4 items from 2012
Looking at the trailers for The Bay made me wonder if Barry Levinson was slumming as a filmmaker. It’s been a while since he has made a feature film that really worked, and some of his recent movies like Envy and Man of the Year were duds. Sure, he did make You Don’t Know Jack which featured Al Pacino in one of his best (and non-bombastic) performances but that was relegated to HBO and not the big screen.
Here, Levinson looks to bring us another found footage movie which is a genre that just won’t die. As I sat down in the theatre I couldn’t help but to wonder if the director of Rain Man had run out of ideas and was just looking for any job to take on.
Well, it looks like I owe Mr. Levinson an apology because The Bay is not only »
- Ben Kenber
Chicago – Critically reviled “The Watch” with Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn opened with downright depressing numbers, good enough for only third place. Meanwhile, “Step Up: Revolution” claimed fourth while “The Dark Knight Rises” tumbled over 60% in its second frame.
For comparison, “The Dark Knight” fell 52.5% from its massive opening weekend four years ago. Estimates pin “The Dark Knight Rises” at over 60%. Exactly what is keeping people away is unclear (some point to Aurora, some point to the Olympics, and some point to the fact that most viewers don’t consider this film to have the repeat value of its predecessor), but it is clear now that “Tdkr” will not top the previous film in overall gross. Still, the film has made over half a billion worldwide already.
As for “The Watch,” horrendous reviews, bad marketing, and maybe even controversy surrounding its subject matter killed this comedy before it even hit theaters. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Already, at age 15, actress Ariel Gade has managed to make quite a name for herself inside and out of the genre world, and Dread Central had the opportunity to chat briefly with her about her most recent project: Some Guy Who Kills People
Ever since making her debut on television at the young age of 6, Gade has gone on to co-star in films like Envy, Dark Water and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and portrayed youngster Rose Varon in the cult classic ABC TV series "Invasion." In Jack Perez's dark comedy Some Guy Who Kills People she appears as precocious tweener Amy Wheeler, who not only discovers she has a dad (Kevin Corrigan) but also figures out that he very well could be the killer behind a string of grisly murders in their small town.
Fans of "School of Rock" are probably unaware that Jack Black has re-teamed with the hit family film's director Richard Linklater for another bizarre character comedy. However, this time around, their collaboration is a very different affair: the indie dark comedy "Bernie." The grimly funny tale is based on the true story of Bernie Tiede, a beloved community figure in the small town of Carthage, Texas, who in 1996, confessed to murdering the wealthy and elderly Marjorie Nugent. Bernie's close friendship with the widowed Nugent was a well-documented dysfunctional relationship, and when the crime occurred, it irrevocably changed the tiny Texas community. To bring the story of Bernie to life, Jack Black delivers one of the better performances of his career, making Tiede a unique and sympathetic character, full of bombastic Southern personality. Moviefone sat down with Black to talk about his experiences working on the movie and interacting with the real Bernie Tiede. »
- Eric Larnick
4 items from 2012
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