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TUESDAY TUNE: “Monsters” by Abby

Here’s a video for “Monsters” by Abby, made by Pooya Abbasian, who describes the video like this: “This is the story of Abby, an isolated girl who has [...]

October 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

FILM REVIEW: Monsters (2010)

Two scenes early in the sublime Monsters show that writer-director Gareth Edwards is, with his first feature, not only a master cinematic craftsman but one also schooled in showing his audience his world rather than explaining it. As photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) and Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able) await transport to a ferry that will take them away from the Central American Infected Zone (where, six years before, a satellite carrying alien microbes crashed, causing new life forms to appear) and back to America, they stay overnight in the home of a Hispanic family. As they talk to the mother and her children, a television plays in the background, featuring an animated children's program that presumably explains the giant squidlike aliens. Another occurs when Kaulder and Wynden pass a mural depicting the aliens fighting jets and tanks. Both sequences are over very quickly, but they tell the audience nearly everything about the world Edwards has created. [...]

November 21, 2010 // 11 Comments