Briefly: The first film from Rodney Ascher, Room 237, investigated horror by diving into the deep strangeness that develops when film fans take the auteur theory so seriously that they can’t imagine that Stanley Kubrick didn’t have specific intent in mind when he assembled parts of The Shining.
Ascher’s next film will be another documentary, and one which focuses on a different sort of real-life horror. The Nightmare will be “a disturbing investigation into the demonic visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis and provoked by Ascher’s own unsettling experiences with the condition.” The doc likely takes its name from the painting of the same title, seen above. Henry Fuseli painted the image in 1781 as a vision of sleep paralysis rooted in demonic visitation.
Sleep paralysis can manifest in slightly different ways, but in general it is a condition where a person finds themselves unable to move during a period between sleep and waking; it can be associated with fears of imminent threats that the paralysis leaves the sufferer unable to react to or escape from.
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Executive producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have recruited an all-star cast for an important documentary event. Years of Living Dangerously will air on Showtime in April 2014; it features major celebrities talking to real people who have been negatively effected by global warming. Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrara, Harrison Ford, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn and Ian Somerhalder are just a few of the celebrities who travel the world learning about this issue and, below, you can see the the first trailer. Read More »
Anyone who still doubts Netflix is the next iteration of HBO need only look at the parallels, which continue to fall in line.
HBO began as a platform for people to watch movies on a new technology called cable TV. Netflix did the same thing on the Internet. HBO then began producing original movies, which helped to define the channel. Netflix started with television shows, but those have done the same. From there HBO moved into original shows and have since become one of the most celebrated channels in the world. Netflix already has shows, so what’s next?
You guessed it. Netflix is now beginning to look at producing original movies to go along with their original serialized programming. All original programming, though, will only get better and more prevalent in the future as they’ll be doubling their spending in the coming year. Read More »
After a few years of trying to figure out how to work together, director Spike Lee and boxer Mike Tyson finally collaborated on Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. The stand-up performance, which will air next month on HBO, is a filmed document of Tyson’s one-man show recounting his history, his many personal troubles, and of course his success in the ring.
Watch a trailer for the show, below. Read More »
Though you may not know their names, odds are you’ve heard the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. They’re the two long-time friends who, at the age of 11, set out to make a shot by shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And they did! It took them seven years, but their homemade version of Steven Spielberg‘s 1981 masterpiece has since become a cult classic, screening at small festivals and repertory houses before being documented in the book Raiders by Alan Eisenstock. Now, in a beautiful twist of fate, Hollywood has bought the rights to that book and plan to make Strompolos and Zala’s filmmaking adventure into an adventure film of its own.
Jeremy Coon, who produced Napoleon Dynamite, has just optioned the rights to Eisenstock’s book. He plans to first direct a documentary about the story, then turn that into a narrative feature. Strompolos and Zala are attached as producers and their life rights are part of the deal. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Up until a few years ago, Lance Armstrong‘s cycling career sounded like one of the great inspirational tales of our time. That he beat cancer was impressive enough; that he then went on to win the Tour de France a bunch of times was nothing short of incredible. Among the many people intrigued by Armstrong’s journey was filmmaker Alex Gibney, who set out to make a documentary about Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France.
Then, of course, Armstrong’s tale morphed into one of the great scandals of modern sports. He admitted to doping, was stripped of his titles, and was left in disgrace. And Gibney was there for all of it, as his documentary turned into a very, very different film. Now the first trailer for The Armstrong Lie has arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.
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2014 is looking like the year of the Brick. Not only is there the Chris Miller and Phil Lord animated film, The Lego Movie, set for release in February; now the toy company is turning the camera inwards, too. They’re producing a film called Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, which will look at the cultural impact and global fandom surrounding the classic building blocks. (And, from Lego’s perspective, hopefully sell more bricks at the same time.)
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson are directing and an early 2014 release is planned. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Practically every high school kid in America is familiar with Catcher in the Rye, one of the most iconic English-language novels of the modern era. But far less is known about its author, the notoriously reclusive J.D. Salinger. Shane Salerno‘s documentary Salinger sets out to change that.
Piecing together photos, documents, and film footage left behind by the writer, along with interviews with his acquaintances, Salinger tries to get to the heart of this enigmatic figure. Along the way, Salerno reportedly made a bombshell discovery. I won’t spoil it here, but feel free to Google around if you’re curious. Hit the jump to watch the latest trailer.
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