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Theatrical horror is notoriously disappointing, so the expectations I had for As Above, So Below were almost nonexistent. The lure of cave exploration (a la The Descent) is 100% the only reason I went to see the film, and I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. I caught the film during a matinee and I was the only person in the theatre. Despite sitting alone amongst 149 empty seats, I was filled with an overwhelming amount of claustrophobia and admit to jumping in my seat on more than one occasion. Is the film groundbreaking or particularly original? No. However, As Above, So Below is one of the more enjoyable “found footage” films I’ve seen in a long time.
- BJ Colangelo
From Indiana Jones (the good) through to National Treasure (the not so good), films have often played upon the desire that resides in every single young boy that never really grew up, but only grew taller. The dream of finding untold treasure hidden away in a dusty tomb or a missing galleon filled to the brim with solid gold coins unseen for hundreds of years is a powerful one. To this day, people make careers out of gambling everything they have, buying a ship and heading out on the open waves with little more than hope and a rumour to guide them – only to return months later, haggard and with eyes filled with horror, clutching a single golden cup or a small, delicate emerald ring worth half a billion dollars alone.
It is these real life mavericks who inspire the films, and the games like the Uncharted »
- Thomas Wesson
As Above, So Below, the latest and (hopefully) greatest “found footage” horror movie to attempt something supposedly “different,” is admittedly scream-worthy at times. France’s catacombs are creepy enough in the daytime as it is, making them an ideal location for first person Pov horror, but the scares are all inherent. All the work is done for the Dowdle brothers, showcasing walls lined with human skulls that remind us that every scene takes place in an underground mass grave, but besides a few religiously-inspired jump-scares, little is done to truly capitalize on Paris’ darkest secret. Buried among the bones and bodies is the Dowdle’s own story, only unearthing enough cohesion to stumble from Point A to Point B, but in establishing a wicked game where your deepest fears become the enemy, rules are glossed over in favor of archeological advancement. It’s a shame, because such a fresh concept »
- Matt Donato
It was confirmed last night by Deadline that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are bringing back Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as Inferno, based on the Dan Brown novel, will head into production in April 2015. Worldwide the first two films brought in $1.24 billion worldwide with only 28% of that total coming from the domestic box office, which is to say this has a big overseas following despite the fact reviews for the first two movies were never stellar. As for this next installment, which skips over The Lost Symbol when it comes to the chronological release of the books' publication dates, here's the synopsis: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon (Hanks), is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles »
- Brad Brevet
As I tend to watch movies for a living, periodically I am faced with potential career choices that might be more lucrative for me. A stint aboard a space mining freighter for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is a bit too futuristic for me, and I’ve missed the boat for enrolling in med school or law school. However, there seems to be one way to make money that doesn’t seem to take any formal schooling: treasure hunting. Of course, before I kiss my wife and kids good-bye and embark on a whirlwind global journey to get rich off of other people’s plundering, I had to look into this career choice a bit. I started by thinking: Where can I dig up a buried pirate’s treasure chest? The Answer: Only in the movies, unless you get creative or have unlimited funds. Pirate treasure has been the source of many entertaining films, including »
- Kevin Carr
Project Name: Snarky Sidekick Asking For: $6,500 on Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,390 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 19 Description: Snarky Sidekick is a comedy web series that takes a satirical swipe at Indiana Jones and National Treasure. Its protagonist is Simon, a computer nerd who throws out one-liners from the comfort of a surveillance truck while assisting treasure hunter Tom Raker in his quest for priceless artifacts. When Raker dies, Simon is left in charge of his mission, and that requires him to go into the field and outside of his comfort zone. In the Snarky Sidekick pitch video, creator Matthew Starr displays the comedic tone of his series. "He too is afraid of snakes," says Starr of Simon, "and also girls, and deep water...generally, he's risk averse." Creator Bio: Starr, as with many other comic actors who create their own web series, »
- Sam Gutelle
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find everything wrong with National Treasure; the top 10 films that derailed the franchise; 26 amusing facts about amusement parks; and a Breaking Bad / True Detective mash-up. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, FilmSchoolRejects has 38 Things We Learned from the Aladdin Commentary.
CinemaBlend has 5 Unsung Movies You Have To Catch Before Summer Ends.
If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!
Top 10 Films That Derailed The Franchise
There are the movies that disappointed legions of fans. WatchMojo.com, counts down their picks for the top 10 movies that derailed the franchise.
Click to continue reading Sr Geek Picks: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘True Detective’ Mash-Up, »
- Justin Vactor
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Full-Size Han Solo Blaster […]
- Peter Sciretta
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
Sean Bean starred in two of the biggest fantasy franchises of all time — as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones and Boromir in Lord of the Rings — so naturally, his (very long) Reddit Ama revolved around these roles. Topics covered include his bastard son Jon Snow (or is he!?), how one does not simply walk into Mordor, and his characters' chronically low survival rates. He also talked a little bit about his new TNT show, Legends, on which he promises not to die, and a lot about food. Sean Bean loves food! As one Redditor aptly put it, "What I've learned from this Ama is that Sean Bean should host a cooking show."When asked to share an anecdote from filming National Treasure: There was one where I went back to Nic Cage's house, and we'd had a few drinks, we were playing pool and he accidentally knocked over »
- Anna Silman
Caleb Deschanel is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22).
Deschanel will also present screenings of his films at the 22nd edition of the festival followed by Q&A’s with the audience.
Deschanel was also involved in creating one of the essential tools of modern cinematographers, the Steadicam.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
This year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, writers and producers from all over the world make their way to the Vue West End for the 15th Film4 FrightFest event which runs from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th August. Highlights – at least as far as we here at Nerdly are concerned – include the legend(s) that are Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St.) and Alan Moore (Watchmen), the infamous Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik), Frightfest fave Adam Green (Hatchet, Holliston), the always-wonderful Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare, The Tour) and friend to Nerdly, Federico Zampaglone (Tulpa) whose short Remember I’m possibly looking forward to seeing the most at this years festival!
Check out the press release below:
He lit up the 1980s and 90s genre landscape with one of the classic horror performances of all time as Freddy Krueger »
- Phil Wheat
In the Red Room with a Vue, the chorus of delighted FrightFester’s are set to join together in joyous song for the chorus of their clawed and shrivelled icon…
“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, Better lock your door
Five, six, grab your crucifix.
Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, He’s back again.”
If life can be described as a disappointment, of a vortex of uncertainty, then the one constant is FILM4 FrightFest, which, like a beacon of light, guides us to safely towards a guaranteed trip of unadulterated pleasure into the Dark Heart of Cinema every August Bank Holiday.
So what news has fallen upon our ears to add a little more detail to what the landscape of FrightFest 15 looks like?
Well, this year’s Film4 FrightFest guest list brings together the great, the grand and the gifted as over 100 filmmakers, performers, »
- Paul Risker
“I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.” It may be hard to believe, but it’s been thirty years since Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger said those words to Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. A 30th anniversary screening of the film is taking place at this year’s Film4 FrightFest, and Englund has been announced as a member of a guest lineup that includes Alan Moore.
Taking place at London’s Vue West End, the 15th Film4 FrightFest will run from August 21st – 25th. In addition to celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund will also be unveiling his latest film, The Last Showing.
- Derek Anderson
It always felt like an ill-advised movie title – almost as if it was tempting fate. Now, in perhaps the clearest demonstration of what not to call your film project, 2013’s Last Vegas is getting a sequel – making that first film much less ‘Last’ and rather more ‘Penultimate’.
The comedy turned into something of a sleeper hit when it was released last year, which was surprising – not because of the quality of the movie, but because of the demographic it hooked into. There is a particular kind of movie that utilises actors of a certain age and stature, and they come along in waves. They are, in effect, a celebration of legendary-ness, providing the audience with a chance to see familiar and beloved faces glide across the screen with effortless swagger, and perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek. We’ve seen it in the The Expendables franchise, and we’ve seen it in »
- Sarah Myles
Note: If you haven’t gone full inception matrix and read the last two pieces, I urge you to do so. First one is Here, second is Here. What I might say here will shock you, and make you so confused you might commit a terrible crime. I urge you to not do that, and instead just go and do some cocaine and act like Charlie Sheen, who is: As I revealed, many of the users here were created by Galactus and NateBest, who was murdered by Eric Cartman, and NateBest is now controlled by Mr. Mackey, of course. I decided to dig deeper than my last “editorial”(as if I could!!) and find who controls Mr. Mackey. I must say, it was Da Vinci Code National Treasure shit going down, man. So, as we all know(besides me, I was just informed today) South Park is a fictitious and popular television show. »
Alles gute zum geburtstag! Aka happy birthday to our fave German-born fashionista, Diane Kruger. The model-actress turns 38 today. And what better way to celebrate Kruger's big day than by hitting rewind and ogling over her best looks all over again? Let's discuss. Remember the red carpet arrivals from the 2011 Met Gala? We don't either, because we couldn't take our eyes off Diane's nude embellished top and black slit skirt Jason Wu combo. Then, the National Treasure actress (basically) did the impossible: she made mustard a lux color. Wearing a draped one-shoulder Jason Wu gown in the condiment-inspired shade, Diane achieved perfection again at the 2012 SAG Awards. News: Best »
It has been a good long while since we’ve had a quality treasure hunt/heist movie coming out of Hollywood. Sure, there were The Mummy movies, the National Treasure flicks, and the ill-advised Matthew McConaughey vehicle Sahara (that was back before the McConaissance), but those hardly qualify as “quality” films. Hopefully that will change with The Secret of the Temple, which writer Dante Harper has been tapped to rewrite for Fox 2000.
The Secret of the Temple is based on an article written by Jake Halpern for New Yorker magazine. It examined the fight between thieves, radicals, and the royal family over treasure vaults supposedly worth over $20 billion dollars that are concealed beneath a temple in the jungles of India. The film itself will be an adventure/heist movie using the article as its basis. I think that means that we should not expect the film to be too true-to-life. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Many of you may have heard by now, the rumors floating around about Robert Pattinson being considered to play Dr. Jones in some sort of new Indiana Jones reboot for Disney/Lucasfilm. While our own sources have raised some eyebrows at the idea, this got our staff to discussing how Disney should move forward with the Indiana Jones franchise, and potentially reboot it. Come inside to see our contributors’ thoughts on the subject and add in your own!
First, let’s talk about this rumor. Over the last couple months, a pair of names have been associated with a new take on Indiana Jones, to lead the franchise into a new generation. The first rumor pegged Bradley Cooper as a possibility, and the latest says that Robert Pattinson may be taking over. Neither of these have jived with previous rumors that Harrison Ford desperately wants to do another Indiana Jones film, »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
What's next for Michael Bayc We know the expectation is to have a Transformers 5 in 2016 and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently told SlashFilm he really wants Bay to return, having "found the right mix" for the franchise. One thing Bay could do, should things work out, is return to the Bad Boys franchise to complete a trilogy, something producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells Collider is still in the works. "We're working on a Bad Boys 3 outline right now," Bruckheimer told the site. "Hopefully we'll get a screenplay in the next three months. And that will become a movie I hope... we always focus on the place where the action's going to take place, which is Miami. We research it and figure out what's actually going on down in Miami with criminals and what they're doing. We bring in experts. And that's how the screenplays evolve." I just wonder if they could possibly get Bay, »
- Brad Brevet
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