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Birdemic: Shock and Terror 

Viewers are "flocking" to see this latest worst-made-film-ever about a bird attack

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Bored with The Room? Looking for the next so-bad-it's-hilarious, low-low-budget film? Perhaps something with a dash of ecological commentary, such as warning about killer birds brought on by global warming? James Nguyen's lame-o rip-off of Hitchcock's classic The Birds has all the hallmarks of an unintentional disaster movie: stilted acting; halting dialogue (much of it non sequiturs); dreadful editing; mismatched camera lines; very little plot; and special effects ripped right from e-mail GIFs. Shot in Silicon Valley, Birdemic tracks the world's dullest software salesman as he drives his Mustang; meets a pretty girl; makes a big sale; plays basketball; goes out for Chinese; gets bought out by Oracle; and so on. It's interminable: Despite many obvious opportunities to foreshadow the "shock and terror," Nguyen doesn't even introduce his first crazed-bird attack until 48 minutes into the film. And if you think the bird effects are bad, wait until you see the "forest fire." You'll shriek -- with laughter. (Note: While this is a half-star film at best, that's its selling point.) To be screened via digital projection. Fri., July 23, through Sun., July 25. Melwood



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