July 2, 2014
10 Found Footage Films
It took a surprisingly long time for it to happen, but with this weekend's Earth to Echo, found footage comes home to roost in the family film genre -- and in honor of this adorably Amblinesque blend of 1980s all-ages fun and 21st-century technique, we decided to take a look at some of the more well-reviewed examples of a filmmaking style that's definitely taken its share of critical lumps over the years. Naturally, there's plenty of horror in here, but just like a group of kids heading off into the woods to debunk an urban legend, you might find a few surprises too. Power up that handheld camera, because it's time for Total Recall!
July 18, 2013
Max Landis Departs Chronicle 2
His draft rejected by the studio, the screenwriter tells Twitter followers that Fox wants a "different direction" for the budding franchise.
March 9, 2012
Weekly Ketchup: Chronicle Director in Talks for Venom
This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood in the midst of a huge wave of sequels, with Chronicle, Gnomeo & Juliet, Journey 2: Mysterious Island and Project X all getting follow ups developed this week. The Sleeping Beauty reimagining, Maleficent, the Ouija movie, new movies for Viola Davis and Tom Hardy, and even a movie about (part of) the life of Nicolas Cage are all also covered in this week's entry.
February 6, 2012
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Super Teens Edge Boy Wizard for #1 Spot
Super Bowl weekend saw a fierce battle between two sensational teams as the new super hero pic Chronicle won a narrow victory over the horror flick The Woman in Black leading a busy frame at the North American box office. Both new releases beat expectations with $20M+ debuts, were low-cost projects, and successfully excited teens and young adults who have been so hard for studios to reach with non-sequels. The former went after the guys while the latter targeted the gals allowing both films to thrive. In fact, all three of the weekend's new releases - including the kid-friendly whale rescue pic Big Miracle - skewed heavily towards the under-25 crowd leading the overall box office to continue to exceed year-ago levels every frame this year.
February 3, 2012
Critics Consensus: The Woman in Black is a Solid Ghost Story
With awards season in full swing, audiences have plenty to choose from at the multiplex, whether it be the Oscar contenders they've missed or a solid trio of new releases. We've got a haunted town (The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds), a teenage superheroes (Chronicle, starring Dane DeHaan and Alex Russell), and a whale rescue (Big Miracle, starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore). What do the critics have to say? Daniel Radcliffe tackles his first major post-Harry Potter in The Woman in Black, and critics say this spooky, atmospheric ghost story conjures up some terrific old-fashioned thrills.
February 2, 2012
Total Recall: Unconventional Superheroes
Superhero movies, how do they work? For decades, the only answer seemed to be "license a popular comic book franchise, then add cheesy special effects and loads of camp," but there were occasional exceptions to the rule -- and over the last decade and change, a growing number of filmmakers have gone beyond corny humor and F/X flash to explore other areas of the superhero mythos. With the found-footage/superhero hybrid Chronicle heading to theaters this weekend, we decided now would be the perfect time to draw up a supersized list of other non-traditional entries in the genre. We hope you're ready to take flight, because it's time for Total Recall!