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Dave Made a Maze


Rated NR · 80 minutes · 2017

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
In this quirky homage to 1980s and '90s fantasy films, a thirtysomething artist (Nick Thune) builds and gets lost inside a fantastical, labyrinthine structure in his living room, which his girlfriend and misfit pals must then fight through to find him. Despite the contemporary setting, adult cast, and attendant mature themes such as creative struggle and fear of irrelevance, this debut feature from writer-director Bill Watterson revels in old-fashioned wonders. The maze, constructed from cardboard and tape, is a full-scale set with puppetry and practical effects; the animation is stop-motion; and the villainous minotaur patrolling the maze is a guy in a costume. Watterson never explains how this supernatural world came to be, and chalking it up to the artist's awakening psyche is, ironically, a failure of imagination on his part. Still, this is a fun ride.
Official Site: davemadeamaze.com
Director: Bill Watterson
Producer: John Chuldenko, John Meyer, Carlos Cuscó and Emerson Machtus
Cast: Kirsten Vangsness, Stephanie Allynne, John Hennigan, James Urbaniak, Adam Busch, Nick Thune, Rick Overton, Scott Krinsky, Meera Kumbhani and Timothy Nordwind

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