Green Band Trailer

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 wonder why anyone should care about the The Met Ball, ravenously devour another Vincent Cassel performance, give it up for co-caine, get caught up in some family dramz, and we go topless in order to support women’s rights.

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Andrew Rossi‘s documentary about the New York Times, Page One: Inside the New York Times, premiered at Sundance this year and has been getting solid reviews as it moves to other festivals. The film does exactly what it promises to do: shows you a condensed year in the life of the paper and the people who create it as they address a rapidly shifting business climate while trying to remain true to the Gray Lady’s goal to provide in-depth reporting on a global scale.

Magnolia picked up the film for distribution, shortened the title slightly (shaving off ‘A Year’ from the subtitle) and now has a trailer for the July 24 release. Check it out below. Read More »

Monday at the Sundance Film Festival I spent a year at the New York Times and 100 years at the movies. Two documentaries, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and These Amazing Shadows, both impressed with their poignancy and entertainment value. Both, however, are plagued with the same flaw – a penchant to go off on tangents and stay away from a narrative core. In each case these tangents are actually pretty interesting, adding to your enjoyment, but as a whole film, each suffers ever so slightly.

Page One is exactly what the title says, “A Year Inside the New York Times.” It follows several prominent reporters and stories over the course of a year while simultaneously exploring the role of print media in today’s digital age. These Amazing Shadows tells the tale of the National Film Registry and the role they play in preserving and restoring films. But, really, it’s just an excuse to talk about awesome movies for 90 minutes. Read more about each after the jump. Read More »