Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Frank Marshall is known mostly for producing some of the most beloved films of all time, including Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and The Bourne Identity. But from time to time he tries his hand at directing as well. Among other things, he’s helmed Arachnophobia, Congo, Eight Below, and the ESPN 30 for 30 installment Right to Play.
His latest directorial effort is a documentary short titled The Man vs. The Machine, chronicling the epic mid-’90s showdown between chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM computer Deep Blue. Watch The Man vs The Machine trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
As various parties race to get out the first Edward Snowden biopic, the first Edward Snowden movie has already premiered. Laura Poitras‘ documentary Citizenfour debuted at the New York Film Festival over the weekend and while it won’t hit theaters for another couple of weeks, we have the first Citizenfour trailer to share with you in the meantime.
The title of the movie comes from the codename Snowden used to sign his emails to Poitras when he first contacted her. The filmmaker was already deep into work on a documentary about post-9/11 surveillance when she got his messages. Together with journalist Glenn Greenwald, she worked with Snowden to release information to the NSA’s covert surveillance programs in 2013. Watch the Citizenfour trailer, plus the Citizenfour NYFF Q&A panel, after the jump.
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As difficult as the films of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were to predict when they were released during the heyday of Cannon Films, their output is almost more difficult to understand now. The seat of the pants craziness that was Cannon’s stock in trade isn’t often seen today, unless via the ironically bad output of Asylum and similar outfits. So let’s go back to the footloose ’80s with this Electric Boogaloo trailer.
Golan and Globus bought the Cannon name in 1979, and through the early ’90s churned out an amazing series of low-budget near-exploitation films that were all violence, titillation, crude humor, and weird story concepts. Naturally, the movies are now hailed as being pretty awesome. (Just get a copy of, say, Ninja III: The Domination to see how magnificently insane Cannon projects could be.)
The documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films traces (obviously) the history of the company, and does so with a wild energy that is fitting for the films in question. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
In this summer’s Boyhood, Richard Linklater summed up 12 years of a kid’s life into one feature-length movie. Now the documentary 21 Years: Richard Linklater will do the same to the filmmaker’s career.
Directed by Michael Dunaway and Tara Wood, the documentary is based on the idea that “the first 21 years defines the career of an artist.” In Linklater’s case, that means looking at everything he’s done from Slacker to Boyhood… which are actually 23 years apart, but we’ll let it slide. Hit the jump to watch the 21 Years Richard Linklater trailer.
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One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.
Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.
Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.
The film is currently streaming exclusive on Vimeo. Below, watch a trailer and learn more. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
For all the movies we watch about attractive heroes zipping around between planets, the number of actual people who’ve been to outer space is quite small. But that could change if Michael Laine has anything to do with it.
For the past several years, Laine and his team at LiftPort have been working to try and make a space elevator a reality. The new documentary Shoot the Moon chronicles their efforts, specifically their ambitious attempt to send an unmanned robot up the tallest free-standing human structure in in existence. Watch the Shoot the Moon trailer after the jump.
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The latest attempt to enhance your theatrical movie experience is already expanding. Last week, Peter and I told you all about Barco Escape, a new theatrical innovation that expands the normal movie screening with extensions on each side of the main screen. The result is a huge panoramic experience unlike anything you can see anywhere else. Barco Escape us currently playing at only five theaters in the U.S. with The Maze Runner, but the company has just announced one of its next events.
Barco Escape has specifically filmed a concert featuring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in the format and will debut it in early 2015. Read more about the Lady Gaga Barco Escape concert below. Read More »
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After four years in limbo, fans will finally get a chance to see James Franco‘s Saturday Night Live documentary this weekend. Saturday Night will hit Hulu Plus on Friday September 26, marking the end of a long road for the comedy documentary.
Back in 2009/2019, Franco spent a week watching the then cast of Saturday Night Live put together an episode for one of his NYU film classes. He then realized the access he had was unprecedented, and created a feature based on the experience. Saturday Night premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 to solid reviews and got picked up for distribution. However, complicated rights issues and red tape locked the film up for some time. Read more about the James Franco Saturday Night Live documentary below. Read More »