fearless trailer

The late Roger Ebert famously called movies “empathy machines,” writing on how they allow you to experience other lives and new perspectives in a fashion that most other art forms cannot. I find this to be especially true with great documentaries, which can take subject matter that doesn’t seem like it would interest you at all and blow your mind wide open with the details of a world you would normally never think about.

Case in point: this new Netflix documentary series about professional bull riders. I didn’t know I wanted to watch a documentary series about professional bull riders, but here we are. It’s called Fearless and there’s a trailer and everything.

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24x36 trailer

We live in an interesting age for movie posters. While actual film studios and the marketing people they employ continue to line multiplex walls with generic, heavily photoshopped work that generally relies on giant floating heads and/or random debris particles filling in every inch of negative space, pop culture art has undergone a revolution. Companies like Mondo, the Bottleneck Gallery, and Hero Complex have embraced movie buffs’ desire to line their walls with tremendous art representing films that are important to them. The movie poster has been reinvented.

The new documentary 24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters looks to explore how the beautiful movie posters from decades past gave way to the generic designs of today and how third parties and inspired artists have resurrected the form. And yes, you can watch the trailer below.

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Steven Spielberg Documentary

There was a time when it wasn’t easy to watch videos taking us behind the scenes of our favorite movies. Today, cinephiles are spoiled with featurettes, documentaries and more that show how movies are made. But there was a time when you had to be at the right place at the right time to catch a glimpse of your favorite director hard at work, showing how movie magic brings their latest vision to life. Thanks to the magic of the internet, we get to see one of those videos online today.

Back in the 1980s, a Japanese TV crew was given unprecedented access to director Steven Spielberg, resulting in an hour-long documentary that shows the iconic filmmaker in the middle of his booming career. Tour Spielberg’s office and home at a time when he had already directed Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, but hadn’t yet moved on to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It’s a fascinating and eye-opening documentary into the life and career of a filmmaking legend when he was just in his mid-30s.

Watch the Japanese Steven Spielberg documentary after the jump. Read More »

One More Time With Feeling

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis‘ score for Andrew Dominik‘s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is astonishing. Once you’ve heard it, the duo’s beautifully haunting piece of music is impossible to shake. Almost a decade after Cave and Dominik collaborated on that epic, they’ve reunited for One More Time With Feeling. The filmmaker directed a doc partially about the making of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ new album, Skeleton Tree.

Below, watch the One More Time With Feeling trailer.

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Eight Days a Week Trailer

In the decades since they became a sensational imported rock band from the United Kingdom, there have been countless documentaries, TV specials, books and more recounting the rise to fame of The Beatles. But believe it or not, there’s still plenty of footage, stories and photos that you haven’t seen which will be unveiled in a new documentary coming this fall.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is a new feature film from director Ron Howard that takes a look at the band’s time spent on tour from 1962 until 1966, as well as their origins, inner-workings and controversies. For even the most hardcore fans of the Fab Four, this looks like it will have something new to learn.

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Floyd Norman Documentary Trailer

Back in 1956, Floyd Norman became the first African-American animator hired by Disney. But in his mind, he was just an artist looking for a job. Having worked on classics such as Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and The Jungle Book, Norman is a veteran of the animation industry who spent his glory days at the studio, even making the jump from 2D animation to Pixar Animation to work on Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc., something that animators usually don’t do.

However, Norman’s time as a Disney legend came to an end in 2000 when he was unceremoniously fired from the studio at 65 years old. It’s largely believed that he was let go due to ageism, but Norman wasn’t ready to leave yet, choosing to take over a cubicle in an unpaid position at Disney Publishing. Now a new documentary, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life, tells the story of his life, career and occasional troublemaking ways.

Watch the Floyd Norman documentary trailer after the jump. Read More »

projectgreenlight-affleck-damon-chairs

Last year, Project Greenlight made a return to TV after being away for 10 years. The show originated on HBO back in 2001, lasted two seasons on the cable network, and then moved over to Bravo for a third season. The revival last year came as a surprise, but with the advances in the technology of filmmaking, the field of competitors vying for the chance to direct their own feature film was far more interesting, making a new season of the show that much more exciting.

However, it turns out the revival of the show wasn’t good enough for HBO as the cable network has decided they won’t be renewing the documentary series for a fifth season. Now Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are looking for a new place to take the show. Get all the details on prospects of Project Greenlight season 5 after the jump. Read More »

Operation Avalanche Trailer

After debuting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the faux documentary Operation Avalanche will be coming to theaters this fall. And for conspiracy theorists who think the moon landing was faked by the government, this could just be more fuel to the fire.

Operation Avalanche is a period found footage film following a pair of young CIA agents (Matt Johnson and Owen Williams) who initially go undercover at NASA to expose a Russian mole. But while posing as a documentary crew, they actually learn that there’s no way NASA is going to win the race to the moon. So they have an idea, and you already know what it is.

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for the love of spock trailer

If you cornered me in a dark alley and forced me to name the five greatest characters in all of fiction, I can’t say who would fill out the complete list. However, I can see with utmost confidence that one of them would Spock, the Vulcan science officer so memorably played by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series and eight subsequent movies. I’ve already gone on the record about what Star Trek and the character of Spock mean to me, but I know I’m not alone. For a character who lived a life intentionally free of emotion, he sure had a way of cutting straight to your heart.

Nimoy died last year, but his son Adam Nimoy is paying tribute to his legacy (and honoring the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in general) with the new documentary For the Love of Spock, which is set to open soon after making the festival rounds over the past year. You probably don’t have to be a Trek fan to get a little misty-eyed at the new trailer.

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Making A Murderer season 2

Netflix this morning has announced that executive producers/directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos are already in production on new episodes of Making a Murderer.

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