Posted August 7, 2015
inthink I know where I will be on Boxing Day as there would appear to be no reason to watch the cricket this summer

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COHERENCE: the best SF movie you didn't see last year

Posted July 21, 2015 into Movies by John Birmingham

A sci-fi movie without space lizards, plasma cannons or giant robots, what's the fucking point? In Coherence the point was apparently to make the best sci-fi movie of 2014 with none of those things; no budget, no script, no big-name actors, nothing but an idea. And Xander from Buffy.

I finally caught up with this one over the weekend, having meant to watch it for a while. I heard it described recently as the best science-fiction movie you didn't see last year, and I got no argument with that call.

The setup is pretty simple. Eight friends, all of them comfortably Generation X (yay!), gather for a dinner party on the night a comet is due to make a close flyby. The comet isn't the reason for the dinner. This is just the first opportunity this group of friends has had to get together in a while. The light show in the sky is an added bonus.

The opening scenes where the various guests arrive at the party is an almost dizzying exercise in cinéma vérité. It feels like early Tarantino with multiple lines of overlapping dialogue snaking through and around each other. Unlike Tarantino's characters, however, the concerns around this dinner table are stolidly suburban. Children, jobs, middle-class ennui, shaky marriages, spluttering career paths, quiet desperation, all bundled up and swept under the carpet. The whole thing could play out like one of those films where people just sit around and talk for two hours. I think Jim Jarmusch made a career out of those. To make them work the dialogue has to be spot on, and in Coherence it is. Uncomfortably so at times.

The handheld camerawork, the intimacy, the completely natural feel of the opening scenes made it look like the most slickly produced reality programme ever made. I was kind of in awe of the actors being able to learn and carry off such dense, complex interplays of dialogue. I was even more impressed when I found out they improvised the whole thing. It’s a great performance and a lot of credit has to go to the editor as well for snipping out any dead spots.

That's all wanky film school talk though, innit? You want to know about the story. So at this point I have to blow the spoiler horn and blow it loud. I’ll keep the major plot points to myself, but those who want the pure experience should just go watch the damn thing before reading or commenting.

WHAAAAAHROOOOOO!!!

Coincident with the passing of the comet strange shit starts to happen. At first it’s cellphones inexplicably breaking or simply failing to power up. Then the fixed phone lines go down, and the Internet, and the power grid. Fans of horror movies will recognise what's happening immediately, even if the dinner guests take awhile to get around to it. They are being cut off, physically and narratively.

The dinner party is vaguely located somewhere in the affluent suburbs of the Pacific Northwest. Streets are quiet and tree-lined. The densely packed city, any city, seems far removed. It's plausible then that when the lights go out the world is plunged into a deep darkness, with only one point of light visible, another house a few minutes walk away. A couple of the men offer to go over and see if they can use the phone. Everything is fucked from that point on, but the fuckage happens so very gradually, so slowly, so completely and in such a bizarre fashion that even though hackles are crawling up the back of your neck, half of the dinner party guests are still arguing that everything is okay when it is totally fucking not.

What's going on? Aliens? Monsters? It feels like it, and there are some intensely creepy scenes as accepted reality begins to come apart. Even so, Coherence never cops out by devolving to a survivalist splatterfest.

It is a film which asks the sort of high concept questions not being asked by most speculative fiction on-screen. I rented it from iTunes, but have come to regret that decision because I can tell I'm going to have to go buy a copy so I can watch it again and again, trying to figure out not just what's going on, but the implications of what went on.

You would do yourself a disservice if you let this one slip past you.

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Spanner ducks in to say...

Posted July 21, 2015
Ok I'm on this. I loved Chappie. There should be more good SF about.

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Peter Bradley reckons...

Posted July 21, 2015
I am so with you on this JB. I watched it on a plane. Luckily I was going to the EU so I watched it again straight away.
The thing that intrigued me most was not that amazing ending but the whole non-linear nature of the incidents.

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Posted July 21, 2015
I know. I really, really want to watch this again to see if I can unsort the through line and its implications. The bit where you realise that the characters you're watching may not be the characters you started watching wasn't just creepy. It was unnerving at an existential level.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted July 21, 2015

great to see others whose opinions I share liked this movie. I caught it on Foxtel when it was free, as I am always interested to see what the Buffy alumni who didn't get other gigs with Joss Whedon are up to these days.

I liked it, don't know if it was the best Science fiction film in 2014 I didn't see because:

  • I saw it
  • by definition how could I know if other films I didn't see were better ?


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Posted July 22, 2015
There you go again Barnesm going all Karl Popper on us!

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted July 21, 2015
Did you ever get around to watching Primer?

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted July 21, 2015
No, but I've it mentioned in discussions of Coherence.

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HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted July 21, 2015
is there cylons i it?

Spanner puts forth...

Posted July 21, 2015
More specifically is Six in it?

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HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted July 21, 2015
in it!...ffsakes!

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon has opinions thus...

Posted July 21, 2015
Right. Duly noted. First time i have actually taken note of a spoiler warning. Although now i know there is a spoiler i have to resist it and now I know something is going to happen. It's going to be like uni exams back in the nineties all over again when my bastard house mates had finished exams and broke the pact of no celebrating till all were finished and watched From Dusk Till Dawn in a haze of smoke and alcohol whilst i was trying to study Calculus 3 or Operation Methods or something. The house had thick walls but not thick enough.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted July 21, 2015
They were toughening you up.

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Sparty would have you know...

Posted July 21, 2015
Sold.

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Glenn Webster mutters...

Posted July 22, 2015
On order-thank you.

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BostonJoe reckons...

Posted July 23, 2015
Once you've seen this at least once have a look at the timeline that someone with a lot of time on their hands made. It can be seen here http://i.imgur.com/3iE5y7Q.png You'll need to zoom in to see anything.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 23, 2015
Good work! Thanks.

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Kill Whitey has opinions thus...

Posted July 25, 2015

Watched it last night. Concept gets an 8/10. Execution gets a 6. Primarily the motivation for some of the characters actions is beyond flimsy at best. The story of the friends getting together and talking about life and having problems and yadda yadda yadda is actually way better done than the sci-fi element. Unfortunately the trailer broadcasts the twist a mile off.

Im gonna resist the timeline link above because I do feel like giving it another bash, just to see if I can spot where things *really* start going wrong for the characters.

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Darryl has opinions thus...

Posted July 27, 2015
It felt a lot like Plus One to me have you watched that?

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Posted July 27, 2015
No I haven't, but now I will.

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