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The Sundance Institute announced today that Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the filmmakers behind the 2004 Sundance sensation Open Water, will return to the Sundance Film Festival with their next feature film -- Silent House will have its world premiere in the out-of-competition Park City at Midnight section. The movie, directed by Kentis and Lau based on a screenplay by Lau, is described as "A hauntingly choreographed descent into madness based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda." This "enthralling psychological thriller" is "impressively captured with a continuous camera shot." You might recall that I wrote about a film at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Gustavo Hernández's "The Slient House" which was a haunted house horror film which took place all within one 79-minute continous shot (read my review here ). This movie is an American remake of that film (note: the iamge above is from the original movie). Read the full press release after the jump. »
- Peter Sciretta
It took three years, but Machete, whose fake trailer showcased before the B-picture homage Grindhouse, finally hit the cineplex. Anyone who found themselves excited by that teasing coming attraction will no doubt be satiated by the relentless onslaught of over-the-top violence, extreme gore, unnecessary nudity and cheap laughs that directors Rodriguez and Maniquis deliver in it’s full-length incarnation. Sugarcoat it with a dose of political satire and Machete is everything The Expendables should have been – self-aware, flashy and fun.
Rodriguez does a good job in updating a gritty, gory genre. His pic made-on-the-cheap mimics the grind house aesthetic right down to the choppy edits, 70′s style opening credits, the tongue and cheek use of funky soft core porn music (provided by Rodriguez’s band Chingon) and the grainy cinematography. More so the director summons influences of American Westerns and »
hollywoodnews.com: Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) delivers another provocative film experience with his compelling and inspirational examination of American public education in “Waiting For ‘Superman,’” arriving on Blu-ray and DVD February 15, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Named the Best Documentary of the year by the National Board of Review, and cited by the American Film Institute as one of the year’s best movies, Waiting For “Superman” was called “an electrifying call to action” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), and has launched a movement to achieve real and lasting change in the nation’s schools.
The film depicts the moving and poignant struggles of real-life students and their families and the efforts of educators and reformers who are working to find viable solutions within a dysfunctional system. A stirring, must-see clarion call that has left audiences inspired and motivated to make a difference, Waiting For “Superman” is truly “a powerful, »
In 2004, three struggling actors, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day were not finding success by conventional means, and so decided to take matters into their own hands. The result was a short film based around a man trying to tell his friend he has cancer. After shopping the film to any studio that would see them, they received a commission, shot for less than $200, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was born.
Not since Seinfeld has a sitcom rewritten the rules so successfully and It’s Always Sunny is the first since to raise the bar that Seinfeld had set 7 years previously. Originally using the same format of three guys and a girl (Danny De Vito joins the cast in season two) living their day-to-day lives with no obvious season arc, It’s Always Sunny follows the trials and tribulations as the main characters do everything they can to »
The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has added three more selections to their festival movie line-up. Additions include Director and screenwriter Miranda July’s The Future, Rob Minkoff’s Flypaper, and Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip. Read the full press release after the jump.
Here's the Official Press release with all of the details:
Three Additional Feature Films Selected For 2011 Sundance Film Festival
The Future Also Selected for 61st Berlin International Film Festival
Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute announced today that three additional feature films will world premiere in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival: The Future (Director and screenwriter: Miranda July); Flypaper (Director: Rob Minkoff), and Magic Trip (Directors: Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney). In addition, The Future »
 The 2011 Sundance Film Festival has added three more selections to the January festival line-up. Additions include Director and screenwriter Miranda July's The Future (as speculated yesterday); Rob Minkoff's Flypaper, and Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney's Magic Trip. Read the full press release after the jump. Three Additional Feature Films Selected For 2011 Sundance Film Festival Festival to Host World Premieres of Miranda July’s The Future, Rob Minkoff’s Flypaper and Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip The Future Also Selected for 61st Berlin International Film Festival Park City, Ut — Sundance Institute announced today that three additional feature films will world premiere in the out-of-competition Premieres and new Documentary Premieres sections of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival: The Future (Director and screenwriter: Miranda July); Flypaper (Director: Rob Minkoff), and Magic Trip (Directors: Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney). In addition, The Future will go on to screen at »
- Peter Sciretta
One of the most contentious and embarrassing sequences of events in American political history came to a close on this day in 2000 when Al Gore conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush. Gore had been contesting the results of the vote because of the extremely narrow margin of victory his opponent possessed in the state of Florida (and because Gore had won the popular vote by half a million ballots). The legal struggle went all the way to the Supreme Court, who had also declared Bush the winner in its decision.
Along the way, the American electoral system was stretched to its limit. When the dust cleared on election day, Bush had nailed down the 270 electoral votes necessary for victory (he finished with 271). Gore even called to concede that night, though he called Bush a half hour later to retract that concession.
Why did he keep fighting? Gore was only five electoral votes behind, »
- Kyle Anderson
Festival Adds New Native Showcase
As Previously Announced, Slacker to Screen From the Collection
Park City, Ut – Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Next (<=>), Spotlight, New Frontier, Park City at Midnight, as well as a new Native Showcase. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at http://www.sundance.org/festival/.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming said, “The Sundance Film Festival is uniquely a festival of discovery and we are once again privileged to showcase the work of talented new artists, including a special section devoted to Native filmmakers. But it’s also exciting to see returning directors honing their skills and emerging with dazzling new films. And the Next section highlights visionary work that shows aesthetic creativity is not limited by budget. »
- Michelle McCue
Park City, Ut . Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition Categories, the Festival presents films in six out-of-competition sections to be announced on December 2. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at http://www.sundance.org/.
On Day One, the Festival will forego the convention of one opening night film and instead screen one narrative film and one documentary from both the U.S. and World Cinema competitions, as well as one shorts program.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival said, .The Festival is a challenge to narrowly define. It is all at once exciting, fun, crazy, engaging, visceral, and sometimes even painful. We can explain storylines, »
- Michelle McCue
Guggenheim has done some admirable work in both factual and fictional film, including episodes of Deadwood and the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. However, his much vaunted documentary about American education is a hectoring, simplistic affair that has nothing of value to contribute to the British debate. But what if it were marketed as "Something's Gotta Gove"?
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- Philip French
An impassioned documentary about Us schools. Anyone with an interest in the coalition's education reforms will be watching closely. By Cath Clarke
How badly is the state school system failing in America? Badly enough for Bill Gates to make an appearance in this impassioned documentary from the director of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Like that film, this is a crusading call to action, full of entry-level facts, easy-as graphics and shocking statistics. (by 2020 only 50 million Americans will be qualified enough to fill 123m skilled jobs.) Geoffrey Canada is the star of the show, a charismatic education reformer who has transformed Harlem with a radical social experiment: the Harlem Children's Zone – which includes three independently operated public charter schools. The film-makers have come under fire and anyone with an interest in the coalition's education reforms will be watching closely. Heartbreakingly, the doc also follows five kids whose parents have entered »
- Cath Clarke
"America Lost & Found: The Bbs Story" (1968-1972)
Released by Criterion Collection
A set of seven films that's as diverse and wild as the era in which they were born, Criterion's reassembly of Bbs Studios' run from 1968 through 1972 boasts influential hits like "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces" and "King of Marvin Gardens" and obscurities like Jack Nicholson's directorial debut "Drive, He Said" and Henry Jaglom's "A Safe Place" that have never been on DVD before. New interviews, vintage documentaries and much more from directors Bob Rafelson, Peter Bogdanovich (whose "Last Picture Show" is also included), Nicholson and the late Dennis Hopper highlight a collection that doubles as a history of when there was a changing of the guard in American cinema.
"Countdown to Zero" (2010)
Directed by Lucy Walker
Released by Magnolia Home Entertainment
This "scareumentary," as our own Alison Willmore termed it in her review, reunites Participant Media and »
- Stephen Saito
Exit Through the Gift Shop earns guerrilla graffiti artist place on longlist for best documentary Oscar
The anonymous spray can provocateur may have begun his career tagging around his native Bristol, but he is now in danger of being embraced as firmly by the movie mainstream as he has been by the art world. Earlier this month the film, which received enthusiastic critical reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, was awarded a prestigious Grierson documentary award.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance film festival last year, was described by the artist as "the story of how one man set out to film the unfilmable – and failed". It tells the story of a Los Angeles T-shirt printer »
- Esther Addley
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has unveiled the longlist for next year's 'Best Documentary' Oscar. Graffiti artist Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop, Charles Ferguson's financial doc Inside Job, Davis Guggenheim's Waiting For Superman and Afghanistan war film Restrepo are all in the running for the Academy Award. The longlist of 15 titles will be trimmed down to five for the nomination announcement on January 25 next year. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 27. Last year The Cove took home the documentary Oscar. Recent winners include Man On Wire, Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth and Bowling For Columbine. The 'Best (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
There’s always been something comforting about a film with narration by Morgan Freeman.
A few years ago, we were treated to his strangely calming voice as we witnessed “The March of the Penguins.” Freeman even managed to give Stephen Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” some extra class by book-ending the film with a smooth yet authoritative monologue.
Now, Morgan is back to narrate the story of orphaned elephants and orangutans, victims of man’s infiltration of their territories, and some of the interesting folks who rescue and raise them.
Captured in IMAX 3D, “Born to be Wild 3D” will transport moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo and across the Kenyan Savannah with primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas and elephant expert Dame Daphne Sheldrick as they and their team rescue these cute baby animals.
The eye-popping photography looks to give us an up-close and personal look at »
Academy Awards voters may be singing the tunes of Phil Ochs when the nominees for Best Documentary Feature are announced on January 25th. As previous winners "Taxi to the Dark Side" and "An Inconvenient Truth" have taught us, Oscar voters love a good political romp and that defines this year's contender "Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune." The documentary (view trailer here) begins with a title card inviting us "to a party with music by Phil Ochs, singer of songs of protest, folk songs, and songs on current issues." Immediately, we're taken through the singer's controversial life in the spotlight: from his humble beginnings as a folk singer trying to make it in the music business, to a full-fledged political activist, and finally to a broken man who committed suicide in 1976. What starts out as a simple biography of Phil Ochs soon becomes so much more. "There But For Fortune" depicts America in 1960s, »
Waste Land is the second notable “real-time” documentary this year. The first was Catfish, which was quite different. “Real-time” means that the action occurs completely in front of the camera, without narration or talking heads telling or paraphrasing the story. Waste Land isn’t completely “real-time” like the facebook follies Catfish, but all of its powerful moments come from the fact that Lucy Walker’s camera was there to see the important events in the story rather than have them summarized. Waste Land is more akin to Walker’s first film and breakout Devil’s Playground than her previous release this year Countdown to Zero. Countdown felt much of Lawrence Bender’s, producer of An Inconvenient Truth, influence, featuring many talking heads and focusing solely on the political issues rather than the people. There was little live footage, but rather a lot of summary. In Waste Land, we get to »
Let's be frank, "An Inconvenient Truth" hasn't exactly aged well. It's a glorified slide-show at best, and although it brought the issue of the environment to the front of everyone's mind, it did so by inducing fear. It's not that there's nothing to be afraid of, but the way they did it is very questionable and we only have to direct you to the trailer to prove our point. Four years later, documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner ("Dig!," "We Live in Public") decided to retaliate with a movie following Bjorn Lomborg and his logic, which has made him an enemy of… »
As a ecology and conservation biology student at Ut, I had a rather idealistic view of environmentalism -- until I took a course that focused on conservation, economics and technology. Between those teachings and 10 years at an environmental regulatory agency, I've become aware of the need for a more balanced and feasible approach. And yet it wasn't until seeing the documentary Cool It this week that I've admitted my skepticism about the doomsayer films that serve to alarm through extreme viewpoints rather than address the important global environmental issues.
The 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth has been credited with revitalizing the environmental movement and creating a better awareness for the general public about global warming. However, An Inconvenient Truth has been criticized of being both an exaggeration and alarming in context. Cool It centers around controversial author and Danish economist Bjorn Lomborg, who asserts that the attention global warming receives is »
- Debbie Cerda
Chicago – The subject of global warming is not going away, both from an environmental standpoint and as a debate. The argument that crystallized with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” has effected politics, science and the thoughts of all world citizens. Academic Bjorn Lomborg contributes his point of view in the new documentary, “Cool It.”
Lomborg is a controversial figure in this debate. His book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” was a screed that contended that while global warming and climate change are a threat, it is neither the sky-is-falling rationalization on the Al Gore side, nor deserves the blithe dismissal of climate change deniers. Lomborg wants to approach the problem through a different lens, one he asserts is more centrist.
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Given this approach, Lomborg has received more than his fair share of detractors. He makes this film to reach more people regarding his assertions, »
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