found footage


V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
“Magic and wonderment, everybody. Magic and wonderment. ... OK, 10 percent less wonderment, Ella.”

Film Review

Earth to Echo

Found-footage sci-fi film is a weak echo of earlier, better efforts

Found-footage, sci-fi film Earth to Echo aims for Spielbergian nostalgia, but is just a faint echo of earlier, better efforts.
V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012

Idiot Box

I’m on a Boat

“The River” on ABC

Apparently we are not, as a nation, over that whole “found footage” thing. Obviously, after the chart-topping release of the theatrical superhero flick Chronicle and the successful debut of the jungle-clad horror series “The River,” America is still perfectly happy to watch handheld shaky-cam footage of stuff they can’t quite see happening. From The Blair Witch Project to Cloverfield to Apollo 18 to The Devil Inside, Hollywood has worked long and hard to turn “shot-on-video faux documentary” into a genre—mostly because it costs next to nothing to make.

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V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011

Music

The Concretes Thursday

This week Swedish twee pop band The Concretes released a dark and lovely video for “Crack in the Paint” off of its new album WYWH. I couldn’t find any info on the footage used for the video, but it definitely has some kind of cool, Ingmar Bergman-y / Guy Madden-y / found footage-y feel.