Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
All movies have soundtracks. Some of them have really good soundtracks. Very few of them have soundtracks so exceptional, they’re able to inspire a concert and a subsequent documentary of their own. But leave it to the Coen Brothers to be that exception.
Their latest film Inside Llewyn Davis centers on a musician (Oscar Isaac) struggling to make it on the folk scene in ’60s New York. To complement that premise, T Bone Burnett has produced a killer soundtrack filled with performances by Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers, and more.
All of them plus a few more famous friends (including Joan Baez, Colin Meloy, Patti Smith, and Jack White) got together for a benefit show in New York City this fall, and Showtime is now releasing that one-night-only concert as a documentary. After the jump, check out a trailer for the network’s Another Day, Another Time, plus another new clip from the movie itself.
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We here on /Film have been covering pop culture art long before it became what it is now. Years ago, Mondo posters sat on their website for days at a time, Gallery 1988 shows didn’t have people camping out overnight, and eBay wasn’t a wasteland of people buying posters only to turn a profit. By consistently being passionate about the world, we likely contributed to the simple thought of “That poster is cool” turning to “I will kill someone to get that poster, so help me God.”
During that time the hype increased, new galleries opened, talented artists emerged, prices inflated, and several people have made movies about the various facets of the poster craze. Just Like Being There traced its roots in the gig poster scene, Officially Limited is exploring the legal ramifications and now a new documentary is doing a bit of both. It’s called Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six (the standard poster size in the poster collecting world) and will look at the history of the movie poster up through, and including, the current craze for limited edition collectibles. Read more below.
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Steve James‘ documentary Life Itself, about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, is well into post-production. It looks as if the film will be finished early in 2014 and, to simultaneously help raise the final funds to finish the film as well as allow fans to see it early, the production has started an IndieGoGo campaign.
You can find the link to the IndieGoGo here. For as low as $25, you’ll get a link allowing you to stream the movie once it’s finished and well before the theatrical release. With a higher donation, you can attend live screenings, visit the editing room, and much more. All funds raised in the next month (they’re aiming at $150,000) will go towards post-production items such as original music, animation and graphics, color correction, audio mixing, music licensing and archival footage. Read More »
The death penalty is one of the biggest, most controversial issues in American culture. Is it okay to kill someone if they did something truly terrible, or does killing them make us just as bad as the criminal? Even if execution is deemed permissible, can it be carried out in good conscience knowing that the process of putting someone on death row is flawed?
A new documentary looks at the death penalty from a very intriguing and disturbing angle. The film is called There Will Be No Stay and it tells the story of the executioners themselves. The men who are tasked with literally killing the accused. Should they be considered murderers? How do they deal with these issues? Those questions are all asked in this trailer. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ron Burgundy now has his own underwear line and his own museum exhibit. Also after the jump:
- Night at the Museum 3 casts an Amazing Spider-Man actor
- Kevin Macdonald‘s Christmas in a Day will follow Life in a Day
- Mark Wahlberg reiterates that the new Transformers is “stand alone”
- Composer Steve Jablonsky talks Transformers: Age of Extinction
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Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
ESPN’s 30 for 30 has chronicled many of the biggest events in sports history, but that just makes it weirder that they’ve so far neglected to examine one of the most iconic moments of the ’90s: the epic game between the Monstars and the Tune Squad, as famously depicted in the 1996 film Space Jam. Sure, Sugar Ray Leonard and Nancy Kerrigan are pretty interesting people, but are either of them a 12-foot monster capable of breathing fire? Didn’t think so.
Fortunately, the documentary series has finally gotten around to righting that wrong. In a new short called 30 for 30: The Space Jam Game, commentators, historians, and even one of the players recall that fateful match. Check it out after the jump.
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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 »