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It’s been the better part of a decade since “Buried,” “Devil,” and “Frozen” (the one about flesh-eating wolves, not the one about princesses) all hit theaters in the same year, and, for a moment there, it almost seemed as though the sub-genre those films share had started to lose its appeal. No such luck. Alas, we are still living in the golden age of single-location thrillers, even if most of them are bronze-level at best. If anything, Doug Liman’s passably entertaining new film suggests that we should brace ourselves for more such contained and claustrophobic exercises in suspense, whether we like them or not.
Arriving in theaters just a few weeks after the similarly scaled “Mine” was buried on VOD, “The Wall” may not be well-structured, but Liman’s latest still serves as an imposing reminder that — as movies get riskier to make and the gulf between blockbusters »
- David Ehrlich
Bill Oberst, Jr. is a man who loves what he does and being that what he does best is scare the bejesus out of people, we love him for it! Recently Bill sat down and did a special reading of… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
The first season of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events is littered with Easter eggs that every major fan will excitedly gobble up. However, while most of those allude to the Asoue book series, there is a whole slew of additional Easter eggs that reference other famous works of fiction. Easily missed, these literary references can be found in character names, settings, witty dialogue, and more. Take a look below to see the ones we spotted! The Bad Beginning (Episodes one and two) The last name Baudelaire is a nod to 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire. His most notable work is a collection of poems entitled Les Fleurs de Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, which considered how to find the beauty in miserable circumstances. Furthermore, one of the poems in the collection is titled "La Beatricé," which could be where the Baudelaire's matriarch got her name. Mr. Poe »
- Shyla Watson
When Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla first joined YouTube, they each received a free iPod nano from the site for signing up. Over ten years later, and Smosh, the channel they named after a junior high inside joke, is the sixth most subscribed channel on YouTube — just after Rihanna’s Vevo, but before Taylor Swift’s.
When they arrived at the IndieWire offices last month to promote their second feature, “Ghostmates,” co-produced by Defy Media and YouTube Red, they each donned crisp black jackets and fresh haircuts. (The latter caused much hubbub from fans during a Facebook live interview.) If “Pokemon In Real Life” is your only Smosh reference point, you might not recognize the sleek young moguls on the screen.
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The Smosh empire now consists of 10 related channels, five studio albums, »
- Jude Dry
4 items from 2017
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