naomi osaka trailer

Naomi Osaka is only 23 years old and has already been ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Oh, and she is also the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles as well as a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and is currently the reigning champion at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. To chronicle her personal and professional journey, Netflix announced a new documentary series, aptly titled Naomi Osaka, in Osaka’s honor and recently revealed its inspiring trailer.

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mccartney 3 2 1 trailer

I’d say it’s a good time to be a Beatles fan, but honestly the only time since the formation of the band it wasn’t a good time to be fan was when they broke up in the spring of 1970.

It might be cliche at this point to cite The Beatles as the best rock band of all time and it’ll also trigger the Contrary Trolls (TM) to come out of the woodwork to insist on a debate, but it’s just true. The Beatles changed music forever and it’s insane how their popularity hasn’t waned much in nearly 60 years.

This year alone we have two long form series dedicated to their music. One is from Peter Jackson, a three-part series called The Beatles: Get Back which will debut this November on Disney+, and then there’s a Hulu series called McCartney 3, 2, 1 which has Paul McCartney himself sitting down and going through his hits with producer Rick Ruben. The trailer for the latter was just released and shows McCartney and Ruben focusing on his Beatles work.

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val trailer

Amazon Studios and A24’s documentary VAL, about the life and career of actor Val Kilmer, just released its official trailer. The documentary boasts to have been “more than 40 years in the making” and features tons of unseen footage from Kilmer’s personal recordings. The actor brought his camera almost everywhere he went, and the trailer shows behind-the-scenes footage from classics like TombstoneTop Gun, and more.

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Top Secret UFO Projects Declassified Trailer

This summer belongs to UFOs. Showtime has an upcoming docu-series devoted to the UFO phenomenon and there was that recent New York Times story that revealed the Pentagon had been secretly tracking UFOs for years. Now, Netflix is getting in on that sweet, sweet alien action with the (poorly named) series Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified. Watch a trailer below.

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Playing With Sharks Trailer

Sharks are terrifying. They represent something primordial, these creatures unchanged since the dinosaurs roamed. Their eyes are black pits, and their rows of teeth create a gnashing nightmare maw.

Shark researcher and underwater filmmaking pioneer Valerie Taylor doesn’t see them that way. She’s the center of the new Disney+ and National Geographic documentary, Playing With Sharks, coming July 23 to Disney+.

“It’s like any animal, once you get to know it and understand it, you have a different attitude altogether,” Taylor says in the trailer.

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Mental Health and Horror

Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary, a new film “about the positive impact & cathartic releases that horror can have on those living with mental illnesses,” recently launched its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The movie is already in production, but is looking to raise $30,000 to pay the crew and offset its interview costs.

Jonathan Barkan, a friend of /Film, is making his feature writing and directing debut with this documentary, and we’re happy to announce a few more actors who will be participating in the project as interviewees. Read More »

all these sons review

In 2018, Bing Liu emerged as an exciting new filmmaker with his soul-searching skater documentary Minding the Gap, a deeply personal treatise on domestic violence and toxic masculinity in which his own family life heavily featured. But with All These Sons, Liu takes a step back and takes himself out of the frame to focus on gun violence in Chicago, tracing the wide-reaching issue through two organizations dedicated to helping troubled young Black men.

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The Sparks Brothers Vinyl Soundtrack

The Sparks Brothers has the herculean task of telling the story of Sparks, a pop-rock duo with 50 years of history in the music industry. Director Edgar Wright does a fantastic job shining a light on the sensation referred to as “your favorite band’s favorite band,” and now Waxwork Records has put together a Sparks Brothers vinyl soundtrack, featuring some of the band’s best tunes from the documentary soundtrack and beyond. Check it out below. Read More »

Edgar Wright's Top 10 Sparks Albums

“The tricky thing with Sparks is that – and this is a good thing about the band – there’s no one album that tells you the whole story.”

That’s Edgar Wright, the director of the new documentary The Sparks Brothers, explaining why any list of Sparks music on the Internet is only going to scratch the surface of this enigmatic, massively influential band that mainstream music lovers have probably never heard of. But in support of his new film, which details the unlikely 50-year-and-counting journey of Sparks (comprised of brothers Ron and Russell Mael), we had an extended conversation with Wright about his 10 favorite Sparks albums and why they – ahem – struck a chord with him.
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Edgar Wright and Sparks Interview

This week brings Edgar Wright‘s first feature documentary to theaters. The Sparks Brothers is a comprehensive, amusing, and wonderful documentary about the influential pop rock duo known as Sparks. If that name isn’t familiar to you, don’t worry. This film will tell you everything you need to know about Sparks, along with things people think they know about Sparks. And when all is said and done, you might just be a new fan.

When The Sparks Brothers debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we sat down to talk with Edgar Wright and Sparks (aka Ron and Russell Mael) about having a 50-year music career boiled down to a 140-minute documentary, and playing with the traditional style of music documentaries. Plus, we talk about some of the fun “facts” that have been spread around about the duo over the decades and whether there might be another collaboration between them in the future. Read More »