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Dave Made a Maze (2017)

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

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'Dave Made A Maze' re-imagines classic 80's adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions, re-igniting the tactile sense of wonder from the movies of our childhoods.

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The Best Film of 2017
29 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

If reviews could be so short, this is what I would say: "Everyone can stop making movies, and they can cancel the Academy Awards. 'Dave Made a Maze' is the film of the year, maybe even the decade. Mic drop." Seriously, rarely does a film capture the imagination quite like this. The artistic variety and beauty, the humor, the fun characters... and without any deep messages or R-rated nudity and cursing. This is a film that deserves a wide release and deserves to be lauded with awards. Perhaps this is not the sort of movie the Oscars typically singles out, but it should. (To those involved in the making of this film -- strongly consider submitting it for consideration. If you do not get a production / visual effects nomination, the world is a lie.) I also appreciated how the film had nods to other films, but did not make those homages blunt. A few "Star Wars" references come up, but are subtle enough that they may be missed. That is the proper way to honor a film rather than simply name-dropping it. So, again, well played.

"Dave Made a Maze" screened March 26 at the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF). If there is any fairness in this world, it will son be screening at a theater near you and be given the wide release it deserves.


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