Into the Shadow - Part 3
 
 
Studio: sherwinliu
 
Review Count: 98
Average Rating: 4.99 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 18 minutes 18 seconds
 
Posted on: May 25, 2007
 
 
Film Description
~~~
This is the heart and the conclusion
of this film-noir trilogy.
~~~

As James Fergan digs further in his murder investigation,
he finds himself stepping deeper into the shadow that shrouds human affairs,
as well as the place in his psyche that he could not afford to visit.


THE "INTO THE SHADOW" TRILOGY

PART 1: OVERTURE
PART 2: A QUESTIONABLE DAME
PART 3: TRUST IS A NASTY THING


Credit for the series as a whole (Alphabetical order)

Lizard ................................. as P.I. James Fergan
Sisch .................................. as Eleanor Dunham
AnotherNewDawn ........... as Alan De Vallier
JazzX .................................. as Detective Jenson
Dulci ................................... as Lily
Rposhard .......................... as George
Myshinator ........................ as Mrs. Morgan
Chrissi .............................. as Rebecca Dunham


Written by Kate Lee
Directed by: Kate Lee & Sherwin Liu

Music by Sherwin Liu

French Living Room Set by Frenhofer
Church Altar Prop by Marvelous Guppi Movies
Horse Riding Costume by Daninsky
Ring board created by 6-headedmonster, modded by sherwinliu

Newspaper Backdrops by Sherwin Liu
Wine Rack and Wine Props by Sherwin Liu
Title and Credit Screens by Sherwin Liu
Shadow Overlays by Kate Lee & Sherwin Liu

Miscellaneous Public Domain Photos from Flickr.com
Old New York City Photos from Skyscrapercity Forums

~~~

Awards:

- Rileyman's Epic Production
- Pariah's Hot Stuff (See http://pariahs-guild.blogspot.com)
- Destined for Hollywood Hall of Fame Award (hamzahman)
- James Eva Film Noir Pick
- K4 Network Award
- Nuketastic!
- MurpheyKid Recommendation
- Prime Rib Award
- Golden Naz Award for Best Cinematography
- Awarded Best Freecam, Music, Script and Female VO in the 5th Archaic Awards
- Red Carpet Premiere: http://www.awebstop.com/RedCarpetPremiere/Logo.html
- Diamond in the Rough (Greenglades)
- #1 on the TMO charts on May 27th, 2007.
 
Featured Reviews
- Daninsky

The late reviewer strikes. :)

It's hard to talk about the movie without going all cryptic and hinting on things, so I'll spare me that.
Technical it's an amazing movie that shows all the hard work that did go into it, but in a seamsless way that makes it seem almost effortless.
The Sets are dressed with loving detail and shot from angles that make them look all fresh and new.
The Church scene is amazing to watch adding depth of room to the small world of TM unknown before.
Add to this the expertly crafted play with shadows, and one does expect lot's of them by the title alone, and it's fair to say that this is the next big step in TMO movie making.

How to talk about the movie without talking about it?
Think Sam Spade visiting The Big Sleep, overshadowed by an more adult topic akin to Chinatown, that would give you a notion of what awaits you inside.

When finally the true perpetrator steps from the... uhm... shadows, I'll dare say it is a surprise although on second viewing it seems to be clear as spring water, ah the power of hindsight.

The cast is as brilliant as you can get, all of 'em giving a perfect embodiment of their respective characters showing dignity, sweetness, naivité, bitterness and the tantalizing sexuality of the classic femme fatal.

Posted on June 7, 2007
- kaipan

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Posted on May 27, 2007
- colingaiser

With one magnificent thumbnail, you've masterfully captured the poetic essense and descriptive theme of this Noir classic. Cryptic shadows grace the haunting curves of Eleanor's face. The left side conveys the devious, lying creature that PI Fergan has portrayed her to be. The right side hihglights Eleanor's proclaimed innocence, the sad soul that only wants to live her life and struggle through Fergan's unjust accusations. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth...now we just have to watch the film to find it!

And what a film it is...a story of judgment, a story of trust, a story of passion, but most of all, a story of truth. This is the essense of Noir. I was emotionally involved with each and every character, silently pleading for Eleanor's innocence while hoping for PI Fergan's realization. In the end, justice is served...but it's ugly justice.

Sisch hordes the spotlight with what is easily the performance of the year. It's a subtle performance, but it's potent and powerful. She succeeds miraculously at capturing Eleanor's hushed nature, laying a hand of sweet sadness on every line. While shadows cover the character, no shadows are covering Sisch's remarkable VO performance.

Part 3 is a dramatic improvement from Part 1 (4 stars from me), and does everything it can to maintain Chat Noir's dramatic and respectable reputation. Like every film Kate and Sherwin have utilized their talents with, "Into the Shadow" is an obvious masterpiece. It is groundbreaking in the sense that a true Noir has never been attempted successfully by a TMO director.

And once again, I'm green with envy...

Posted on May 27, 2007
- jameseva

The most anticipated film on TMO in a long time and it�??s finally here.
I can�??t tell you how much I�??ve been looking forward to this film, which leaves me a little nervous as I start to watch, I�??ve placed this series on a pedestal, so ITS3 has a lot to live up to.

The Beautifully dark and dramatic visuals are awe-inspiring, This is as technically competent as it is superbly written.
The outstanding voice work complements the truly wonderful script perfectly.

The music blended so perfectly with the scenes that I almost didn�??t notice it at first, it was just there, in the background, shifting my mood and stealthily pulling me into the atmosphere of this outstanding film.

Looking at the series as a whole, the intricate noir tale is expertly crafted and told with such style and finesse. The script is of a professional quality, and I truly believe that, with writing of this quality, there must be a way to utilise your talent commercially.

At this start of this review, I said that I was nervous of my high expectations for this final part.
Now that I�??ve watch it, I can honestly say that you�??ve surpassed anything I expected.

I would have paid real money to see this series, I can�??t think of a higher compliment than that.

This is truly spectacular work

Posted on May 26, 2007
- AxeCinema

Suspiciously delicious in many ways, like a forbidden dark chocolate that you crave to taste for so long, that when you receive it - you are awestruck by its amazing flavour and texture.

Unique in a way and yet, so like classic noir. Arguably the best film on The Movies Online, with outstanding writing and dialogue. A twisted plot with a story so engrossing you'd have to tug as hard as you possibly could to break free.

Once again, award-worthy performances from the actors and actresses involved, crisp and crystal clear quality. Along with the emotions required to pull off such roles. The characters were suited by the Voice-actors.

The ending was a shock to say the least, and the last few words wrenched my heart - This film is TMO history, beautiful in every aspect and mesmerizingly powerful.

"I am just happy... that i am finally with you..."

Posted on May 25, 2007
 
Reviews
- Active_Studios

I'll tell you what, I think this is a bloody masterpiece for this conclusion.
There's 3 TMOers in this movie that did a cracking job and that's Lizard, A_N_D and Sisch. Also the other cast as well did very well with the VO's.
An excellent conclusion to this noir series of 'Into The Shadow'.
5 stars.

Active_Studios

Posted on January 26, 2008
- Serpicoo

I don't think there is anything I can add to what's already said.

A mindblowing masterpiece. The best film I've ever seen on TMO. Absolutely unique. I love film noir, I love your film.

Posted on January 17, 2008
- gpeddino

Wonderful ending to a wonderful trilogy. I simply have no nits. Amazing sets, props, dialogue, edition, atmosphere. The final 'Eleanore' that James whispered made me shiver. Simply the best thing I've seen on TMO.

Posted on August 4, 2007
- Mericc

A Brilliantly shot, written and concieved TMO noir masterpiece with some of the best voice-over work that I have heard yet. Congratulations to everyone involved with this wonderfully dark and captivating film.

Posted on July 28, 2007
- userjosh9874

Woah! I wasn't expecting that! This is by far the best part of the series! I'm sad that this series is over, but the conclusion was very satisfying! Good job, keep it up!

Posted on July 18, 2007
- siclops

WOW!
That was a excellent movie.
Script was Perfect
VO's was Perfect.
Everything was Perfect.

EXCELLENT WORK, AMAZING!!!

Posted on July 10, 2007
- 1WienerOscopy1

This is by far the most impressive movie I have seen that has come from the movies video game. It is definetley worth 5 stars without a doubt. The acting was amazing and so was the cast. The scenes were highly dreesed and the costumes were very elaberate and detailed, and not to mention different.

Posted on July 3, 2007
- Meosha12

nice work excellent job I love it
check out my film



thank so much

Posted on July 1, 2007
- Vanana

I loved this series it was a sad ending to the whole series you did a great job capturing the feeling and the look of the old type of movies.

Posted on July 1, 2007
- BLOODYSAM

This is the most impressive movie I have seen on The Movies. You've taken it to the next dimension.Not only is it well written, directed and edited but the black and white noirish look transcends anything before produced. Makes me want to go back and start my movie again.

Posted on June 30, 2007
- derbyrams

An excellent conclusion to your very interesting series Sherwin!!!!
I must say, it's a very complex tale of betrayal and I've absoutly loved all 3 installments. I love complex action/romance films, especially when they are done exceptionally well, like this. This film reminds me of
Postmodernchuck's "Scramble". Reason being that "Scramble" had a very complex story to it and so does "Into the shadow". "Into the shadow" has all the qualities of "Scramble". For one, "Scramble" was really professionally done, the same applies here. The whole series of "Into the shadow" has been done extremely well. The execution has been done extremely well, it's all there!
Also, "Scramble" had superb camera-work in it and so does "Into the shadow". However, it does have a difference to "Scramble".
With "Scramble", it was done in two parts, equalling 40 mins total run time.
This series is round-about the same running time, I make 41 mins over all 3 parts. Anyway, the thing is that this series of yours, got more and more intense in each-part. Unlike with "Scramble" where it was just done in two parts, as incredible as it was. It really was exceptional, but i loved the way that you spaced out this series a bit more than PMC did.
In part one, we got to know some of the characters.
Like Elinor, Detective James Fergan and a few others. From just watching part one, you can see a little bit of story. For example, with Elinor's character as we get the impression Detective James Fergan is very un-sure of her.
And in part 2 and 3, you added more and more depth to the mysterious character of Elinor [played by Sisch, who is very talented indeed!]. I loved that aspect of parts 2 and 3 as take for example, i've watched part 3 twice now along with parts 1 and 2 the same amount of times. BTW, today I watched all three parts in the same sitting to fully understand what the plot was about and i'm glad to say I understood it perfectly. Part 3 really ties up all the loose ends, like with Elinor's character. I especially loved the bit in Part 2 where they found a letter written by Elinor at the scene of the crime. The reason I loved that bit is because later on in the series, in part 3 I believe. You see how that really connects with Elinor killing that man and also betraying Detective James Fergan.
I thought that was a really clever idea. Oh and I loved the bit at the art museum in part 2 and they are talking about that painting of a woman who was killed by a man after being infactuated with someone she loves!!!! I loved that bit as it really relates to what was going on in the story. Which was that Detective James Fergan and Elinor were in love with each-other. Eventually, soon after she betrays his trust and in so doing, she dies, which does quite relate with the tale about that woman in that painting!!!!
The best part of Part 3 for me is the part right at the end, where Detective James Fergan aims a pistol right at Elinor's head and says. "Give me your perce"
And then she says "Oh james". I loved it as it got really dramatic, the music flowed up very well with that!!! Next, the man called Alan De Vallier is then knocked out by Detective James Fergan
Then Elinor fires off her gun and Detective James Fergan fires off his gun at the same-time. Next minute, George is then on the floor dying, then we realise that Elinor is dying!!! Geese Sherwin, that really had my heart going, it was really intense and dramatic. In my opinion, the best part in part 3!! It was stunning!!!!
Sherwin, you are a very impressive film-maker. I have known to realise that for a very long time. It's really hard to say which has been your best film.
I can't say! I really can't. I loved the way that this film was so deep with the story. You've really created an intruguing tale here Sherwin and like I was saying earlier, about me watching all 3 parts today in the same sitting, well.... the thing is with films like these. Really complicated crime stories involving action and romance, like "Scramble", etc you have to really watch them quite a few times to fully understand them and i was really gripped watching 3 installments today Sherwin!!! You did very well!!!! I do feel that parts 2 and 3 really picked up with the story, which was great, but I still loved Part 1 as it introduced us to a lot of the main characters of the series.
I will also say that the voice-acting was of the highest callibre!!!
Seriously, your cast was hot!!! Lizard is a stunning voice-actor, he did the role of the detective very well. Rposhard was fantastic, really great. I was very impressed by how realistic his acting was, it sounded as if he was really dying near the end of the film and that's what I call acting. By which, pulling the audience in, you know.... um.... making us believe that these people are these characters, you've definelty convinced me Sherwin! The whole cast acted very believably and realisticly!!!
That's a sign of a very talented director and not to mention Kate Lee's out-standing script-writing. I really do think that Kate Lee is by far the best well known script-writer on TMO. Each story she writes is just as interesting as the last one she writes. I love the way that you and Kate collaborate on your films!!!
You do a very good job of it, i think it shows this community what great things can happen when two very talented individuals come together and make films together. As I was comparing this whole series to PMC's "Scramble", i have a few more things to cover. Another thing is that your use of sound-effects was really epic and in a lot of parts of this series I actually forgot that i was watching a TMO film!! Really, i did! It felt as if I was watching a real film.
That is how professional and exceptional your films are Sherwin!!!!
Everything that a masterpiece needs, are in your films!!!
The music, the music, man... the music!!!! You are a fine composer, you are a definelty a film-maker that has a lot going for you!!!!
I mean, you make your own music, that is amazing, you collaborate with the amazing Kate Lee, who writes amazing stories, you direct your voice-actors so damn well that this series [in my opinion] deserves to shown around the whole globe to people!!!!
There's so much you have going for you that I can't really cover it all in a sense, but I can!!! You edit your films really well, so spot on. Your work is very professional and inspires a lot of people just starting out on TMO to make better films than they are!!!
That is an excellent quality of your film-making abilities sherwin!!!
Throughout the whole 3 installments, i have been instantly been gripped with the incredible story, the cool characters, everything, there's so much to love!
I loved the sets, they were very used. Not to mention the set-dressing, by combining the amazing sets and very nice set-dressing, this series looks very unique and un-like anything i've ever seen on TMO!!!!! Top job on that!!!
How about top job on all the different levels of the movie!!!!! Like acting, music, sound-effects, etc. You've really out-done yourself, but I knew your work was very professional before, so you've done it again!!!!
Well done Sherwin and Kate!!!!
Overall: 10/10
A really great conclusion to your very interesting series. It is a pure joy to watch. Another very entertaining installment in the series. A highly recommended drama/action/romance tale!!! Two big thumbs up!!!!
Well done Sherwin!!! Your films always amaze me and this series is no exception!

Posted on June 30, 2007
- pegleg

Almost flawless and I'm most impressed with how far you've taken this game. I say almost because if anything this may have been a little over ambitious. Thats hardly a negative flaw, but when 99% of this was pure class, the 1% (which is the games limitation) was somewhat magnified.
The strength of this is it's homage to the classic Film Noir genre. The characters are born very much from the post war 1940's. All the archetypes are present and the cast and script are top notch. The music and imagery also convey a rare authenticity. As a fan of Film Noir I really appreciated this.
One problem though I always had with the English stereotypes from that era is the middle class nature of the voices, although authentic of that time, to me it's a little bit of a negative stereotype I never appreciated even in the old classics (give me a social realist accent any day of the week). In a way thats why I sort of prefer the neo Noir of John Dahl and the Wachowski's 'Bound'. The other personal preference is the female characters being more of a lead (especially in Bound and the criminally under rated 'The Last Seduction'). In a way I would have possibly liked to have seen the classical elements blended with some of the more modern elements to create a nice hybrid. Anyway this is being hyper-critical.
This is still as a series one of the best I've seen on TMO, you are a really good combination of movie makers and your cast delivered a wonderful piece. Well deserved of the hotpick and ribbon and sorry it took so long for me to stop by.

Posted on June 23, 2007
- FredTheDuck

A FREDTHEDUCK REVIEW

Plot: 15/20 - I was a little lost, possibly due to missing the first 2 parts, but I did understand most of the plot, and enjoyed it.

Heartwarming/Tragic: 15/20 - Again, due to not seeing the first two parts, this has been reduced as I do not know the characters well enough to feel for them too much.

VOs: 14/15 - some brilliant VOs there, from some of the best VAs on TMO!

Custom content: 9/10 - I did enjoy a lot of the custom content used here.

Editing: 14/15 - excellently edited, although possibly a little too long on certain scenes, which may have been to add suspense, but I personaly think that there was definitely one bit that was a little too long (don't ask me to remember it, I won't :p)

Music/sfx: 9/10 - although the music and sound effects did fit relatively well, I think that one or two parts were not perfectly sound-synched, which really is not your fault.

The wow factor: 9/10 - a thoroughly enjoyable movie :)

TOTAL: 85% - 5 star

Posted on June 22, 2007
- Bezzer36

From the moment I finished watching Sherwin and Kate's 'The Afflicted', I became aware of two things.
1. Sherwin and Kate are incredibly talented and gifted people.
2. What they are capable of achieving with this medium both astounds and inspires me.

Kate's words and Sherwin's music, combined with the finest acting talents on TMO is enough to send a shiver down anybody's spine, but the magic doesn't end there.

This game is almost 2 years old now and even with all the new mods, backdrops, props and costumes being created today, it's still incredibly difficult to put together something that hasn't already been seen a thousand times before.

And yet, 'Into the Shadow' effortlesly manages to look fresh, atmospheric and beautiful thanks to some clever editing tricks, great direction, fantastic story and all of the talents mentioned above.

Only a handful of movie makers here on TMO have been able to achieve this level of brilliance...Sherwin and Kate are still top of that tree for me.

It's been a pleasure and an education watching their movies to date and I look forward to many, many more...long live Chat Noir!

Posted on June 10, 2007
- Yodabob

Not a flaw to be found. The writing lives up to previous installments, the directing and set dressing is some of (if not) TMO`s best, the acting is completely A list.

You`ve created an awesome ride with this series and you both should be extremely pleased and proud of what you have done.

Truly deserving of the accolades it has received.

Posted on June 9, 2007
- Melghoul1

5*s all the way! A masterfull conclusion to a great series.

Posted on June 9, 2007
- Daninsky

The late reviewer strikes. :)

It's hard to talk about the movie without going all cryptic and hinting on things, so I'll spare me that.
Technical it's an amazing movie that shows all the hard work that did go into it, but in a seamsless way that makes it seem almost effortless.
The Sets are dressed with loving detail and shot from angles that make them look all fresh and new.
The Church scene is amazing to watch adding depth of room to the small world of TM unknown before.
Add to this the expertly crafted play with shadows, and one does expect lot's of them by the title alone, and it's fair to say that this is the next big step in TMO movie making.

How to talk about the movie without talking about it?
Think Sam Spade visiting The Big Sleep, overshadowed by an more adult topic akin to Chinatown, that would give you a notion of what awaits you inside.

When finally the true perpetrator steps from the... uhm... shadows, I'll dare say it is a surprise although on second viewing it seems to be clear as spring water, ah the power of hindsight.

The cast is as brilliant as you can get, all of 'em giving a perfect embodiment of their respective characters showing dignity, sweetness, naivité, bitterness and the tantalizing sexuality of the classic femme fatal.

Posted on June 7, 2007
- TeatroXolotl

You've done what do other studio could pull off: a b&w noir. Bravo. (psst, hey, why did you pull down The Carioca? you should put it on You Tube...)

Posted on June 7, 2007
- WishfullThinker

Editing: 4 / 4 : Excellent Editing. Some great camera use to get the right mood.
Dialogue: 3 / 3 : All star cast, no surprise that the Voice overs were flawless.
Plot/Originality: 5 / 5 : The story comes to an end in a satisfying way. The plot is complex and has a couple twists and turns that make it a TMO classic. Congats on an excelelnt movie.
Entertainment: 4 / 5 : The only thing that prevents this from a perfect score from me, is that it's not really my type of movie, as well as the medium hindered it a bit. This was better than the previous two, as the emotions come across in a much better way, but it still isn't quite there to keep this movie going for the entire fourteen minute run time.
Music/Sound: 3 / 3 : Some nice music in there, always good to hear something fresh an original in a movie.
Total: 19 / 20 - 5 Stars - Excellent

Posted on June 5, 2007
- TheMGMKid1

A stunningly brilliant finale to a magnificent film! All the elements of a classic film noir are here. From the wonderful " Joan Crawford " lighting on the female lead to the fine evocative score by Sherwin Liu. This is a great story with plenty of twists and turns that leaves the viewer satiated and yet hungry for more.

Posted on June 4, 2007
- Alutt

As the two first parts, this is a first class movie ! Wonderful voice over acting, script and editing, smart ideas of scenery and perfect music. As a Bogart fan, I really apreciated this amazing serie, bravo ! Great story, great film.

Posted on June 3, 2007
- Eagle_93

Excellent. The overall work was really good, I loved this trilogy and the story was phenomenal, of course.

Posted on June 3, 2007
- George_Locust

Nice movie! I realy liked the use of overlays. I am not into stories like this one, but I enjoyed it anyway, especialy the scene in the shack at the end. Very classy series, I watched them all.

Posted on June 2, 2007
- DarthDirector

The gripping conclusion to the incredible "Into the Shadow" series is here...and boy, "Trust is a Nasty Thing" delivers with its scorching atmosphere, brilliant story and overall nature that makes it one of TMO's finest movies to date.

Kate Lee's script is alive with betrayal and energy that really draws the viewer in, and is demonstrated to great extent in the epic finish to the series. Both Kate's and Sherwinlu's fantastic direction really showcase the atmosphere of the movie...the black and white visuals, the shady cinematography, the enigmatic camera angles...everything seems set up to convey the monstrous air of mystery of this riveting story.

Combine that with top-notch voice-over work. Lizard preforms beautifully in the lead role as James Fergan, and his co-star Sisch does an equally exquisite job as Eleanor. The supporting cast stands out as well, and contains a bevy of finely tuned voice talents that completely complement the movie's noir theme and mysterious nature.

Overall, this is by a masterpiece. Everything was set up perfectly, and upon careful examination, I can find no flaws in the framework of this emotional, mysterious film.

I loved every second of it.

~DD

Posted on June 2, 2007
- Hamzahman

A truly epic trilogy graced TMO, it was called 'Into The Shadow' it received countless awards and many newbie's wanting to know how to acheive the black and white effects featured, while TMOA's Roger famously called the makers 'cretins' for producing a black and white film, joking of course.

The fact is, if the film wasn't black and white it would lose the visual effects that seperate this film from the usual colour films on TMO, and it wouldn't keep to the classic film-noir genre.

This is clearly well written, many things go around in the viewers head, wondering what the conclusion will be, that is the sign of a great film. This is probably the best written film to arrive on the TMO scene. The showstopping voice-acting from the stellar cast really drove the characters and gave them unique personalities. And I stand firm when I say Sherwinliu is the best composer on TMO. Not to mention Sherwinliu's fantstic overlays and backdrops, adding to the visuals. Oh, did I forget the modding? Sorry, but thesee mods are very good and your selection of mods was perfect. Great Cinematography was clearly showcased with magnificent Freecam shots, surpassing the first episode, and even the second episode's improvement on the first.

This film is perfect in all departments and has acheived perfection. That is why you have received the glorious 'Destined For Hollywood Award'

Posted on June 2, 2007
- filipekholmstudios

This is now officialy one of the greatest movie series on TMO ever. I found this movie to be a masterpiece. The Editing and cutting was superb and the VO´s don`t get any better. Great story and script. And i´m still thinking about how you get the black and white color. A superb ending to this wonderful series.

Posted on June 2, 2007
- Master007

The Archaic Awards
Review

Story: 10/10 A wonderful ending to a wonderful series. You managed to have good story telling that captured the noir feeling, the poetic atmosphere, and the tense moments of mystery that surrounded this masterpiece.

Music: 5/5 Music was perfect. It suited the film like icing on a cake.

VO/Subs: 10/10 All of the voiceovers were brillient. Glad to see that they all put effort into thier performances.

Script: 6/5 A phenomonal script by kate! She has outdone herself with this mystery noir film and I am proud to have watched it.

Extras: 6/5 Great use of overlays at the end. Freecam was EXCELLENT as well as the black and white effects.

Editing: 15/15 Solid editing all throughout. You have very good directorial sense and I can see that some day you will be a legend in the film industry. (Well you already are)

Final Score: 52/50

Posted on June 1, 2007
- OD-Ork-Boy

Excellent! This was a great conclusion to a splended story. It held my interest from beggining to end and I was sad to see it go. As a fellow Noir maker, I tip my fedora to you good folks for making such a masterpiece. BRAVO!

- Orky

Posted on June 1, 2007
- rencheldavis

Great
Guys come rate my new film housesitter

Posted on May 31, 2007
- Bodyrock

A good movie. The music is excellent and the voice-actors are great.

Posted on May 31, 2007
- bgood4-me

what a ending i luved it shame they died but jmes hd feeling for eleanor then anyway i luv these movies there the best please if u can rate my new movie heaven vs hell

Posted on May 30, 2007
- CaptainStrider

A great conclusion to the trilogy. the whole set were great to watch. They were directed and written so well. The camerawork and overlays were really well done and the cast was superb throughout and the musical score is brilliantly fitting.

Strider Out!

Posted on May 29, 2007
- FinestCuts

Well I don't really know how to begin here. That was brilliant may be a good starting point. The camera work was amazing and so was the editing. You can see the time and effort that has been put into this flick and we at FinestCuts appriciate that effort. The music also worked so well in the film. Also good use of overlays with the hands. Overall an amazing film. Well done.

Posted on May 29, 2007
- gilga

I guess that the guys that made this game never suspected that it could create such thing : simply amazing from the first to the last second..leaving us breathless with the ideas shown here, the story, the exceptional writing... your trilogy was really ambitious and you reached your goal...and went far beyond. Far above from what I usually see here... So : Eleanor..Eleanor...Echoes of the last words of the masterpiece you offered us.
That's what I'm still thinking about now... so thank you and see you.

Posted on May 29, 2007
- Rik_Vargard

Wow... what a great ending to a great trilogy. Some visuals are amazing, great camerawork, excellent cast! It was a real pleasure to follow the whole story! You may be proud of what you achieved here!
Can't wait to see what you'll be doing next... :)

Posted on May 29, 2007
- murpheykid

Sorry it has taken me so long to review this film. What an outstanding ending. By far, this is the best of the series. Everything comes full circle as the big reveal hits us square in the face. This film has everything a gem needs: Fancy camera work, great lighting, spendid voice acting, a haunting musical score, and top notch writing. This is one of the finest films to craze the TMO big screen, and my only regret is that it is over. This film has received a Murpheykid Recommendation!

Posted on May 29, 2007
- Handsofmodder

This review isn't for one movie, but the entire trilogy, and what a trilogy it is!

The movie does everything right in here; from the custom music to the exciting SFX.

To read an in-depth review of the movie, visit the review at this URL
http://pariahs-guild.blogspot.com/2007/05/gaming-machinima-into-shadow-trilogy.html

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Michael_B6

Sorry about the short review, but I'm speechless.

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Primaer

This noir rocks, great ending - fabolous. I am out of my mind. I don't really know what to write right now, the words doesn't seem to fit. Breathtaking!

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Aoimtxvzlmser

A perfect conclusion to this stunning series. This is deep, brutal, intransigent and despiteous �??Noir�??. It is a masterpiece of modern machinima. Enthralling from the beginning to the end, that is what distinguishes this dark series. Every second had the ability to entertain me. There was no weakness in the plot. Just a more than solid fusion of dialogues, actions and happenings.
And wow! What an ending! The camera, the music, the voices. A wonderful composition that punches you right into the stomach and leaves you with this undescribable pain. Where does this pain come from? Well it is the result of the brutal genius of the masterminds who created this unbelievable machinima monster. The hand that punches you, is the cinematic brilliance that tells you, how foolish you were with your past machinima productions. This is the temporarily climax/spearhead of machinima. Incredibly well done. Without a doubt. A masterpiece in every second!

Posted on May 28, 2007
- 6-HeadedMonster

bravo!

this was a well crafted end to a great story. The period styling and camera flow made it visually appealing. combined with the great music and acting this movie really stands out.

great achievement

bye bye

Posted on May 28, 2007
- melicendre

Wouah! An amazing end for this fabulous trilogy! The editing was very ingenious and creative,the set dressing was very well done without forgetting the voice actors and the surprising plot! In short, all was perfect! Now I'm waiting for the subtitle version to fully appreciate this film.

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Dulci

A masterpiece. Simple as that.

Posted on May 28, 2007
- budrick

No comment

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Meowan

WOW WOW WOW!!! GREAT! I cannot explain how amazing this was. Thank you for this masterpiece.

And I am really pride to be directly under the first position on the charts - U! This is a honor for me! More isn't possible :)

Posted on May 28, 2007
- Goofparade

It's very difficult to review a film such as this one because it's excellence is so obvious that we will all simply parrot each other's comments. What can I add that hasn't been said?
Well..this is truly a case of the whole being more than the sum of the parts.. and each and every part of this production was beyond reproach.

Besides loving everything and everyone.. which sounds idiotic but is true, I felt that the "spotlight" overlay which focused light towards the center was brilliant and so bloody effective in this film.

The music cannot be skimed over.. Sherwin stands out as an giant talent nailing both the genre and period feel, creative a truly unique ambiance required for this genre. Bravo Sher, bravo Kate for being so creative, Bravo cast, Bravo cast.. did I say bravo cast? Bravo modders.Bravo the lot!
What a show.... and we only paid fifty bucks for this software.. look what we have achieved!Incredible.

A stellar series from a class act,

you made me so proud

gp

Posted on May 27, 2007
- kaipan

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Posted on May 27, 2007
- jakechief

:-0

Posted on May 27, 2007
- docontheweb

Well part 3 is certainly pure noir. No doubt about it. Lets see...

Dark and Unsavory characters-Check
Dark settings and good use of light and shadow-Check
Complex plot with plenty of twists and turns-Check
Voice over narration-Check
The Ending-Check

Before I get too much into this let me preface this...I love this movie. I have been watching a ton of noir films lately( Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, The Killers, Kiss Me Deadly) and Into the Shadow could easily fit into that prestigous list. Your use of shadow is not only impressive, but VERY necessary in a film of this type. You certainly understood its relevance.

Of course you guys only choose the finest of voice actors so no need to prasie them any more. They know they have talent.... Something that REALLY stands out, however, is the music. It really is pure 1940s noir. If I didn't already know Sherwin was an amazing composer I would have thought this came straight from a picture from the 1940s. It may even be my favorite part of the film.

As I stated earlier the plot is also 100% noir. I suppose we have Kate to thank for that. She understands noir characters. Even the "hero" of the story is dark and immoral.

Now to my main(and only) complaint....The plot seemed to lead me on way too many false trails. I don't mind being mislead and I respect the complex nature of the noir genre but I really felt as if I was being lead in circles. Perhaps it's becuase we are supposed to be feeling how Fergan feels...confused and lost in a sea of suspects? It got to the point where I was lost and had to rewatch the series from the beginning.(which I didn't mind as I do love the films). Now I may not be the brightest there is but I don't think of myself as a total idiot. I guess I would have liked more character development and less "ghost trails". That is, of course, personal opinion.

But my statement on character development gets me to the ending. No doubt about it...it's a noir ending. Now I'm going to have trouble talking about this without going into detail...so if you would like you can pm me...I understand the motives of the killer, but it was all just kind of sprung up on me at the end. Maybe it is because it's not what I was hoping would be the ending, but if felt slightly tacked on. I certainly had that "Huh...well thats strange" feeling about it. To be honest I'm still a little foggy as to how it all went down. I would love an explaination via pm.

Of course I'm to the point now where I'm reviewing a chat noir film as if it were a Hollywood production. That is a HUGE credit to you guys. The fact that I look at it with such a critical eye really speaks for your talent. You two are easily the best TMO filmmakers and I feel I would be cheating you if I didn't express my opinions open and honestly. Easily the best noir on the site. And it is one of my favorite TMO films.

I hope to see many...many...more.

-Doc

Posted on May 27, 2007
- alfric

a superb conclusion to what has been an excellent series...
from the opening credits a well crafted story twists and turns..
i especially liked the restless sleep scene...
great music and superb vo,classy and so in keeping with the genre...
i really enjoyed this story,nicely done..

Posted on May 27, 2007
- capemedia

Well credit where credit is due, I suppose if I had watched all three parts as one movie it would have had a different impact on me.

Given that the other two parts were above average to good movies, this has stood out from those two. There were in this part, things that I thought were done really, really well, the wow factor.

The last scene, was one of the greatness I have seen made with this game; it had all the elements working to produce something memorable. From the acting, to the music, a sublimely produced, emotionally filled scene, one word �??excellent�??.

Even though I would not class this as good as "Dignity of Men" it still is one of the finest movies on TMO. Hats off to you I cannot find any fault in this movie, nothing more to say 5 stars.

Well done and thanks for keeping the standards high.

Capemedia

Posted on May 27, 2007
- rileyman

I have just completed all the movies in my review thread, which means I�??m FREE to watch the movies I want. Yay! I needed to see the conclusion of this to find out if this might be the next winner of my Epic Production award.

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS �?? potential viewers have been warned!

The story continues to its ultimate conclusion in the classic film-noir sense, with perhaps more style than many of the works that inspire it. The whodunit character cliché is woven in so nicely that it ceases to be a cliché �?? the motive makes it unique and satisfying. I love this series, and am happy that it was not yet complete when my war drama ran against Parts 1 and 2 in sgporsche48�??s 3rd Golden Film awards in the best romance category. LOL!

As with every chat-noir release, the voice acting is superb. This is a testament to your directing skills, as very few people manage to so consistently receive top-notch performances. In my shortened time in this community, I hadn�??t seen rposhard before this series. He�??s as good as lizard, anothernewdawn, and sisch here; which is to say he�??s stellar.

Overall enjoyment: 32/35. The story, characters, and dialog are all incredibly satisfying here. So why a few points off? A few scenes ended somewhat abruptly I felt; or at least led into the following scene in a manner that left me with a bit of a �??wait, what?�?? feeling. This was especially notable in the scene after Fergan chases Rebecca in the street.

Editing: 28/30. Another visually stunning effort here. I do take one point off for what I mentioned in the enjoyment rating �?? the overall flow of the story was affected by it a little. At the scene level, this is as perfect as things come. There are some scenes here that you pull off that I know are incredibly difficult to achieve with this game, particularly toward the end in the cabin. Another point does come off for some shots that are very dark �?? in one case near the beginning that lasts for nearly an entire scene.
Music suits the mood of the film, even contributes to setting it. Voice-overs and sound effects come through crisp and clear.
I also noticed that you worked your voice-overs around the smoking animation this time. Not sure if you took that to heart from my past nit-picking, but good job anyway. ;)

Production Value: 15/15. A well-deserved perfect score in my toughest category. Costumes, props, and sets are all used perfectly. The overlay work throughout the film to enhance the black-and-white style is beyond what I would expect in a TMO release. And the custom title and credits sequence add the icing to the cake.

Characters: 10/10. What can I say except �?? perfect!

Dialog: 10/10. Perfect again.

Total: 95/100.

5 stars! The complete Into the Shadow series is only the third recipient of my Epic Production award �?? the other two being Stolen Death and Scramble.

My suggestions: I actually do have one thing here, but keep in mind it�??s tailored advice to a studio that already goes above and beyond. In the scenes that are a bit too dark, I might suggest working just that extra bit more with lighting and overlays. You�??ve done some astonishing work already, but I think missed a few opportunities where some simpler all-one-shade transparency would have helped a few shots. For example, you might consider using full lighting with an overlay containing all-black in the RGB channel and some halfway shade in the alpha channel.

Reviewed via�?� oh wait�?� I�??m so used to typing that, that I forgot I don�??t have to anymore. ;)

Posted on May 27, 2007
- Davidwww

Bravo Bravo, What a masterful movie, I salute you and your wonderful cast.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- colingaiser

With one magnificent thumbnail, you've masterfully captured the poetic essense and descriptive theme of this Noir classic. Cryptic shadows grace the haunting curves of Eleanor's face. The left side conveys the devious, lying creature that PI Fergan has portrayed her to be. The right side hihglights Eleanor's proclaimed innocence, the sad soul that only wants to live her life and struggle through Fergan's unjust accusations. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth...now we just have to watch the film to find it!

And what a film it is...a story of judgment, a story of trust, a story of passion, but most of all, a story of truth. This is the essense of Noir. I was emotionally involved with each and every character, silently pleading for Eleanor's innocence while hoping for PI Fergan's realization. In the end, justice is served...but it's ugly justice.

Sisch hordes the spotlight with what is easily the performance of the year. It's a subtle performance, but it's potent and powerful. She succeeds miraculously at capturing Eleanor's hushed nature, laying a hand of sweet sadness on every line. While shadows cover the character, no shadows are covering Sisch's remarkable VO performance.

Part 3 is a dramatic improvement from Part 1 (4 stars from me), and does everything it can to maintain Chat Noir's dramatic and respectable reputation. Like every film Kate and Sherwin have utilized their talents with, "Into the Shadow" is an obvious masterpiece. It is groundbreaking in the sense that a true Noir has never been attempted successfully by a TMO director.

And once again, I'm green with envy...

Posted on May 27, 2007
- Lizard3209

It should be of no surprise to anyone of the feelings they have after watching a Chat Noir Film. Kate and Sherwin have for a long time not only given the community intriguing stories that touch upon our hearts and imagination�?�.. but a goal, not a standard, of which to benchmark our skills to. With each passing film they have managed to drive that level of excellence every bit towards the summit of a machinema masterpiece. So if you look at "Into the Shadow" as a complete work�?�.. or each film as an individual, in each case you would come to the same conclusion....... it�??s categorically �??Model Machinema.�??

For myself, being part of such a talented cast and group of artists is an experience one cannot describe�?�. but only share in it�??s experience. When you find yourself pitted against the audibles of Sisch, A_N_D, JazzX, Dulci, RPO, Myshinator and Chrissi then you can't help feel being but a minnow amongst whales in a pool of talent that anyone dare dream of. This broad palette of vocal design is dimensionalized by the intricate texture of a script deeply woven at the hands of Kate Lee. Using her gifted choice of words along with her revolutionary visions for �??The Movies�?? cinema, she can leave even the Veterans of TMO at awe. Clinging to just about every key emotion and scene we�??ll find an intricate and dynamic musical score that heightens our senses and carries us to assumptions without awareness. Sherwin Liu�??s musical direction solidly binds scenes delivering a true cinematic experience. Oddly enough, in a film limited to the boundaries of shades of grey, �??Into the Shadow�?? offers us a fully colored spectrum of value and entertainment.

In the wake of �??Into the Shadow�?? I find myself (as I am sure others) asking �??What�??s next?�?? With each �??Cat�??s tale�?? they bring us on new journeys from within the minds of this brilliant collaborative duo. Each journey taking us somewhere we have always been longing to go. Every production roaring along gaining momentum like steam locomotive eager to deliver us to a destination full of wonderful experiences. I never know when that train will be rolling in�?��?� but I assure you my friends�?�. my bags will be packed and ready to go.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- Howitzer

A conclusion well worth the wait! Such a climax for the plot to reach was well conceived and implemented with imense vitallity and skill. I felt truly emerged in the final confrontation which revield the classic twist and explaination which finally wrapped all the ends together.
This three part series was impecibly well writen by the imaginative Kate Lee and was made real to life by the visionary that is Sherwin Liu. Incredibly well directed, Into The shadow had me immersed from scene 1 and kept a grasp on my excitement to the end of part 3.
Also, my heartiest congratulations go to the Voice Actors. All showed such great tallent and hard work.
This series deserved respect from the TMO community and I'm sure will gain nothing but legendary fame and admiration.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- rjb2112

A wonderful build up of tension which was realised in a climatic ending.

I loved the way that a cliche was woven into the story, but in this film it was not cliche. This once more shows the writing talents of Kate Lee.

A brilliant conclusion, Barvo!

Posted on May 27, 2007
- verguit

I find it much slower than the others, it took some time to pick up, actually i got sucked into it only in the last 7 minutes, up till then i was a little bored, the dialog wasn't as gripping as the others either but it happens when doing a long film in parts. It was way too dark in picture at times, but i didn't worry too much about that. It ended great, i had the feeling from part 2 that George was the one but in this part it was hid well. I liked the mysterious feel but it could have had more, there just felt like something was missing. A little more depth maybe, but over all it was good.

Posted on May 27, 2007
- fourthmusketeer_ben

Absolutely unbelievable, how did you do that

Posted on May 27, 2007
- qtigger

Wow! Simply Amazing! This is a very satisfying conclusion to one of the best (if not the best) series of films ever to grace TMO. Hats off.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- chrisu69

Another excellent piece of work to bring our story to a close!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- otnemem20

A very satisfying conclusion to what is most likely the strongest series of films on TMO. This is a very atmospheric picture, to say the least. The opening sequence as well as the flashbacks were extremely well done. You are very good at building suspense through actions and you proved to be the master of the neo-noir style. Your camera movements are very different and are sometimes a little misguided. You also continue to use a lot of the same shots, especially the close-ups, which can make the overall excellent cinematography a bit repetitive.

This picture is the strongest in the series and brings everything to such a pitch-perfect close. It really is quite amazing how you tied together all the knots. This picture has such a subtle, but strong intensity which is much ado to the utilization of the subjective camera. The script is as strong as can be and the acting was very good. Add to that a haunting and simple score and you get one of TMO's best films.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- biggstrek

Beautiful. Story, characters, music, technical details... you name it. All beautiful.

And that ending... loved it.

:)

Posted on May 26, 2007
- Christian11

FANTATSIC!!!



C11

Posted on May 26, 2007
- postmodernchuck

Erotically sumptuous dialogue, chilling low-key lighting, and cinematography too intricate and beautiful for words, Into the Shadows constitutes not only a thrilling, psychologically taut love-letter to the film noir genre, but in many ways transcends the conventions ossified in film theory, creating a dazzling, emotive, spellbinding experience that knocks the breath out of the viewer with its postmodern mix of contemporary sensibilities and golden age cinema theatrics. Perhaps, then, the poignancy evoked from this film comes from both the past and the present; through the ingenious interlacing of hard-laced pulp convention and the nouvelle vague artistry Chat Noir Studios is known for converges into a center where the best of both worlds threads together and sutures us, the viewer, into a world that seems shockingly familiar but carries shadows of ambiguity. From this, the viewer is mesmerized, awe-struck, torn to pieces by the tragic plot twists, the tremulous exchanges, the whispered confessions, the thrilling cinematics, the moments so moving the eyes begin to peel backwards out of disbelief of what they perceive. Heartbreaking and exhilarating in equal turns, Into the Shadows changes the way we perceive cinematic convention and film genre�?� but above all, it makes for one of the genuinely moving movie-going experiences I�??ve had in a long time.

Lizard and Sisch ooze and percolate with chemistry, delivering performances that can oscillate between larger-than-life and tragically human. Through romantic repartee and suggestive interplay, their relationship is erotic, heartbreaking, and compelling through and through. The rest of the cast shines throughout as well (the Chats have a way of bringing out the best in actors�?�), but these two really grow into their roles.

Lighting and overlay work was astonishing �?? some truly daredevil moviemaking. Any novice filmmaker �?? and some professionals, I bet �?? could benefit from this movie as a how-to guide on Cinema 101.

So let me agree with some of the assessments made by others: Kate Lee is the best writer-director on this site and Sherwin Liu�??s haunting, evocative scores genuinely move me to tears sometimes. The tremendous creative energy of these two truly places them within a different universe of filmmaking giants. To my mind, their works always leave me babbling incoherently, moved beyond comprehension, ready to give it all up because there�??s nothing that can top these films.

All we can do is watch their movies religiously, waiting patiently for their next film which shall surely only add fire to their already daunting legacy�?�

Absolutely stunning!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Excellent movie...
Great storyline...
Good work...

Film on!!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

Once again a magnificent presentation by the masters of noir films! Yes, I also downloaded this final installment for posterity! Such a classic! Beautiful effects combined with co-ordinated overlays and detailed lighting showed an attention to detail resulting in a movie that will set the noir standards for a long, long time on TMO. ===K4===

Posted on May 26, 2007
- Tsunamidog

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Holy crap on a stick that was sweet.
I must say that the lighting job was amazing. The way you used SHADOWS and overlays[?] to only make a selection of the scene visible. I thought it was really cool.
The music was awesomeness.
And the script...
what could be a better way to end a series...?
This is by far the best noir film on TMO, i cant wait to see another one from you guys.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- benstudios1991

I can never really write a review for these films, I'm simply awestruck. Superb writing, visuals, VOs, everything. 100% 5-star movie.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

A beautifull intense ending to the best series on tmo
I feel like there is really nothing left to say exept that this is just an incredible masterpiece wich I'm not sure will ever be matches by any other tmo movie. This movie just leaves me speechless

Posted on May 26, 2007
- norriefpb

What can I say that hasn't been said already?
Just magnificent. Everything about it just oozed class, a perfect piece of film noir.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- sisch

When I first held the script to Into the Shadow in my hands, I knew this would be great.. I instantly loved the story, and I immediately tried to envisage how Kate would translate it into images... and Sherwin into music...
You both have again surpassed all my expectations! The way you used light and shadow, the perfect flow of the scenes, with no noticable cuts, the haunting images - I´m again completely in awe of your mastery of cinematography!

I´m so proud of having been a part of the cast!
Thank you, Kate and Sherwin, for an inspiring, wonderful Noir series!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- JosephKw

The long wait is finally over as the conclusion to this masterwork is released. The story was intriguing, captivating, and engrossing, but that is what we have come to expect from Kate Lee's works--and fantastically enhanced by Sherwin Liu's score. However, I was most enthralled with the brilliantly dark cinematography and precision-perfect editing. As AnotherNewDawn stated, we can all learn from the genius that is Chat Noir, and I'm taking notes. Thank you for opening our eyes and sharing your visions.

Posted on May 26, 2007
- NUKESTER

The one thing I enjoyed about this series is each part stood well on its own, but collectively, they meshed so well together to provide an entertaining fusion trilogy. The cinematography throughout this series was outstanding and I found myself deeply captivated and hypnotised with the visual style of this film. This part picks up from the previous parts well and the pace is slow,relaxing and enjoyable. The finale itself was pure genious with a mixture of smart/sharp editting, fantastic overlays and great writing and directing. This is film-noir truly at its best and all that can be said is, I await your next film and wish you to

Nuke Well in the Shadows!!!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- Ranedthel

Another EXCELLENT piece of work to bring our story to a close. Everyone involved in this film and the two before should be very proud of their contribution. I found no surprises in this segment but that doesn't matter because of how well it was peformed and written. This black and white mystery seamlessly flowed across my screen to music that secretly enhances the tale while the viewer sits entranced. One can only hope that this story and style will inspire another case for our, now beloved, private eye. Should it do so then I have no doubt that we will again behold the gentle artistic quality that we have witnessed in "Into the Shadow"

Posted on May 26, 2007
- jameseva

The most anticipated film on TMO in a long time and it�??s finally here.
I can�??t tell you how much I�??ve been looking forward to this film, which leaves me a little nervous as I start to watch, I�??ve placed this series on a pedestal, so ITS3 has a lot to live up to.

The Beautifully dark and dramatic visuals are awe-inspiring, This is as technically competent as it is superbly written.
The outstanding voice work complements the truly wonderful script perfectly.

The music blended so perfectly with the scenes that I almost didn�??t notice it at first, it was just there, in the background, shifting my mood and stealthily pulling me into the atmosphere of this outstanding film.

Looking at the series as a whole, the intricate noir tale is expertly crafted and told with such style and finesse. The script is of a professional quality, and I truly believe that, with writing of this quality, there must be a way to utilise your talent commercially.

At this start of this review, I said that I was nervous of my high expectations for this final part.
Now that I�??ve watch it, I can honestly say that you�??ve surpassed anything I expected.

I would have paid real money to see this series, I can�??t think of a higher compliment than that.

This is truly spectacular work

Posted on May 26, 2007
- mimouch

It is an incredible film, I do not know what to say, I beleive that we touched the perfection with this third episode .Les lighting effects are incredible as the scenario. Certainly one of the most accomplished films technically that I have never seen!
Thanks again to make us spend a very very pleasant moment ;)

Max

Posted on May 26, 2007
- samyhouse

Wow! What impressed me the much was the lignt effect, very impressive. The scenario was good too and was more worked that I thought whyle watching 1st and 2nd part. The atmosphere was marvellous and the movie was absolutly flawless!
I understand now why It take you so long to release it as it is a truely masterpiece!
Great Movie. Bookmarked!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

what a wonderful movie!
I love the whole series... till your release I watched part 1+2 about 3-4 ... now I wachted the first 2 parts 5 times and this 3 part 2times.
Thank you for this wonderful series a cinematic masterpiece!

Posted on May 26, 2007
- AxeCinema

Suspiciously delicious in many ways, like a forbidden dark chocolate that you crave to taste for so long, that when you receive it - you are awestruck by its amazing flavour and texture.

Unique in a way and yet, so like classic noir. Arguably the best film on The Movies Online, with outstanding writing and dialogue. A twisted plot with a story so engrossing you'd have to tug as hard as you possibly could to break free.

Once again, award-worthy performances from the actors and actresses involved, crisp and crystal clear quality. Along with the emotions required to pull off such roles. The characters were suited by the Voice-actors.

The ending was a shock to say the least, and the last few words wrenched my heart - This film is TMO history, beautiful in every aspect and mesmerizingly powerful.

"I am just happy... that i am finally with you..."

Posted on May 25, 2007
- Andy_inc

Wow, that was absolutely stunning from the word Go. That was just superb, I am speechless.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- AnotherNewDawn

Kate Lee is simply the best writer on the site. I bow, as we all should.

My advice is this: Watch the entire catalogue (including the Decadent works), invest yourself in her stories (she makes that part easy), and learn from her.


A_N_D

Posted on May 25, 2007
- ZanNight

Absolutely stunning! A thrilling final instalement to the "Into the Shadow" dynasty. One of the best films ever concieved here on TMO. Stunning use of cinematography, and original story, with a feeling that i was really back in the old gumshoe days. Bravo, Bravo.
~ZanNight

Posted on May 25, 2007
- kell1608

I love it!

Posted on May 25, 2007
- jase180

A classic Film Noir in every sense of the word. Well written, well executed, wonderful use of both free cam and FX. The look and mood are truly amazing, its just one surprise after another. This, seen as one film, the series as a whole is on par with some of the classics, no doubt about it. This is a talent, to write and tell a story like this is an art form rarely understood by most of the industry. You have made a rock solid film, and I an just wow'd beyond belief.

This is a master class in the art of storytelling and a prime example of what a film noir throwback to a lost era should be.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- kuroken

Complex....moving....superb....

Into the Shadow, which I look at as a whole, is an example of the perfect synergy that comes from flawless writing, acting, scoring, cinematography, editing, and that special magic Kate and Sherwin put into each of their projects.

A tip of the hat to you two - all I can say is you've done it again.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- PamDennis

Sherwinliu...
Kate Lee...

Let me shake your hands. I thought Parts 1 and 2 could only be repeated and not surpassed. I was wrong. You have not only expanded the limits of the game but rather you have created as if there were no limits. Sheer movie excellence and very deserving of Red Carpet treatment.

I wonder what will be the next blockbuster hiy from Chat Noir Studios? Whatever it is, I'll take 2 tickets now.

Thank-you for entertaining me.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- Harb40

Truly a work of art.

I will have to watch parts 1 & 2 now.

The Good:
The Storyline. Right out of the 1940's detective novels. Nice adaptation.
The Voices. Clear, crisp, volume level was excellent. Great job to all the V.A.'s
The Overlays. Wonderful
The music. It fit the mood and the scenes well.
The camera work was Top-Notch.

The Bad:
I haven't seen 1 or 2.

Overall:
Great job writing and directing this film. Keep my attention the whole time. Defintely deserves 5 Stars.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- theycallmemisterbob

THAT WAS A GOOD MOVIE!!! In many ways, better even than SOME of the films to whom it pays homage.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- jackalbane

Fan-freakin'-tastic! Every question answered, every plotline resolved, and every moment important. Detective Fergan sure has a way with women. ;)

From the familiar opening to the excellently-filmed end, I was floored. Lots of praise must go to the voice actors. Lizard and Sisch -- phenomenal performances. These characters were real (so to speak) and one of the main reasons for that was the voice acting. Another great point -- the writing. I can see why all the rights are kept with you Kate. *wink* An excellent script that really captivated. How you solved the case, the characters, the film-noir atmosphere -- it could not have turned out better.

As always, too, the camerawork was definitely on cue. There were a few moments where the shots seemed off, but that's just me being a nit-picky critic. Your direction really brought this movie to the impeccable place that it is today. And, lest I forget, the music. Sherwin -- your score fit each scene to a 'T'. I was never distracted by the music, nor did I feel like anything was left out. Excellent work! :)

Well, that's all for me singing my praises. Awesome film, guys, really awesome!

Posted on May 25, 2007
- DanielH20

This is the best Film-noir movie ever!
All three parts of your movie is Excellent!
Umm.. I don't know what to say.
Excellent Job Sherwinliu and Kate Lee!

TWO THUMBS UP!

DanielH20 :)

Posted on May 25, 2007
- Jenniza

Completely awesome story. I loved the characters, voice-acting and subtleties to the plot-twists that involved them and twisted them all together into one beautiful story. The audio-visual components such as: noir black & white filming; dark scenes to concentrate the focus on the center of the screen's action; beautiful & varied scenary to set the time period accurately; music to set the pace of the story; classic style scenes of noir (no spoilers); and many other aspects combined to highlight a magnificent film.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- nipples

that was pretty good

Posted on May 25, 2007
- Mustachio26

Wow!
That was genious. There's nothing that can be said about it other than, I feel bad I didn't pay to see it. This is gold buried beneath the layers of attempted PI movies that lack the emotional ride that can only be delivered by the infamous Black Cat duo. Supreme job, highly recommended.

Posted on May 25, 2007
- sgporsche48

What a great ending to a great series. Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire 18 minutes.

PLOT: 10/10
A spectacular plot from some of the greatest minds here on TMO.

VOs: 10/10
The VOs were pitch-perfect and sounded very professional.

EDITING: 10/10
Fantastic editing! One of the best editing TMO movies I have ever seen.

DIRECTION & WRITING: 10/10
Clearly a very talented director helmed this fiasco...I mean brilliant production. The script was bar none one of the best on TMO and maybe in real films.

MUSIC: 9/10
The music was spectacular. Why 9/10 though? Well, to be honest it didn't match up with the film in some scenes, but that was only for a few seconds. Other than that, it was perfect.

OVERALL: 49/50 or 98%
A great homage to the noirs of days past. Spectacular VOs, writing, direciton, editing, and just everything were great. Wonderful job on this one!

Posted on May 25, 2007
- DNR

absolutely amazing. A fantastic finish to this wonderfully written and directed series. The VA's were all top notch and the music was perfect. There were some incredible shots in this movie. I can safely say I didnot win the contest as I was way off. Fantastic work chatnoir

Posted on May 25, 2007
- RPOSHARD

Words come to mind: brilliant....amazing....awe-inspiring. They all seem too weak to describe this outstanding achievement in film. Everything down to the slightest nuance was painstakingly perfected in this movie that is a treat for the eyes as much as it is a treat to the brain for all of us puzzle-solvers who refuse to turn to that last page in the book until we've figured it out for ourselves.

The black-and-white cinematography proves to be the icing on the cake, with some scenes and one particular segue (nope! not gonna give it away) that literally left me gape-mouthed in admiration for the sheer artistry of this film. Chat Noir has always had a name for its top-notch story-telling, but your studio has evolved into one of the absolute premier filming technique studios as well.

My heartiest congratulations to you both on a film that will be unsurpassed for a good long time!

Posted on May 25, 2007
- BricksFilms

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Posted on May 25, 2007