All posts by David Kummer

I live in a small, river-town on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Along with taking care of younger siblings (I have eight total), I make time for writing in between school and sports. I've been writing since I was young, with As Trees Turned Away being my first published work and She being my first published novel. Along with writing, I am an avid reader and watcher of all things horror, and enjoy writing reviews on them for others who might want to know my opinion on them. When I'm not writing, I enjoy talking with my hilarious friends and amazing girlfriend, spending time with my loving family, watching movies, and working out to burn all of the calories I get from binge-eating Hawaiian Rolls. Those things are just irresistible, am I right? I'd rather get paid those for royalties than money. Slogan: Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

February Thoughts on College Basketball

Missed a month… whoops… anyways, here’s my thoughts from the past (two) months.

  1. I don’t want the season to end *tears*
  2. This season has been the craziest I’ve experienced (and I hope it continues into March Super-Madness)
  3. I feel like there’s been more ranked teams get upset than… ever? Maybe I’m just dreaming.
  4. Indiana… won’t make the tournament. But they’re on the right track, for sure. Could be scary in a few years.
  5. Purdue… will make the tournament, but won’t last long. Don’t believe me? They’ve lost 3 straight.
  6. Louisville… will barely the tournament, and probably won’t get past the Sweet 16. Padgett won’t be retained for next season, but will end up somewhere.
  7. Kentucky… will also make the tournament. Probably a Sweet 16 exit as well.
  8. Villanova, Kentucky, and Kansas all are losing their iron-tight grip on their respective conferences. Especially Kansas. Yay upsets!
  9. Virginia is too boring, too slow, and too good. Tournament prediction? Out in the Elite 8. Somebody gets hot, knocks them off.
  10. FBI keeps teasing they’re gonna leak info, and that the hammer will come down. I don’t see any hammer coming until mid-April, at the earliest.

So there you go! Agree, disagree? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

Creepy Story from Dupont, Indiana

Recently, while surfing the site (is that an expression?) www.ghostsofamerica.com, I stumbled across a terrifying tale from Dupont. It sounds like something straight out of a horror movie. I’ve been checking all the towns near me, and most of the stories are pretty bland, but this… wow. I’ll post it here, exactly worded as the individual did who submitted it to that site. If you happen to know this person, don’t give away their name or anything. They might not want everybody to know.

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We lived in DuPont for approximately seven years. Our property line bordered to a corn field. The corn field and our backyard had a line of trees between them. My father had a make-shift basketball court put in for my little sister directly behind the unattached garage, and it almost met up with the tree line. No one played basketball though, not my sister, my children, no one. There was always a feeling like someone or something was watching you from that tree lined area. You just had an uncomfortable feeling when in the backyard.

Several times I thought I would catch a glimpse of a tall lanky older man dressed in period attire, down to the wide-brimmed hat. He did not seem friendly either. I got the feeling he did not want us there. I never told anyone about this until one night, my husband and I were watching the History Channel about hauntings. I told him what I saw, and he confirmed it when he started to describe the man to me, before I even got to say ”exactly” what I saw. He had seen him too and never told anyone about it either.

My husband put a vegetable garden in the backyard. While tilling up the dirt we found a pair of ladies shoes and an actual gold/diamond ring.

Our marriage broke up in that house, and we ended up selling it during the divorce. When we totally got away from DuPont, we got back together. Several years later we are remarried and happier than we have ever been. My dad’s marriage of fourteen years broke up in that house too. That is why he sold it to us and moved to Madison. I think that whole area is cursed, including the house and definitely the land it sits on.

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I can’t imagine that happening to me in real life! The part about the vegetable garden is chilling, and the fact that he found a ring. Whatever the deal is with this house, I wouldn’t want to live there, not with a wife or even by myself.

Movie Review: Troy

Troy seems like your typical, epic fantasy movie. More or less. It’s almost three hours long, focused on the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey. There’s battles, a love interest, and a story that set the tone for many fantasy novels and movies. It’s a star-studded cast: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, and Diane Kruger being the leading four. I didn’t expect a whole lot going into it, just a decent story, great battles, and some traditional, Brad Pitt sarcasm.

What I got was actually better than anything I’d expected. The story was exceptional, which makes sense as it was based on a classic. The battle scenes and everything else about the graphics/film blew me away, not because they were anything special, but because they really felt like part of the story. One of the things I always admired about Lord of the Rings was how the battles meant something, every time, and it wasn’t just war for the sake of war.

And then, of course, there’s Brad Pitt, whose performance as Achilles was above and beyond amazing, the main reason I’ll go back and watch the movie multiple times.

Anyways…

Good

  • Battle Scenes

As I touched on above, the battle scenes have two very important qualities. First of all, they serve a purpose in the broad scheme of the movie. There are two real “battles” between opposing armies, one near the beginning and another in the middle. There are smaller scuffles amongst these battles, and a 1-versus-1 showdown towards the climax of the movie. Every sword swing and seemingly-unimportant death serve a purpose along the way.

Plus, the visuals are stunning, especially in the first part of this movie. If you love action films, or you love movies with more plot content, this will interest you either way and entertain you to no end.

  • Brad Pitt everything

Brad Pitt’s performance in this movie can’t be overstated. He’s the main character, a sun-tanned uber-focused warrior, who fights for himself and not for any specific king. Besides saving a woman who was captured by the soldiers he fights with, to showing respect for the dead body of an enemy, Brad Pitt’s Achilles makes it incredibly clear that war is not so black and white, and sometimes the good guys on both sides can die.

  • Dialogue/memorable lines

There were some really good pieces of dialogue with the characters. Really interesting conversations, especially with Achilles and those on that side of the war. It’s hard, at times, to judge which side you’re supposed to be rooting for. And that is the point of it, after all, as seems to be the centerpiece of Homer’s original works. Even as long ago as those books were written, it was clear that war was not for the faint of heart, and that who you fought for often had nothing to do with what you viewed as right and wrong, but instead where your family was from, as in the case of Achilles.

Bad

  • Source Accuracy

I tried to do a little bit of research and understand how close to source material the movie stays. I assume it takes quite a few liberties, although I can’t say for sure how many or to what degree it changes the story. If you know more about this, I’d appreciate an explanation. If historical accuracy (or literary accuracy, in this case) is one of your biggest concerns when watching a film, this one might be a bit of a letdown. Or it could be great all together.

  • Over-doing of Achille’s desires

I took this note early in the movie, as Achilles mentions numerous times in the span of thirty minutes how he wants his name to live on throughout history. That’s the only reason he fights the war, in the film, is so that people will remember him forever. It’s a central theme, but extremely overdone towards the beginning. Now, after about the 50 minute mark, there isn’t more than two or three references to this theme, which saves the movie from becoming overly-centered on it’s key idea.

Overall

I wasn’t sure where to rate this. I liked it better than Lord of the Rings, although going back and watching those again might change my mind. This movie just seemed deep enough to rewatch multiple times and extract something new each time. It was entertaining, thought-provoking, and left you with that “Wow” sense at the end. So…

9.3/10

Highest score I’ve given a movie on this site.

Most Haunted Places in Madison, Indiana (And Hanover) PART 2

This one’s for you, Madison/Hanover!

—Comment below and tell me your own spooky tales—

Last time, we looked at some spooky stories, especially from Madison. This post, we’ll be looking at them with an emphasis on Hanover, or some more interesting Madison stories that I may have missed. To read that post, click here. To quote myself, “If you want me to go all history-nut on it, sorry. That’s what I have Wikipedia for. And yes, I will cite Wikipedia with no shame. Sorry, English teachers.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Indiana

Springdale Cemetery, in downtown Madison, is one of the oldest graveyards around, founded in 1904. With over 100 years of history, it isn’t surprising that plenty of stories have originated from here.

This cemetery is one of the more interesting sites around town, and I actually heard about the history while watching a documentary on the Jefferson Proving Grounds. (Don’t judge me.) Every time I drive downtown, I see it over to my right. Especially at night, when all the lights of the city shine brightly and there’s this frightening little scene to the left, it makes me shiver. Like something straight out of a horror movie, Springdale Cemetery is something you won’t forget anytime soon, and not just because of the spooky looks.

One of the stories reported by multiple sources is a sort of ghost with a lantern that wanders up and down the tombstone rows at night. While the legs and light are always visible, anything above it hasn’t been seen. There are lights on the stones that go off at night, which makes it hard to guess what exactly it was these people saw. The fact that the lights were moving, however, lends some gravity to the theory it was something supernatural, something ghostly.

Another strange story has to do with the statue above, called “Let There Be Light.” It’s said that every year, on Easter morning, she will cry tears of blood that run down her stony face. Also, if you kiss her feet, it’s rumored that she will jump down off her pedestal and chase after you for a moment. While these sounds like ridiculous works of fiction, try reading again while you stand there in the dead of night or on a foggy morning. Ghosts, suddenly, seem a lot more real.

There are tons of ghost stories to choose from in Madison, Indiana. Eggleston Elementary School is said to be the home of more than a few ghosts, from stories about the death of a principal to a student who jumped out the second-floor window. And if you’re looking for tales about the ghosts from a train wreck, look no farther than Heritage Trail. 

But for now, onto Hanover where the residents have plenty of stories of their own.

Hanover

There aren’t a ton of stories coming from Hanover, although anyone who’s visited the town at sunset might be surprised by that fact. Small, self-contained, and independent, the town is friendly and charming during the day. And while the people don’t change at night, it certainly seems like the scenery does.

Just take, for example, the Hanover Cemetery. Many people who have visited report a sense of anxiety, as soon as they step foot onto the property. As soon as they leave, however, that feeling disappears entirely. Chills during the hot months, and the urge to throw up. A pinwheel that spins fast, at the same speed, no matter how much wind there is that day, and which might stop if you ask it to nicely. All of these, and more, are supposedly the results of Benjamin Bennett, a boy who drowned in the Ohio River and whose body was never found. His grave there is the site of many peculiar events, and may be at the center of everything.

One of the most influential and interesting sites is Hanover College, the university founded nearly 200 years ago. One of the former presidents, named Parker, has been seen and even heard, walking around the auditorium named after him. Other, less noticeable pranks, such as items missing, doors being locked behind somebody, or a knock on the door and then footsteps that seemed to go through walls. All of these could be chalked up to pranks by the students, except for the fact that often times nobody will claim them, and the items don’t always turn back up.

The most chilling story, by far, has to do with the bell on top of the Parker Auditorium. One night, nobody knows exactly how long ago, there was a loud ringing sound across the campus, waking students. It seemed odd, since the bell was only rung on the hour marks, and the time was in between. Another strange aspect was that the bell only rang one time, reverberating and then dying. There was no rhythm to it, no pattern, and no repeat. Just a single noise, and then not heard for the rest of the night. It was later discovered that a student had hung himself from one side, causing it to sound loudly. That soul is blamed for many of the strange occurrences across campus. Variations of this tale have it taking place in a dorm room, but something definitely seems to have happened that causes quite a stir around town… and still does.

 

Click Here for more haunted locations in good old Indiana. See? We do have more than farms and basketball.

10 New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve got a few New Year’s Resolutions for my writing, and no it isn’t to become a New York Times Bestseller. Let’s be realistic here, alright?

1. Write more posts on the blog (maybe 3 or 4 a month besides reviews)

Difficulty level… 5/10. Making them good posts? 10/10

2. Finish Enden 2 and start Enden 3

I’ll give updates on these soon, but I’m really enjoying writing them again, which is something I kind of lost when starting Enden 2. I’ve got some exciting ideas, and I’m doing my best to stay motivated with it.

3. Finish Werifesteria and release it

This is the one I’m most excited about, and I have no idea when I’m going to publish it. It’ll be good, though.

4. Make at least 50 bucks every month from writing

Again, this is doable. I can definitely average 50, but I want to make at least this much every month. Thanks to you awesome people, it’s a very reasonable goal 😉

5. Publish ONLY 3 things this year

This is the big one. I really want to focus on quality, not quantity, because I feel like my schedule is becoming more cramped lately and to produce at the level I have been would require a drop in my work’s value. I want to write the best books possible, every single time, and so I’ll be taking longer between publishing dates. And yes, I will eventually make a Mr. Telo 3 (if none of you ever read those, then click here.)

 

And now, without further ado, I’ll rattle off my OTHER New Year’s Resolutions.

6. For January, don’t drink any soda. (eeekkkkkkkkkkk so hard)

7. Workout five times a week, every week. And go to Crossfit more. Come on.

8. Don’t stress about money, whether that’s for gas, groceries, or random books you see in the local Pride marketplace.

9. Enjoy life as much as possible, not letting little things becomes big deals

10. Be kind to everyone.

 

December Thoughts on College Basketball

  1. Trae Young from Oklahoma (a.k.a. next Steph Curry) is the best player right now
  2. The FBI investigation seems to have disappeared?
  3. Having Big 10 play conferences super early is weird
  4. SEC or ACC team will win championship
  5. Big 10 might really be bad
  6. Player of the Year– Trae Young vs Marvin Bagley
  7. Michigan State isn’t good, again
  8. Louisville will hover around top 25 all year
  9. Kentucky will probably beat Louisville 🙁
  10. Indiana will beat at least three more top 25 teams, and lose to at least three more bad teams

Murder on the Orient Express: Book Review

We went on vacation to Florida over Fall Break, and as usual we stopped in at a book store. I always try to buy something when I go into one, even if I never end up reading the book. This time, I bought not one book, not two, but four. Three of those were the Thrawn Trilogy, my nerdy, Star Wars pleasure. The other was a novel I’d been wanting to read for a long time, but never got around to:

Murder on the Orient Express

Let’s dive right in.

Good

  • Surprising End

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I spent so much time trying to figure out who committed the murder, that I completely overlooked all the details I should have been paying attention to. I do love when a book makes me feel stupid. Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle are some of the very few authors that pull the fleece over your eyes so well, and you don’t notice until it’s too late.

While it wasn’t the most surprising ending, and I figured it out about 3/4 into the book, I only knew because the characters pretty much gave it away with their words. Just judging by the facts and the evidence, I would never have solved it.

  • Good Explanation

At the end of the book, there’s a fairly long chapter where Poirot explains the crime that’s just happened. He actually explains the crime two different ways, which sets up the decision at the end that I found very interesting. I won’t ruin the end of the book for you, but needless to say Christie did a good job of explaining the crime in its entirety, really summing things up so it was easier to understand.

That’s yet another similarity between her and Doyle. They each like to sort of lay everything out at the end, and make it exceedingly clear what happened. I have to say, I do love that part of the book.

  • Writing/Dialogue/Characters

While the murder definitely carried the story, without the characters being interesting I wouldn’t have managed to pay attention. They’re all unique, and they all capture your attention in one way or another, although there were times I wished some of them had different names, because there were quite a lot to keep track of.

Nonetheless, they enhanced the story, and I appreciated the differences in them. No cardboard cutouts here!

Bad

  • Missing in Action (literally)

Even for an older book, a “classic,” there weren’t very many action scenes. None at all, really. I’m trying to figure out how they even made a movie for this book, as I’m writing this review. I mean, I’ll get into it more in a second, but really there’s just not any… movement, I guess?

Poirot walks around the train, does his thing, and the train is stuck in snow anyways, so that’s not moving. They never really leave the train in the book, and inside the train there’s not much to do. There are ways to make this an entertaining, engaging, action-filled book, but-

  • Repetitive Plot

-the entire plot of the book is very repetitive. Basically, the murder happens, and he agrees to solve it. His process is as such: interview somebody, think about what they said, interview somebody else, think about what they said, gather all the interviews, think, interview more people, think.

So, yeah. There’s lots of thinking and chit-chat at the dinner table.

  • Research Paper?

As I just said, all he does is research. Also, the writing around Poirot just feels like a kid who’s researching a paper. Most of the time, he just spends his time talking, interviewing, and ends up at a table with the two other guys in charge, having a nice talk and testing them. That’s the main difference between Poirot and Holmes. In Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books, there are action scenes, intense parts, and suspense. In Poirot’s story, there isn’t much present danger.

Overall– 7.5/10

This book was definitely worth the money, and I found it to be a very engaging read towards the end. Also, there’s just something about the way she writes that had me hooked, and part of that might be because the book is so famous I simply wanted to know how it ended.

Whatever the case, this is a good book, and I highly recommend it if you’re somebody who enjoys an older book every once in a while. Very similar to Sherlock Holmes, really. Maybe I should review one of those books next.

Werifesteria Sample

The yellow sign stood by the road, its color a thousand times brighter because of the fire. Dancing, brilliant flames were reflected on its shiny surface, blinding anybody who stared for too long. “Church” was written in deep, black letters against the sunny background color, shining in the night.

Terrible, harsh light stood out against the dark sky across the road. It was a deep blue overhead, like the dark parts of the ocean where no human life should ever explore. The fire was burning brightly, uncontained, uncontrollable, hopeless. Clouds sailed past overhead.

A crowd of people stood helpless as they watched it burn. The few firemen tried to keep it from spreading, but a few poor buildings being consumed were already counted as lost. Behind the dramatic scene, a country road ran far and wide in either direction, heading towards Werifesteria or towards the outside world, depending on how you turned. Those were the only two places you could go.

“How many dead?” the police chief asked another man, also staring ahead at the dismal scene.

“We aren’t for sure,” the detective reported. “There are a lot. There as some youth event going on inside, youth and children. Adults, too. They were having their own religious thing. Probably to raise money for something.”

“Keep your bias out of this, okay? I just need to know how many died.”

The detective nodded.

“What terrible person burns down a church? The only church?” The chief shook his head. “We’ve got to catch this guy.”

“Sir, there won’t be much evidence after the flames-”

“Don’t talk to me about evidence,” he growled. “We don’t have a choice. We have to get him.”

“And if we don’t?”

Nobody said a word as they watched the firemen do their best. There was no hope, but they all clung to something impossible to say out loud. If the church was already lost, at least there would be justice. They would find whoever did it, and that despicable person would pay. With their life.

Slowly, the crowd disappeared. Only the men with hoses remained, watching as the church burned to ashes and everything inside was lost. Fourteen people, the church building that has stood for over a century, and now it was all ashes on the ground.

Eventually, even those men left, and the smoldering pile was left on the smooth, green lawn. It’d been mowed just the other day, and piles of grass stood beside the pile of wreckage. Across the road, the yellow church sign was standing peacefully, observing.

It would take them 15 years of waiting before that became a reality. Because in Werifesteria, it takes an outsider to catch one. Cyrus Streett was just that man.

Yellow, rusted, and marked with bullet holes- 

Movie Review: Star Wars- The Last Jedi

So, yeah. Star Wars episode 8. Saw it at the first opportunity, pretty crowded theater, and I was mildly surprised by how un-disappointed I was. Makes sense?

Well, I figured Disney would screw this up just like the Avengers, which hey had a trailer on before the movie. Just served to remind me of Disney’s dominance and how many of their movies only serve as a huge machine, churning out the same storylines and non-creative ideas (see Force Awakens = A New Hope).

For all of its faults, Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not a bland movie out of a machine. It was interesting, it was funny, and it was emotional. With that being said…

**SPOILERS EVERYWHERE BEWARE**

Good-

  • Kylo and Rey Dynamics

Kylo Ren and Rey were the main focus of this storyline, and so, of course, every time they interacted with each other it was a huge deal. There were some funny moments, some sweet moments, and ultimately it set up the next movie with a great showdown. I hope, if everything works out, we get a huge showdown with them at the end, and that’s how this trilogy should really finish. I do wish Luke WAS STILL FREAKING ALIVE AND WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO SEE FORCE GHOSTS EVERY FEW SECONDS JUST BECAUSE DISNEY WANTS TO SELL FORCE GHOST ACTION FIGURES, but anyways Rey and Kylo made this movie very enticing, and very enjoyable.

Also, Poe Dameron.

  • Give Me Some Spaceships

Love, love, love the space battles (even if there were quite a lot of them…) and enjoy seeing the different kinds of ships, as well. That kind of belongs in the Tradition section, but whatever. Also, may I just say, Poe Dameron really makes this movie fun for me… and I couldn’t care less if Finn died. Sorry guys. I just like the spaceship dudes, and Poe is the spaceship dude in this one. And Chewie the Bacca.

  • Tradition

Obviously, this would have ruined the movie had it not been there, but it was nice to see. The opening scrawl, some Force Ghosts, fantastic spaceships at the beginning. Basically, all of the basics were there for Star Wars. I heard a rumor that there wasn’t as much of that epic music we’ve all come to associate with the franchise, but it seemed to me like there was plenty, so for you music-lovers don’t worry!

Also, it just felt like Star Wars. Something I’m just waiting on… the moment Disney makes one of these and it won’t feel like Star Wars… it’ll feel like a Disney movie. (See how confident I am).

Bad

  • Kill Choices……

Why would you kill Luke? Why? Why couldn’t he just stay on that island, and be really old, like Yoda was in Episode 5 and then die a peaceful death somewhere in Episode 9? Why did he have to die? Why does everybody have to be a force ghost? I don’t want a force ghost. I don’t want a force ghost. I want a Luke Skywalker, with Old Man Hamill and his grouchiness. I don’t want force ghosts everywhere.

Why didn’t you kill Rose or Finn, or somebody else of the new characters? Look, killing main characters suck BUT YOU CAN’T KILL OFF EVERY OLD CHARACTER. I WON’T ACCEPT IT.

That’s really my main problem with the movie. While trying to make these new characters “the next big thing,” they’ve gone and taken away all the familiar characters, killing them off piece by piece. Honor them by not killing them, please. Please. PLEASE.

  • Next Movie Is A Fog

Where the heck is the series going from here? I guess the rebels find a new base, and since J.J. Abrams (a.k.a. Mr. Make 17 Death Stars) is directing Episode 9, we can expect yet another Death Star, probably blown up the same way.

Seriously, though. We could’ve had some hints… as to what happened next… just to get some fan theories going.

SIDE NOTE… Why was Snoke so easy to kill, if he’s so powerful? Such a failure.

SIDE SIDE NOTE… That was the worst CGI Yoda I’ve ever seen in my life, and it looked like a cartoon Gremlin stuck into the real world. Come on. Whoever was in charge of that… fire him/her.

  • So. Many. Battles. So. Little. Plot.

The entire movie plot:

Battle, Escape, Get Help, Battle, Escape, Get Help, Battle, Escape, Movie Ends.

Just saying.

Score

So, yeah, I’ve been harsh because I expect a lot from my Star Wars. So, here is my overall rating.

  • If Rey is a Skywalker and they say this in the next episode: 8.3/10
  • If she is not: 6/10
  • If Episode 9 includes ANYTHING like a Death Star: 0/10 because Disney is the laziest mouse I’ve ever seen.

Movie Review: Zodiac

One of the longest and surprisingly-good movies I’ve seen in some time. A mystery movie that turned into a legal drama that turned into a thriller that turned into a melancholy ending that turned into a documentary. It has everything, including some real-life connection with a case that’s just as scary and much more famous.

(The case remains unsolved, although this very day some new evidence came out, and detectives hope the DNA will turn up the real killer.)

From the director of SE7EN and FIGHT CLUB, two of the best movies I’ve seen, comes… Zodiac.

Good

  • Actors (Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr.)

Mark Ruffalo = The Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. = Iron Man, and Jake Gyllenhaal = not really sure but apparently he’s famous. With this star-studded cast (and apparently superhero-studded), I figured the movie would turn out at least decent. What I got, though, was better. Jake Gyllenhaal gave a performance better than I could have imagined; Robert Downey Jr. was his usual, cocky character-self; and Mark Ruffalo was a thoughtful, expert detective. And together, they work to capture one of the most notorious serial killers, The Zodiac.

  • Storyline

The Zodiac Killer has always been super interesting, and super fascinating to even the casual viewer. The mystery, the codes, and the characters involved… it played out more like fiction than real life. So, of course, the adaption for the big screen turned out great. As far as I can tell, the storyline follows very closely, which makes sense because it’s based on the book by Robert Graysmith (played by Gyllenhaal in the movie). So a movie about making a book based on a book… turned out pretty well.

  • Setting

Not sure when it struck me exactly, but the director put a lot of work into the backgrounds in every scene. Whether it was the lake scene, the downtown scenes, or somewhere else, I was impressed with how real they seemed. Like the main characters were talking, but there was so much happening in the back that caught my attention. Or maybe it was just late and I was Dr. Pepper-ed.

Bad

  • Accuracy?

My main question throughout the movie was “how accurate is this really?” From a quick glance at Wikipedia (yep), it seems pretty legit. There weren’t any critics who hated it and called it inaccurate, which I was surprised at. In fact, some critics said it was too realistic, too legalistic, and didn’t take enough creative liberties to make it exciting. So… seems pretty real. But still a big question.

  • Backstory Missing

There wasn’t very much backstory for the characters, because it kinda just threw you in at the beginning of the murders. I was interested to see how nobody took it seriously except for Graysmith at the beginning, but I’m not really sure why because I didn’t know much about his character. Also, I had no idea he had a family until like 40 minutes into the story.

  • Bye Bye, Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. just kinda floats around, and his character is super important at times and then doesn’t show up for half an hour. Same with Robert Graysmith, and also Mark Ruffalo’s. That’s one problem with the movie being so realistic: It can’t really decide who the main character is. And that’s okay. It’s interesting. But, still, a bit odd, so it goes in the Bad category.

Both

  • Length

The movie was over two and a half hours long, which made it both too long and too good. Like, it took over 150 minutes… and it used all of them perfectly. It didn’t force the length, and it really made every minute count. Those usually don’t go together…

My Grade

So, at the end of the day, it’s a super long movie, it’s super unique, it has super good actors… and it’s super confusing. And I super like it.

Let’s go with…

8.9