Netflix is all in on David Chang.
The acclaimed chef behind restaurants like Momofuku and Majordomo already hosts one food/travel show for the streaming service, Ugly Delicious, but now he’s back with a separate series that’s only slightly different. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner sees Chang eating his way across the world, visiting a country with a “fun-loving celebrity guest” in tow. The first season involves him hanging with Seth Rogen, Kate McKinnon, Chrissy Teigen, and Lena Waithe. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
Memory and lies take center stage in Tell Me Who I Am, a new documentary from Netflix. The film follows Alex Lewis, who woke up from a coma after a motorcycle accident to find that almost all of his memories were gone. He relied on his twin brother Marcus to help fill him in on the past, and Marcus told him a story of their happy childhood and their idyllic family. But here’s the thing: Marcus was lying. Watch the Tell Me Who I Am trailer below.
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Dwayne Johnson soon stars in Disney’s live-action theatrical riff on Jungle Cruise, based on one of the company’s classic theme park rides. But Johnson’s interest in Disney parks evidently extends beyond that single ride: a new report says he will executive produce a Disney+ show called Behind the Attraction which traces the history and evolution of Disney theme park rides over the years. Read more about the upcoming project below. Read More »
Apple is beefing up its participation in the streaming wars with AppleTV+, but one of its upcoming streaming titles is debuting in theaters before it lands on the upcoming streaming service. The Elephant Queen, a new nature documentary about a family of pachyderms who must traverse the harsh African savanna in order to survive, is hitting theaters in just a few days, and it marks a return to the plains for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who narrates this doc and tried to usurp the Pride Rock throne as Scar in Jon Favreau’s version of The Lion King just a couple of months ago. Watch the new trailer for The Elephant Queen below. Read More »
A common complaint in film these days is that there is too much CGI. Computer graphics have not only diminished the effectiveness of monsters in genre films, but they have put practical effects and stop-motion artists out of work. While technological advancements have their perks and their place, many moviegoers believe that practical effects will always give off a more tangible viewing experience, arousing a deeper fear than any creature designed solely on a computer. Writer/director duo Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet’s documentary Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters reintroduces audiences to a special effects legend while also spotlighting the impact stop-motion animation has had on the movie industry despite the emergence of CGI.
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Erin Lee Carr is one of the most prolific creators I know. In 2019 alone, she has released two documentaries and published a memoir. Her latest film, I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter, hit HBO this past summer. The film chronicles the case of Michelle Carter, who made international headlines when it was revealed that she had encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide.
As usual with all of Carr’s films, I Love You, Now Die looks beyond the headlines and gets at the deeper story behind both sides of the case. I had a chance to chat with Carr recently. We spoke about how she chooses which stories to tell, what drew her to the story of I Love You, Now Die, and the essential elements of great true crime documentaries.
The below transcript excerpt has been edited for brevity and clarity. You can also listen to our full conversation in the latest episode of my new interview podcast, Culturally Relevant.
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Right in-between Pennywise the Dancing Clown and Joaquin Phoenix’ Clown Prince of Crime, a different type of clown wants to make it to the big screen – Wrinkles the Clown. Director Michael Beach Nichols takes a hard look at one of the most fascinating Internet legends of the past few years, a clown that is apparently hired by parents to scare their kids. As Marisa Mirabal wrote for the site, Wrinkles the Clown is an intriguing magic trick of a film, and it’s true, Nichols takes a simple premise – investigating the story behind a viral 2014 YouTube video that showed a sinister clown mask-wearing individual emerging from underneath a child’s bed – and evolves it into an exploration of the internet itself and its ability to spread wild tales and why we love to feel scared.
I had the opportunity to interview the man behind the documentary, director Michael Beach Nichols, at Fantastic Fest and talk about the film, its big twist, the internet and more. For clarity and spoilers-sake, the interview has been edited so as to not ruin the surprise, and believe me – you’ll want to experience the insanity that is Wrinkles The Clown yourself when it arrives on October 4, 2019.
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In the suburbs of Houston, Texas, a group of concerned friends witnessed the radicalization of their friend, who would go on to travel to Syria to join ISIS in 2018. In January, young teacher Warren Christopher Clark was captured by U.S.-backed forces in Syria during the campaign to liberate the last areas occupied by the terror group. These Birds Walk and 11/8/16 filmmaker Bassam Tariq made Ghosts of Sugar Land before his capture, and created a haunting portrait of a young man through his friends. Watch the Ghosts of Sugar Land trailer below.
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Hey, have you ever heard of this Martin Scorsese fellow? That kid’s going places, let me tell you! The legendary filmmaker has The Irishman premiering at the New York Film Festival this week, but if you want to jump further back (much further back) into his career, you’ve come to the right place. Street Scenes, a long-lost 1970 documentary the filmmaker made, has finally surfaced on YouTube. This is a big deal for Scorsese completists, as the movie has been virtually kept in the darkness for decades, with many believing it would never see the light of day.
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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot isn’t getting a traditional theatrical release like its predecessor, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Instead, the comedy sequel from writer/director Kevin Smith will be released as a Fathom Event on both October 15 and October 17, 2019. If you can’t make it to the theater on either of those days, you might try your hand at attending one of the many Reboot Roadshow dates that will be hosted all over the United States. And since the movie is getting an unconventional release, it makes sense that the marketing leading up to the event is just as unique.
If you’re looking to get your hands on a nickel bag of weed before you take in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, you might be interested in picking it up from the duo that inspired Bluntman and Chronic themselves. Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will be selling three new strains of weed inspired by Jay and Silent Bob at the Herbarium in Hollywood, California. And after you get your smoke on, you might want to take a deep dive into the making of Kevin Smith’s totally weird horror movie Tusk. Read More »