The Roger Corman-produced version of The Fantastic Four, from 1994, is like an optical illusion. Every time I try to watch the thing, I get about five minutes in before my eyes and brain resolutely decide to look at anything else. The term “unwatchable” gets thrown around a fair bit, but Corman’s Fantastic Four is a great candidate to define the term.
With a wave of superhero movies in full swing, two studio-made Fantastic Four movies behind us and a new one slated to shoot in March, it is inevitable that people will go back to Corman’s movie. It was never officially released, but the enterprising viewer can easily find it online. Now there’s also a documentary, called Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s ‘The Fantastic Four’. A trailer has hit, and you can have a look below. Read More »
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We probably shouldn’t have anticipated that Donald Rumsfeld would open up to documentarian Errol Morris in the same way that former defense secretary Robert McNamara did for the film The Fog of War. But that doesn’t make the Morris conversations with Rumsfeld — presented in the new film The Unknown Known — any less fascinating. While reviews out of festivals talked about how little Rumsfeld deviates from prior statements about intelligence and the latter Bush administration, significant aspects of his personality and mindset are still revealed in the interviews.
Check out a full-length trailer for the doc, below. Read More »
When something becomes as ingrained in popular culture as Seinfeld, anything the show touched became larger than life. George Steinbrenner, the Soup Nazi, “faking it,” the list of things Seinfeld defined or changed forever is long. Near the top of the list has to be Tom’s Restaurant, a diner in New York City that was shown in nearly every episode as the primary hangout of Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine. Though it opened in the 1940s, fifty years later the show turned Tom’s into quite the tourist attraction.
Now, director Gian Franco Morini is exploring the history of that restaurant, both related to Seinfeld and not, in a documentary called Tom’s Restaurant. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
You may have seen all the Oscar bait December releases, but here is a best of the year candidate that probably isn’t on your radar. Tim’s Vermeer is one of 2013′s best films – A funny, maddening & inspiring journey that may even change art history.
The film, crafted by Magician duo Penn & Teller, has nothing to do with magic or magicians at all (at least in the obvious sense). Remember, Penn Jillette also produced the hilarious 2005 documentary The Aristocrats. Although it should be noted that this film is Teller‘s feature directorial debut.
Tim’s Vermeer tells the story of one man’s obsession to accomplish the near impossible, and paint a Vermeer with almost no art skills what-so-ever. Along the way he may prove that one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age could have used unforeseen technology advances to create some of the greatest regarded paintings of all time. And while the film is about one man’s journey, it is also an exploration of the intersection of art and technology — If Vermeer invented and used advanced technology to help create his art, was he “cheating”? Is the art somehow less incredible knowing the process? Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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We know there’s big stuff coming from Microsoft’s division that is programming content exclusive to the Xbox Live platform, such as the Halo series with involvement from Steven Spielberg. But the first official announcement of exclusive content is a lot smaller — which doesn’t mean less interesting.
A new company called Lightbox has announced a “series of films for Xbox Entertainment Studios about the start of the digital revolution,” and the first release in the series will be a documentary about the story of Atari’s reported burial of millions of copies of the critically-savaged and commercially ignored E.T. video game. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed Mitt Romney‘s hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. While his former running mate Paul Ryan has remained a vocal presence in the House of Representatives, Romney himself has almost completely faded from public view.
But Netflix is taking a look back at the man with Mitt, Greg Whiteley‘s documentary about Romney’s lengthy battle for the presidency. While we all know the eventual outcome, it’s still a fascinating inside look at a side of the politician we never go to know — probably to his detriment. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
- Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
- The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
- Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
- Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
- Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
- 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
- Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
- George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road
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Almost exactly fifty years ago as I write this, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX, and we’re still talking about aspects of the shooting decades later. Was there a single shooter, or multiple assassins? Was the killing the action of a loner, or the product of a conspiracy involving the CIA, the Mob, and foreign powers?
Errol Morris has looked into the JFK assassination before, in works like the short The Umbrella Man. For that short he talked to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, a professor-turned-private investigator. He’s also a proponent of a three-gunmen theory, as put forth in the book Six Seconds In Dallas, which takes a scientific and evidence-based approach to the theory that multiple shooters acted on that day in Texas.
Now Morris presents more material with Tink, in a short called November 22, 1963, which looks at the various photographic evidence captured that day by ordinary citizens. The Zapruder film is, of course, the spine that connects many other pieces of evidence, but here the two men lay out a path of photographic evidence, and discuss how it effects our understanding of what happened that afternoon. Read More »
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