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Cloud Atlas (2012)
The Most Underrated Film of Our Time
Let me start by saying that I love The Wachowskis. Pretty much every film of theirs is on my personal list of favorite films. Yes, even Matrix Revolutions. That being said, I was excitedly looking forward to this film. Nothing could have prepared me, however, for the spectacle that was waiting for me in the theater. It is an absolute crime against humanity that this masterpiece was not recognized in any major awards show outside of the Score category. This film is spine-tinglingly epic from the very beginning, taking six different story lines (which could stand on their own as movies) and Weaving (pun intended) them into an incredible story of freedom, hope, and love. When this film debuted nationally on October 26, 2012, it was the third-highest grossing film of it's weekend, behind Argo and Hotel Transylvania (in close to Its 9th week in the theater). It barely earned half of its budget back. Why? Perhaps it was the film's intimidating run time, at 2hrs, 50mins. Perhaps it was because one of the three directors was a transgender. If this is the reason, then people need to grow up and let people make their own lifestyle decisions. (Although I do miss calling them The Wachowski Brothers.) Whatever the reason, I hope that this film ends up like 2001 and is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, despite initial failure.
Marble Hornets (2009)
A Psychological Horror Triumph
There are a ton of low-budget Slender Man films out there (everymanHYBRID, TribeTwelve, and Windigo to name a few) but this one is definitely the most fleshed-out, most interesting, and absolutely the scariest of them all. Marble Hornets handles the character of Slender Man very well, expertly exploiting his 'mysterious figure in the background' status. You will look for him throughout an entire entry, only to find him and realize he was there the entire time. And when you do find him, it is pee-in-your-pants frightening. As another reviewer has stated, this movie is not an "I just jumped out of my seat" movie; it is an "I am frozen in terror" movie. The run time is an impressive figure at over 3 1/2 hours, but, honestly, I didn't notice. I was so absorbed into this movie that those 3 1/2 hours just went by unnoticed. It is very hard to get that effect in a movie of this length. By the way, the movie isn't even finished yet! Part 3 is only half done! I cannot wait for the ending, but I also don't want it to end. Troy, Joseph, congrats on a job well done. But you're not done yet.
Fantastic satire of a money-grubbing industry
Just goes to show you, you can find a masterpiece in the most unlikely of places. At first glance, the videos just look like some nerd playing with his action figures. They are so much more than that. Each one is a brilliant work of satire, a piece of art in its own right. The humor in them is simply to die for. I especially love the bits with Deadpool in them. Seriously, this guy should write for the Deadpool movie! In fact, he should write for every superhero movie! His story arcs are absolutely fantastic, brilliant, and creative. Seriously, I can't recommend this series enough, go watch it! Thank you, RandomGuy, for making me laugh.
The Man Amongst Trees (2007)
Interesting and very creepy short akin to the Slender Man mythos
I just saw this on Youtube and this is a very good short film. It is very original and pants-wettingly creepy. It really captures that fear of finding 'that thing in the woods' that we are all looking out of our windows for. The only problem that I had with it initially was that it was too short, with a running time of approx. 10 minutes. But then I realized that this film did not need to be any longer. It explained everything well, and yet still captured that feeling of the unknown that seems to follow Slendy around. Granted, this is not a Slender Man film, as this preceded his first appearance on the internet by two years, but many of its elements were incorporated into Marble Hornets and TribeTwelve, so I consider it part of the mythos. Anyway, great film, very atmospheric, 9/10 stars.