Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ve yet to see the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad, but having seen the first 54 it seems a safe bet that this show will be remembered as one of the greatest of our time. Series creator Vince Gilligan caught lightning in a bottle with this one, and while it remains to be seen whether he can possibly top it with his next endeavor, Sony wants to make sure we remember just how he made the magic happen this time around.
The studio has commissioned a two-hour documentary about the acclaimed drama, which will go behind the scenes and explore its history. Hit the jump to find out when and where you might be able to see it.
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Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
If abortions in general are controversial, late-term abortions (after 20 weeks) are even more so. It’s not just the pro-lifers who protest those; many pro-choicers draw the line at that point. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to get one in the States, as only four doctors in the country perform them at all. And it’s tough going for them — one of their colleagues, Dr. George Tiller, was shot and killed by an anti-abortion activist in 2009.
The four remaining doctors are the subject of After Tiller, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson‘s documentary about the hot-button topic. The film looks at these physicians, the people they work with, and the people who turn to them for help, and attempts to do so without resorting to the black-and-white view usually applied to the issue. Hit the jump to watch the first trailer.
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Briefly: One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a documentary about the almost too-unbelievable story of NBA point guard Jeremy Lin. Directed by Evan Jackson Leong, Linsanity tells Lin’s story from his childhood, all the way up through the month in 2012 when he became one of the most famous people on the planet.
Ketchup Entertainment picked the film up and will distribute it on October 4 in 10-15 cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. If you like unbelievable stories, or just great sports movies, Linsanity is a can’t miss. [Variety]
Indie Game: The Movie was one of the ten best films I saw last year. Currently available on Netflix, the documentary directed by Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky follows the development of three independent video games. You can read my full review here for more details.
This week, the filmmakers are doing something truly awesome and fitting. Since it’s a movie about video games, they’re offering exclusive downloadable content. Paramount among the new offerings are almost two hours of new short films and epilogues following the people in the film. But there’s also new commentaries and Steam exclusives such as achievements, online trading cards and more. The whole thing is now available for instant download.
Check out the trailer for Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition below. Read More »
Mike Myers was undoubtably one of the biggest movie stars in the world a decade ago. Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, Shrek, the guy had a long string of massive hits and sequels that afforded him the ability to do many other things. But when 2008′s The Love Guru failed, the actor seemingly took himself off the radar, with the exception few minor roles.
Myers has finally decided to return to the world of show business, but he’s doing it in a very unexpected way. Instead of once again playing Wayne or Austin, the comedic actor will step behind the camera to direct a documentary called Supermensch. The film focuses on talent manager Shep Gordon, who has worked with the likes of Blondie, Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross and others. Read More »
Several years ago Joel Schroeder began working on a documentary called Dear Mr. Watterson. The film was essentially designed to be a long appreciation of Bill Watterson‘s excellent comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, which ran in newspapers from 1985 to 1995. Several years and a big Kickstarter campaign later, the film is ready to be released, and there’s a full trailer, as well as some release info. The trailer features enthusiasm for the strip from fans and other cartoonists, and you can see that below. Read More »
The best way to learn about Japan’s famed animation house Studio Ghibli is simply to watch Ghibli’s films, especially those made by co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. Barring that, a visit to the Ghibli Museum in Japan will give you a good look at the studio’s history; cheaper but also far more limited is the selection of “making-of” clips that accompany some of the company’s films.
How about a better middle ground? A documentary called The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness is in the works now. The film will look at the making of two new animated films, among them Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Remember the days before IMAX became ubiquitous? When the format was more strongly associated with science documentaries at the natural history museum than $250 million tentpoles at the multiplex? It’s not that IMAX isn’t used for the former anymore, of course. It’s just that the latter has now eclipsed the original use.
So even though In Saturn’s Rings isn’t really a throwback, it kinda feels like one to me. Directed by Stephen van Vuuren, the art film consists of over a million still images of Saturn, captured without the aid of fancy CG or VFX. Based on the trailer, the results are pretty mindblowing. Watch it in standard def, high def, or 4K after the jump.
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