I saw director Joe Berlinger‘s Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru at SXSW earlier this year and had a very mixed reaction. While some found the film genuinely inspiring and others ruthlessly mocked it, I fell somewhere in the middle. It’s a fascinating movie and one worthy of being watched and picked apart, even if Berlinger’s portrait of the the famed motivational speaker is essentially a hagiography. In fact, it may be worth watching because it suggests Robbins can do no wrong and that viewpoint says a great deal about Robbins and those documenting him. Your personal mileage may drastically change how you watch this movie.
Anyway, Netflix scooped up the film and has released the first trailer, which offers a fairly accurate look at what you can expect.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is one of the most purely entertaining documentaries you will see this year, a tribute to the joys of cinema and the agonies of childhood. Directors Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen tell the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two childhood friends who set out to remake Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark. When they were eleven years old. In 1982. Their efforts resulted in Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, which has found a cult following over the years. Raiders! pulls double duty, exploring the making of the original fan film and the modern attempt by Strompolos and Zala to actually finish what they began as children and complete the one scene they never managed to film: the famous brawl on the German Flying Wing.
With the film currently touring around the country for the rest of the summer (you can check out the schedule and purchase tickets here), I sat down with Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala to talk about their experiences in making “the greatest fan film ever made,” their future filmmaking endeavors, and whether or not they’re sick and tired of Raiders of the Lost Ark at this point.
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Almost everyone has memories of growing up watching Disney movies. Whether it was in theaters or on VHS, the animated movies of Walt Disney Pictures have touched billions. But for one young man, they helped him cope with autism and connect to a world that he struggled to understand.
Life, Animated tells the story of Owen Suskind, an outgoing child who suddenly showed signs of autism at a young age. The documentary tells his life story as we follow Owen, now a twentysomething young man, as he sets out to live in his own apartment for the first time. And in this story, we see how Disney movies changed his life by way of clips from the movies, reenactment by Owen himself, and some gorgeous original animation as well. Watch the Life Animated trailer after the jump. Read More »
Much of the finest entertainment in the world isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great content that won’t cost you a dime. Case in point, Jerry Seinfeld has his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee available to watch for free through Sony’s Crackle, and the eighth season is on its way this summer.
The first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 8 trailer has just debuted online, teasing Seinfeld’s fascinating discussions with some of comedy’s most brilliant minds. This season includes Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director Judd Apatow, former Daily Show correspondent and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and plenty more. Watch below! Read More »
The documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters from 2007 is one of the most entertaining documentaries I’ve ever seen. The film from director Seth Gordon (who has gone on to direct films like Horrible Bosses) followed two grown men competing for a new world record for the highest score on the Donkey Kong arcade game. Now another arcade rivalry will come to life in a new documentary called Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler.
As the Man vs Snake trailer below illustrates, the film sets the stage by introducing us to Tim McVey, the man who set a world record in 1984 by becoming the first person to score over a billion points on a single video game. That game was Nibbler, which may be better known as “Snake” to today’s crowd. But now one man has stepped up to challenge Tim’s score, and he just might have the goods to back it up. Read More »
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If you keep up on viral sensations on the web, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Unlocking the Truth. The heavy metal band is made up of three 7th grade African-American kids from Brooklyn, and when one of their performances in Times Square went viral, they skyrocketed to fame online and in the music industry. Now a new documentary follows their journey.
Breaking a Monster follows Malcolm Brickhouse (vocals/guitar), Alec Atkins (bass), and Jarad Dawkins (drums) as they come to terms with their fame, face some pretty daunting adult consequences and decisions, and of course, rock to their heart’s content. Now you can watch the first Breaking a Monster trailer to see how their new career begins. Read More »
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal says, “Television can basically be broken down into two parts: before Norman and after Norman.” The “Norman” in question is none other than Norman Lear, the iconic producer behind groundbreaking television shows such as All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons and Maude. The new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and now the riveting documentary about the man and his impact on television is coming to theaters this summer.
Watch the Norman Lear documentary trailer after the jump. Read More »
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and there’s already a way to celebrate with a new print by Laurent Durieux available for purchase at Bottleneck Galley. But if that’s not enough, this summer also marks the release of Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a documentary about a group of kids who set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of the Steven Spielberg classic. Their endeavor spans decades, and we get to learn all about their process as they set out to finally finish it.
In honor of the release of Raiders! and the 35th anniversary of the film that inspired its subjects, Alamo Drafthouse has released a shot-for-shot recreation of the original movie’s trailer using footage from Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. It shows you just how dedicated these kids were to their project and how impressive their low budget work and passion still is.
Watch the Raiders of the Lost Ark trailer remake below. Read More »
Will artificial intelligence replace Werner Herzog and other filmmakers one day? Will will be able to compose tweets from our minds? And, more importantly, what will it take to send Werner Herzog to Mars? These are some of the many burning questions posed in the trailer for Herzog’s latest documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World.
Below, watch the Lo and Behold trailer:
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