As film fans, we sometimes put directors on such a pedestal it’s easy to forget they’re just like us. They’re huge lovers of film who devour all forms of cinema. The main difference is, when they aren’t watching movies, they’re being handed millions of dollar to make them. But if you went to the hypothetical coolest-bar-ever and saw someone like Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg sitting there, you could buy them a beer and just chat about movies for hours.

Another man who loves to talk about movies (as long as they’re not his own) is Christopher Nolan. He waxed poetic in a love letter to cinema called These Amazing Shadows, a documentary about the National Film Registry. In a deleted scene from the doc, presented below, Nolan talks about his love of Star Wars. Watch it and read more about the movie after the jump. Read More »

Monday at the Sundance Film Festival I spent a year at the New York Times and 100 years at the movies. Two documentaries, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and These Amazing Shadows, both impressed with their poignancy and entertainment value. Both, however, are plagued with the same flaw – a penchant to go off on tangents and stay away from a narrative core. In each case these tangents are actually pretty interesting, adding to your enjoyment, but as a whole film, each suffers ever so slightly.

Page One is exactly what the title says, “A Year Inside the New York Times.” It follows several prominent reporters and stories over the course of a year while simultaneously exploring the role of print media in today’s digital age. These Amazing Shadows tells the tale of the National Film Registry and the role they play in preserving and restoring films. But, really, it’s just an excuse to talk about awesome movies for 90 minutes. Read more about each after the jump. Read More »

Can’t make it to Utah this month for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival? Here are your options. One – keep it locked right here to because myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen will be on the scene reporting daily. Two – head to one of the cities that’s hosting a Sundance Film Festival USA screening. Or three – just click the On Demand button on your remote and join in to the Direct from the Sundance Film Festival initiative. Five specially selected films – four world premieres and one U.S. premiere – that will be playing at the festival will be available for a limited time on demand in on most major cable systems.

They are Mad Bastards, directed by Brendan Fletcher, Septien, directed by Michael Tully, These Amazing Shadows, directed by Kurt Norton, Uncle Kent, directed by Joe Swanberg and Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki. Read full descriptions of each film and see stills after the jump. Read More »