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Review: Joe Swanberg's Mumblecore Murder Mystery '24 Exposures'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 26, 2014 1:41 PM
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24 Exposures
Last year, Joe Swanberg, the indie filmmaking titan and godfather of the so-called mumblecore movement, made a slight bid for the mainstream with “Drinking Buddies”—a more conventional romantic comedy that featured recognizable actors (like Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick) and a wide-ish release courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. But apparently the siren song of a shoestring budget, non-professional actors and a script that doesn’t concretely exist as much as it hangs in the air like a fine vapor was too much for Swanberg to resist. And so he’s back with “24 Exposures,” a typically Swanberg-ian take on a murder mystery that doesn’t exactly hang together as it goes flickering by.

Interview: 'You're Next' Writer Simon Barrett & Director Adam Wingard On Sequel Ideas, Inspiration & The 'V/H/S' Franchise

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 26, 2013 2:56 PM
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Way back in 2011, "You're Next" became the toast of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness series, was the focus of a frenzied bidding war and then… the kind of eerie stillness that you might expect from one of the horror movies "You're Next" gleefully sends up. Now, almost two years after it originally debuted in Toronto, "You're Next" is now in theaters, just as audiences have regained their composure after "The Conjuring" scared them witless. We finally got to see the movie at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this spring (you can read our review here) and got to talk to writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, about what it was like having to wait all that time for their big horror movie to make its debut, whether or not they've planned subsequent "You're Next" sequels, their "V/H/S" franchise and what movies inspired this delightfully gory home invasion romp.

Sundance Review: 'S-VHS' Is An Uneven, Occasionally Thrilling Sequel To The Horror Anthology

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 20, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

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