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Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)
James Nguyen and cast did not disappoint!
I attended a NYC screening of Birdemic 2: Resurrection last week in NYC where I met the cast, director and producer. Having seen the first Birdemic there were certain expectations I had in keeping with the way the original film was written. Truly a cult following has been created seeing as numerous people came out to be a part of the screening. After a brief introduction to the film by the director James Nguyen the film began.
I have to admit, the film did not disappoint. It maintained its consistency with the first Birdemic completely. The long shots, the bird effects, the cast, the periodic awkwardness of the actors, etc. There were some rather "cheesey" points in the film, some that seemed to go a tad off the story line similar to the original, but regardless I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is what I truly wanted to see. Consistency. Too often we see sequels to movies that lack the artistic quality of it's predecessor, whether it be a huge improvement or a totally different story line. The Birdemic movies to date are both extremely persistent.
In fact I went for a second screening on Long Island the next day. Even more people came out to see the screening there, a group even with homemade Birdemic t-shirts. I loved it!
During the Q&A sessions both nights with the cast (Alan and Whitney) and crew (James and Jeff) the audience got to hear what went on behind the scenes. What I did not know was that James Nguyen funded the first Birdemic out of his own pocket. Clearly the man is passionate about his work. He has a vision and he did everything he could to show us his vision with his films. If the second Birdemic had been funded with a Hollywood budget of millions and had been cast with Hollywoods "finest", with professional CGI effects... it would NOT be Birdemic. If the film had been shot any other way than it was and not kept in tune with the first Birdemic... to me it wouldn't have been Birdemic. Cult movies are created and respected because of their consistency and their special characteristics and it's evident these films have created quite a following. The Birdemic franchise has become its own brand with it's own peculiar kind of greatness.
As a matter of fact I plan on seeing another screening soon.