5 items from 2014
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s masterpiece of interlocking stories of violence and human disconnection [at Netflix] Teenage: snappy documentary assembles a slew of retro footage to tell the history of the concept of the “teenager” [at Netflix]
docs you missed
Ghosts of the Abyss: James Cameron returns to his obsession with the Titanic with state-of-the-art (2003) tech to explore the wreck; heart-stopping and chills-inducing [my review] [at Netflix] Religulous: Bill Maher and director Larry Charles look at the state of religion in the modern world, and while Maher might be kind of an asshole, his conclusion is solid: religion is poison [at Netflix] Trekkies: amusingly but compassionately dissects the phenomenon of Star Trek fandom and the beneficial impact it has on everyone it touches [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
Leave to Remain: compassionate, humane, and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It was revealed today that Larry Charles (Borat, The Dictator, TV's Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) will write a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (Nfi) with an eye toward directing.
Nfi founder and President Nesim Hason and Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Sony's upcoming The Equalizer with Denzel Washington) are producing the new project with Sixth Sense Productions principals Richard Harding and Sam Feuer (The First Grader).
Charles' take on The Man Who Sued God is expected to veer from the original premise, which involves a former lawyer who had found happiness with a simpler life and career - until a natural disaster strikes and he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. »
Lionsgate is in advanced negotiations to acquire all U.S. rights to the documentary “America: Imagine a World Without Her.”
Lionsgate plans to open “America” in limited release on June 27 and expand into wide release on July 2.
D’Souza is the director of the 2012 documentary “2016: Obama’s America,” based on his 2010 book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” Both argue that President Obama’s attitude toward America derives from his father’s anti-colonialism and the desire to diminish the power of Western states.
One trailer for “America” includes George Washington being shot in battle as part of a scene that has the rebels losing the Revolutionary War. The documentary attacks a variety of noted liberals such as Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershowitz.
Lionsgate handled home entertainment »
- Dave McNary
Chicago – The story of a Chicago-based woman – who died in 2009 at age 83 – has become the subject of a remarkable new documentary. “Finding Vivian Maier” is a film about revelation, and was created by co-directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, with the support of Executive Producer and comedian Jeff Garlin.
The tale of Vivian Maier seems impossible. It began after her death with an auction of her storage locker, which contained negatives of her street photographer’s life – from the 1950s through the ‘90s. One of the directors of the film, John Maloof, stumbled onto her treasure by purchasing a box of these negatives. He then became her archivist, cataloging her photos, films, audio recordings and even material possessions, to reveal an artist of unique magnitude. “Finding Vivian Maier” is Maloof’s story, Vivian’s journey and the story of an artist’s life that easily could have been lost with her demise. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Making a documentary about religion can be a tightrope walk. While there is frequently much to criticize within religious communities and cultures, the trick is investigating these issues without belittling the subjects’ beliefs; when done poorly, films like Bill Maher’s Religulous come off as nothing more than ill-informed and ridiculous themselves. Now Kate Logan, a Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker with an evangelical background herself, is entering that arena with her first feature, Kidnapped for Christ, which plays at Slamdance this week. The film joins others like last year’s God Loves Uganda and 2010′s Sons of Perdition in looking closely at […] »
- Randy Astle
5 items from 2014
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