Screen Junkies » the river http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The 8 Found Footage Projects That Got It Right http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-found-footage-projects-that-got-it-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-found-footage-projects-that-got-it-right/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:22:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244754 How does 'The River' compare?

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Oren Peli‘s The River premieres tonight on ABC, and advance buzz is that it’s fantastic. The series is presented entirely as found footage as family members search a mysterious jungle for their lost father. The scares are said to be ample courtesy of the jungle creatures that terrorize the cast.

It’s television’s first major attempt to create a found footage series and should be interesting to see how they manage to maintain the conceit. Comparisons to Lost are already being drawn due to the location and general creepiness, though this seems as it will be purely popcorn entertainment, which I welcome. At least it won’t leave us obsessing over mysteries that leave us wanting answers beyond “because we said so.”

So in honor of The River, here’s a list of found footage films that nail it. How will The River stack up?

Chronicle

Now in theaters, Chronicle is enjoying some really strong word of mouth. In fact, the reaction so far has been “OMG!!!1!!!!!!!!BESTFILMEVAR!1.” Which is pretty high praise, I’d say. I haven’t had the opportunity to see the dark superhero film yet myself, but maybe I’ll cancel my weekend plans and check it out. Those needy orphans I feed on Saturdays will be so disappointed.

Paranormal Activity Series

Though it has collected its share of detractors, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity films clean up at the box office for good reason. They’re really, really creepy. The camera techniques introduced in each of the films crank up the scares of The Blair Witch Project by layering the suspense with inventive devices. In other words, it takes the house Blair Witch built and makes its walls bleed.

The Troll Hunter

The Troll Hunter‘s contribution to the world of found footage films is its subject matter. Filmed in a documentary style, three Norwegian film students stumble upon the government’s secret eradication of giant trolls and the man hired to exterminate them. Previously, found footage films depended on tight quarters and spooky occurrences. The Troll Hunter takes a quieter approach to build the world of the trolls and their Hunter while interspersing the story with thrilling battles with the giant creatures.

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Midseason Shows Of 2012: Which Ones Won’t Suck? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/midseason-shows-of-2012-which-ones-wont-suck/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/midseason-shows-of-2012-which-ones-wont-suck/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 23:33:04 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241378 Set your DVR accordingly.

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With only a few breakout hits having premiered this past fall, it’s time for the networks to throw their midseason shows against the walls of our brains and see what sticks. In the past, “midseason” was a dirty word. If a show debuted in January, it meant a network wasn’t confident enough to add it to their fall line-up, and it was only being touted out halfway through the year on the off chance it might be a hit like Grey’s Anatomy.

However, the 2012 midseason looks different than others. Could these programs actually be overwhelmingly good? For the most part it looks like the answer is yes. Check out the slate of programs below. You just might find that they don’t completely suck… with a few exceptions (i.e. Chelsea).

The Firm – January 8th

A spin-off of the 1993 Tom Cruise legal thriller about a lawyer running his ass off to escape Wilford Brimley, John Grisham’s The Firm premieres on NBC Sunday, January 8th. Set ten years after the events of the first film, it seems that not much has changed. The promos feature so much running!

Though it’s getting great reviews due to the performances of Josh Lucas, Molly Parker, and Callum Keith Rennie, there is a decided lack of Brimley. Sure, he’s probably not up for much running these days, but they could get him a Jazzy scooter or something. ANYTHING.

House of Lies – January 8th

Showtime’s House of Lies has the odds stacked against it right out of the gate. Yes, it stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz. All are very likable, but these roles call for them to play despicable. It’s their job to help banks that foreclose on homes look good in the press. Reactions to an early preview are that the characters are too difficult to love. Perhaps there’ll be some kind of redemption in later episodes. There’s also gratuitous nudity. That’s always worth a gander. Premieres January 8th.

Are You There, Chelsea? – January 11th

In an attempt to capitalize on the wave of female-driven comedy that Bridesmaids kicked off, NBC is pairing this Chelsea Handler autobiographical sitcom alongside Whitney. Based off Handler’s memoir, Are You There, Vodka. It’s Me, Chelsea, Laura Prepon plays Chelsea while Handler herself steps in to play her older sister. Early reviews have been as unkind as Handler’s material tends to be. But given the fact that people will watch anything, it just might have a shot. Premieres January 11th.

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ABC Now Stands For All ‘Bout (Drama) Clips http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/abc-now-stands-for-all-bout-drama-clips/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/abc-now-stands-for-all-bout-drama-clips/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 16:48:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212449 They're so dramatic.

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Fall will be here in only a few short months, and the TV networks are buzzing in anticipation. Today, that includes ABC releasing short videos, called “clips,” from their new shows. And you can watch them here. You’re welcome.

Pan Am”

A 60s”Mad Men“-like drama about stewardesses starring Christina Ricci, who weirdly isn’t in this clip. Maybe she’s in the bathroom?

Once Upon A Time

Yeah, I dunno. But it doesn’t look good. Something about Snow White, I think.

“Revenge”

An updated version of The Count of Monte Cristo starring Madeline Stowe, Emily VanCamp, and other people who probably haven’t read it.

Charlie’s Angels

You know “Charlie’s Angels“? This is that.

The River

Some kind of supernatural horror thing. Not based on the Jean Renoir film of the same name.

“Scandal”

A show about publicists starring Shonda Rhimes.

Well, there you have it. In case these clips have piqued your imagination, here’s the fall schedule for dramas. You’re welcome again.

MONDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m. “Castle”

TUESDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Last Man Standing” [New Show]

8:30 p.m. “Man Up” [New Show]

9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

10:00 p.m. “Body of Proof”

WEDNESDAY:

8:00 p.m. “The Middle”

8:30 p.m. “Suburgatory” [New Show]

9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m. “Happy Endings”

10:00 p.m. “Revenge” [New Show]

THURSDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Charlie’s Angels” [New Show]

9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00 p.m. “Private Practice”

FRIDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY:

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY:

7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” [New Show]

9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”

10:00 p.m. “Pan Am” [New Show]

(Vulture)

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‘Paranormal Activity’ Director and ABC Taking Dip In ‘The River’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/paranormal-activity-director-and-abc-taking-dip-in-the-river/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/paranormal-activity-director-and-abc-taking-dip-in-the-river/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Oren Peli, the writer-director of the indie hit Paranormal Activity is looking to get his feet wet in the world of television. Peli is close to landing a deal with ABC to bring his original drama idea "The River" to primetime. According to Deadline, "The River follows the story of a famed adventurer/TV personality who goes missing and is presumed dead deep in the Amazon. His friends and crew go to look for him on their state-of-the-art research vessel." The show would be shot shakey-cam-style (cinema verite to all you elitists) like Paranormal Activity, a trend that's quickly becoming tiresome. I'm not sure how you make an entire series out of that premise, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm more concerned about this "state-of-the-art" research vessel. Such words make James Cameron's ears ring. If he gets word that people are doing "research" near "water" he could take the whole thing over and turn it into an Omnimax documentary about indigenous jungle wildlife.

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Oren Peli, the writer-director of the indie hit Paranormal Activity is looking to get his feet wet in the world of television. Peli is close to landing a deal with ABC to bring his original drama idea "The River" to primetime. According to Deadline, "The River follows the story of a famed adventurer/TV personality who goes missing and is presumed dead deep in the Amazon. His friends and crew go to look for him on their state-of-the-art research vessel." The show would be shot shakey-cam-style (cinema verite to all you elitists) like Paranormal Activity, a trend that’s quickly becoming tiresome.

I’m not sure how you make an entire series out of that premise, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. I’m more concerned about this "state-of-the-art" research vessel. Such words make James Cameron‘s ears ring. If he gets word that people are doing "research" near "water" he could take the whole thing over and turn it into an Omnimax documentary about indigenous jungle wildlife.

 

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