Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Alex Gibney is one of the most prolific documentary filmmakers working today. To look at his filmography is to wonder if there’s a bomb in his chest that will go off if he ever stops working. Like any director who works so frequently, you have to take his occasionally misses in stride – not every movie can be as infuriating and fascinating as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room or as horrifying as the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.
The trailer for Zero Days, which is making its debut at the Berlin Film Festival today, looks like classic Gibney: a very specific and very unsettling topic that no one wants to talk about but everyone wants to know about. This documentary about cyber warfare looks like it would have been a science fiction film a decade or two ago and it looks terrifying.
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In today’s fast-paced information age, people are constantly in a hurry, and our attention spans are smaller than ever. While technology has made it easier than ever for us to connect with each other, in a way, more distance has sprouted between not just our interpersonal connections, but our very nature as humans.
Documentarian Alex Gibney (fresh off his stellar Scientology doc Going Clear) thinks that in this world, we’ve lost touch with our primal need to cook and the more meaningful and satisfying way that humans used to prepare food. And that’s where his four-part Netflix documentary series Cooked comes into play, taking a look at the evolution of food and what cooking and the human institution of a meal should still mean to us.
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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is a new documentary film from Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side). Produced by CNN films and released by Magnolia Pictures, the film promises to be a “candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life.” Watch the just released Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine trailer embedded after the jump.
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One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It’s the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and it follows men and women who left the controversial religion as they reveal their thoughts on how it works. There’s dirt on John Travolta, Tom Cruise and tons of others. Peter reviewed the film at Sundance and now, ahead of its late March premiere on HBO, a Going Clear trailer is now online. Watch it below. Read More »
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a good primer for, and a very damning and powerful indictment of the church of Scientology. Unfortunately, the film provides little in terms of new revelations, and viewers who have researched the church will find most of the documentary to be familiar ground. Read my Going Clear movie review after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
Up until a few years ago, Lance Armstrong‘s cycling career sounded like one of the great inspirational tales of our time. That he beat cancer was impressive enough; that he then went on to win the Tour de France a bunch of times was nothing short of incredible. Among the many people intrigued by Armstrong’s journey was filmmaker Alex Gibney, who set out to make a documentary about Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France.
Then, of course, Armstrong’s tale morphed into one of the great scandals of modern sports. He admitted to doping, was stripped of his titles, and was left in disgrace. And Gibney was there for all of it, as his documentary turned into a very, very different film. Now the first trailer for The Armstrong Lie has arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we watch a liar in a action, get musical with The Proclaimers, jump off a ledge in a wingsuit, help a starving college kid, and get genuinely touched by the Wainwrights.
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Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Information may be the most valuable commodity on Earth, especially when it pertains to the inner workings and policies of major governments. Julian Assange drew the ire of countless officials in governments across the globe when he published state and military secrets through his online portal WikiLeaks.
Documentarian Alex Gibney (Freakonomics, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) trained his camera on Assange and the furor surrounding WikiLeaks and the reveal of US military documents and videos, taken from classified servers and provided to Assange by Pfc. Bradley Manning. The resulting film, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, premiered at Sundance and opens this spring; now you can see a trailer that outlines both Assange’s general ideology and the media frenzy and government concern that surrounded WikiLeaks’ rise to prominence. Read More »