January 7, 2011
'Season of the Witch' MPAA rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes Playing: In general release
May 11, 1986 |
The 1,500-meter race in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics was formful in one important respect: For the 16th straight Olympiad, an American didn't win it. For the fourth straight, and the 12th out of the last 16, one didn't even get a medal. It's one of sport's enduring mysteries: What happens to the Yanks in this most American of foot races and distances and events? We never expect to win the luge or the coxed fours or the small-bore rifle prone. But to go 80 years without winning the metric mile?
September 20, 2009 |
Steven Spielberg was certain his copy of "Paranormal Activity" was haunted. It was early 2008, and the director's DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a "Paranormal Activity" DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith. While Spielberg didn't want the "Paranormal Activity" disc anywhere near his home -- he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say -- he very much shared his studio's enthusiasm for director Oren Peli's haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple's suburban tract house.
July 11, 2009 |
Ten summers ago, a group of independent filmmakers came up with a Web-based, viral marketing campaign that proved so effective -- and influential -- in creating buzz and audience anticipation that it overshadowed the very movie it was designed to promote. These guys were never heard from again -- but their promotional savvy lives on. That's the conventional wisdom about the no-budget, exercise-in-imagination horror flick "The Blair Witch Project."