Last weekend, the local film festival was going on. I wrote about most of the genre films I caught (The Babadook, Creep, Zombeavers, Cold In July), but there were a couple I never got around to. Now that things have died down a bit, I thought I'd chime in on two others I caught during the festival... Coherence is an entirely dialog driven science fiction thriller about a rather bizarre dinner party. As a comet goes by overhead, the power goes out. Only one other house down the street has power, so when a few of the group go to investigate... they find themselves, having a dinner party. Turns out the comet has opened up two parallel timelines, allowing two different variations of the same event to occur. However, once the comet passes, the two timelines will merge together, meaning one of the timelines will collapse. And our dinner guests want to make sure that they're the ones who continue on after the comet passes. But with the doppelgangers crossing back and forth between the two houses, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell who is who and if anyone is even who they say they are. The movie is actually very good, keeping you thinking while still being easy to follow. There was another movie with the same concept recently called +1, but while that one is all style and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, this one is actually quite gripping and well-thought out, easily the superior of the two films. My problem with the film... mumblecore. Ugh, I hate mumblecore. I guess people enjoy how naturalistic it makes the movie feel, but to me, it just says that the screenwriter was too lazy to do their job. Fortunately, the movie is fast paced enough to where it doesn't really suffer from it. But a lot of the dialogue is clearly improved, especially early on with characters rambling on and talking over each other. Nicolas Brendon (the only recognizable face here) randomly blurts out that he's a TV star from the show Roswell. The grey haired woman was by far the worst. Everything she said was simply a plot device. It's been a week since I've seen it, so it isn't exactly fresh in my mind, but for example, if someone asks if they have a flashlight, she chimes in "you know... I think we have a flashlight... in the garage... where the cars go... in the garage... is where the flashlights are..." Ugh, I hate mumblecore! If the movie had a script, this wouldn't be a problem. On the topic of mumblecore though, Creep was also mumblecore, but that one actually does it very well. This one, not so much. Although the plot here is quite focused, so I appreciate that they put the thought in there. Mumblecore aside, I would definitely recommend this one. Just don't expect explosions, action scenes, and special effects. If anyone here has seen The Man From Earth, that should give you a decent idea of what to expect tonally, although this film is a lot darker.