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Old 08-05-2013, 04:00 AM   #1
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The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)


Just got done watching Rue Morgue's first full length feature by its founder Rodrigo Gudino and I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I kind of suspected this would be up my alley after seeing his short film The Eyes of Edward James as a precursor to The End of the Line at TIFF in 2006. It put me right in the mood. This time was more of the same. Great atmosphere and some creepy scenes. It was refreshing to not have all the quick cuts and over done color palette that we have come to expect from films of the new millennium. Just a throw back slow burn supernatural tale and at only 80 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome. I also like how he took a restrained approach as many directors like to throw everything at the screen the first time around possibly for the fear that they won't get another shot at it. If I had one gripe it would be the showing of the CGI creature a bit too much. If you don't a have the budget then you need to pull back from that and hearing that Rodrigo originally planned to higher a contortionist for the creature. I think he made the wrong choice. Overall though very impressive and I'm looking forward to what he does next.

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Old 08-05-2013, 06:11 AM   #2
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Looks intriguing,I should check this out.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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It's on streaming NetFlix.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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It's on streaming NetFlix.
Yeah and it's in HD and all we get to fall back on is a compressed DVD!
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:28 AM   #5
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I forgot to add I enjoyed this movie but I think most people may find it to be boring. It's just a movie about faith and religious crap little to no substance. However visually and what not it was quite enjoyable on my end.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #6
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Here's the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6FWJOjBLEY

Looks really decent. I will be checking this out for sure.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:40 AM   #7
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Finally got around to watching this. I was pretty impressed. Very heavy on the atmosphere and beautifully shot. And the main set is pretty impressive.

The biggest negative is that once the story starts to settle into the "action" it loses steam a bit. I wasn't too impressed with the design of the "creature" effects and think it would have worked better if they kept the effects in the shadows.

On the other side, I was pretty impressed that this is basically a one-man show. Outside of voices over the phone and some flashback-type material, this is basically one actor in a house for the majority of the film. In that respect, it reminded me a lot of Ti West's recent stuff.

What it really has going for it is an interesting story that seems to draw a lot of inspiration from Blackwood. I would highly recommend it to fans of his writings.

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the thing that really caught me the most was the tonal twist at the end. If I understood the inferences correctly, it is a very very sad ending and I really wasn't expecting that at all. But, it actually was quite powerful and affecting and, again, very much in keeping with the tone of some of Blackwood's better stories.
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