10 items from 2017
This inquisitive documentary about the artist Chris Burden gets to the heart of its subject while keeping an objective distance
The American artist Chris Burden is famous for being the man who shot his arm on camera; in his 1971 gallery piece Shoot, he asked a friend to shoot at his arm, intending the bullet to merely graze the skin (the friend missed; a trip to the emergency room ensued). The late Burden’s interest in sculpture mutated into a fascination with performance art that incorporated the body (often his own or that of then wife Barbara). His friends described his art as having “a sinister, science-fair vibe”: he once squashed himself into a locker for five days; for another piece he nailed himself to a Volkswagen. This inquisitive, textured documentary pairs his drug-addled youth with the most controversial era of his career but wisely avoids hagiography by refusing to »
- Simran Hans
Author: Linda Marric
Known throughout his life mostly for his earlier subversive and deliberately provocative work, Chris Burden was one of the most controversial artists of his generation. Using his body as a tool to express himself, the artist pushed the boundaries of decency to the limits and put himself in danger in a series of dangerous stunts, which at the time earned him the nickname of “The Evil Knievel of art”. In the ’70s Burden’s name became synonymous with a new art movement which sought to subvert hundreds of years of classical art tradition by adding elements of danger and unease to the proceedings.
In Burden, directors Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan attempt to explore the myth behind the man in one of the most touching accounts about the life and work of an artist who stopped at nothing in his quest for brilliance. Immortalised by David Bowie »
- Linda Marric
This stimulating film about the radical performance artist Chris Burden, who once got himself shot through the arm for a piece, is a thorough exploration of his work and reputation
Chris Burden is the conceptual artist who started his career in the 70s as the dangerous situationist radical who didn’t want art to be composed of objects to be bought and sold. He wanted a pure essence, a form that might come into being purely ephemerally, mysteriously, in performance art that challenged our sense of ourselves. Notoriously, he devised a performance piece that involved him getting shot through the arm with a real gun. The press called him the “Evel Knievel of modern art” – I kept thinking he was the David Blaine of modern art, or the Hunter S Thompson of modern art or even at his worst moments – and very occasionally – the Charles Manson of modern art, such »
- Peter Bradshaw
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Kicks Off the Summer With a Sci-Fi Action-Comedy
After three weeks of dominating the box office, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious is going to have to give way to a new movie, and that’s because the first weekend of May means that it’s officially...The Summer Movie Season!!!!
Just like the last couple years, the summer movie season is kicking off with a new movie from Marvel Studios, and their sequel Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios/Disney), reunites Chris Pratt as Starlord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Michael Rooker’s Yondu with the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Groot and Rocket Racoon, for the next »
- Edward Douglas
The film follows the titular Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, who are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. The two are committed to being with each other despite the odds against them, even as a family feud threatens to keep them apart.
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That heart of the film is never clearer than it is in our clip, where Eddie talks about the difficulties they have faced as a couple. “They think they’re gonna wear us down,” he says with a smile. “But they’re not gonna wear us down. We married for life.”
“Edith + Eddie” makes its international premiere at Hot Docs. Check out our exclusive clip below. »
- Allison Picurro
Beloved character actress and national treasure Judy Greer would naturally apply the go big or go home mentality to her directorial debut.
“A Happening of Monumental Proportions” is a film that stars, among others, Common, Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Anders Holm, John Cho, Katie Holmes, and Jennifer Garner, which would probably be enough to get people in a theater, but it also happens to have a pretty hilarious, intriguing premise.
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Taking place over the course of one fateful Career Day, an unassuming elementary school is thrown into turmoil when a dead body is discovered. As the bumbling administrators attempt to hide the corpse, Daniel Crawford (Common) finds himself in the middle of all of it when, after being unceremoniously fired, he heads to his daughter’s school to speak about a job he no longer has. »
- Allison Picurro
People do crazy things for their art, and there is perhaps no better example of that than Chris Burden. In “Burden,” Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan’s new documentary about the late performance artist, they use a combination of personal footage and interviews from Burden’s friends and colleagues to paint a portrait of the man behind the madness.
In 1971, Burden captivated audiences and solidified his spot in history with his often life-threatening work. Among other things, he had himself shot, crucified on the back of a Vw bug, and electrocuted, all while insisting he was “not about death.”
The film looks at the artist’s work, private life, and place in art history, integrating Burden’s own voice and musings through the use of audio recordings. Our exclusive clip »
- Allison Picurro
While the first teaser trailer for “Krisha” filmmaker Trey Edward Shults’ highly anticipated upcoming horror feature, “It Comes at Night,” played up atmosphere over plot (like any good teaser), the film’s newest full-length trailer piles on the plot details, but that doesn’t keep it from being any less intriguing.
The film stars Joel Edgerton as patriarch Paul, who has sequestered his family (including his wife, played by Carmen Ejogo, and their teen son, played by rising star Kelvin Harrison Jr.) in a secluded country house after something terrible has decimated modern civilization. When another young family (including Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) arrives on their property, Paul makes the choice to keep them around, because what could possibly go wrong with adding more terrified people into an already on-edge situation?
- Kate Erbland
Chris Burden inspired my first movie. My first scripted effort was a short 8mm film that you will never see -- I've never seen it! -- that was inspired by performance artist Chris Burden. I think I read a newspaper article about him and his work, most notably that time he was shot for his art. Frankly, my interest never went any further than that, lo those many years ago, but now a new documentary, Burden promises to expose him to the light. Directed by Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey, it's heading for release in select U.S. theaters on April 5, and will also be available on Video On Demand platforms, all courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. The trailer nicely sets up the artist and his...
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"I'm not about death, I didn't want to die, but I wanted to come close." Magnolia has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Burden, telling the story of artist Chris Burden, who made his place in art history in 1971 with dangerous performances. The film features Burden himself, as well as Jonathan Gold, Marina Abramovic, Frank Gehry, Alexis Smith, and Brian Sewell. The description says the doc examines "the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his 70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, friends fellow students and colleagues, critics’ comments and latter day footage at his Topanga Canyon studio, all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years." This definitely looks fascinating, and I'm intrigued to learn more about Burden and his motivations for this. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Richard Dewey & Tomothy Marrinan's doc Burden, from YouTube: Chris Burdern »
- Alex Billington
10 items from 2017
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