A messy and bloated but wildly imaginative gem from Selick. Genuinely funny with fantastic visuals. Good for a rainy day.
The Collingswood Story is a screenlife prototype, indebted to The Blair Witch Project and paving the way for the likes of Unfriended, Host, and other movies that offer a more compelling story than Mike Costanza does here. As cool as it is to see the throwback tech, the dated webcam software and archaic messaging system are the only thing keeping the movie from just being an occult snooze.
When doing true crime docs, it’s always good to present the viewer with a general grasp of the culture and climate surrounding the crime. It’s what makes the awful police response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders understandable (not forgivable, but understandable in a cause-and-effect sense); Netflix’s The Ripper works well to highlight the victims and to highlight the fact that the killer could have been caught far sooner had it not been for an explicit bias among both law enforcement…
While performing, Spencer Tracy used to occasionally hit his marks by explicitly incorporating them into his mannerisms. He’d shove his hands into his pockets, shuffle towards the target, and take a beat or two to regard the spot on the floor upon his arrival before continuing with his delivery. The mark itself wasn’t visible in the frame so onscreen, the whole event appeared unique and profound. But behind it was a simple, practical ruse.
In & Of Itself operates a similar…