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MOVIE REVIEW: Chronicle

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I walked into Chronicle with certain expectations. I expected to see an ok action movie. I expected to see yet another rip-off of the TV series Heroes (another because the 2009 film Push was the first). I expected to see an exciting movie that I would probably buy on blu-ray and watch again. I expected the movie to be derivative, a rehash, good enough but not remarkable by any means. What I did not expect, and what I actually got, was to be blown away by the experience.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Apollo 18

Wil Avitt's picture

OK, first of all I want to apologize for the lateness of this review. I didn't want to see this movie. I asked R3 if anyone else was interested in writing this months ago because I knew it was going to be terrible. I just don't buy the "found footage" crap, and frankly I'm getting pretty tired of it. It didn't work for Blair Witch, it didn't work for Paranormal Activity and it doesn't work for Apollo 18. This format doesn't work and it makes for boring filmmaking. Clerks being filmed in black and white works because it feels like watching footage from the store's security cameras. However, if Kevin Smith had gone for that and put the camera on the ceiling, it would have failed. Note to aspiring filmmakers: don't try to hide your film's low budget by doing something "clever" to explain why it looks like an amateur movie. Embrace your budget and your limited resources and make the best movie you can. Don't try and trick your audience like this. It'll make you look bad and lacking in creativity.

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