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Population Zero

Over-saturation has certainly helped Julian T. Pinder and Adam Levins’ faux-doc Population Zero.  Horror thrillers have overplayed the mockumentary/found footage sub-genre, which is why this serious dramatization of an elaborate conspiracy theory is a breath of fresh air right out of the gate.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

The trailer for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping implies that the mockumentary is out to be a modern day This Is Spinal Tap.  Given that the film has been produced by the musically inclined clever comedy trio The Lonely Island, the chances of the film hitting its targets is high.

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Toronah

When I had an interest in reviewing Toronah, filmmaker and Wild Wing founder Rick Smiciklas insisted I watch a season of his reality TV show Wingmen before jumping into his feature film debut.  I agreed, and watched the first season on iTunes (which I liked despite its forgetful narrative).

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What We Do in the Shadows

By: Addison Wylie Vampires and the mockumentary genre have both been exhausted thanks to current fads, and spoofing these horrific bloodsuckers has also been done before. Yet, What We Do in the Shadow is one of the funniest films of the year. How so? Filmmaker Taika Waititi and comedic actor Jemaine Clement use inventive intelligence to ingeniously breathe life into these seemingly overplayed areas. There are various forms of comedy, but it’s always helpful when…

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Going In and Coming Out: What We Do in the Shadows

By: Anthony King GOING IN: In this day in age, does the idea of more Vampires excite you?  Or, has their rise to immense popularity and over saturation begun to turn you away? Personally I love vampires.  I’ve read half an Anne Rice novel back in high school, so you can say I’m a pretty big fan of the subject.  Just because there’s one series of films that are laughably bad and cheesy doesn’t mean…

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Happy Slapping

By: Addison Wylie Happy Slapping is a movie that slowly won me over.  It’s a film that’s difficult to get used to, but I’m glad I finally did. That said, I am torn.  Despite my surprised reaction, Christos Sourligas’ film is something I can’t outright endorse.  At least, not without a few warnings and reservations because of how it was conceived and how it ultimately looks on screen. You may have heard of Happy Slapping…

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Sunflower Hour

By: Addison Wylie There’s a craft to making dirty words and sexual innuendos funny that Sunflower Hour never masters.  Aaron Houston’s mockumentary gathers a decent amount of giggles when its playing up pathetic characters in cleverly clean ways, but the comedy would much rather have those dolts exclaim expletives, or call things “gay”. The film centres around puppeteers competing for an open slot on ‘Sunflower Hour’, a supposedly successful – albeit cheaply made – children’s…

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Bird Co. Media

By: Addison Wylie What partly hurts Bird Co. Media is its insistence to make people believe it’s a documentary.  Actions in the movie may have been inspired by real life events, but once you see how the film is formatted, you’ll have all the reason to doubt.  For instance, cameras follow our leads and then freely cut around them – including on the other sides of doors.  Those are some nimble cameramen. Bird Co. Media…

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Afflicted

By: Addison Wylie Afflicted isn’t a found footage film, but rather a mockumentary documenting Derek Lee and Clif Prowse’s year long trip around the world.  The film does, however, use the same techniques we’ve seen in previous found footage horrors.  Luckily, the filmmakers in charge of this creature feature know what they’re doing. In fact, there are a lot of things filmmakers/co-stars Lee and Prowse do brilliantly in Afflicted.  Firstly, the duo cover their asses extremely…