All over cable news networks, blogs, newspapers and more, the topic of police force militarization has become a hot button issue sparking a lot of lively debate. Now a new documentary hopes to dive into the subject in order to shed light on just what’s going on among today’s American police ranks.
Peace Officer debuted at the SXSW film festival, landing the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award, and it looks like quite the timely and thorough examination of a prominent topic of discussion that requires our full attention. Watch the Peace Officer trailer after the jump! Read More »
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This past week, the reboot of Vacation hit the big screen, but it’s not a National Lampoon production anymore. The once thriving name in laughs has since become mostly a comedy memory, known for introducing us to bold and controversial material, future film and television stars, and a film franchise that took us into one of the craziest fraternities and also on one of the best road trips in the history of cinema.
Now a new documentary called Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon is on the way to theaters and VOD after a premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the first red band trailer is now online. Watch the National Lampoon documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
The first wave of programming and events for Fantastic Fest 2015 is here, and the September festival, located at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, has a great slate set up. If this year’s fest was just this first wave, it would still be worth the trip. Why? How about the world premiere of Bone Tomahawk, the cannibal western starring Kurt Russell, who will also be present for the fest’s closing night party?
There’s also a set of recent festival faves such as Karyn Kusama‘s great movie The Invitation and the one-take thriller Victoria, and a slate of weird ’70s Turkish pop cinema including Tarkan vs the Vikings, which is one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever had the pleasure of showing to friends, and The Deathless Devil. There’s a lot more in store for Fantastic Fest 2015, including a book signing from Nicolas Winding Refn; get more details below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Just one day after TIFF unveiled its 2015 lineup, the Venice Film Festival has done the same. This year’s slate includes the world premieres of Johnny Depp‘s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, Tom Hooper‘s awards hopeful The Danish Girl, Thomas McCarthy‘s sex abuse drama Spotlight, Baltasar Kormákur‘s survival thriller Everest, and Cary Fukunaga‘s Netflix project Beasts of No Nation.
Also represented are directors Noah Baumbach (the documentary De Palma), Martin Scorsese (the short film The Audition), Amy Berg (the documentary Janis), Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), and actors Kristen Stewart (Equals), Robert Pattinson (Childhood of a Leader), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash), and Gary Oldman (Man Down).
See the Venice Film Festival 2015 lineup announced so far after the jump. Read More »
Its been a while since Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has made a film. In fact, he hasn’t had a new film in almost 6 years, with the release of Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009. Over the years Moore has hinted about working on a new film, and has even teased that he might leave documentaries for narrative films.
Now we know about Moore’s next project. It is Where to Invade Next , a documentary film which has already been completed in secret and will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Angie Han
With the summer movie season starting to wind down, it’s time to look ahead to the more serious-minded films of fall. The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced its 2015 slate, featuring such buzzy highlights as Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario, Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass, Cary Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation, and much, much more. Get the TIFF 2015 lineup announced so far after the jump. Read More »
As cinema has progressed over its relatively short lifespan, many are already starting to forget, or simply aren’t familiar with, the classic stars of the big screen. Perhaps with the exception of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, audiences are becoming less and less acquainted with the likes of classic starlets such as Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman.
Now a new documentary aims to shine a light on one of those classic leading ladies in Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, a new documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. A trailer from overseas has just surfaced, and it paints an intimate, personal portrait of Bergman, a side that many never got to see.
Watch the Ingrid Bergman documentary trailer after the jump! Read More »
After premiering at SXSW earlier this year, the indie comedy 7 Chinese Brothers will put Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The world) back into unlikeable mode next month. But thankfully, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the arrogant prick that he played in the Sundance selected Listen Up Philip.
This time the Wes Anderson favorite plays Larry, a slacker bartender who was just fired for drinking on the job (he favors the drink anytime really). But he might be able to turn things around when he gets a job at a nearby tire and lube shop, even though he doesn’t really have the skills to complete his everyday tasks.
Watch the 7 Chinese Brothers trailer after the jump! Read More »
Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.
At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.
Watch the Call Me Lucky trailer after the jump! Read More »