Documentaries

Balcony Releasing has unveiled a trailer for the Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel directed doc Louder Than a Bomb, hands down one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long while. This exhilarating true life story was the winner of a Jury Award at the 2010 Austin Film Festival, as voted upon by a jury upon which yours truly served. The vote was unanimous, if I remember correctly. It tells the story of kids from schools around the Chicago area who compete for school pride in slam poetry competitions. Their words, their passion, their unbridled energy light up the screen as their stories touch upon the simultaneous tragedy and beauty that makes up the human experience. If you do any one thing today, I’d recommend breathing (it seems necessary). But if you’d like to move on to a second thing, I’d recommend checking out this trailer. But beware that it might put a stop to that first thing you were doing.

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Every week, Landon Palmer and Cole Abaius log on to their favorite chat client of 1996 as THEFANFROMLONDON and DinoDNA007 in order to discuss some topical topic of interest. This week, the two tackle the fact that no documentary has ever been nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Why all the hate, AMPAS? Sure, it has its own category, but that doesn’t deny it entry into the big game. Is there an internal bias against non-fiction? Should Jackass 3 been facing off against The Social Network? Will we see a documentary nominated for Best Picture in our lifetime?

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Culture Warrior

With the release of Pixar’s Up, last year saw a great deal of conversation surrounding the ghettoization of animated movies at major awards shows. This debate resulted in something of a minor, qualified victory for animated cinema of 2009, as Up was the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture since Beauty and the Beast, but then again it sat amongst a crowded bevy of nine fellow nominations, and animated films remain unthreatening to their live action competitors because of the separate-but-unequal Best Animated Feature Category. I’d like to take this space to advocate for the big-category acceptance of yet another marginalized and underappreciated category around awards time: non-fiction films.

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The answer won’t surprise you. Especially if you’re a regular reader of this site.

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James Franco takes his cameras behind the scenes of the most iconic comedy program in the country.

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ThisIsIt

This Is It is a stunning look at something that’s both epic and personal. Beautiful. Thrilling. Revealing. This film is a great documentary that delivers a larger-than-life figure in his natural environment as both a mega-celebrity and just a man standing alone on a stage.

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SouthoftheBorder

Remember how you came to the site today to check out the latest in geopolitical news? Well, what are you thinking? We’re a movie site.

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johnhughesdocumentary

Within 24 hours, a little-known project became a hot commodity. It’s not pretty, but it’s the magic of Hollywood.

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One of my favorite films from last year’s SXSW film festival, the MMORPG addiction documentary Second Skin, is now online and free for all to see.

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If you’re like me, you’ve been glued to Discovery Channel all week checking out all the fantastic shark action. If you need a break though, yet demand more sharks, here are a few films that should keep you from heading to the ocean (or to the deep end of the pool) for a while.

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When Michael Moore describes his new Untitled Bailout Movie as a “vampire” film, I can only assume that he’s written and shot his own Stephanie Meyer fan-fic. Go Team Goldman Sachs!

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What do you get when you put three rock icons in the same room together with a few amps and guitars? I guess we’ll find out.

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Anvil! The Fucking Story of Anvil

It’s a story about hope that all goes back to a life philosophy shared by the band members and director Sacha Gervasi: “The only way you can fail is if you give up.”

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Anvil continue to rock.

We risk losing our doctored press badges and sneak behind enemy lines to get an early look at a film
playing at SXSW – Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

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So far as SXSW we’ve got to watch some incredible films, a few crappy ones, and we’ve gotten to speak with some talented filmmakers about the process behind their projects. This would certainly be one of the incredible ones.

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We dragged some hotel chairs together, flipped on a camera, and tricked the director and producer of MINE into thinking we were legitimate journalists in order to bring you a fantastic discussion of ethical and legal gray areas in the wake of a natural disaster.

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I’m going to force the interwebs to take a momentary break from continuing to go nuts over Watchmen this weekend and take a look at a couple of documentaries below the radar…

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Bad Brains Getting Their Own Hardcore Documentary

One of the grandfather bands of American Punk is finally getting its own documentary. And you might be able to help out. Check out the teaser inside.

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Frontrunners, Directed by Caroline Suh

One of my absolute favorite films from this year’s South by Southwest film festival, Caroline Suh’s high school election doc Frontrunners, recently got a little update on its theatrical poster, as well as some news about its upcoming NYC release.

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Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet

You might remember the film Reformat the Planet from our coverage at SXSW this year. And now you too can have a look to the funky geek music doc for free online.

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