Thanks to our society’s obsession with social media, one of the most in-demand careers among today’s teens is that of a famous social media influencer. However, as with many things on the internet, this seemingly glamorous and care-free lifestyle isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be, and a new HBO documentary will teach that lesson in an interesting way.
Fake Famous, from technology journalist Nick Bilton, conducts an experiment that turns three everyday people with a desire for fame into social media influencers with an army of follows. But there’s one catch: all the followers these people are about to get are completely fake. Watch how this all comes together in the trailer below. Read More »
Da 5 Bloods is likely to be a key contender in the Oscar race when nominations are announced in March. But until then, Netflix is making sure the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get a proper look at the making of Spike Lee‘s new joint starring Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Jonathan Majors. The streaming service has released a nearly 30-minute featurette on the making of Da 5 Bloods, complete with the kind of insightful and energetic commentary you love to get from Spike Lee. Read More »
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The Movie: Belushi
Where You Can Stream It: Showtime
The Pitch: A feature documentary from award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler about the too-short life of John Belushi, the once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny-bones of audiences worldwide. Told using previously unheard audiotapes, this film examines Belushi’s extraordinary life in the words of his collaborators, friends, and family, including Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Penny Marshall, Lorne Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Chevy Chase, Harold Ramis, Jane Curtin, Ivan Reitman and his high school sweetheart and later wife Judy Belushi.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: There are plenty of documentaries profiling some of the most famous names in history, science, literature, sports, cinema, television, music, and more. But it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a documentary like Belushi that focuses on a force of nature in pop culture in such an intensely intimate fashion. Instead of using the traditional talking heads in the homes of those who crossed paths with comedian John Belushi, director R.J. Cutler has pieced together an impressive array of personal photos, home videos, stylish animation, and never-before-heard audio interviews from those who knew him best. Read More »
Even though it was geared towards kids in the mid-90s, Batman: The Animated Series is still considered to be one of the definitive adaptations of The Dark Knight. Created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, the series made full use of Batman’s extensive rogues galley and wasn’t afraid to get a little dark and gritty on Saturday mornings. But how did this incredible animated series come together? You can find out in the documentary The Heart of Batman: The Story of Batman: The Animated Series, available for free on YouTube right now. Read More »
Sophia Loren, the famous Italian actress who made everyone pop their eyes out of their heads like a Tex Avery cartoon character, is the subject of the new documentary short What Would Sophia Loren Do? Sort of. This isn’t really a doc about Loren – instead, it’s about Nancy “Vincenza” Kulik, an Italian-American mother and grandmother living in Fort Lee, New Jersey who has based her philosophy of life around what Loren may or may not do in certain situations. It looks pretty darn charming.
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As the trailer for Stray tells us, Turkey has a “no-kill, no-capture policy towards all its stray animals.” Which means there are a lot of strays going about their business – something that was previously covered in the 2016 documentary Kedi. But while Kedi dealt with stray cats, Stray is all about dogs, and what good dogs they are. And as we learn in the trailer, over 100,000 dogs call the streets of Istanbul home. Stray follows three different stray dogs as they go about their daily routine.
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Cooking shows are a dime a dozen nowadays, but they don’t all have an iconic chef and restauranteur like the legendary Wolfgang Puck. But HBO Max’s upcoming series The Event: Inside Wolfgang Puck Catering will take us inside the kitchen of Puck’s catering company, which is responsible for some of the most impressive entertainment events in Hollywood and around the world. Check out The Event trailer below and see what goes into making some delectable dishes. Read More »
Not content with exploring what happens when a woman named Emily visits Paris or what happens when a queen has a gambit, Netflix is setting its sights on a topic that is far more existential: what happens after we die?
In contrast to my goofy introductory paragraph, Surviving Death, a new six-episode series coming to the streamer this week, is a deadly serious show that looks to engage with one of mankind’s biggest questions through research and first-hand accounts with people who have died and come back to life. Check out the trailer below.
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If you’re looking to kick off 2021 by enriching your mind while also being a little indecent, then a new documentary series from Netflix about the origins of obscenities will be right up your alley.
Nicolas Cage hosts History of Swear Words, a six-episode series that dives into the history of some of the nastier words in the English language. There’s already a trailer out there painting a broad picture of what this series will entail, but a new History of Swear Words clip focuses in on a single word and how some of the show’s guest commentators feel about it. Read More »
Ten years after Martin Scorsese teamed up with writer and essayist Fran Lebowitz for the HBO series Public Speaking, the filmmaker has unveiled a surprise follow-up documentary for Netflix, titled Pretend It’s a City. Lebowitz, who executive produced the documentary, appears again in her famously sardonic glory alongside Scorsese as they take on (a pre-COVID) New York City. Watch the Pretend It’s a City trailer below.
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