There’s little doubt Dear Zachary is one of the most heartbreaking films every made. The 2008 documentary by Kurt Kuenne started innocently enough as the director tried to make a movie about his deceased friend for his yet-to-be-born son. But as the story unfolded, reality turned into a nightmare for the child, his family and, to a lesser extent, anyone who watched it. Dear Zachary was so powerful and upsetting, it ended up having an effect on political issues in Canada. It’s currently available to stream on Netflix and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Just don’t forget the tissues.
Well in yet another weird twist of fate for the film, the director has now sold the rights to Universal Cable Productions to develop it as a miniseries. Read more about the Dear Zachary TV show below. Read More »
One of the most gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching and emotional documentaries to be released in past few years is Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. Directed by Kurt Kuenne, the film begins as a portrait of Kuenne’s murdered best friend Andrew Bagby so that Bagby’s newborn son, Zachary, can watch it when he’s older. It becomes much more than that though once Zachary’s mom, Shirley Turner, who is also accused of killing Bagby, comes back into the picture.
The film’s story isn’t exactly a secret but on the off chance you haven’t it and don’t know the story, I won’t ruin it above the jump. (It’s available on Netflix Watch Instantly and is a must watch.) For anyone who knows the film, though, its legacy now extends beyond the screen. Zachary’s Bill was officially made a law in Canada on Wednesday. Explaining what that specifically means gives away major events in the movie, so we’ll discuss it after the jump. Read More »
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Sex Drive was one of the more underrated movies of 2008, as well as one of the bigger flops (it didn’t even take in half of its rather modest $19 million budget). But with the film being given the 2-Disc Special Edition treatment, it’s obvious that the studio is prepared for the film finding an audience on DVD. I wouldn’t be half surprised if it became a cult classic. That’s not to say the film is necessarily worth buying, but it’s a consistently hilarious (if a bit standard) teen “road trip” sex comedy that clearly harkens back to similar movies from the ’80s. If you enjoy the genre, you should definitely check it out.
Notable Extras: Theatrical/unrated versions of the film, audio commentary, Sex Drive: Making a Masterpiece, The Marsden Dilemma, Clark: Duke of the Internet, and Killing Time in Hollywood (Florida).
|Amazon – $19.99
What? 3-Disc Exclusive Edition ($19.99).
Where? Best Buy.
What? $5 DVD cash sticker good toward Pineapple Express, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, or Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Where? Best Buy.
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In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Devin Faraci from Chud.com to console each other after facing an emotional onslaught in Dear Zachary, lament the loss of Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2, debate Zach Snyder’s changes to the Watchmen film ending, and try to pretend the last eight years didn’t happen while reviewing Oliver Stone’s W.
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