Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Quentin Tarantino wouldn’t be Quentin Tarantino if he wasn’t stirring up controversy everywhere he went. While his increasingly bizarre showdown with various police unions only provides additional free advertising for next movie, The Hateful Eight, another filmmaker is looking to take advantage of his incredible career and filmography. Production has begun on director Tara Wood‘s 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, a documentary that will chart the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career .
You can find the necessary details about the Quentin Tarantino documentary after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Even as Netflix stops being the preeminent destination to watch every movie and TV show you want to see (its library waxes and wanes unpredictably), the world’s most famous streaming service has shown tremendous good taste and savvy with its original content. As countless niche services battle for their piece of the streaming pie, Netflix, along with larger rivals like Amazon and Hulu, have seemingly decided to focus on cake. And by cake, we mean producing and acquiring original, exclusive content. And – this is the important part – the majority of Netflix’s exclusive content has been expertly made and critically acclaimed.
When you think of Netflix, you don’t think of Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo. You think of well-liked original series like Daredevil, House of Cards, BoJack Horseman, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Orange Is the New Black. You think of genuinely great documentaries that managed to find a home, like The Square, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Virunga, and Tig. So the news that Netflix is bringing another documentary series to its library is terrific news. That’s all of their strengths in one place.
The series is titled Making a Murderer and it sounds like something that will scratch your Serial and The Jinx true-crime itches something fierce. Investigate the details after the jump.
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I’m a huge Project Greenlight fanatic. I’ve been watching the HBO series since it first made its debut in 2001. Actually, I even had a submission in for the second season of Project Greenlight (which was just a scene from the feature film I co-directed). This season of the HBO filmmaking “documentary” series was filled with drama, which I chatted about at length during this week’s /Filmcast.
Project Greenlight, like any reality series, shows a version of events that may or may not happened exactly as presented onscreen. 20,000 hours of footage is edited down into the four and a half hours of television that aired on HBO, and characters and storylines are streamlined and packaged to maximize the drama. So what is the reality behind the show? We’ll never know as we were there in person. But we can listen to a few of the people who were there, namely director Jason Mann and producer Effie Brown, who have commented publicly about the process.
In addition, there are a variety of things I have noticed or learned since watching this season of the show that you probably didn’t know about. So if you watched the fourth season of Project Greenlight, hit the jump to learn some information about what you might have missed.
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Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine) is not happy with the MPAA. The filmmaker’s first film in over six years, Where to Invade Next, has been branded with an R rating from the ratings board. The MPAA has never been the biggest fan of logic, and, like plenty of other filmmakers have in the past, Moore is taking them to task for it.
Learn more after the jump.
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Since there isn’t really an abundance of Thanksgiving films that you can enjoy throughout the month of November leading up to the feasting holiday, it’s probably not a bad idea to keep watching horror films for at least a couple weeks following the end of Halloween. Or if you’ve had your fill of blood, spooks and demons, maybe you’d like to go behind the scenes of one of the best horror films ever made.
John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982 is a classic in every sense of the word. It has influenced cinema for decades, inspired a generation of filmmakers, and it holds up as a truly intense, suspenseful thriller. And now a new The Thing documentary clocking in around 84 minutes goes behind the scenes of the film, telling you everything you ever wanted to know. Read More »
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For a couple years, an adaptation of the children’s horror book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been in the works. Back in 2013, Saw scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston were set to write the screenplay, but last year John August was brought on board to start the project over from square one. Since then, we haven’t heard anything about the project.
But while we wait for that project to move forward, we’ll be able to dive into Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in a different way. Filmmaker Cody Meirick has been working on a documentary, aptly called Scary Stories, that will dive into the history and legacy of the book and the impact it had on the generation who fell in love with the terrifying gothic tales and illustrations within, haunting their dreams so much that later versions of the original book were made significantly less scary.
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Star Wars is a worldwide phenomenon. After the first film was released in 1977, movies were never the same, and for the bright young stars of the sci-fi adventure life was never the same either. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were certified stars, and now they can’t go anywhere without being mobbed by legions of fans who just want to shake hands and say hello to cinematic royalty.
But people forget there’s a whole other set of actors who worked on Star Wars in the summer of 1976, and that’s mostly because you never see their faces on the screen. And for them, everything has been a little different. A new Star Wars documentary called Elstree 1976 highlights the performers who were hidden by alien creature faces, Stormtrooper helmets and even Darth Vader’s mask, taking a look at the making of the movie and the legacy of the franchise from their point of view. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. Although the world’s most popular steaming service is losing a bunch of great movies and television shows next month, it’s gaining plenty of stuff worthy of your team and attention in turn. If you like unique and varied documentaries, surreal animated family movies, and Marvel superheroes, you’ll have plenty to dig into over the next few weeks.
Scroll one down for our recommendations for movies coming to Netflix next month, plus a complete list of everything else.
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The excitement for Back to the Future Day continues with a tease of another documentary about one of the most integral parts of the time traveling adventure. The DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future is one of the most iconic vehicles in cinema history, but for some reason, the primary car used during the production of the film trilogy was left to fall apart on the backlot of Universal Studios. It sat in the rain for years, fans would sneak onto the lot and steal parts from it, and the car seemed destined for the junkyard.
But Back to the Future writer Bob Gale wasn’t prepared to let the original DeLorean be erased from existence, and he had a restoration team assembled to bring the car back to its former glory. The work, which lasted over two years, is chronicled in the Outatime trailer, a documentary about the saving of this film legend. Read More »