Way back in 2009, before comic book writer Mark Millar had even completed his comic, Nemesis, he was talking about its movie potential. The story, which boils down to “what if, instead of becoming a superhero, a genius billionaire embraced anarchy and became the world’s worst supervillain?”, unquestionably had a hell of a hook, and Hollywood spent years trying to adapt it into a film, with directors like Sam Raimi, Guy Ritchie, Tony Scott, and Joe Carnahan potentially directing at various points and actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp‘s names being bandied about as possible stars.
The comic was published ten years ago, and a Nemesis movie has yet to materialize. But Warner Bros. has just hired the guys behind Netflix’s Project Power as the new Nemesis directors, so the movie isn’t dead yet. Read More »
Ready for a live-action Mega Man movie from the directors of Catfish and two of the Paranormal Activity movies? Well, even if you’re not, that’s what’s happening. Capcom has confirmed Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman will helm a Mega Man movie that will bring the popular video game character to life. Mega Man has been around since the late 1980s, and Mega Man 11 just arrived this month. Read More »
Talk about an intriguing combination of talent: Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Collateral) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper) have joined the cast of an untitled Netflix sci-fi movie that involves characters gaining superpowers. My curiosity is already piqued by just that small amount of information, but there’s something else that raises my eyebrows even more: the movie will be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the guys behind the 2010 documentary Catfish. Learn more about the project below. Read More »
Back in 2015, we heard that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment were developing a Mega Man movie based on the popular Nintendo and Game Boy video game. It’s been crickets since then, but now the studio is close to locking in the men who will direct the project: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and 4.
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Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
In terms of new releases, it’s slim pickings out there this weekend. Oh sure, there are a couple of bigger films (Light Between Oceans and Morgan) and a handful of indies, plus some high-profile holdovers from earlier in the summer. But if none of those quite suit your fancy, how about revisiting a film you may have missed the first time around?
Lionsgate is putting its young adult thriller Nerve back into theaters across the country this weekend. You may remember it from its original July 27 release — it’s the one starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco as participants in an online game that’s “like Truth or Dare, minus the Truth.” But the really good news is that if you skipped it then and want to see it now, you’ll be able to do so for just $5. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get real with one of the youths from The Sitter who’s all growns up, we remember fondly a music magazine that might have been better than Rolling Stone, our dad tracks down drug dealers, we get a season of Friday night lights, and sit through a miserable byproduct of social media being filtered through the cinematic liver of Hollywood. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
So, what’ve you got planned for the three-day weekend? Summer Friday happy hour, maybe? A Fourth of July cookout? Maybe a Sunday night out hitting the clubs, since you can sleep in Monday? Well, you might want to reorganize your calendar after seeing the first Viral trailer. Because as it turns out, socializing is a really great way to catch horrifying infectious diseases.
Viral comes from Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost — the directors behind Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, and the upcoming Nerve — and powerhouse producer Jason Blum. A strange parasitic virus begins to infect a small suburban town, but two teenage sisters (played by Sofia Black-D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton) decide to ignore the warnings and party with their friends anyway, with predictably awful results. Watch the Viral trailer below.
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The movies have always had a fraught relationship with the internet, depicting the online world as a vile hellscape where there is no hope, only agony and humiliation and maybe even the end of the world. And that’s not an entirely inaccurate description. The whole “the internet is pure evil” thing has been the subject of more than a few science fiction and horror films, with most of them building grand online conspiracies or using technology as the host for some king of supernatural evil. The arrival of a movie like Nerve proves that we’re ready to start talking about really makes the internet such a wretched hive of scum and villainy: other people.
The Nerve trailer is all about Emma Roberts and Dave Franco versus The Internet and c’mon, we all know who’s going to win that particular showdown. The internet devours all.
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Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman got a lot of attention at Sundance a few years ago for the film Catfish, and have even turned the movie into several popular seasons of television on MTV. Now the team is going back to genre pictures (having also directed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4) with a deal to direct Nerve, based on the YA novel from Jeanne Ryan. It’s a sci-fi story of sorts, with a high school girl who becomes a player in an online game, only to find that the game is far more dangerous and aware of her personality than she would have originally guessed. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
All of the disappointments of Paranormal Activity 4 boil down to one thing: This is a franchise that’s forgotten what made it so special in the first place. The original Paranormal Activity was terrifying not because it had expensive special effects or excessive amounts of gore, but because director Oren Peli expertly stretched the tension to the point where the softest creak of a door hinge could make us jump. 2 and 3 dialed the scares up a notch and expanded on the mythology, but that delicious suspense at the core remained the same.
In contrast, I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed during a horror movie as I was during Paranormal Activity 4. The scares are theoretically bigger and badder this time around, but sloppy storytelling from directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman undermines any impact they might’ve had. After three great installments, the little low-budget horror series that could has finally lost its way.
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