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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 »

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Richard Linklater

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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star wars toy documentary

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 »

Shoot the Moon trailer

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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Lady Gaga Muppets 2

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 »

James Franco Saturday Night

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 »

Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La trailer

The surf documentary has a long and storied history. As seen in The Endless Summer and Riding Giants and dozens in between, surfers and filmmakers have been traveling the globe together for decades, documenting the unique lifestyle and incredibly beautiful sport.

The latest entry into this specific genre is out today. It’s called Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La and was directed by Joe G. The director shot the whole movie on 16mm film, which gives it a classic feel in a modern world. The filmmakers traveled from Iceland to Mozambique, France to Brazil and many places in between, all in the quest for “surfing’s own holy grail.”

Below, read more about the surf documentary Strange Rumblings in Shangri-La, watch the trailer, see the poster and find out how to watch it right now. Read More »

Pauly Shore Stands Alone trailer
Showtime has acquired the independent documentary feature Pauly Shore Stands Alone about the life of a struggling and aging comedian. The Pauly Shore film was produced by a /Film reader and recently won Best Documentary Feature at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, and is now set to premiere on the premium cable channel on December 4th 2014. Unlike some of Shore’s recent efforts, Pauly Shore Stands Alone is not a fake documentary or mockumentary and actually seems to be an interesting look at a comic trying to run back into the spotlight after his 15 minutes of fame had ended. The Pauly Shore Stands Alone trailer can be watched after the jump.

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