Tag "documentary"

Opening: THE FINAL MEMBER, Size Matters In This Penis Documentary

A documentary about Siggi, the founder and curator of the world's only penis museum, The Final Member tracks his quest for one last endowment, requiring a very personal donation. Two of our writers, Jason Gorber and Dave Canfield, have seen the... More »
  

Series Preview: Art Of The Real Tests The Boundaries Of Documentary Filmmaking

Film Society of Lincoln Center's inaugural film series Art of the Real - a showcase for nonfiction films that pushes the farthest boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is for me, one of the most exciting film series I have had the... More »
  

Review: THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Gives A Frustratingly Accurate Portrait Of Our Image Of Donald Rumsfeld

A snow globe shaking back and forth, little white flecks - snowflakes - swirl and obfuscate whatever is in the globe. Oh my, what a loaded image. It is one of the chief ones Errol Morris employs in The Unknown... More »
  

Interview: I Am DUNE - Frank Pavich on Jodorowsky's Unmade Masterpiece

Jodorowsky's Dune -- a film that was supposed to have starred the likes of Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, Sting, Dali, and David Carradine, with a soundtrack by Pink Floyd, art by H.R. Giger, storyboards by Moebius, effects by Dan O'Bannon,... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Brew Up Some Love For DRIP

The filmmakers behind the barista competition documentary Drip are raising funds on Kickstarter and they've put together a pretty slick trailer to let you smell what they are brewing. They've also got some interesting incentives to perk you up... More »
  

Review: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Delightfully Journeys Into The Brilliance That Might Have Been

What's the most important film never made? Is it Kubrick's Napoleon? How about Gilliam's take on Don Quijote? In his excellent sophomore feature documentary of the same name, director Frank Pavich would have you believe the answer is Jodorowsky's Dune.... More »
  

Review: THE MISSING PICTURE, A Hauntingly Poetic Work of Emotional and Historical Archaeology

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh has devoted his career to documenting the brutal horrors perpetrated on his homeland by the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, which for four nightmarish years from 1975 to 1979 subjected the citizens under their control to forced... More »
  

Hot Docs 2014 Lineup Announced: From Pulp to Alice Cooper To Weddings to Zombies And Much More

Toronto's Hot Docs Festival is Canada's largest festival dedicated solely to documentaries. It is perhaps the world's largest too, for that matter. The festival organizers have announced the full film line-up for the upcoming 21st edition, which runs from April 24... More »
  

Review: TEENAGE Is A Fascinating Look At The Emergence Of A Cultural Norm

Who are these fickle lords of pop culture? Where did they come from? Though the awkward age has by now been institutionalized as a demographic concept with immense cultural power (see: Beiber, Demigod), "teenager" is a relatively new social concept... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: Capt. John Noel's THE EPIC OF EVEREST From The BFI

The ill-fated 1924 attempt to reach the peak of Mount Everest was an incredibly politically charged undertaking, with British authorities desperate to reaffirm the country's superiority as a world force after recent attempts to be the first nation to reach... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Review: PRINT THE LEGEND Is A Fascinating Snapshot Of The Men Behind An Emerging Technology

What is the most important invention of the 21st century? The smart phone? Hybrid cars? Twitter? Filmmakers Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel would have you believe it is the 3D printer. These desktop devices allow users to print immediate... More »
  

Watch LIFE AFTER PI, The Chronicle Of An Oscar-Winning VFX Studio's Downfall

Where would many a Hollywood blockbuster be without the use of visual effects to help tell its spectacle laden stories? It's hard to imagine. Most would say its a major contributing factor in attracting the audience, thus generating millions for... More »
By Al Young   
  

The Weekly Win: Rock Doc A BAND CALLED DEATH + T-shirt pack! [Competition: AUSTRALIA Only, DVD]

The first African American punk band? You better believe it, and their story is as intriguing and engaging as you would expect.Here is our review of the film.Here's the synopsis:Before the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a... More »
  

Human Penis Wanted. Watch The Bizarre And Hilarious Trailer For THE FINAL MEMBER.

Some things are simply too strange to be anything else but true. Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math's acclaimed documentary The Final Member is very much one of those things.Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Nas to Open Tribeca 2014 with TIME IS ILLMATIC

It's been 20 years since Queensbridge rapper Nas hit the hip hop world in the head with the release of his album Illmatic, one of the most important releases in the golden "2Pac/Biggie era" of rap. Multimedia artist One9 has... More »
  

Drafthouse Films Acquires Nick Cave Doc 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

Drafthouse Films have purchased the North American rights for the documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, a film about a fictional day in the life of musician Nick Cave. The film was the feature debut of visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: Grand and Hypnotic, A DREAM OF IRON Won't Soon Be Forgotten

Early on in A Dream of Iron, a new documentary premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park shows us images a whales moving through the vast blue expanse of the ocean - enormous... More »
  

Eduardo Coutinho, Brazilian Master Of Documentary, Dies At 81

Brazil woke up to sad, tragic news today, as filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho, 81, was reported dead in his apartment after he and his wife were stabbed. The main suspect, according to the police, is their own son, a 41 year... More »
  

SXSW 2014 Embraces TV, Announces Feature Lineup Led By JOE, OPEN WINDOWS, THE RAID 2

The 2014 film edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) is embracing television. Their new category "Episodic" will screen "premieres of innovative new work hitting the small screen," including the latest from HBO, Showtime, AMC, Hulu, Fox, and the El Rey... More »
  

Review: 12 O'CLOCK BOYS Is A Hell Of A Bike Ride

It's no surprise to long-time readers of my reviews that I'm enamoured with David Simon's Baltimore. From Homicide: Life On The Streets, through The Corner and of course The Wire (still perhaps the best programme that has ever aired on... More »
  
 
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