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An essential contributor to the wave of New German Cinema produced in the seventies and eighties, Werner Herzog solidified his reputation as a legendary filmmaker long ago. Since the release of “Grizzly Man” in 2005, Herzog’s popularity has become more prevalent than ever before. Herzog himself, however, hasn’t vanished into his persona at the expense of staying busy. After 2009’s double-header of narratives, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “My Son, My Son, What Ye Done,” Herzog returned to the non-fiction realm with “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” his first production shot with 3D cameras. Honor Roll is a daily series for December that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's most notable cinematic voices. Today we're revisiting an interview we did with Werner Herzog, whose 3D documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" was »
Chicago – Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is, in many ways, the ultimate documentary from one of our best living filmmakers in that it perfectly captures something notable about the man himself. The film, recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, is a document of the oldest existing cave paintings, stunning artwork that dates back thousands of years. In many ways, what the prehistoric men did in those caves is not unlike what Herzog himself has been doing — recording the natural world for future generations. It makes one wonder if people will watch this work in 10,000 years.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
Perhaps the most notable element of “Dreams” is that it shows the viewer something that can’t be seen in any other way. People aren’t allowed in this cave and neither are most filmmakers. There’s no other way to see the paintings of Chauvet Cave and so the film »
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News that Asif Kapadia's brilliant Formula One documentary Senna has somehow failed to make the shortlist for the best documentary category at the forthcoming Oscars should come as no surprise to anyone au fait with the ludicrous irrelevance of the Academy Awards. These are, after all, the same awards that deemed Werner Herzog's epochal Grizzly Man unworthy of a nomination in the same category a few years ago on the most specious of technicalities. The fact that this foolhardy oversight should have occurred in a year in which the UK has produced not one but two fabulously insightful portraits of the need-for-speed industry somehow makes the error all the more laughable. Let us merely hope that at the Baftas there is due recognition both for Senna and its nail-biting motorcycling counterpart, Tt: Closer to the Edge (2011, Entertainment One, »
- Mark Kermode
While most films aim to tell stories as a means of escape from the real-world, there are those that instead choose to take us to places we may have never gone and introduce us to people we would have never known. These are documentary films, and some paint such an impacting picture that people easily identify a certain location with the documentary film that put it on the map. Now the PBS documentary blog Pov (via Movies.com) literally has that map containing poignant and popular documentary films to represent each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Find out which documentary defines your home state below! Here's the United States of Documentaries from Pov (click for larger version): While some are very obvious like The Grizzly Man representing Alaska and Area 51: Declassified in Nevada, it's interesting that Kurt and Courtney is the defining trait of »
- Ethan Anderton
Documentaries have come a long way in the past twenty years, especially in the past decade. Ten years ago, I would have been at a loss for words had you asked me to name ten “great” documentaries released in a single year. Documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, while having a bigger effect on society, usually addressing important issues with the goal of informing the public and pushing for social change.
The shortlist of documentary nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced recently. As expected, many bloggers have commented on their disappointment with the number of misfires. I doubt that these same bloggers have seen the majority of the films listed, so it is a bit unfair that they presume these 15 titles aren’t worthy of consideration. With that said, I can say that two of the best films I’ve seen »
The Grassy Grohl Click above to Listen Now! The Podcast pimps try to figure out why nothing is even close to the greatness of 'Sons of Anarchy' right now on television. Law reviews The Devil's Double, Foo Fighters: Back And Forth, and JFK: 3 Shots That Changed The World while Moreno revisits Grizzly Man and The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia for a few laughs. We also discuss 'Dave's Old Porn', excessive drinking, and why we don't want to talk about »
- Jim Law
The Academy have announced their finalists in the Best Documentary Oscar category. Guess what isn't it the running anymore: Senna, The Interrupters, Page One: Inside the New York Times, and The Carrier! And that's just the biggies off the top of my head without research. Amir was just pontificating about Senna's Oscar hopes and he's hardly that movies only über fan. People will be up in arms. I suppose it wouldn't be the Best Documentary Feature, that storied and oft-controversial category, without these anger-making decisions. Remember when Grizzly Man got the boot? I know, right? Unthinkable though that still is...
The finalists are...
Battle for Brooklyn (Rumer Inc.) Bill Cunningham New York (First Thought Films) Buck (Cedar Creek Productions) Hell and Back Again (Roast Beef Productions Limited) If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Marshall Curry Productions, LLC) Jane's Journey (Neos Film GmbH & Co. Kg) The »
- NATHANIEL R
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) returns with Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill – and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as .a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.. As he.s so often done before, Herzog.s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.
Wamg has passes to the screening on Tuesday, (11/22), 7pm at the Tivoli Theater. Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life opens at the Tivoli, St. Louis, on Wednesday, November 23rd.
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- Michelle McCue
To understand what state America is in, just watch two documentaries about the death penalty and Sesame Street's Elmo
'The more he looks at it, there's nothing there," says John Hughes in what is probably my favourite thing on the whole of the internet: a clip in which he records a commentary over the famous museum scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Hughes, obviously, is talking about the moment that Cameron gets lost in Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, but the description is eerily applicable to the current Republican presidential candidates.
Never before have there been so many Republican presidential candidate debates, which, in turn, has given the campaign the feel of not so much an important political event but rather a reality TV show. Which contestant will flub tonight? And as with Cameron and Seurat's painted child, the more the electorate looks at these candidates, »
- Hadley Freeman
Werner Herzog has been making films for 43 years, with 18 features and 25 documentaries to his credit, yet the German filmmaker seems to be going through a sort of career rediscovery at the moment thanks to recent films like the brilliant Grizzly Man and off-the-wall Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. His latest documentary, however, has taken the director in a different direction entirely: Into the Abyss is a somber, at times chilling and at other times incredibly poignant look at a triple murder in a small Texas town and its effects on everyone affected by or involved in it, including the two young men -- Michael Perry and Jason Burkett -- sentenced to death (Burkett's sentence was commuted to life in prison) for the cold-blooded killings. Herzog is less concerned...
- Don Kaye
Senna was released in cinemas earlier this year to near universal acclaim and picked up a handful of Awards at a number of film festivals. Telling the life story of Ayrton Senna, the brilliant Brazilian Formula 1 driver, director Asif Kapadia compiled mountains of archive footage of to paint a compelling portrait of one of the sporting world’s most exciting characters.
It has been said before by a great number of reviewers in their glowing write-ups of the film, but it bears repeating: an interest in Formula 1 is by no means required to enjoy the film. You may even enjoy it more the less you know about its subject matter. Previously, I found Formula 1 tedious and dull and would be loath to even recognise it as a proper sport (sure, it takes a fair amount of physical prowess »
- Jack Kirby
Chicago – In our latest documentary edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two movie passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of IFC Films’ “Into the Abyss” from Werner Herzog about why people kill – and why a state kills!
“Into the Abyss” from writer and director Werner Herzog (“Rescue Dawn,” “Grizzly Man”) stars Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jeremy Richardson, Adam Stotler, Sandra Stotler and Kristen Willis. The film opens in Chicago on Nov. 11, 2011.
To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Into the Abyss” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The first trailer for Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss has been released. In the documentary, Herzog examines the issues surrounding the death penalty and interviews death row inmates, police officers, and victims’ family members. Judging from the trailer, the pic looks like an incredibly hard watch. It’s cold, somber, and confronting. The quotes given throughout the trailer from the likes of Roger Ebert and A.O. Scott make me eager to see what kind of film Herzog has put together, as it's sure to be unlike any conventional documentary covering the death penalty. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film opens November 11th. Click over to Apple to watch in HD. Here’s the synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) returns with Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which »
- Adam Chitwood
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) returns with Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill–and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.
The film will be in theaters November 11th, »
- Michelle McCue
I imagine that most of our readers have strong feelings about the death penalty, one way or the other. It's not the sort of topic that leads to indifference. Whether you support or protest the right of a state to kill specific citizens that are convicted of heinous crimes, I expect there will be something in Werner Herzog's new movie to challenge your opinion. And what good is an opinion if it can't take a challenge? Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life is a documentary that follows the stories of a few death row inmates in Texas. Herzog talks to the inmates, and to some of the officers who investigated their crimes, as well as others who are involved in the lives and crimes of these inmates. By many accounts the film is a very even-handed look at those sentenced to die, and I »
- Russ Fischer
After his 3D hit Cave of Forgotten Dreams this year, Werner Herzog is tackling the subject of death with his latest documentary Into The Abyss. Intending to “look into the deepest recesses of the human soul,” I thought it delivered on its promises when I saw it at Toronto this fall.
His exploration of humanity itself is easily one of the best documentaries of the year. It plays part murder mystery and part reflection on capital punishment. This first trailer via Apple brings up the heated issue a bit more heavily than it is actually explored in the film, but it is a worthy glimpse at what to expect. Check it out below.
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) returns with Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche »
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Did you hear yesterday's news? Whether you did or not, I'm sure after I mention it you will realize it is inspired news. In fact, not only is it brilliant casting, it's the best casting decision you'll probably hear about this week. What the what? What could this news be?
Turns out, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo) will play the villain opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, an adaptation of the 2005 Lee Child novel directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The film will serve as Herzog's first major acting role at the age of 69 and he's joining a cast that already includes Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall.
In the film Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-Army cop who investigates the case of a sniper accused of murdering five people before being captured. Herzog will play The Zec, an ex-prisoner of war who arranges and stages the killing and »
- Brad Brevet
Werner Herzog being weird
Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) is one of the most interesting and hilarious figures in the film industry. When he’s not making films about strange people (Fitzcarraldo), he’s off being strange himself. He’s provided some of the industry’s all time greatest anecdotes; eating his shoe after losing a bet, walking from Munich to Paris, and getting shot with an air rifle during an interview with Mark Kermode. Now, though, it seems he is channelling that bizarre energy into a villainous role opposite Tom Cruise (Risky Business) in Paramount’s upcoming One Shot.
The film, directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie), is an adaptation of a novel by Lee Child. Cruise will play Jack Reacher, the main character of Child’s series of novels. In the books, Reacher is an extremely tall, tremendously strong military type. To recap, he is to be played by Tom Cruise. »
- Josh Mills
Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming adaptation of the Lee Child novel “One Shot” continues to make curious casting decisions. First it cast Tom Cruise, the diminutive head of the militant wing of the Church of Scientology, as the hulking, brute of a protagonist Jack Reacher. And now it has cast a German man in the role of The Zec, a Russian ex-pow who acts as the story’s antagonist. And not just any German man, the most German man in the world: Werner Herzog. To the public at large, that name might not mean much, but for those of us reading a film site, it’s kind of a big deal. Herzog is one of the most respected directors of film on the planet, his narrative works include things like Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre: The Wrath of God and his documentary work includes titles like Grizzly Man and the upcoming Into the Abyss. We »
- Nathan Adams
In what's probably the most surprising casting news in a while, it appears that famous documentarian Werner Herzog has been cast in the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, "One Shot," based on the Lee Child novel of the same name.
Herzog will play The Zec, a former prisoner of war and the head of the conspiracy behind the murders Cruise will investigate, reports Variety.
Since the casting of Tom Cruise as Child's iconic character, Jack Reacher, in the adaptation of "One Shot," many people have questioned the casting choice and the integrity of the film as a whole. Lee describes Reacher as a hulking presence, a far cry from the much shorter Cruise. For a movie that's faced little else besides negative press, news of Herzog joining the cast should inject much needed life into the hype machine.
Those who are familiar with the German auteur know the kind of strangeness »
- Kevin Sullivan
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