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Special Bonus Video! The trailer for Paper Jam starring Liam Barrett:

Continuing his look at movies that Empire magazine gave five-star reviews to, Cheapus turns his attention to the found-footage first-person creature-feature Cloverfield. Accused by some of being little more than the bastard offspring of J.J. Abrams, Godzilla, and the Blair Witch, is this a true classic, or just a sad case of mass hysteria?

Plus, in the bonus video, learn how something is coming to the Agony Booth. Something terrible. Something homicidal. Something… low on ink. Starring Stuart Ashen, Andrew James Schonenberger, and Liam Barrett, it’s the official trailer for Laughing Duck Productions’ Paper Jam!

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  • Zorha

    Despite all the flaws of Cloverfield, I still have to say that The Asylum ripoff ‘Monster’ (2008) is by FAR the worst movie I have ever seen.

    • Liam Barrett

      I’ve not seen Monster yet, which is surprising, as I’m a bit of a tart for an Asylum flick.

  • Jack Shen

    Fantastic review as always! 

    • Liam Barrett

      Cheers Jack.

  • Nice review and I have to agree with your conclusion.  The thing I liked most about the movie was that it portrayed the military as actually capable of doing its job.  The soldiers were trying to protect the people of New York and only attacking the monster because they had no choice. 

    Did you have any problems with the shaky-cam?  I watched Cloverfield in a theatre and I got terribly nauseous from it.

    • Liam Barrett

      Shaky-Cam has never really effected me. I’m not really prone to any sort of motion sickness, though. I think I’ve only had it once, and even then I think I just ate something dodgy.

  • Russell Brin (Facebook Sux)

    Great review, it was never a movie I’d think of viewing but like you say the trailer was so good, there is no way the movie was going to be AS good.

  • That scene where the aircraft is going down reminds me so much of the Nuke scene from Call of Duty Modern Warfare. I haven’t played the game since I’m not a fan of FPS games, but I have seen that clip and it really is similar to the aircraft part in this film in terms of viewpoint. Except with more repentance and vocal panic here. On the whole, this was interesting to see, from your point of view and the movie’s. Good to see the hype I apparently slept through!

    • Liam Barrett

      I can see this movie’s influence on a LOT of the FPS’ that have been released in the last four years, actually.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Great review, Liam!  I liked the movie and sometimes I regret seeing it on dvd rather than in the theater.

    • Liam Barrett

      It was definitely a different experience on the big screen. It only downgrades slightly on DVD, however.

  • Jeff Stone Stone

    Cloverfield kicked arse!  Who doesn’t like watching yuppies get squished?  The moment where our heroes run into the subway as the creature is attacked by the army is one of the single greatest moments in film history.  And btw…I’d rather watch Paper Jam fifty times than Get Shorty once. Looks like fun!

    • Liam Barrett

      Cheers for the kind words about Paper Jam. I and everyone who worked on it are really looking forward to everyone seeing it.

  • Delawheredad

    Great review of a good but not great film. “Cloverfield” is the film the American version of Godzilla SHOULD have been and perhaps could have been. I also  like the fact that Clover is so totally alien. Godzilla is obviously a giant form of some type of dinosaur but clover is a great WTF is that!  

     For another great found footage movie of monsters you should review “Troll Hunter”  A Norwegian film that really kicks butt! 

    • Liam Barrett

      Troll Hunter’s been on my to-watch list for a while. Infact, I think it might be viewable on LOVEFilm Instant…

      • edharris1178

         Oh, you absolutely have to see Troll Hunter, it’s awesome.

  • edharris1178

    Great stuff as usual, my issue with the movie was that it seemed more interested in its gimmick than its story.   Still a pretty decent movie, though.

  • Steve Rumney

    Smashing up NY in a top hat and monocle? Sounds awesome, someone must make that movie , now! Off you pop, I’ll wait.