Bending The Light Trailer

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Michael Apted‘s new film Bending The Light is an exploration of the art and craft behind the photographs and films we love. From the creators of the camera lenses to the photographers and cinematographers who use them to create the art we look at and watch on a daily basis. It looks like Bending The Light is trying to tackle a much broader topic than the 1992 cinematography documentary Visions of Light (which I love). Watch the full Bending The Light trailer embedded after the jump now.
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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 get trapped in the ladies room, visit a small town in Illinois in order to get murdered, have a mid-life crisis, find a stripper for a bachelor party, get some Stormare power in our corner to catch a killer, and stop in to see what Steve Austin is up to. 

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Three incredibly different sequels have news updates in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about:

  • Michael Apted‘s 56 Up will hit theaters January 4.
  • The Hangover Part III has turned Nogales, Arizona into Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Ticket sales for The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 are outpacing the last film, plus a new poster.

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When it comes to news about sequels, you really can’t get more varied than the news you’re about to read in this column. We’ve got documentary sequel news, news on a sequel to a sequel that isn’t even out yet, news on a sequel that will likely never happen, news on a sequel to a movie that shouldn’t have a sequel and more. After the jump read about:

  • Writers have been tapped to write The Smurfs 3 well over a year before The Smurfs 2 hits theaters.
  • Will Smith would be interested in doing Hancock 2, but there’s no active development.
  • Get your first look at the crew of Star Trek 2 as Lego characters.
  • The latest installment in Michael Apted‘s Up series, 56 Up, premieres May 14.
  • A new Men in Black 3 featurette focuses on the time-twisting story.
  • The plot synopsis for Doctor Sleep, Stephen King‘s sequel to The Shining, is now online.
  • Warner Bros. is reportedly developing a sequel to Contagion.

Screen Epiphanies: Filmmakers on the Films that Inspired Them

I’ve always loved reading and hearing what great filmmakers think of other great films and directors. You may have noticed that we ask some directors about their favorite films, from time to time, and I’ve even featured other websites and books that delve into this subject on the site from time to time.

Geoffrey Macnab and the British Film Institute have put together a book titled Screen Epiphanies: Filmmakers on the Films that Inspired Them collecting the stories of thirty-five leading international filmmakers focusing on “the film moments that stayed with them long after they left the movie theater” which inspired them to pursue a career in the movie industry.

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The following movie was screened at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

The Power of The Game

The Power of The Game
Spotlight, Documentary
2007, U.S.A.
Dir: Michael Apted

The joy of football. The world’s sport. The greatest game on Earth. Football is the most played sport on the planet and every four years the greatest sporting competition takes place, the FIFA World Cup. Director Michael Apted transcends his love for the sport and decides to tackle an immense project in The Power of The Game.
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