2012 Isn’t John Cusack’s First Cinematic Disaster

by Angel Cohn November 11, 2009 1:39 pm
<I>2012</I> Isn’t John Cusack’s First Cinematic Disaster

The new disaster movie to end all disaster movies known as 2012 enters theaters this weekend with John Cusack in the hero role. This film involves crashing aircraft carriers, tidal waves and the destruction of New York, California and the White House. It looks relentless and John Cusack looks like he's going to do his best to stop whatever is causing this worldwide annihilation... or at least avoid getting killed in the process. But while this is Cusack's first proper disaster flick, there are other movies he's made that turned out to be massive disasters of a different sort. Some might have even been considered career suicide. He's lucky he survived.

The Raven: Quoth the Audience, Nevermore

by Ethan Alter April 27, 2012 1:19 pm
<i>The Raven</i>: Quoth the Audience, Nevermore

There's a moment early on in The Raven that hints at the fun slice of historical pulp fiction that the film might have been.

2012 Foretells Apocalypse It’s Destined To Bring About

by Kasey McDonald June 26, 2008 2:43 pm
<i>2012</i> Foretells Apocalypse It’s Destined To Bring About

Some of you may be familiar with the old trivia that the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012 (on December 12th, to be exact) and that many predict the world's end will come with it. It's not a new theory -- scientists have been studying it since the beginning of the last century -- so it 's a bit of a surprise that it's taken this long for someone to make an apocalyptic movie based on the premise. Roland Emmerich, the director behind the tragically bad 10,000 BC is in preproduction on, wait for it... 2012.

Indie Snapshot: Bagged Lunch

by Ethan Alter February 28, 2014 6:00 am
Indie Snapshot: Bagged Lunch

Which movie will satisfy your hunger for good indie fare: The Lunchbox or The Bag Man?

Why The Ice Harvest Is One of Harold Ramis’s Best Movies

by Ethan Alter February 24, 2014 5:11 pm
Why <i>The Ice Harvest</i> Is One of Harold Ramis’s Best Movies

Many of the testimonials about the life and career of Harold Ramis, who died Monday morning in his native Chicago, will deservedly highlight his involvement -- as either a writer, director or actor (and occasionally all three) -- in such superior, generation-defining comedies as Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, Back to School, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Analyze This. There's one deserving movie that may be left out of the conversation, though and that's The Ice Harvest, a wicked, witty little thriller that Ramis directed in 2005.

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