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Wim Wenders’ 1999 documentary “Buena Vista Social Club” is part travel journal, part behind-the-scenes production diary and a concert film that spans the physical and cultural distance between the United States and Cuba. For “Waste Land” director Lucy Walker, Ibrahim Ferrer and the rest of the title group’s journey is also a fairy tale of sorts, culminating with a magical final performance.
Walker, who will unveil a follow-up “Buena Vista Social Club” doc at Sundance next month, describes how the unbridled passion of the group’s members makes for a vivid picture of life for Cuban artists at the turn of the century. Buena Vista Social Club’s performances in Amsterdam and at New York’s Carnegie Hall illuminate the determination of a collection of truly talented artists.
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- Steve Greene
The dinosaurs still making films better embrace virtual reality, according to director Lucy Walker.
Her impressive roster of documentaries have earned her two Oscar nominations: One for her feature, “Waste Land,” and one for a short, “The Tsunami and The Cherry Blossom.” She was recently tapped to direct the followup to Wim Wenders’ “Buena Vista Social Club.” Filming “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” sparked an interest in Cuban music and dance, which led Walker to make “A History of Cuban Dance,” a lively Vr short chronicling Cuban history through its many dance styles. The feature will also have an accompanying Vr film.
Walker is also currently a creator with Chris Milk’s Vr company, Within (formerly Vrse), a prolific production house making some of the most narratively compelling virtual reality films out there.
“I love using documentary films to take the viewer on a journey to a world they’re not physically in. »
- Jude Dry
March 2016 is a sad month for some Netflix subscribers.
Say goodbye to '90s films "American Pie" (1999), "Hackers" (1995), Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990), "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and "Jumanji" (1995) in March. Also disappearing: Will Smith movies "Hitch" (2005) and "Men in Black II" (2002), as well as oodles of TEDTalks that are all expiring next month.
Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in March.
Leaving March 1, 2016
"American Pie" (1999)
"American Wedding" (2003)
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)
"The Babysitters" (2007)
"The Chosen One" (2010)
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986)
"Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000)
"Hannie Caulder" (1971)
"Hart's War" (2002)
"Indecent Proposal" (1993)
"Johnny Dangerously" (1984)
"Masters of the Universe" (1987)
"Men in Black II" (2002)
"The Monster Squad" (1987)
"Not Another Teen Movie" (2001)
"The United States of Leland" (2003)
Leaving March 2, 2016
"Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" (2013)
Leaving March 3, 2016
"Night Catches Us" (2010)
Leaving March 4, 2016
- Sharon Knolle
It's time to bulk up your Netflix queue, people, because the streaming giant is putting quite a few movies and TV shows on the chopping block throughout March. From hilarious titles like American Pie to tearjerkers like Hardball, check out which of your favorites are disappearing soon, and then see everything that's definitely here to stay, plus the new movies and shows coming in March! Expiring March 1 Switchmas Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman American Pie American Wedding Atlantis: The Lost Empire Down and Out in Beverly Hills Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Gone in 60 Seconds Hackers Hamlet Hannie Caulder Hardball Hart's War Hitch Indecent Proposal Johnny Dangerously Jumanji Masters of the Universe Men in Black II Not Another Teen Movie Paycheck The Babysitters The Chosen One The Monster Squad The United States of Leland Wings Expiring March 2 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Expiring March 3 Night Catches Us »
- Quinn Keaney
When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.
Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner »
- Patrick Shanley
5 items from 2016
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