/Film’s David Chen has said that half of his top ten list this year will probably be populated by documentaries. There have been some real fantastic documentary films in 2016, and I want to add a new one to your to-do list. It is called Magicians: Life in the Impossible. Yes, the title is so horribly generic that if you search “magicians movie” on Google, the film doesn’t even show up on the first page of results, but please don’t let that scare you away.
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Generations of music lovers know the name Elvis Presley very well. The musician showed up on the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee all the way back in 1954 when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records (who is getting a movie made about his life and all the musicians’ careers he launched, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role). Elvis Presley would go on to become a pioneer in rock and roll, a new form of music that would engulf the entertainment industry in controversy and change the world forever, and now we’ll get a three-hour, two-part feature documentary at HBO telling us how it all happened.
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When it comes to cinema, seeing people taken hostage is just something audiences have become accustomed to seeing. The bad guy needs a little insurance, the thieves need someone they can hold for ransom, a seriously disturbed individual has sinister plans for a victim trapped in a well. However, the consequences are all the more dire when people are kidnapped in the real world.
Captive is a new documentary series from The Bourne Identity director and producer Doug Liman, giving audiences an intimate look at the true stories of victims, negotiators, and kidnappers who have been involved in hostage situations. Watch the Captive trailer below. Read More »
A couple years ago, two 12-year old girls from Wisconsin were arrested for allegedly stabbing a classmate 19 times. This crime is disturbing by itself, but making it even more unnerving was the fact that the two girls committed this unspeakable act of violence in order to impress an internet-created monster known as Slender Man.
Now an HBO documentary called Beware the Slenderman explores the legacy of this monster that originated on a forum called Something Awful and has since become something feared by those who believe the stories that are nothing but fabrications. And it also takes a look at the developing trial of the two girls who could end up being tried as adults for their crime.
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Thanks to the magic of the internet, we’ve gotten to see plenty of pop culture collections, from action figures to comic books, displayed to make us infinitely jealous. Now someone who is actually a piece of millions of collections around the world will take us to check out some of the most impressive pop culture collectible collections ever.
Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest is a new show coming to Comic-Con HQ that features the titular Star Wars saga actor meeting some of the most hardcore fans and collectors of all things nerdy. The first trailer for the series has just debuted online, and in addition to showing off some impressive collections, it also features Mark Hamill interviewing some of the people responsible for featuring the very things that we collect. Read More »
Climate change is one of the more hotly contended topics in the world today, even if it hasn’t been a popular subject during the current nightmare of an election season (which thankfully ends next Tuesday). But to make sure people don’t forget about this important issue, National Geographic has teamed up with producer Leonardo DiCaprio and director Fisher Stevens to make their entire documentary Before the Flood available to watch for free on YouTube.
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Leonardo DiCaprio has been rather vocal when it comes to fighting for environmental issues. He’s produced several documentaries about climate change, clean energy and more such as The 11th Hour, Catching the Sun and Before the Flood. Now he’s turned his attention to the threat of extinction facing African elephants due to the illegal ivory trade around the world.
Directors Richard Ladkani (The Devil’s Miner) and Kief Davidson (A LEGO Brickumentary) spent 16 months with a team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. The result is The Ivory Game, a documentary of this surprisingly dangerous criminal underworld that shows the total lack of respect given to some of the most majestic animals on the planet, all for some rich jerks.
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The other day we got the surprise news that Michael Moore has a new movie coming out. Not only has he finished a brand new doc, but it was also shown to audiences this week. Michael Moore in Trumpland, based on the director’s one-man play, premiered this week, just three weeks before the November 8th presidential election. When will the rest of the world get to see Moore’s latest? A release date isn’t set in stone, but the director is going to self-distribute his movie.
Below, learn more about Michael Moore’s TrumpLand distribution plans.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
You didn’t really expect Michael Moore to just sit out the madness of this presidential election cycle, did you? The filmmaker and activist has announced a late-breaking October surprise in the form of Michael Moore in Trumpland, based on his own one-man play. The movie will have its world premiere in New York City tonight (Tuesday, October 18), exactly three weeks before the November 8 election, and officially begin its theatrical run tomorrow. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are days where Werner Herzog threatens to become a meme, a joke thrown around by people who find his unique presence and offbeat/nihilistic worldview intoxicating and amusing. And then the man turns around and releases another movie and reminds you that he is one of the great artists of the past century or so, a monumental figure whose work makes every single imitation and joke look pale in comparison. Even when his movies aren’t especially good, they’re singular and the work of a true genius doing things in a way that are totally unique to him.
Into the Inferno is the latest documentary from Herzog and it finds him once again taking on one of his favorite subjects: the power of nature and the awe-inspiring grip it has on tenuous human civilization. More specifically, this is a movie where Mr. Herzog visits a whole bunch of volcanoes and the trailer sure looks impressive.
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