Stories about cross-town rivals are nothing new. We’ve all read about them or seen TV shows or movies about them. The same can be said about the profound impact of city financial budget cuts that affect thousands of teachers’ jobs and the education of countless children and teenagers. You only need to look at your nightly local news to see a story about a violent flair up between rivals or how yet another school had its doors closed due to budget cuts. It’s an unfortunate sign of the times that always seems to paint such a negative picture but when it’s turned into an unexpected positive that is something to take notice of. Such is the case of the teachers and students at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, PA and they are the subject of Judd Ehrlich’s documentary We Could Be King.
I was already sold on Disneynature's Bears when the trailer featuring Phillip Phillips' song "Home" offered up a heartwarming overlay to the captivating shots of grizzly bears frolicking in the wild.
But from the moment I popped in the Blu-ray and hit 'play,' I was immediately reminded how impressive these studio documentaries truly are. Every scene was so perfectly framed; one could easily do a screen grab at any time, hit print, and produce a beautiful still image suitable for hanging on a wall.
Here’s the first trailer for Julia Marchese‘s upcoming documentary Out of Print, which takes a look at the famed New Beverly Cinema and explores the role of revival cinema in the digital age. The film features quite a number of interesting voices
In 1975 director Sidney Lumet released an unconventional heist film by the name of Dog Day Afternoon, which starred Al Pacino as an unlikely bank robber trying to snag some money to pay for a sex change for his transgendered girlfriend. The story seemed outlandish and far ahead of its time, but as the old saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
According to its synopsis, director Ginnetta Correli’s documentary The Beauty Strip is a film about individual erotic perception, however, in execution, it seems that perception is focused on the viewer rather than the subjects of the film itself. This short journey into nude modeling is comprised of experimental vignettes, shot using various filters set to bombastic dubstep and electronic music. While the film looks quite good in certain areas, the overall message of the film becomes blurred behind what can be viewed as just a series of softcore porn clips.
MTV has released a new trailer for its upcoming documentary No Cameras Allowed, which follows young photographer and filmmaker James Marcus Haney as he documents music festivals by sneaking into them and inserting himself backstage with some of the most popular musicians working
A new trailer for Jon Schnepp‘s (Metalocalypse) upcoming documentary about the ill-fated Tim Burton Superman movie, The Death of Superman Lives has been released. Through interviews and old test footage, Schnepp explores the reasons why this film, scripted by Kevin Smith and
Although the idea of Ron Howard directing a documentary revolving around Jay-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia may sound like an interesting team-up, the result is a fairly by-the-numbers concert movie that tries a bit too hard explaining the American dream through the backstories of some of the most popular working musicians today.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has released the trailer for the upcoming documentary Art and Craft, which follows the life of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in the country. The film is directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and Mark Becker, and is
Indiewire has posted up the first trailer for the upcoming documentary Fact or Fiction: The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler, which takes a look at the life of Marty Reisman, an international table tennis champion.
Steve James’ Life Itself is an impossible film to criticize in an objective way. It’s a poignant, funny, and heartbreaking documentary about one of the most influential film critics ever, and someone that I’ve looked up to my whole life. Thankfully, the film itself is actually quite well made, something we’ve come to expect from the director of Hoop Dreams. Life Itself chronicles the life of prolific film critic Roger Ebert. Although it’s structured like any typical talking dead doc, there’s enough variety with the interviews, photographs, and clips to keep everything fresh and interesting throughout.