Note: This review was first published on September 11th 2011, and the film was screened during the Toronto International Film Festival. Spurlock’s film is now available on demand, so we’re republishing the review. I’ve since seen the movie a second time and gladly recommend it to any pop culture geek I know.
When I first heard that Morgan Spurlock would be directing a documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International, I was worried that it would be a puff piece — a glorified direct to video infomercial. The fact that Spurlock chose to premiere the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival instead of in San Diego speaks towards its merits as a real film and not a Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! prime-time tv special.
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As fans patiently wait for new episodes of Arrested Development, maybe watching Michael and Gob Bluth talk about body hair will help fill the void. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett not only star in, but are the executive producers of a new documentary called Mansome, directed by Morgan Spurlock. The humorous documentary delves deep into the crevices of male grooming and plucks at how the practice has changed what it means to be a man. Scheduled for release on May 18, the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and some clips from the film have sprouted online. Hopefully not in a hard to reach area. Read More »
One of the most insightful, emotional, and just plain fun documentaries I saw last year was Morgan Spurlock‘s Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. Granted, part of that excitement was due to my personal connection to the material, having been a long time attendee of San Diego Comic-Con. But if you’re a fan of pop culture in general, there’s so much to love in this film. Spurlock follows several real people on their trips to Comic-Con and, in the process, delves both into the psyche of being a fan and spectacle of the event.
The film will begin its limited run on April 6 and the first official poster and trailer have now been revealed. Check them out below. Read More »
Morgan Spurlock‘s latest documentary Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope was one of Peter’s favorite movies at Toronto and one of my favorite movies of Fantastic Fest. It’s a totally different film for the Super Size Me director as he stays off camera and follows several unique people on their journey to the mecca of pop culture, San Diego Comic-Con. In doing so , Spurlock dissects not only why Comic Con is such an amazing event, but why we geeks love what we love. The film is beautiful, inspiring, funny and, up until today, had only played at festivals.
That’ll change next year because Wrekin Hill Entertainment and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association have acquired the film for theatrical distribution in Spring 2012. In addition, the film will tour larger venue and bring audiences outside of San Diego their own kind of mini-Comic-Con experience complete with Q&A’s, contests, presentations, collectibles and more. The full press release and some thoughts are after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock‘s already had quite a busy 2011. January saw the premiere of his product placement documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold at Sundance; this summer brought the release of his Hulu series A Day in the Life; and this month marked the debut of Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope at TIFF. In addition, he’s recently signed on to direct his first non-documentary feature, which Spurlock describes as “very Erin Brockovich-ish.” Most people would probably consider taking the rest of the year off at this point, but the tireless Spurlock isn’t most people. He’s now gearing up for his next project, The Failure Club.
The Yahoo! reality series will follow seven New Yorkers with big dreams and bigger worries as they attempt to get over their fear of failure and aim for their loftiest goals. And if you happen to be a NYC resident who counts “starring in a Morgan Spurlock documentary” among his or her list of to-dos, you may be in luck: Spurlock’s team is currently seeking “inspiring and genuine every-day people” to appear in the series. More details on the show and the casting process after the jump.
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Morgan Spurlock has never been one to take a break. You’d think after releasing the awesome Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (now available in your home) he might take some time off. But no. He’s got Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope premiering at Toronto later this month, the TV show 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die on Current TV as well as the Hulu sponsored A Day in the Life where he spends a day with famous people giving us a glimpse into their lives. You might have heard about this one when he was shooting with Mr. Brainwash but now, after the jump, you can watch the first three episodes of the show which follow billionaire Richard Branson, musician Will.i.am and comedian Russell Peters. Read More »
With films like Super Size Me, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? and Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, not to mention shows like 30 Days and A Day In The Life, Morgan Spurlock has pretty much established himself as a documentary guy. Not only that, he’s the documentary guy that’s willing to do anything for a great story. His next film, Comic-Con: Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, continues that tradition. After that, though, it looks like Spurlock might take a hard right into features. According to a new interview, he’s attached to a “very Erin Brockovich-ish” feature with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way Productions. Read more after the jump. Read More »
For those who go to Comic Con year after year, there’s always a point when one has to stammer through an attempted description of the pure sensory overload that characterizes the event. Soon we won’t have to go through elaborate ; we’ll be able to point at Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope and say “watch this.”
Last year Morgan Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Super-Size Me) directed a documentary about Comic Con, and today he briefly took to the stage at Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center to premiere the trailer for the film. We don’t yet have an embed, but the trailer features Eli Roth. Seth Rogen. Kevin Smith. Joss Whedon. Seth Green, and Guillermo del Toro, throwing out some cute and cheeky anecdotes about their experiences at Comic Con.
Two years ago, Spurlock was here doing the Simpsons anniversary special. He ended up meeting Stan Lee, who said “I love your movies! We should do a movie together. We should make a movie about Comic Con!” That led to this doc, which looks like an affectionate take on the Con, with plenty of cosplayers and hopeful new comic artists. That’s pretty remarkable — something about Comic Con that actually focuses on comics? How unusual! Comic Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope will be released in 2012; we’ll present the trailer when it arrives online.
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