After Stephen King’s IT arrived on the big screen with chills and thrills, making it the highest grossing horror movie of all-time, audiences couldn’t wait to see how the story continued. But were they anticipating it enough to sit through a 169-minute movie where half of the adventure doesn’t really payoff and has more laughs than scares? The significantly less impressive box office says no, and honestly, they’re probably better off for it. Find out why in the Honest Trailer for IT Chapter Two below. Read More »
Since this column is bi-weekly, I tend to piece together releases for both the week the column runs and the week following. This latest entry has the distinction of having two films that are out this week, and two that are out next week. In other words, I’m helping you plan ahead. You’re welcome. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week (and beyond)!
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Another weekend has ended, which means two things: one, we all have to return to the drudgery of work. And two, the weekend box office results are in. While there were a few new contenders at the multiplex, Pennywise and the Losers’ Club held fast with It Chapter Two staying at number one. But the highly-acclaimed Hustlers had a great weekend, too, exceeding expectations. The same can’t be said for the prestige drama The Goldfinch, which could not take flight in the wake of scathing TIFF reviews.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, learn from Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely what it takes to write a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, a video essay wonders if comedy has died on the big screen as studios shy away from supporting them in theaters, and the cast of IT Chapter Two finds out which characters they’d be after taking a Buzzfeed quiz. Read More »
“You said you liked the ending!” bemoans the writer Bill Denbrough to a snazzy Hollywood director working on an adaptation of one of his novels. “Yes, that was a lie,” the director says matter-of-factly, berating Denbrough for not having come up with a new ending that would greatly improve upon the old one. Denbrough, like the writer he represents, struggles with endings in a very meta way in the highly anticipated sequel It Chapter Two.
Chapter Two is like a lot of sequels – even more of the same, with its blend of 80s-style adventure and horror that made the 2017 film such a big hit. But every time that Chapter Two dredges up the running gag about how Bill – and really, Stephen King himself, the author of the book inspiring the films – can’t figure out a good ending worth a damn, it serves as an unnecessary reminder that this whole film feels like an extended climax.
The rest of this article contains spoilers.
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After breaking out with his low-budget horror film Mama in 2013, director Andy Muschietti rocketed to the big time by directing 2017’s It, which adapted the child-centric storyline in Stephen King’s sprawling 1986 novel. That film was a box office juggernaut, and now he’s back with It: Chapter Two, a sequel that picks up 27 years after the original and sees the Losers’ Club reunite in Derry, Maine to battle Pennywise (Bill Skarsgärd) once again.
I spoke with Muschietti about his rumored supercut that would combine the two films, the new footage he would add to that, his intention behind some of this movie’s creepiest creatures, putting his own touch on King’s source material, and much more.
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The prospect of an It supercut combining the first film and the upcoming It Chapter Two has already been teased by director Andy Muschietti, and now Muschietti has offered more info on the potential project. According to the filmmaker, he’s in early talks with the studio to make it happen – and that the end result would run well over six hours. And while we’re on the subject of unused footage: Muschietti also teased a scrapped post-credit scene that he was hoping to include at the end of 2017’s It, but was unable to film due to scheduling conflicts.
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“Maybe there aren’t any such things as good friends or bad friends,” Stephen King wrote in his epic horror novel It. “Maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you’re hurt and who help you feel not so lonely…people who build their houses in your heart.” If there’s one thing It Chapter Two, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2017’s blockbuster adaptation of King’s book, understands, it’s this.
Not just the words King wrote, but the beating heart behind them. It Chapter Two, a lengthy, messy, not-always-successful sequel, is one of those rare Stephen King adaptations that acknowledges that there’s more to King’s work than things that go bump in the night. There’s humanity.
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Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro nearly had a cameo in Andy Muschietti‘s It: Chapter Two, the upcoming sequel to the 2017 mega-hit. We got the details about that near-cameo and much more at the film’s press conference, where Andy Muschietti, his producing partner (and sister) Barbara Muschietti, writer Gary Dauberman, star Bill Skarsgärd, and both the young and adult Losers Club cast members talked about bringing author Stephen King‘s classic story to the big screen. Read on to discover what else we learned.
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