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'Armadillo,' 'Better This World' and 'Enemies of the People' Nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

12 July 2012 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards this morning. Among the nominees are docs "Armadillo," which received four nods and "The Battle for Marjah," "Better This World" and "Enemies of the People," which each received three. With 43 nominations overall, CBS is on top this year thanks in large part to "60 Minutes," while PBS came in a close second with 37. NBC, ABC and HBO also received double-digit nominations. The awards ceremony will take place Monday, October 1 at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Select categories are listed below -- for the full list of nominees, check out the Emmy Awards site. Best Documentary HBO Documentary Films (HBO): "How to Die in Oregon" Producer/Director: Peter Richardson Executive Producers: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins Pov...

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- Alison Willmore

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'Armadillo,' 'Better This World' and 'Enemies of the People' Nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

12 July 2012 9:48 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards this morning. Among the nominees are docs "Armadillo," which received four nods and "The Battle for Marjah," "Better This World" and "Enemies of the People," which each received three. With 43 nominations overall, CBS is on top this year thanks in large part to "60 Minutes," while PBS came in a close second with 37. NBC, ABC and HBO also received double-digit nominations. The awards ceremony will take place Monday, October 1 at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Select categories are listed below -- for the full list of nominees, check out the Emmy Awards site. Best Documentary HBO Documentary Films (HBO): "How to Die in Oregon" Producer/Director: Peter Richardson Executive Producers: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins Pov »

- Alison Willmore

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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

22 March 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

This documentary examines the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of real life superheroes who continue to fight the good fight both on and off the screen.

(World Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For?: All movie fans, and comic book fans. You don’t have to be a big Wonder Woman fan before going in.

Overall

This documentary has a great structure, in which it uses the DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman as its central example of how important heroines can be to their followers, and also how said heroines are still powerless to image-conscious writers who manipulate their creations to better align with current cultural images. First and foremost, it provides a thoughtful background on the surprising history of Wonder Woman, »

- Nick Allen

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Compliance

22 March 2012 2:28 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Compliance

Director & Screenwriter: Craig Zobel

When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unscathed. Inspired by true events.

Cast: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp, Phil Ettinger, Ashlie Atkinson, James McCaffrey

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For?: If you like your thrillers incredibly restrained, with a very strong aftertaste.

Overall

Compliance is a daytime nightmare that you aren’t soon to shake off. A slow-burning thriller, this movie serves super-size questions about the power of authority with a micro concept. A large chunk of it takes place in the back room of a fast food restaurant (which is expertly shot). Conversations usually happen over the phone, and characters never handle their problems with shouting matches. And yet this movie is really, really disturbing. »

- Nick Allen

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Extracted

19 March 2012 5:50 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Extracted

Director & Screenwriter: Nir Paniry

A scientist is trapped in the memories of a criminal and must solve a crime in order to get back home to his family.

Cast: Sasha Roiz, Dominic Bogart, Jenny Mollen, Nick Jameson, Brad Culver

(World Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For?: Fans who are perfectly satisfied by science fiction television shows.

Overall

Extracted has a concept that is perfectly sexy for the lower standards of a cable TV series. With its simple story and lack of magnetic tension, it’s a reminder of the lower attention span asked for by most TV shows compared to any theatrical experience. Most TV shows (especially the ones that look like Extracted) feel like they’re meant to amuse viewers in-between commercial breaks. Viewers can move about their rooms while full episodes play out. »

- Nick Allen

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

16 March 2012 7:18 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

Director & Screenwriter: Bob Byington

Thirty-five years in the life of Max, his best friend Sal, and a woman they both adore. A deadpan fable about time sneaking up on and swerving right around us.

Cast: Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Kevin Corrigan

(North American Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For?: If you like quirky humor but hesitate when said quirk becomes overly cute, this is the perfect refresh for you. Fans of Nick Offerman should give this one a whirl to see what kind of comedic magic he can pull within a feature-length film. If you simply like funny movies in general, keep this one on your radar.

Overall

In a way that feels similar to a first experience with The Royal Tenenbaums, Bob Byington’s hilarious gem »

- Nick Allen

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Killer Joe

11 March 2012 12:08 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Killer Joe

Director: William Friedkin | Screenwriter: Tracy Letts

A garish, Southwestern tale – a violent black comedy about a desperate Texas debtor (Hirsch) who plots to kill his mother with help of his family (Haden Church, Gershon). They hire a crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer (McConaughey) to do the job, but Killer Joe asks for their teenage daughter (Temple) as a retainer. The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts’ (August: Osage County) award winning play.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church

(U.S. Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For? It’s dark, uncomfortably sexual, intensely violent and definately worth your time (unless this sentence scares you away).

Overall

When at a film festival you’ll constantly hear the question, “What have you liked so far? »

- Jeff Bayer

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Rec 3: Genesis

11 March 2012 10:58 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Rec 3: Genesis

Director: Paco Plaza | Screenwriters: Luiso Berdejo & Paco Plaza

Koldo and Clara’s wedding is horrifically interrupted when some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding.

Cast: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin

(World Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For? If you’re scouring VOD for something to keep you occupied and amused in the late hours of the night, pick this one. Even if zombie movies feel tiresome, this one will engage cynics if just during its swift running time.

Overall

Rec 3 is a nifty little zombie movie that provides a satiable dosage of madness for midnight viewing. It’s bloody and usually funny, »

- Nick Allen

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Thale

10 March 2012 11:31 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

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Thale

Director & Screenwriter: Aleksander L. Nordaas

The film revolves around huldra, a mythical, tailed creature, found by two crime scene cleaners in a concealed cellar. Someone’s been keeping her down here for decades, for reasons soon to surface.

Cast: Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen

(North American Premiere)

Film Synopsis (from SXSW.com)

Who’S It For? It’s a nice piece of minimalist horror/fantasy.

Overall

Less is more with Thale, and starting with a dead guy ain’t too shabby either. The crime scene cleaners are Leo (Sigve Skard) and Elvis (Nervold). They could easily be described as the old pro and the reluctant new guy. You know Elvis is reluctant to clean up blood because he vomits a lot. A new job takes them to a remote location. Elvis decides to explore and that »

- Jeff Bayer

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DVD Review: How to Die in Oregon

21 February 2012 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

How to Die in Oregon Movie: Disc: Click here to read the dvd review! "The conundrum of not wanting to die while desperately wanting the pain to be over is a hard idea to wrestle with, but thanks to the unimaginable courage of Cody and many others, this contemplation is thoroughly explored with a lucid perspective and a humane handle on what it means to deal with a terminal illness with the option to opt out." »

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DVD Of The Week: How to Die in Oregon

14 February 2012 3:06 PM, PST | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Vadim Rizov

The opening of How to Die in Oregon is unadulterated documentation (minus a few unobtrusive cuts) of the final moments of Roger Sagner. He didn't just take advantage of the titular state's law, in place since 1994, that allows the terminally ill and suffering to kill themselves. Sagner wanted to ensure that the impact of watching someone die on camera could be used as an argument for others wishing to do the same. He thanks the voters of Oregon; his last words are "It was easy, folks."

Director Peter B. Richardson uses this found footage as a literally killer opener; the rest of his film spins variations on this scene. The main throughline is Cody Curtis: middle-aged mother, hiking lover, liver cancer sufferer. Other terminal patients appear, but Cody gets the most screen time as she experiences spasms of pain during interviews, watches her body swell with fluids, »

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Why 'How to Die in Oregon' Tops This Week's 5 Best DVD/Blu-ray Releases

14 February 2012 9:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The deserving winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) at last year's Sundance Film Festival; the film that put Lena Dunham on the map; a documentary that delves into the life of one of America's most beloved filmmakers; the sequel to one of the sickest films of all time; and a period musical drama.   1. Critic's Pick: "How to Die in Oregon" (DVD) No matter where you stand on the legalized physician-assisted suicide debate, there's no denying the power of last year's Grand Jury Prize Winner (Documentary), "How to Die in Oregon." Peter D. Richardson's fearless documentary tackles the controversial subject head-on by opening with a home video recording of one man's last breath. From there on in, Richardson opens his film up to people in Oregon who, for their varied reasons, chose to take advantage of the state's Death With Dignity Act. "Despite assuming a one-sided. »

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In His Own Words: Peter Richardson Shares a Scene from His Sundance-Winner, 'How to Die in Oregon'

13 February 2012 2:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Below Portland-based filmmaker Peter Richardson shares a scene from his second feature documentary, "How to Die in Oregon," winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary) at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The HBO release comes out on DVD February 14. Why I Made the Film “How to Die in Oregon” was born out of a rather serendipitous moment in 2006. I was departing Portland for Sundance with my first documentary, “Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon” and, as I left my airport hotel room that morning I saw the USA Today that had been delivered to the door.  One of the above-the-fold headlines announced that the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, had upheld Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law -- the law had been challenged by the Bush Administration under the Controlled Substances Act. It was clear to me in that moment that this would be the topic of my next film. »

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