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Must Watch: Oliver Stone's 'Nuclear Now' Climate Change Doc Trailer
"The very thing that we fear… is what may save us." Yes, indeed, listen to Oliver. He did his research on this, he knows what's good. Abramorama has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary titled Nuclear Now, the latest feature made by prolific director Oliver Stone. This premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival last year, where I first saw it and wrote a glowing review of it. A vitally important film for our times, this is more of Stone's urgent climate change documentary than anything else. He addresses the problems, the propaganda, the people, and dives into the most appropriate solution for the moment - atomic energy, or nuclear power. Instead of shutting down and demolishing nuclear plants, we should be building more because yes - nuclear power is the only immediate solution to turn off all of the goal & gas plants while still producing enough power to maintain the worldwide demand for electricity. This is an outstanding film that comprehensively covers this topic, answers questions, and might just make a difference in saving the world.
› Posted on March 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments
Trailer for Doc Series 'Redefined: J.R. Smith' About Golf & Basketball
"I'm not doing this to prove nobody else wrong… I'm really proving to myself that I can do it." Amazon has unveiled an official trailer for a compelling new sports documentary series titled Redefined: J.R. Smith, made by filmmaker Philip Knowlton. The four-part series coming to Prime Video soon is about an athlete shifting from one sport to another. J.R. Smith, the two-time NBA champion (for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers) who's gotten "a lot of ink"" for changing his focus from basketball to golf, is the subject of this doc. Redefined: J.R. Smith will follow the retired player as he pursues a college education and new athletic passion – golf – at North Carolina A&T. At the age of 19, after being selected in the NBA draft, finds himself without a team to call his own and is looking to redefine his future. The series comes from LeBron James and Maverick Carter as executive producers at their Uninterrupted banner. This looks like an inspiring story about following your passions & fighting for your place, no matter who you are. Check it out.
Official Trailer for 'Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields' Biopic Documentary
"The world tells you how to be… But how do you become who you really are?" ABC News Studios + Hulu have revealed an official trailer for a documentary film titled Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which first premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It'll be available on Hulu to watch in April. The doc is a galvanizing look at actor, model and icon Brooke Shields as she transforms from a hyper-sexualized young girl (starting at age 12 in the film Pretty Baby) to a woman discovering her power. Holding a mirror up to a society that objectifies women and girls, her story shows the perils and triumphs of gaining agency in a hostile world. Produced by Matador Content and BedBy8 for ABC News Studios. The film marks the debut project from BedBy8, the newly formed production company created by Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos and partner Alyssa Mastromonaco. This looks like a fascinating double feature with The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, about how our beauty-obsessed culture really is super toxic and damaging.
› Posted on March 21 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Official Trailer for 'Making a Killing' Doc About the Medical Injury Law
"How sick of a system do we have to have that that is allowed to exist?" Gravitas Ventures has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary film called Making a Killing, from filmmakers Alexander J. Farrell & Sepideh Haftgoli. It'll be available to watch on VOD in April. Not to be confused with any of the other films with the same name, including one about the corrupt NRA and the other a crime thriller. Making a Killing "sheds a light on an outdated law that limits your recovery for preventable medical negligence to $250K, no matter the outcome — even death." Focusing on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, also known as "MICRA". The director's explain this law has "done little to help doctors and nothing to improve patient care. Its main beneficiaries have been insurance companies. This issue of limits on damages in medical malpractice lawsuit is California's longest-running single-issue political battle." It's time to update this law and making a film about it might be the best way to bring more awareness to the need to change it.
› Posted on March 20 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Festival Trailer for 'Praying For Armageddon' Doc About Evangelicals
"There have been two nations created to glorify God." Uh, really? A film festival promo trailer has debuted for a documentary premiering at the CPH:DOX Film Festival, underway right now in Denmark, for a film titled Praying For Armageddon. Made by a Norwegian filmmaker, the film actually takes place in the US, examining the power and influence of fundamentalist evangelicals who look to fulfill the Armageddon prophecy. Yeah this is pretty much a scary horror film. Described as a hard-hitting docu-thriller about an influential movement of Christian fundamentalists in the US, who with millions of dollars in backing and threads into the government are fighting for the end of the world. Power, money and religion in a terrifying insider's report from a closed world. This sounds insanely frightening, as they shouldn't have this kind of money and power, but they do! The teaser poster for this is also incredible, visualizing just how hilariously crazy these people are. I'm glad films like this exist because they allow us to see clearly how dangerous and sick these fundamentalists are, and we shouldn't pretend otherwise and let this "religion" get away with this.
› Posted on March 17 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments
Fresh 2023 Promo for Talking Heads' 'Stop Making Sense' Re-Release
Here we go again…! A24 is planning a special 4K restoration re-release of this documentary Stop Making Sense, from Jonathan Demme and first released in 1984. Widely considered one of these best concert docs ever made, setting a precedent that others follow in its footsteps, this classic is getting another chance to shine. "If the suit still fits… This year, we're bringing Demme's groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense (newly remastered in 4K!) back to theaters worldwide." The live performance was shot over three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in December of 1983, and features such memorable Talking Heads songs as "Burning Down the House," "Life During Wartime," "Take Me to the River," "Psycho Killer" and "Once in a Lifetime." The Talking Heads released a statement as well: "There was a band. There was a concert. This must be the movie!" The band broke up in 1991 and played briefly at a 2002 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, but won't be getting back together, even with this re-release. This is a remarkably clever promo letting David Byrne have fun with the iconic oversized suit he wore on stage many years ago.
› Posted on March 16 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments
Netflix Music Doc 'Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now' Official Trailer
"I think I've never been more insecure in my life than I am now." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a music biopic titled Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now, yet another one of these popstar films. In this all-access music documentary, award-winning studio Pulse Films partners with breakout artist Lewis Capaldi at a pivotal moment in his career. At the heart of this film is the story of a young artist returning to his roots after achieving unbelievable global success, attempting to reconnect with his old life and the family and friends he left behind. This sounds like another of these music docs that is pretty much just a part of the marketing, created specifically for the fans by showing them the inside "personal" story of his challenges and his success. But it's one year in this young man's life! He's only 26! "You've still got a lot of growing up to do," indeed. I don't know much about this guy or his music, but it seems like he has a big fanbase. Enjoy.
Scorsese & Tedeschi's 'Personality Crisis: One Night Only' Doc Trailer
"It took us so long to grow up." "What's the rush!" Indeed, indeed. Showtime has revealed an official trailer for a concert documentary titled Personality Crisis: One Night Only, which will be available to watch in April. "Vegetarian, gay, straight; I just wanted to bring those walls down and have a party," proclaims David Johansen, influential glam punk lead singer of the New York Dolls, during his performance. The film follows artist David Johansen's luminous set at Café Carlyle (see Google Maps) from January 2020. A concert that is wonderfully intimate and a testament to both a lost New York and an artist who remains as fresh and exciting as ever. Presented alongside new and archival interviews, including several filmed by his daughter Leah Hennessey, the concert is marvelously intimate and a testament to both a lost New York and a gifted performer/raconteur who remains as provocative as ever. Co-directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy nominee David Tedeschi, and executive produced by Scorsese and Sikelia Productions with Brian Grazer, Ron Howard & Imagine Docs. This definitely looks like a good time.
Official Trailer for Eccentric British Farmer Doc 'A Life on the Farm'
"After 30 years, a lost treasure is rediscovered." What in the heck is this?! Drafthouse Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie documentary titled A Life on the Farm, which is being released as a double feature with their other eccentric doc Chop & Steele in April this spring. It first premiered at festivals last year, including at the Milwaukee, Melbourne, Calgary Underground, and Fantasia Film Festivals. A Life on the Farm celebrates the very odd life of an uber eccentric farmer in rural England named Charles Carson whose bizarre home movie has become a cult phenomenon around the world. "The documentary follows the discovery of a VHS tape, naturally, titled A Life on the Farm, that was produced by isolated British farmer Charles Carson. Seemingly sweet and innocuous, the homemade doc gets increasingly darker as bits and pieces of Carson’s esoteric worldview comes into light." Uh oh, sounds like it gets real funky and awkward. It will be playing as a double feature with Drafthouse's other strange new doc - both of these look fantastic.
Official Trailer for Wacky Prankster Duo Documentary 'Chop & Steele'
"We tried this experiment, it's not working." Drafthouse Films has revealed an official trailer for Chop & Steele, a comedy documentary from the filmmakers behind Winnebago Man. This premiered at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, stopping by numerous other fests including Fantastic Fest and Calgary Underground Festival. Lifelong friends Joe Pickett & Nick Prueher, two indie comedians famous for pranking local news stations on live TV as the fake strongman duo "Chop & Steele," start booking their routine on unsuspecting morning news shows. When one of their pranks ends up going viral, they find themselves in federal court facing off against a vengeful media conglomerate. Joe and Nick are also the creators of the Found Footage Festival. Many other comedians are featured in the doc, including David Cross, Bobcat Goldthwait, Reggie Watts, and Howie Mandel. This looks wild!! I didn't even know about these guys or what happened to them in court, so I'm more than intrigued to find out, because all this is ridiculous (the media freak out, I mean).
First Trailer for 'Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV' Documentary
"He could see where all of this was going." Greenwich Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV, a mesmerizing documentary that premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival a few months ago. Described as a "dynamic, moving portrait of the father of video art and Nostradamus of our technological present." A chronicle of the life and times of Nam June Paik, a pillar of the American avant-garde in the 20th century, who initially coined the iconic phrase "Electronic Superhighway," and is arguably the most famous Korean artist in modern history. Featuring readings of his writings by executive producer Steven Yeun. Forever changed after encountering avant-garde composer John Cage, Paik became a member of the influential experimental art movement Fluxus, which created new forms of art and performance, leading him on his greatest adventure. Find out everything about him in this fascinating, spirited doc film opening in theaters later this month. Looks totally rad! I'm planning to watch.
› Posted on March 15 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Music Biopic Doc Film 'Little Richard: I Am Everything' Official Trailer
"He was very, very good at liberating other people, he was not good at liberating himself." Magnolia Pics has revealed an official trailer for a documentary film titled Little Richard: I Am Everything, the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Lisa Cortes; and it's executive produced by fellow filmmaker Dee Rees. The film premiered on opening night at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's opening in limited theaters starting in April. Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Sundance adds this tidbit: "Cortés updates the canon with a treasure trove of rarely seen archival footage of Penniman. Among the gems are scenes with his Black and queer predecessors and contemporaries, like Sister Rosetta Tharpe: the mother of rock ’n’ roll who gave 14-year-old Penniman his first break." The biopic doc also features Mick Jagger, Billy Porter, John Waters, Tom Jones, and plenty others. This looks like a comprehensive film, honest about the good & bad sides of Richard. Worth a watch.
› Posted on March 15 in Documentaries, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
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