You know what they say: one man’s obscenity is another man’s art. In the case of cartoonist Mike Diana, it’s both. If you’ve never heard of him, than a new documentary is hoping to change that.
In director Frank Henenlotter‘s Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, Diana’s historic 1994 trial is given as much attention as the history of comic book censorship. Mike Diana is the first artist in America to have been convicted on obscenity charges. His underground comics, depicting comically gargantuan penises, beastiality, and child rape, are provocative to say the least. But they were never meant for wide distribution. Diana makes it clear that his comics were a reaction against his conservative suburban town of Largo, Florida. But when an undercover cop bought a copy of his zine, shit hit the fan. He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, a $3,000 fine, and was forbidden from drawing comics entirely, with the threat of random police searches hanging over him.
The court case described in the documentary is almost ludicrous when viewed now, in a post-internet era in which hourly encounters with hate speech have supplanted any fear of prurient artwork. I mean, can you imagine the filmmakers of Superbad going to trial for their hilarious and skillful dick drawings in the credit sequence?
I sat down with Diana and Henenlotter at the Fantasia Film Festival yesterday to talk about their documentary. Read our Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana interview below. Read More »
Fans of American music icon Bruce Springsteen will soon be able to Spring-stream his one-man show on Netflix. Read more about when you’ll be able to catch The Boss’s Springsteen on Broadway on the streaming service.
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If you’re anything like me and the thought that you’ve accidentally Instagram Live-d your makeup routine induces sudden nausea, than making a living by live-streaming is probably not one of your career goals. But for the subjects of Hao Wu‘s documentary People’s Republic of Desire, live-streaming isn’t just how they make their living, it’s how they make up their sense of self. Though I am unable to get past my inhibitions, I will gladly watch other people sit on their couch and answer the questions that roll in on the screen. It’s become increasingly easier to check out of your life for a moment and check in to someone else’s. But the line between voyeurism and escapism is a thin one that is barely toed by the subjects in Wu’s documentary. Read More »
(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
This week’s physical media round-up brings you two of the best films of 2018 – A Quiet Place and You Were Never Really Here. There’s also the Criterion release of Bowling for Columbine, Arrow Video’s The Addiction, and Shout! Factory’s release of John Carpenter‘s Memoirs of an Invisible Man.
Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.
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Everybody is launching their own streaming service these days. Apple, Disney, YouTube…and Nicolas Winding Refn. Yes, the director behind Drive and The Neon Demon is setting up his own website where he plans to stream films and host essays. Now, the director has announced several cult classics he plans to make available to stream first.
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It’s time for another trailer round-up, in which we take a quick look at a few upcoming movies or TV shows that have slipped through the cracks. Today, we’re highlighting UFO, a paranoia thriller about alien spacecraft appearing on Earth; Hunt for the Skinwalker, a documentary about “the Area 51 of the paranormal”; and Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part docu-series produced by Jay-Z about the teenager whose murder made national news and sparked a revolution.
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The Monster Squad is a bonafide cult hit, the type of film that floundered at the box office when it first arrived, only to grow a devoted following over the years. Now the film is getting the documentary treatment with Wolfman’s Got Nards, a film that explores how the horror-comedy became a cult sensation. Watch the Wolfman’s Got Nards trailer below.
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Michael Moore has made quite the controversial career for himself as a liberal documentary filmmaker who focuses on the hot topics plaguing our society and making headlines. And since the man doing both of those things everyday is none other than President Donald Trump, it should come as no surprise that Moore has a new documentary focusing on the reality TV host turned leader of the free world.
Michael Moore’s new documentary is called Fahrenheit 11/9, taking a cue from the filmmaker’s previous George W. Bush skewering title Fahrenheit 9/11. In this case, the numbers in the title refer to the night that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America. But what specifically will the documentary focus on? Michael Moore discusses below. Read More »
Last year Edgar Wright got us tapping our toes and gripping our seats in the fast-paced, music-infused heist thriller Baby Driver. We’re not sure exactly what the filmmaker’s next project will be, but we now have word on something the Shaun of the Dead director is working on right now, and it’s a kind of project we haven’t seen him tackle before.
Edgar Wright has confirmed that he’s currently working on a documentary about the pop rock band Sparks, a cult favorite among music fans. However, it sounds like it’s still early days on the project, and it’s still taking shape. Find out more about the Edgar Wright Sparks documentary below. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Attention streaming movie fans: I’ve gathered up 10 must-stream movies to make your life easier. You’re welcome. In this edition of Now Stream This, you’ll find a wild Western from Sam Raimi; the directorial debut of Kelly Reichardt; the acting debut of Edward Norton; not one but two Ralph Fiennes films; an underrated ghost movie; a documentary about one of the worst films ever made, and more!
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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