Justice League concept art

Just this past week, we learned a documentary is in the works that will chronicle the abandoned attempt by director George Miller to adapt the DC Comics superhero team Justice League for the big screen. Now the team behind the documentary is getting some buzz started for the project by revealing art via Twitter.

What claims to be the official Twitter account for the documentary, tentatively titled Miller’s Justice League Mortal, has revealed three pieces of concept art created when the film was still developing several years ago. Two pieces feature Wonder Woman in action, while the other shows what Aquaman potentially could have looked like. Check out George Miller’s Justice League concept art after the jump. Read More »

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primary instinct

Briefly: Well, folks, the day is finally here. A little bit more than a year after we first shot a concert film at the Moore Theatre with Stephen Tobolowsky, the World Premiere of The Primary Instinct is finally upon us. Tomorrow, all the people who backed us on Kickstarter will get the opportunity to watch the film with us when it plays at the Seattle International Film Festival.

But there’s good news for those who live near the Seattle area as well: You can still buy a ticket to see the film in personThe Primary Instinct will play at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Capitol Hill for two showings: Friday at 9:45 PM, and Saturday at noon. Stephen and I will both be there to do a Q&As afterwards.

For those who won’t be able to be there and are still interested in seeing the film: stay tuned! We’ll have more exciting news about the film in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider joining us in person. If you do, be sure to say hi. And for those who have been with us every step of the way on this journey, right from the very beginning: Thank you, so so much.

Justice League

Way back in 2007, George Miller was set to direct Justice League Mortal for Warner Bros. He got as far as casting, with Armie Hammer (Batman), D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Adam Brody (The Flash), and Common (Green Lantern) set for the main roles, before things fell apart.

Warner Bros. now has other plans for Justice League, as we’ve extensively covered here. But with the recent success of Mad Max: Fury Road, people are wondering once again about the George Miller Justice League movie that never was. Now a new documentary will shed some light on the aborted project.  Read More »

Batkid begins trailer

Batkid Begins will restore your faith in humanity. We live in a cynical world; hate and conflict are things we all deal with every day. But in the documentary Batkid Begins, you get to see how pop culture can not only bring out the best in people, it can unite us in ways that are absolutely remarkable.

You probably remember back in 2013, a young boy diagnosed with leukemia was chosen by the San Francisco Make-A-Wish foundation to get his wish. The boy, Miles Scott, wanted to be Batman. Granting that wish would be no easy task. As news of his wish got out, the event snowballed into something bigger than anyone imagined. From his family to the planning to the worldwide reaction, you see all facets of this incredible event in Batkid Begins. 

Directed by Dana Nachman, Batkid Begins will be released by New Line Cinema on June 26. (Julia Roberts is also producing a narrative version of the story.) Check out the first Batkid Begins trailer below. Read More »

Amy Winehouse documentary

The basics of Amy Winehouse’s brief life are familiar to many. She was a talented musician whose life spiraled out of control even as her career took off, resulting in her sudden death at the age of 27. But in his new documentary Amy, director Asif Kapadia digs past her tragic image to uncover the brilliant, complicated woman underneath. Watch the new Amy trailer after the jump.

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Luke and Biggs

The best thing about documentaries is there’s something for everyone. No matter what you’re into, from the grandest ideas like religion or politics, to the smallest things like Star Wars, someone has made a movie about it. Then things can get even more specific within those ideas. In the case of Star Wars, two new docs tackle the series from two very different, but equally interesting angles.

First up, a new documentary has turned to IndieGoGo to research the Star Wars prequels. It’s called The Prequels Strike Back. Then, there’s a short documentary you can watch right now about Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker’s best friend who was largely cut from the original film. Learn more about both Star Wars documentaries below. Read More »

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Look of Silence trailer

Joshua Oppenheimer follows his Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing with The Look of Silence, which continues to explore the aftereffects of the 1965 Indonesian Genocide, and you can see a very powerful Look of Silence trailer below.

While The Act of Killing focused primarily on some of the surviving ringleaders of the genocide, The Look of Silence focuses more specifically on one man, Adi, whose brother was killed during the genocide, and who discovers the identities of his brother’s murderers, and confronts them. More intimate in scope but no less effective and terrifying than The Act of Killing, Oppenheimer’s new companion doc is viewing every bit as essential as his first exploration of the subject. Read More »

The Nightmare trailer

Rodney Ascher made his big-screen debut with the documentary Room 237, which gave voice to crazy fan theories about The Shining, and in the process explored the ways we interact with films and our assumptions about filmmakers. Now Ascher is tackling a subject that is much closer to home for some people: sleep paralysis.

In The Nightmare, Ascher interviews subjects who suffer from sleep paralysis — where one is awake, but completely unable to move, and sometimes beset by hallucinations — and then recreates these very personal visions and terrors. The result is a film Germain called “absolutely horrifying” when it premiered at Sundance.

Check out The Nightmare trailer after the jump. Read More »

Beyond the Brick Trailer

Lego is the biggest, most successful toy company in the world. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a decade ago, the company was in danger of failing. New leadership had to redirect and refocus the brand before it began to soar. Then, with last year’s release of The Lego Movie, Lego was brought to the mainstream in a way it never had been before.

Before that even happened, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge were on the ground floor. They were documenting the world of Lego for a film now called A Lego Brickumentary (It was formerly called Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.) The film hit the festival circuit last year but is now set for nationwide release, both in theaters and online, on July 31. The first trailer for the film, which is narrated by Jason Bateman, is now online and it’s a must watch not only for fans of Lego, but people who just don’t get the appeal, which is surely lots of you. Read More »