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MaryAnn’s quick take… Skips away every time it seems like it’s about to delve deeply into something odd and fascinating. Feels like teases from a slew of other Herzog films. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Werner Herzog; huge Internet nerd
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I love Werner Herzog. I love his unique perspective on the world. I love how, in the opening moments of Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World — his stream-of-consciousness documentary look at the Internet, what it hath wrought, and what it may yet bring — he chooses to describe as “repulsive” the university corridor that leads to the room where the very first computer on the Internet still stands today. (That’s the machine pictured above, with Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock. That node of the Net is no longer active. Kleinrock is still a prof at UCLA. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Werner Herzog’s latest documentary which surveys the world’s most dangerous and active volcanoes, Into the Inferno, is unsurprisingly not about volcanoes. Despite privileged access to one-of-a-kind sites and the researchers who work on them, Herzog has little concern for info-doc subject matter. While another filmmaker might take the opportunity to discuss climate change or how unprepared we are for catastrophe, Herzog is only after one truth, the thing hidden by data, ideology and his own myth: the cosmic indifference of nature, the universe in all of its nihilistic purposelessness.Clashes between nature and subject, and The Real and The Symbolic have been the thematic through-line of Herzog’s distinctive oeuvre: the grizzly bears and Timothy Treadwell’s perception, the jungle and Fitzcarraldo’s exotic dreams, the Amazon River and Aguirre’s doomed quest. There is a clear line between the indifferent filmic environment and the assumptions of the characters and filmmaker, »
Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.
Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees
Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.
“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a »
- Graham Winfrey
Werner Herzog plus volcanoes. That combo alone should be enough to attract the intrepid filmmaker’s fan base to “Into the Inferno,” another expeditionary documentary from the director whose adventures have taken him from Alaska (“Grizzly Man”) to the Amazon (“Fitzcarraldo”), from distant prehistory (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) to outer space (“The Wide Blue Yonder”). Here, the globe-trotting continues, this time with the vaguely defined goal of trying to ponder the spiritual aspect of volcanoes from as close to the fuming magma as possible — and yet, much of what Herzog finds has an overly familiar feel, as if he is excavating his own past as much as that of the civilizations living at the feet of these volatile sites, and the results are considerably less explosive than one might hope or expect from this Netflix release.
Among the “Encounters at the End of the World” described in Herzog’s 2007 Antarctica »
- Peter Debruge
Herzog will be honored at the Newseum on June 24 with clips from his career in a discussion moderated by filmmaker Ramin Bahrani. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Herzog’s latest documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.”
Magnolia Pictures will open the film in select theaters in the summer.
“Whether exploring unseen corners of the world or contemplating technology in our lives, Werner Herzog’s cinematic voice is unmistakably evocative,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Docs. “He wields a world-class power, using his artistry to provoke audiences into seeing their world from the most esoteric angles.”
Herzog’s documentary credits include “Into the Abyss,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” the Oscar-nominated “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Grizzly Man,” “The White Diamond,” the Emmy-nominated “Little Dieter Needs to Fly, »
- Dave McNary
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
With that unmistakable voice—and archival footage from the dawn of the Internet age—Werner Herzog introduces the first trailer for his Sundance world premiere documentary "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World." Of course, for the longtime investigator of human frailties in both fiction ("Aguirre, The Wrath of God," "Fitzcarraldo") and nonfiction ("Grizzly Man," "Into the Abyss"), this is not only a tale of possibilities. It's one of grave responsibilities, too. Read More: "Sundance Adds New Films by Werner Herzog, Kenneth Lonergan, Kelly Reichardt, and Others to 2016 Slate" With his familiar blend of interviews with iconoclastic figures and his own deeply philosophical commentary, Herzog continues to explore both the dark and bright sides of our need to connect, and of our periodic failure to do so. "Lo and Behold" is the filmmaker's first documentary feature since 2011's "Into the »
- Matt Brennan
"This is an extraordinary moment in the life of human beings." The most recent feature documentary made by iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog was Into the Abyss (and Cave of Forgotten Dreams before that), nearly 5 years ago, and he's back with another one about the people of this world. This time he is examining the internet, and the "Reveries of the Connected World" (as well as the troubles it can bring) in a documentary called Lo and Behold. The doc will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in a few weeks, and the first trailer has arrived online to give us an early peek. I'm fascinated by this already and I'm looking forward to seeing what Herzog has to say about the internet and the way it connects all of us. Enjoy! The trailer for Werner Herzog's Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, via The Film Stage: Description »
- Alex Billington
Easily one of the most-anticipated films of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival line-up is a new documentary from a solidified master in the field: Werner Herzog. Marking his first feature-length non-fiction film in a half-decade — since the the profound, intimate death row documentary Into the Abyss — his new feature is titled Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World.
Exploring the effects of the Internet on our culture and connection, according to the Sundance synopsis, the director “documents a treasure trove of interviews of strange and beguiling individuals—ranging from Internet pioneers to victims of wireless radiation, whose anecdotes and reflections weave together a complex portrait of our brave new world.”
Ahead of a premiere exactly three weeks from today, check out the first trailer below.
Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. From the brilliant »
- Jordan Raup
9 items from 2016
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