Jules Caldeira joined Katch as an intern in the fall of 2021, soon after becoming a part-time analyst and eventually a full-time Genomic Operations Manager within our GenOps team. Based in Sacramento, CA, he is a Film and Media Studies graduate from Arizona State University with a minor in Anthropology, and also holds an Associate’s degree in Sociology from Sierra College. Outside of GenOps and writing for the Katch blog, Jules is an associate editor for Film Inquiry, a drummer, part-time screenwriter, and full-time Disney history nerd.
I’ve worked at Disneyland and a funeral home in the same year.
Too many to choose, but a consistent all-time is Back to the Future.
Three-way tie between Community, Cheers, and Mission Hill.
This week marks the beginning of the 40th Sundance Film Festival. In honor of such a major milestone, we analyzed the past five winners of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for dramatic features in an attempt to find any correlation between them. Perhaps we can predict what film might win this year, as well.
For seventy years, teen movies have been a staple of film. From the counterculture films of the 50s to the Riverdales of today, public interest has never waned. In honor of Mean Girls, we’re looking at teen films through the decades in the hopes of finding trends from generation to generation. Who knows; maybe our film tastes are just like our parents, after all.
In 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded what would become Walt Disney Studios. This past November, the Walt Disney Company released Wish, their 62nd feature film and a tribute to a century of animation history. Naturally, we at Katch used our data to see what traits might be shared across such a vast catalog. No pixie dust required; just our Genome.
November marked the release of Lionsgate’s new film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. With the source novel released in 2020, and the last film in the franchise premiering eight years ago, what’s luring audiences back to Panem? We analyzed the defining traits of each film to find out just what they had in common, and the odds were ever in our favor.
Since The Great Train Robbery (1903), action films have been an integral part of cinema. However, nearly all starred men, until Sigourney Weaver paved the way for leading women as Ripley in Alien. Today, we’ll be looking at sixteen action films to spark a conversation of gender playing a role in the type of film produced or the content within.
Katch thought it wise to take a look under the cape at seventeen of the more iconic appearances of Dracula in film – as well as some interesting genre outliers – through the decades in an attempt to ascertain just what keeps us coming back, hungry for more.
For centuries, witches have been ever-present in art and literature. It makes sense, then, that as film and television became popular these stories would begin to be told at 24 frames-per-second. As part of our multi-piece tribute to Halloween, we at Katch analyzed twenty-five films to determine just what has kept audiences under their spell for so long.
For fifty years, the world has been haunted by the stories of Regan MacNeil, her mother Chris, and Fathers Karras and Merrin in the Exorcist franchise. What has compelled audiences to keep coming back for so long? The power of Christ? Or has Pazuzu been more persuasive? Join us as we take a look at the series’ defining traits. Don’t worry, none of them are in Latin.
On September 29, Lionsgate released Saw X, the tenth film in a franchise spanning twenty years. What keeps audiences coming back for more? We here at Katch waded elbow-deep into the sea of gore these films have made famous to sift out the traits that really define them. After all, data is much more than skin-deep.
On August 2nd, Paramount Pictures released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, marking the seventh theatrically released film starring everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell.
A taste-based analysis about what led critics to finally see what audiences see in the Mission Impossible film franchise.
Pixar has created films that have entertained and even defined generations - and their films have earned more than $15 billion worldwide. Can we understand what defining traits of their films might have lent to their storied success?