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October 15, 2013

CALLERI: When an amusement park is no longer amusing

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Niagara Gazette — Uncomfortable things will happen to previously comfortable people. Some occurrences in the film are creepy, some are unsettling, and some are bizarre. Too bizarre? Not to me. Moviegoers often complain that films don't challenge audiences. You might dislike the ending of Moore's work, but you will certainly talk about it. One question you might ask is this: What does the father and son's quest to see Buzz Lightyear have to do with the darkness that descends?

If I were going to compare the style and tone of "Escape From Tomorrow" to another film, it would be to David Lynch's "Eraserhead." My friend Gautier Coiffard, who is from France and holds a masters degree in cinema studies, wrote an essay about "Escape From Tomorrow" in which he draws parallels to the groundbreaking work of the French New Wave in the 1960s. He’s right.

Moore’s first feature is guerilla filmmaking at its best. It’s brave and daring and shatters preconceived notions about how to make a movie. Is this the future? It just might be.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at moviecolumn@outlook.com.

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