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Sundance and Tribeca festivals showcase a stunning crop of films, focusing on Afghanistan, killer whales and more
It may count as the least likely of cinematic comebacks since Mickey Rourke bleached his hair and started self-tanning for The Wrestler. A new wave of documentaries are ensuring a return to cinema screens of something long thought lost to our era of spandex-wearing superheroes and CGI fireballs: reality.
Marvelling at "the explosion – and creative flowering – of this most commercially unsexy of genres" at the Tribeca film festival last week, New York magazine's David Edelstein wrote:
In this age of digital video – in which there are cheap cameras, editing software and funding to be had … the cool kids are making docs. The form is not just good for you these days. It's incredibly sexy.
At Sundance this year at least four titles – Pussy Riot, The Summit, Stardom and Blackfish – sold for more than $1m. »
- Tom Shone
Yesterday, Scary Movie 5 oozed its way into cinemas and to celebrate… to acknowledge said release, we looked at the Top Five Movie Parodies (now see here) and it was a right laugh.
But today, we don’t just scrape the bottom of the barrel, we kick it over and investigate the turds beneath. For today, we look at The Top Five Worst Movie Parodies. We say five, there’s tons of them here, in fact the Top Three encompasses thirteen films.
This won’t be easy, so I just want to say good luck. And we’re all counting on you.
dir. David Murphy (2011)
You may not have heard of this, but I can assure you it’s extraordinary. Nanam is a comedy about parodies, and while it could have been a scathing attack on the slew of awful ‘Movie’ movies (more on them »
- John Sharp
Seven years after "An Inconvenient Truth," what has changed in the world's efforts to come to grips with global warming? The scientific consensus has firmed up, even further. Public opinion has, at last, fallen in line with the science, assisted by any number of in-your-face extreme weather events -- epic droughts, record ice melts, multiple applications of the phrase "storm of the century."
But action? Nothing. By anyone.
So filmmaker Craig Scott Rosebraugh ("Seventh Generation") dispenses with conveniences and niceties and goes straight for the jugular with "Greedy Lying Bastards," a documentary about the folks who have fought, stalled and misdirected the international conversation about this dire subject for decades.
"Climate change is already with us," Rosebraugh narrates over a montage of very recent natural disasters, from floods to droughts, wildfires to hurricanes. "We knew decades ago" that this was coming, he adds. And to make his point, he shows »
3 items from 2013
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