9 items from 2011
#71. Untitled Paul Simon Documentary - Joe Berlinger Since his 1992 Sundance winning debut Brother's Keeper, Joe Berlinger has been a mainstay with the festival. He last premiered 2009's Crude at the fest and recently mentioned that he is hoping to bring a Paul Simon doc to the fest - we expect it there and we expect it to be nothing like his last music-related doc, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. Gist: Musician Paul Simon reunites with the performers of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa for the 25th anniversary of their work together on the hit album "Graceland." Producer: Joe Berlinger(Ioncinema.com Preview Page // IMDb Link) »
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"The media is owned by three people. A lot of stories aren’t covered. I think documentary makers are amongst the last bastion of independent reporting. It’s harder and harder to do what we do." - Joe Berlinger On Monday, October 17, documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Crude, Brother's Keeper, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) met members of the documentary community at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater to watch his most recent film, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory. This three-part documentary series is unique to the genre - it revisits its subjects year »
- IDA Editorial Staff
Long-standing metal band Metallica (featuring members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo) is moving forward on a 3D feature film with Journey to the Center of the Earth and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island producer Charlotte Huggins.
It is not known what type of feature film the band is planning. It could be anything from a Tommy-inspired rock opera, to a drama, to a documentary, to a 3D concert film, which has become a popular genre amongst best selling musicians. Anything is fair game at this point.
Metallica first ventured into the world of filmmaking by generously contributing most of the music to the West Memphis Three documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, which helped the film find its audience, and got word out about the infamous murder trial. Then, in 2004, the band put its own personal drama in front of cameras for »
The members of the heavy metal band Metallica are planning to self-finance a 3D feature film, I’m told. The band has hired producer Charlotte Huggins to get the ball rolling. She has produced the 3D films Journey to the Center of the Earth, and just completed the sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson. The band’s now looking for a director with the stones to direct a Metallica-style feature. This would be the first major film made by the band members, but Metallica has already made a strong impression on the medium. Their decision to lend their music to Paradise Lost, the 1996 documentary on the West Memphis 3 that was directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, helped give that film weight and helped create international outrage over how three teens could be convicted of mass murder without a shred »
- MIKE FLEMING
You probably know by now that the West Memphis 3 (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin) were released from prison after giving an Alford plea — a guilty plea but not admitting to the act and asserting innocence — in August. At the time directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky were locking up their third film on the WM3, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, when they heard the news of the surprise development and raced down to Arkansas. Unable to put the footage of the three being freed in the film before screening it at the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinger and Sinofsky unveiled the new ending tonight at the New York Film Festival.
And adding to the excitement, Echols, Misskelley and Baldwin were on hand in their first public appearance since being freed.
For Berlinger and Sinofsky, screening at Nyff brings things full circle. As Berlinger noted before the screening, their »
- Jason Guerrasio
Michael Rapaport’s riveting hip-hop documentary Beats Rhymes & Life gets uncomfortably close to A Tribe Called Quest, one of the most important and influential groups of the past 25 years. It’s two things at once: a loving, magnetic, gloriously alive tribute to a golden age when a group of brilliant young black men and women joined forces to reinvent hip-hop in their own funky, Afrocentric image, and the most penetrating psychological study of a creative partnership in perpetual peril since Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster. Why do the sunniest groups often have the darkest, most fucked-up internal dynamics? Listening »
Predicting an opening number for Bridesmaids at UK cinemas was always going to be tricky. On the plus side, the film enjoyed good buzz, thanks to critical praise, awareness of Us success and positive word circulating from an aggressive programme of advance free screenings. On the minus, lead actresses Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are both significantly less famous here than Stateside, where they served long stints on Saturday Night Live.
Considering fast-improving weather over the weekend, with grosses dropping heavily for all films on scorching-hot Sunday, Universal will be pretty delighted with Bridesmaids' debut figure of £3.44m, including paid previews of £1.03m. That's not quite Wiig's personal best, since Paul opened in February with £5.52m, including £2.31m in previews, but she was hardly a significant selling point on that occasion. »
- Charles Gant
Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Directed by: Michael Rapaport It's always hard to predict what the outcome will be when an actor decides to climb into the director's chair, but in the case of Michael Rapaport (Higher Learning, True Romance), he has made an impressive debut with Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Although he may not seem like the most likely guy to delve into the history of this influential hip hop act, as a life long New Yorker and a big fan of the group, he was determined to put a fitting tribute to them up on the big screen. In the process of shooting the film, however, I think he got a lot more than he bargained for. Specifically, Rapaport found himself caught in the middle of a decade old feud between MCs Q-Tip and Phife, »
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is a love letter to the influential hip-hop group, directed by actor and Tribe superfan Michael Rapaport," blogs David Fear for Time Out New York. "It does offer a lot for diehards: an origin story; a timeline; famous folks gushing about Atcq's 1991 masterpiece, The Low End Theory; concert footage; and some fly-on-the-wall moments. But don't mistake a mash note for a penetrating look at a collective that changed the course of an art form. And even when it gets personal, delving into member Malki 'Phife Dog' Taylor's health problems and the bad blood between him and founding member/childhood friend Kamaal 'Q-Tip' Fareed, the doc still skims the surface of a deeper story."
For the Av Club's Nathan Rabin, though, Beats is "the most penetrating psychological study of a creative partnership in perpetual peril since Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. »
9 items from 2011
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