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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in December

10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in December
Streaming services are a crucial addition to modern civilization, but only in December do they become a truly indispensible survival tool. Whether curled around your laptop in order to keep warm or retreating to your favorites queue in a desperate attempt to hide from your loved ones, this is the season when having something good to watch can mean the difference between life and death.

Fortunately for us, Netflix, Hulu, and the other major hubs have busted out the big guns just in time. From indisputable classics to contemporary gems,
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PBS Documentary Series ‘Pov’ Brings Syrian Rebels, ‘Killer Lesbians’ to 2015 Season

PBS Documentary Series ‘Pov’ Brings Syrian Rebels, ‘Killer Lesbians’ to 2015 Season
The longest-running series for independent documentaries on television, “Pov,” is prepared to unveil its 28th season, which will include an exclusive look behind insurgent lines in the Syrian civil war, an ode to one man’s 35,000-mile worldwide motorcycle odyssey and the Academy Award-nominated “Cutie and the Boxer,” which explores the marriage of famed “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara.

The documentary film series is particularly intent on broadening its audience on PBS this year, as the network’s flagship New York affiliate, Wnet, considers moving the program out of its primetime lineup. Supporters of “Pov” and “Independent Lens” — another documentary program threatened with removal from primetime — worry that other PBS stations might oust the two shows from their 10 p.m. Monday-night time slot.

Producers of the two programs protest that there is nowhere else on television that regularly broadcasts the controversial work of truly independent filmmakers — those who maintain editorial control over their work.
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‘Art and Craft’ Could Join These Ten Art-Related Docs to Garner Oscar Noms

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

For almost 30 years, Mark Landis forged artwork and passed it off as his own to various museums around the country. It wasn’t until Matthew Leininger, a registrar at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, investigated the pieces in 2008 that the forgery was exposed. Leininger dedicated his time to investigating Landis further, and the scale of forgeries was revealed in 2012. Both men are featured in Art and Craft, a documentary about Landis, directed by Jennifer Grausman and Sam Cullman and co-directed by Mark Becker. Because Landis never sold his work to the museums, only donated the works in what he calls acts of “philanthropy”, he was never prosecuted.

The Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore said, “The film will appeal to art lovers, but some viewers who can hardly tell their Cezannes from Chagalls will find the story fascinating as well.”

The film was picked by
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Oscars: 'Cutie and the Boxer' Doc Subjects Find Fame, Success After Nomination

Oscars: 'Cutie and the Boxer' Doc Subjects Find Fame, Success After Nomination
Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer explores the chaotic yet endearing and enduring 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Directed by Zachary Heinzerling, the film shows how the Japanese couple have sacrificed so much (they struggle to make rent) in order to be artists in New York. Review: Cutie and the Boxer The 82-year-old Ushio -- who makes artwork by punching large canvases with paint-laced boxing gloves and builds giant sculptures of motorcycles -- is the more well-known artist of the pair, having made a name for himself in Japan

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Oscar Week Events – Documentaries

On Wednesday evening of Oscar Week, the Academy introduced the five films nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Host Rob Epstein introduced the event by welcoming the packed house to the “Temple of Films.” Represented by the nominees in both categories, the program included clips from all of the films nominated and panel discussions with filmmakers from each group.

First up were the Documentary Short Subject films.

On hand were nominees Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed, directors of the “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” the story of 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor who shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life through music, laughter and optimism. It was apparent that both were still deeply affected by this woman who passed away on Sunday.
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TV highlights 17/02/2014

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Fa Cup Football: Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City | Horizon: The Power Of The Placebo | Moone Boy | The Culture Show: Damon Albarn – Solo | The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern | My Mad Fat Diary | Storyville – Cutie And The Boxer | Helix

Fa Cup Football: Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City

7pm, BT Sport 1

The last of the fifth-round ties, and a decent opportunity for two of the less-fancied sides to reach the quarter-finals. Championship outfit Brighton have a reasonable cup pedigree in recent years, having twice downed Premier League side Newcastle United in the past two seasons. They'll fancy their chances against a Hull side who may have one eye on their weekend clash against Cardiff City as they attempt to move further clear of the relegation places in the top flight. Gwilym Mumford

Horizon: The Power Of The Placebo

9pm, BBC2

Placebos were once used only as a control in medical experiments,
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Cutie and the Boxer | Blu-ray Review

Zachary Heinzerling’s debut documentary may not have packed the political punch that many of its Sundance competition did last year, but Cutie and the Boxer currently stands as an Oscar nominated feature, holding its own with a fervid story of enduring the anguish of living with love and art. While becoming friends and living with the eccentric, acclaimed action artist Ushio Shinohara and his talented and loyal wife, Noriko, Heinzerling discovered a very tragic love story within their dedication to the lifestyle of married artists. Despite reasonable notoriety within the art world and fame back in his homeland of Japan, Ushio has remained a struggling New York artist, dragging Noriko and their son through years of alcoholism and noncommercial production. Thanks to their playful sense of humor and a great appreciation for the unique lives they’ve led, the Shinoharas’ tale is a hilarious and heart-wrenching journey of long
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The Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of the Week: ‘Cutie and the Boxer,’ ‘Night of the Demons’ and the Acting in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Cutie and the Boxer Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko have been together for 45 years, but it hasn’t been the easiest of roads. He was a 41 year old art sensation in NYC when the 19-year-old art student met and fell in love with him, and while the time since has seen them struggle and live the life of starving artists, he has always remained at the top of the relationship. This doc looks at the couple, their love and art, and the sacrifices that are sometimes necessary in pursuit of your dreams. Zachary Heinzerling‘s intimate documentary began life focused on Ushio’s life and art, but somewhere along the line, Noriko’s story, both of her art and of her love for her husband, took over the narrative. The
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The Kes-like Selfish Giant retains its astonishing power on the small screen, while Formula One drama Rush takes a pit stop

It wouldn't be film awards season without a critical chorus of complaint following every major announcement – none louder than the one that greeted the best British film Bafta nod for Gravity, that quintessentially English ode to keeping calm and carrying on.

Two of its rivals in the category, as it happens, hit DVD shelves tomorrow; one deserves a lot more than puny secondary prizes. That'd be The Selfish Giant (Artificial Eye, 15), Clio Barnard's astonishing northern morality tale of unguarded children in the industrial wilds of Bradford. A somewhat oblique evocation of the Oscar Wilde fable, it stars ferocious 13-year-old newcomer Conner Chapman as a young terror whose aptitude for scrap metal collection takes him into dangerous adult realms of corruption, compromising his friendship with sweet-natured pal Swifty
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Cutie And The Boxer DVD Review

Director: Zachary Heinzerling

Cast: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara, Alex Shinohara

Running Time: 82 mins

Synposis: This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Debut documentary director Zachary Heinzerling introduces artists Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko in their cluttered and cramped apartment on the morning of Ushio’s 80th birthday. His wife has baked and in thanks Ushio tells her “I don’t listen to you, that’s how I stay so young.” An odd, defiant response, met with a heavy silence, which sets the tone for the rest of the documentary. Often restrictive and leaving the audience feeling themselves compressed; the relationship is none-the-less a compelling and captivating watch.

Meeting by chance when Noriko visited Ushio’s New York
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Oscar Nominee Zachary Heinzerling on Why 'Cutie and the Boxer' Was the Right First Feature to Make

Oscar Nominee Zachary Heinzerling on Why 'Cutie and the Boxer' Was the Right First Feature to Make
Behind every tortured artist is someone who has to do the housekeeping. Zachary Heinzerling's documentary about 80-year-old Japanese action painter Ushio Shinohara, "Cutie and the Boxer," centers on that very someone. In the case of Shinohara, it's his scrappy wife Noriko, an artist in her own right who forsook her own dreams to support her unruly husband. Rather than create a biography of Shinohara as he originally intended, Heinzerling explores this codependent couple's stormy relationship and fraught history of regret and disappointment. He lovingly paints Ushio and Noriko as two individuals overflowing with personality, at once enmeshed in the New York art scene and also holed up in their Brooklyn loft, toiling to make ends meet. There are plenty of tempestuous artist couples in history -- Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Ulay and Marina Abramovic -- but Ushio and Noriko never achieved that kind
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Where to Stream Ten of the Year's Best Films

Where to Stream Ten of the Year's Best Films
It's late-December so all you'll be hearing for the next few months will be "12 Years a Slave" this and "Gravity" that -- but there were other great movies made in 2013 too, you know. And you can stream ten of them now. Netflix, on a roll of late in terms of quality movies, offers a smorgasbord of the year's best films: "Blackfish" (dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite) One of the year's best docs eschews a straight-up talking heads approach (though there's plenty of it) for a more cinematic style. All the while you have a sense of watching something truly essential, and what we've been missing: a real whistleblower of a doc with the potential to turn heads. And also, the horror story of killer whale Tilikum really lends itself to a good old-fashioned violent sob. (Beth Hanna's Toh! review)"Cutie and the Boxer" (dir. Zachary Heinzerling) Eccentric boxing painter Ushio Shinohara is
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Slackery News Tidbits: December 9, 2013

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

Congratulations to University of Texas at Austin grads Elizabeth Chatelain and Zachary Heinzerling for their recent International Documentary Association awards. IndieWire reports that Chatelain won the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award for her movie My Sister Sarah (Jordan's interview), which follows her sister's drug addiction. Heinzerling won the Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for his debut Cutie and the Boxer (Jette's review), about the chaotic marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. The City of Austin invites local filmmakers to submit shorts to its annual "Faces of Austin" competition. Submitted fiction or nonfiction films must be under 10 minutes and must be filmed in Austin or highlight a city topic or organization. Films must be submitted by Tuesday Jan. 21 at 5 pm. Selected films will be screened during the SXSW Film Conference Community Screenings as well as on
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Cutie and the Boxer Review

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Pablo Picasso once said that “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Ushio Shinohara, the subject of debut filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary Cutie and the Boxer, has solved this problem and is still producing art well into the 9th decade of his life. “The Boxer” of the film’s title, Shinohara’s work consists of canvases that have been pummelled with paint-covered boxing gloves. A documentary is only as good as its subject and, while Shinohara’s work is interesting, it is in the relationship between himself and his wife Noriko (also an artist) where this film truly comes alive.

In the 1960s, Noriko was a 19 year old Japanese art student who travelled to New York and fell in love with the already-established Ushio Shinohara, 41. The heavy-drinking Ushio lived a rock and roll lifestyle and the two shortly married
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Review: Cutie and the Boxer

Are the sacrifices involved in making great art worthwhile? That's one of the questions posed by Cutie and the Boxer, the debut documentary from Zachary Heinzerling about two artists and how they work ... and how they live together as husband and wife, as they've done for nearly 40 years.

Ushio Shinohara is an internationally acclaimed artist whose "boxing" paintings and motorcycle-themed sculptures were considered an integral part of the Pop Art influence in Japan in the 1960s. Now it's the 2010s, and Ushio has been living in New York since at least 1970 -- that's when he met his wife, Noriko an aspiring artist more than 20 years his junior. Ushio has just turned 80, and the couple are living with their son in a small New York apartment that has seen better days, trying to figure out how to pay the rent and utilities.

The documentary doesn't rely on spoken or written narration
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Review: Art World Documentary & Love Story 'Cutie And The Boxer'

Love is complicated, this much we know is true. But love is even more complicated, as Zachary Heinzerling’s brilliant new documentary “Cutie and the Boxer” illustrates, when the regular mechanics of romance (co-dependency, support, a nearly psychic transference of ideas and emotions) are housed within an artistic working relationship. Following the stratospheric ups and the depressive downs in the 40-year marriage and artistic collaboration between famed Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, “Cutie and the Boxer” delicately and playfully attempts to diagram how such a complex relationship functions (or doesn’t function). One of the most lively and emotionally resonant documentaries to debut this year, “Cutie and the Boxer” is a work of art in its own right. Chances are, even if you don’t know Ushio Shinohara’s work outright, you’ve seen it before—his claim to fame was a series of jarring papier-mâché motorcycles with giant,
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Cutie And The Boxer Review

Documentary director Zachary Heinzerling tells a compelling tale of artistic risks and challenges with Cutie And The Boxer There are candid moments throughout Cutie and the Boxer, filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling’s heartwarming documentary about painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife of forty years, Noriko, an artist in her own right. Its many honest moments are to be expected thanks to the complete access Heinzerling enjoyed during the multi-year making of his debut feature. By midway into the movie, there doesn’t seem to be one secret left in the lives of this Brooklyn couple.
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Five Questions with Cutie and the Boxer Director Zachary Heinzerling

The following interview was originally published in April 2013 to coincide with the screening of Cutie and the Boxer at the Tribeca Film Festival. Zachary Heinzerling’s film is being released theatrically through RADiUS-twc tomorrow. Zachary Heinzerling’s debut film, Cutie and the Boxer, has been one of the documentary hits of the festival circuit this year following its world premiere at Sundance, where Heinzerling won a directing award. A narrative study of the relationship between famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko, the film explores their creatively exorbitant marriage and all of the intimacies therein – from their quirky flirtations […]
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Interview: 'Cutie And The Boxer' Director Zachary Heinzerling On Documentary Vs. Narrative, The Influence Of '70s New York City & More

This year has seen an unusually large amount of excellent documentaries make the scene, and one of the very best, "Cutie and the Boxer," opens this weekend (here's our review). It's the story of Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, two New York artists who bicker with the best of them but who have maintained, in their 40-year marriage, a kind of harmony that few couples enjoy. Ushio is usually known for his giant papier-mâché motorcycles and large paintings made by putting on boxing gloves, dipping them in paint, and walloping the blank canvases. When Noriko, a fabulous artist in her own right, gets a section of the gallery devoted to a retrospective of his work (her artwork is turned into animated sequences in the movie), it is a perfect entre into the tumultuous dynamics that define their relationship. What makes "Cutie and the Boxer" even more miraculous is that
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