​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

We wandered across #168, 2014's Unfriended just as it was starting the other night on HBO and were absolutely taken in by the film's gimmick (it's a good one). Four teenagers are in a video chat room doing what teenagers do there, but they are joined by a fifth person that shows only as a generic icon. They think it's a glitch but it seems to be someone using the account of Laura Barns, a student who was cyber bullied into committing suicide. Or is it the ghost of Laura loo...king to extract revenge? Whoever he or she is, it starts to control the computers of everyone and begins to expose each and every person for what they are. Unfriended was shot on computer screens in two different apartments with the actors on computer cameras and we found this highly effective. 99.9% of Unfriended is seen on one person's computer screen (!) When weird stuff happens on Blaire's (Shelly Hennig) screen, you hear her typing and see her computer going to different websites, IMing her boyfriend, exactly what you and I would do. Watch the trailer below to get a better idea but we were surprised by how well this approach worked. Kudos to director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves as well as the young cast for a novel idea that worked well for us. The story isn't the most original one ever, but the filming of it sure was! Recommended.

TLA one-word review: tense

UNFRIENDED (2014)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?