1971 Trailer

After winning an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for their 2015 movie Amy that chronicled the life of the late singer Amy Winehouse, filmmakers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees are heading to the small screen to explore a much more wide-ranging piece of music history.

1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything is an eight-episode documentary series that uses archival footage and interviews to weave a tapestry depicting the collision of politics and music in 1971, and how it impacted artists like Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and many more. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »

mindhunter trailer
In 2013, director David Fincher helped launch Netflix’s first big original series House of Cards. Now the iconic filmmaker returns to the streaming service with a new tv show titled Mindhunter, about two FBI agents who are trying to solve the unsolved cases of imprisoned serial killers. Watch the first Mindhunter trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Asif Kapadia

Fresh off the debut of his latest feature, Ali & Nino, at the Sundance Film Festival, Amy and Senna director Asif Kapadia is getting the pieces in place for his next project. And it sounds like a good one: Kapadia is teaming up with Martin Scorsese for Silver Ghost, which will chronicle the true history behind the Rolls-Royce cars. Read More »

Amy Winehouse documentary

The basics of Amy Winehouse’s brief life are familiar to many. She was a talented musician whose life spiraled out of control even as her career took off, resulting in her sudden death at the age of 27. But in his new documentary Amy, director Asif Kapadia digs past her tragic image to uncover the brilliant, complicated woman underneath. Watch the new Amy trailer after the jump.

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Amy Winehouse

This summer marks the fourth anniversary of musician Amy Winehouse‘s sudden death at the age of 27. It also brings the arrival of Amy, a documentary from Senna director Asif Kapadia.

In the first trailer, Kapadia lets the late soul singer speak for herself, via snippets of old interviews laid over old photographs and video clips. A spare rendition of Winehouse’s “Back to Black” plays over the same thing. Watch the Amy Winehouse documentary trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Fans of Formula One Racing are probably not going to like Senna. Not because it’s a bad movie, though. Far from it. It just so happens to be the straightforward retelling of a very-well known story. Fans surely already know the unbelievable story of legendary driver Ayrton Senna but if you don’t know Senna from Dale Earnhardt Jr., then you will eat up this beautiful documentary.

Using only archival footage, director Asif Kapadia manages to make Formula One racing not only accessible to the masses, but a model for damn near perfect storytelling. Senna’s story is the stuff of fictional Hollywood screenplays. Simply put, this is a story that had to be told. It was the first film on our list of Best Movies of 2010 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of and now that you’ve heard of it, read a full review. Read More »