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Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, Rats, premieres on Discovery Channel October 22nd. You can also behold the vile and ferocious first trailer for Rats, which is not for the weak stomached. They’re depicted as monsters, while there are quite a few shots of people mutilating them. You’ve been warned. The following clip is just a taste of what happens in this scene, and it’s […] »
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert promises to be a good one tonight — with Nick Offerman, Wayne Gretzky and Morgan Spurlock as guests. Parks and Recreation star Offerman is currently promoting his newest book, Good Clean Fun, which discusses the ups and downs in the world of woodwork at his Offerman Woodshop and includes tutorials. Offerman has been a fan of woodwork ever since learning the basics from his dad, grandfather and uncles — and the craft helped him pay his way through the early days of his acting career. Meanwhile hockey legend turned entrepreneur Gretzky has just released...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming documentary Rats on Discovery is going to be a real crawly affair. The man who forever changed the way people look at fast food — and who opened the eyes of Americans in his excellent series 30 Days showing how impossible it is to live on minimum wage — is taking his analytical documentary style to the pestilence of the ages, the rat. Thanks to a lot of backyard breeders who imported Gambian rats from Africa, our plentiful Norwegian rats are “supersizing” as they mate and breed with these behemoths. Now we have rats everywhere the size of labradors....read more »
- April Neale
Morgan Spurlock, whose every documentary feels like it should have an exclamation point at the end of its title, has yet another coming out soon: Rats. It's about rats! Actual rats, who are kind of cute in isolation but not so cute when hordes of them are running across a subway platform or rooting through garbage bins. Billed as a "history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world," this clip from Rats focuses on the rodent-plagued streets of New York. To make his point that the pests are a public, disease-carrying menace bent on our destruction, Spurlock lays it on thick, ladling throbbing horror-movie music over the scene of dozens of the critters rushing and squealing out of a heap of trash bags on a street corner. If your skin isn't crawling by the end of this, I have literally nothing in common with you. Watch the clip above. »
- Chris Eggertsen
We now have the first clip from Morgan Spurlock’s documentary, Rats, premiering on Discovery Channel October 22nd. You can also behold the vile and ferocious first trailer for Rats, which is not for the weak stomached. They’re depicted as monsters, while there are quite a few shots of people mutilating them. You’ve been warned. Inspired by Robert Sullivan’s New York […] »
Los Angeles, CA (October 10, 2016) . The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced the nominees for the inaugural Critics. Choice Documentary Awards. The winners will be presented their awards at a gala event on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Bric, in Brooklyn, New York.
.It is an amazing time for documentaries, with the ever-increasing number of platforms enabling producers to reach enthusiastic and growing audiences for non-fiction storytelling,. said Bfca and Btja President Joey Berlin.
.This is clearly demonstrated in the depth and quality of our inaugural nominees. We have a wealth of brilliant creators who are bringing to light some of the most entertaining and illuminating stories being told today. Indeed, documentary filmmaking is modern investigative journalism. We look forward to celebrating all these fine and important achievements at the first Critics. Choice Documentary Awards gala on November 3rd..
13th, 30 For 30: O.J.: Made in America »
Since its premiere at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, Theo Anthony's Rat Film (not to be confused with Morgan Spurlock’s Rats)—ostensibly a documentary on Baltimore’s rat problem—seems to have burrowed under the radar, not surfacing till its recent showing at the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival. Though its subject may seem like strange material for an excellent documentary, let alone a striking debut, the film shatters those expectations within seconds of its opening—voiceover about the origins of the universe (“Before the world became the world, it was an egg…”) accompanied by shots of a racetrack; a (common) Norway rat trying to jump out of a trash can, then a smash cut to the title—and over the course of its 82 minutes, Rat Film becomes one of the most inventive and consistently surprising features of the year.“It ain't never been a rat problem in Baltimore. »
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced the nominees for their inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, taking place next month at a first-time gala event in Brooklyn, New York. Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” and Clay Tweel’s “Gleason” lead the pack of nominees, with five nominations each. Other nominees include Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” the gob-smacking “Weiner” and recent Netflix features “Amanda Knox” and “Audrie & Daisy.”
“It is an amazing time for documentaries, with the ever-increasing number of platforms enabling producers to reach enthusiastic and growing audiences for non-fiction storytelling,” said Bfca and Btja President Joey Berlin. “This is clearly demonstrated in the depth and quality of our inaugural nominees. We have a wealth of brilliant creators who are bringing to light some of the most entertaining and illuminating stories being told today. Indeed, documentary filmmaking is modern investigative journalism. »
- Kate Erbland
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja), having joined forces to celebrate the best in documentary filmmaking, announced the nominees for the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Monday.
Ezra Edelman’s eight-part “O.J. Made in America” event, Ava DuVernay’s New York Film Festival opener “13th” and Clay Tweel’s emotional Als exploration “Gleason” led the way with five nominations each.
All three films picked up best documentary feature nominations along with “Cameraperson,” “Life, Animated,” “Tickled,” “Tower,” “Weiner” and “The Witness.” Interestingly, Berlinale best-in-show “Fire at Sea,” also Italy’s submission for foreign Oscar consideration this year, landed its only nomination in the top field.
Not unlike the two groups’ formerly separate, now combined film and television awards celebrations, there are enough categories scattered across the ballot to leave room for everyone. So while Ava DuVernay is inexplicably missing from the direction of a documentary feature list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The raucous alternative during festival season boasted world premieres of new Tim Burton and M Night Shyamalan films – but the oddities made it unique
Moments after the world premiere of A Dark Song, a touching Irish film about loss and forgiveness, I was on a school bus headed to a boxing gym where two men fought about the virtues of Rocky IV. This is a fairly typical set of back-to-back events at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, a marriage of the smartest and edgiest in international cinema blended with madcap hijinks (festival co-founder Tim League introduced Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats by gobbling a bowl of cooked rat with his own bare hands. Has Cannes’ Thierry Fremaux done this? I think not!). If cinephilia has a Burning Man, it’s this annual event, which lands smack dab in the oh-so-serious autumn cycle of the Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. »
- Jordan Hoffman
While best documentary conversations start to take shape in January at the Sundance Film Festival, making the transition from rapturous festival play to awards-season contender is a harrowing road. A documentary must be truly extraordinary to make the final Oscar five.
The number of Sundance docs with awards potential is breathtaking: Breaking out of Sundance 2016 were U.S. Grand Jury Prize winner “Weiner” (IFC), an entertaining portrait of a politician brought down by his weakness for sexting, which turned into a summer hit; U.S. Documentary Directing Award winner “Life, Animated” (The Orchard), a moving portrait of an autistic child who grows up with Disney movies; and HBO’s Audience Award winner “Jim: The James Foley Story.”
Scoring great reviews were Ezra Edelman’s five-part movie “O.J.: Made in America” (Espn), an exhaustive examination of O.J. Simpson and race relations in Los Angeles from the ’60s through the Trial of »
- Anne Thompson
While we often see headlines about spec script inciting studio bidding wars, the reality is most screenplays don’t sell themselves. Attracting financiers to help turn screenplays into actual movies usually requires one or more agents who are highly skilled in the art of packaging — the process of attaching actors, directors or other essential ingredients to a project.
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During a panel conversation at Ifp Film Week on Monday, two film agents and one sales agent shared examples of how packaging movie ideas or completed screenplays with other elements helped get projects off the ground fast.
One example from Los Angeles-based ICM agent Peter Trinh involved an actor with no writing credits named Scott Cooper who had written a script called “Crazy Heart,” based on the tragic story of an aging country music musician. »
- Graham Winfrey
Not for nothing is Toshiro Mifune one of the most renowned actors of world cinema. Known mostly for his many collaborations with Akira Kurosawa — including such classics as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai” and the “Yojimbo” cycle — as well as Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Samurai Trilogy,” the Japanese thespian appeared in nearly 170 films before his death in 1997. Steven Okazaki directed the new documentary “Mifune: The Last Samurai,” which just released its first trailer.
Narrated by Keanu Reeves and featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese (who offers that “Mifune’s performance is layered, complex. He studied the movement of lions. He’s like a caged animal”) and Steven Spielberg, the trailer touches on Kurosawa and Mifune’s joint influence on American cinema as well as the actor’s two main vices: alcohol and cars.
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- Michael Nordine
If you were among the squeamish who could never quite stomach the premise of Pixar’s “Ratatouille” — in which a Parisian sewer rat becomes top chef in a tony French restaurant — then perhaps Morgan Spurlock’s “Rats” is more your style. Here is a film that presents rats exactly as millions of humans imagine them: as disgusting, dangerous, disease-carrying vermin, just waiting for their chance to take over the world. Best known for gorging himself on Big Macs in “Super Size Me” (and, no doubt, a fair amount of rat droppings in the process), Spurlock attempts a different kind of horror movie this time around, daring audiences to see just how far they can go before losing their lunch.
Debuting Oct. 22 on Discovery Channel, followed by a few quick-sting theatrical screenings, “Rats” is that rare breed of nature doc, one designed not to foster greater empathy for a misunderstood species, »
- Peter Debruge
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was more than just a bunch of screenings. For anyone on the ground at the major Canadian gathering, Tiff is a full-on immersion into the film world filled with memorable encounters. Here are a few from our staff who attended this time.
Read More: The 2016 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Dinner With Isabelle
The great thing about a fest like Tiff is that, with so much going on around the city, you never really know what’s going to happen next. Case in point: I found myself stepping out of a screening of “Barry” and into a rain-soaked dinner with Isabelle Huppert (star of three different movies in this year’s lineup). Journalists are herded into these fancy studio dinners on a nightly basis at the major festivals, but the events often feel so forced »
- Indiewire Staff
★★★☆☆ Cinema is littered with films that have pitted man against some terrifying beast from the animal kingdom. Genre flicks have seen us hunted by wolves, sharks, snakes, bears and birds. Morgan Spurlock's new film Rats puts a different spin on this familiar trope, however, because it's not just some science-fiction about rodents preying on humans; it's a documentary about it. "They will literally kill us," explains a lecturer early on in what the filmmakers frame as a fully-fledged horror complete with jump-scares, an ominous score, and all manner of squeamish moments.
Few creatures on this Earth conjure as much of a reaction as rats. Knowing this full well, Morgan Spurlock is here to creep you out with a new documentary all about the rodents. First premiering at Toronto International Film Festival (fittingly in the Midnight Madness sidebar), then having a one-night screening later this week, followed by a Discovery Channel premiere in late October, the first trailer has now arrived.
THR said in their review, “Prepare for some heebie-jeebies, o ye who would watch Morgan Spurlock’s Rats, a skin-crawling hour and a half about the vermin who share our cities and live on our trash: The documentarian who flirted with body-horror in Super Size Megoes full-tilt here, offering shock-cut inserts and skittery sound effects in a film that already has little trouble keeping viewers on edge.”
Check out the unnerving first trailer below, along with the Tiff Q&A and a poster. »
- Jordan Raup
BBC Film Productions has released a trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary which seems to take a more comical approach to the subject of the Church of Scientology. Structured in a first-hand journey format as we’ve seen from Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, the film tries to confront the church to get some answers. […]
The post Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Documentary Trailer: More Entertaining Than ‘Going Clear’? appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
M.R. Carey’s celebrated genre novel “The Girl With All the Gifts” is one of the few novels-turned-films included in the Midnight Madness program (Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats is the other). This is important to note because Carey is also the film’s screenwriter and many of the book’s deficiencies unfortunately carry over into his script. Veteran […] »
- Joe Lipsett
One of America’s greatest unsolved mysteries is getting reexamined in CBS’ new limited event docuseries, “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey.” The four-hour, two night special will unite former investigators with new experts to review the 1996 unsolved murder of the six-year-old beauty queen. Before its premiere this Sunday, IndieWire has a new clip where investigators Jim Clemente and Laura Richards and renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee analyze transfer DNA data to determine if it had an impact on the original investigation.
“DNA is reliable evidence if you interpret it properly,” says Clemente, former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler.
“We can all look at it, and once we get the result, we should let the evidence speak for itself,” adds Dr. Lee in the clip.
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- Liz Calvario
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