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REVIEW: Cam

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Netflix dropped a new thriller recently, one that hit home for the world of streaming and webcams.

In a refreshing take on the true life issues that lie in the world of webcam, and cam girls, Daniel Goldhaber’s ‘Cam’ takes a real approach in touching on the fallout of becoming too obsessed with streaming.

While this focuses on cam-girls, it also speaks to the world of Twitch streams and Mixer streams, which have become more and more ingrained in our culture.

Madeline Brewer stars as Lola (real name Alice), a popular web cam girls trying to make her way into the Top listings of the streaming site.

As she gets more popular, and obsessed with her goals, her channel is taken offline and reappears, only she no longer has control of it.

Furthermore, her identity has been taken by a lookalike, who is not only continuing her channel, but making it more successful and popular.

While the idea of identity theft, hacking, and self-obsession is certainly haunting, this movie lacks any real suspense, or any moments to drive any intensity.

Remove the shock and impact of what is going on with Lola, specifically when it initially happens and unravels, and you’re left with a movie that lacks much emotion, tension, or any true entertainment.

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Remove the shock and impact of what is going on with Lola, specifically when it initially happens and unravels, and you're left with a movie that lacks much emotion, tension, or any true entertainment.
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REVIEW: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

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Last week, Netflix’s long-awaited film that centered on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, premiered and it was met with mixed reviews.

According to the synopsis: “A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.”

Zac Efron dazzles in his role of Bundy, creating a magnetic like-ability that made the real-life Bundy so appealing in the media. Efron, from angles, even looked eerily similar to Bundy, making his performance that much more powerful.

However, despite the performances of Efron, and Lily Collins (Kloepfer) this film seems “off”, muddying itself into a controversial arena that almost invokes sympathy for Bundy, one of the most evil and brutal killers in America history.

While it’s fair to argue that portraying Bundy this way accurately tells the story, as that is what made him so fascinating and captivating, the film spends too much time on certain events while brushing past others, creating a very odd and confused dynamic..

Directory Joe Berlinger seems to want to do so much in so little time, and although this was told from a certain perspective, it still deviates from that perspective to tell other details and stories, losing grip and direction of the film’s intent in the process.

While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.

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While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.
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New Trailer for ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Is Here

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A brand new trailer for Jon Knautz’s ‘The Cleaning Lady‘ has arrived ahead of it’s release from RLJE Films on June 4th.

According to the synopsis:

“On the surface, Alice seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to cleanher house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.“

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New Clip of ‘Starfish’ Is Released

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A brand new clip for the upcoming horror film from Yellow Veil Pictures and 1091 Media’s ‘Starfish has arrived ahead of it’s reelased on VOD and Digital on May 28th.

The clip arrives courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:

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