Here’s a feature-length documentary on the art of cinematography — one of many such films, but this particular one does feature the participation of dozens of cinematographers. Actually, more than “dozens” — Jon Fauer‘s Cinematographer Style features interviews with over one hundred shooters. They include, but are hardly limited to Roger Deakins, László Kovács, Vittorio Storaro, Gordon Willis, Matthew Libatique, Bill Pope, Newton Thomas Sigel, Dante Spinotti, and John Toll.
A week ago I watched the beginning of the film and was put off — ironically, this film devoted to cinematography is hampered at the beginning by a too-literal and sometimes haphazard edit. But scan forward a bit to where the detailed talk of technique begins, and you’ll find a rich trove of material learned by years of experience on some of the most significant films. For anyone interested in how films are made — and not just how, but why — this is a great feature. Read More »
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Back to the Future fans surely know that next year, 2015, is the year Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. However, when the film was released in 1989, the possibility of flying cars, self-tying shoes and hoverboards seemed within the realm of possibility 25 years down the line. Now that 2015 is upon us, despite the odd viral video, we’re no closer to much of the tech. Or are we?
That’s the subject of an in-production Back to the Future 2 documentary called Back to the Future Again. Directed by John Plaskett, the film explores the technology imagined on the set of Back to the Future Part II versus how close science actually is to achieving it now that the year has arrived. Why can’t we make cars fly? Are Hoverboards possible? Will shoes tie themselves? All those questions will likely be answered in the film.
Below, read more about the Back to the Future 2 documentary and help its last minute push on Kickstarter, where funds are needed to officially license expensive footage from the original movies. Read More »
“Alarmist” is often used as a way to dismiss or slag off an effort, but what about the times when there really is something to be concerned about? There’s plenty of data to demonstrate that many Americans have diets that are deficient and/or self-destructive, and much of that data appears to be collated into the new documentary Fed Up. The first Fed Up trailer paints the film as a more insistent companion to films like Food, Inc. and Super-Size Me. And the poster, excerpted above, really doesn’t skimp on the anger, even if the anger is tempered with humor..
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Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Disneynature’s string of adorable animal documentaries will continue next year with Monkey Kingdom, about a tribe of monkeys living in the jungles of South Asia. They’re thousands of miles and several evolutionary branches removed from the subjects of this year’s Bears, and yet the formula remains pretty much the same.
There are cute-looking creatures and majestic-looking ones, and at the center of it all is a loose plotline about a mother and her baby fighting for survival in a harsh world. Watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Angie Han
An Inconvenient Truth made quite an impact when it hit in 2006, but it wasn’t enough. The issue of climate change is still far from resolved. Worse, it’s a problem that not everyone is even willing to admit exists — plenty of people still refuse to believe global warming is happening at all, experts be damned.
So the filmmakers behind the hit documentary are regrouping to talk about an Inconvenient Truth sequel. “God, do we need one,” said producer Laurie David. More on their plans after the jump. Read More »
Here’s an exclusive set of photos from the very funny and oddly touching documentary The Final Member. The film chronicles the efforts of Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson to complete the permanent specimen collection at the Icelandic Phallological Museum – his museum dedicated to penises. Yeah, you read that correctly. The museum is missing one final member: a human specimen.
The film finds its heart in the competition between two men who both want to the the first to donate their member to the museum, and in so doing be enshrined for years to come. The concept is out there, but the film is sensitive and often hilarious. See a few new photos of the participants below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Over the years, Marvel Studios has given us a ’40s war movie (Captain America: The First Avenger), an otherworldly fantasy-adventure (Thor), and a political thriller (Captain America: The First Avenger). Now one of their newest projects expands Marvel’s horizons even further, into the realm of documentary. Tales to Astonish is a short-form documentary series that examines the context of Marvel’s most famous recent tales.
The first episode, directed by Eric Drath, centers on the Civil War mega-crossover event of the mid-aughts. While the events depicted in it — Captain America and Iron Man squaring off over the Superhero Registration Act — are entirely fictional, they paralleled real-world events like the Patriot Act. Watch the first Tales to Astonish trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s been a wild few years for Dan Harmon, the controversial creator of NBC’s Community. There was his notorious feud with Chevy Chase, his very public firing from his own show, and his eventual re-hiring by the same show. The first Harmontown trailer tags along on the cross-country comedy tour he took in the interim, offering a tiny taste of what this beloved but troubled artist was going through during that time.
Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) directed, and several of Harmon’s showbiz friends including Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Sarah Silverman, and Jack Black make appearances. Watch the video after the jump.
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