Most of the time when we watch movies we’re seeking escapism from our everyday lives – films allow us to travel to distant planets or deep into the dark heart of criminal underworlds, safe in the knowledge that it’s a work of fiction; a vicarious thrill ride without any consequences to ourselves or the world around us.
But as the saying goes, “Truth is stranger than fiction” and nowhere is this maxim more evident than in some documentaries, which show us a glimpse of real heroes and villains who destroy and shape the world we live in. From tyrants, dictators and war criminals who slaughter millions to the tireless campaigners and freedom fighters who fight against them, the documentary captures moments in history and slices of life every bit as moving as the fictional movies they often inspire.
The following are eight revealing and illuminating documentaries, from the horror of warfare and covert military intervention to the truth about the food we eat and the plight of some of earth’s most beautiful – and endangered – species. These are documentaries which may well change the way you see the world.
March 6, 2009
Nothing like a new Jim Jarmusch movie to make a Friday feel like a Saturday, you know? Just that he usually makes good films, and The Limits of Control, with a guitar string-based killer and Bill Murray, looks like it will be good too. This trailer is our second Saturday:… / Continue →
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‘Macbeth‘ is one of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays and one of the most inherently cinematic stories ever written. That’s why it’s been made into a movie multiple times before. That’s why a version starring Michael Fassbender is currently in the works. But this is a first: Sean Bean is attached to lead an adaptation of the infamous “Scottish play” for actor-turned-director Vincent Regan … but only if the project reaches its Kickstarter goal.
Titled ‘Enemy of Man,’ the film adaptation will feature Bean as Macbeth and Charlotte Gainsbourg (‘Nymphomaniac‘) as Lady Macbeth, the medieval couple whose descent into madness and murder is one of the most chilling tales ever concocted. And Bean isn’t alone in the ensemble: James D’Arcy (‘Jupiter Ascending‘), Charles Dance (‘Game of Thrones‘), Rupert Grint (‘Harry Potter‘) and Jason Flemying (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’) are all on board.
Although the production hasn’t officially begun yet (hence the Kickstarter), the cast and crew shot a “concept trailer” that gives viewers a taste of what the finished film will look and feel like, in addition to an eight-minute short film titled ‘The Instruments of Darkness.’ The footage is visually striking for what’s surely a low-budget attempt and it gives us hope that, if funded, ‘Enemy of Man’ could be something really cool.
Disney’s forthcoming update of The Jungle Book has bagged its first major star, with Idris Elba signing on to provide the voice of Shere Khan.
With a voice that’s both silky smooth and vaguely menacing, we’d say Elba is the perfect fit for the predatory tiger, who is very much the biggest cat in this particular jungle.
Disney’s version of the story is set to go up against a rival production from Warner Bros., but with Elba attached and Jon Favreau already in place to direct, the Mouse House seems to have the upper hand at this stage.
Disney’s version will take the form of a mix of live-action and CGI, with Elba’s character set to be rendered using the latter.
300: Rise of an Empire was thought of as a question mark when it came to Hollywood experts. Would a sequel to an eight-year-old movie score with audiences? Well, yes, yes it did… to the tune of just over $ 45 million. The sequel to the film that gave us those riveting 300 quotes came in first, but the flick that landed in second shouldn’t be that disappointed.
Second place belonged to the animated family comedy, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The big screen update of the classic TV cartoon banked an impressive $ 32.5 million in its first week of release. That means the top two films out this week collectively earned over $ 77 million. That is summer movie season type numbers!
A commercial for Kellogg’s appears to contain a major spoiler about a character’s death in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
[SPOILER ALERT] Do not read on if you don’t want to find out who died!
The behind-the-scenes-video, created for Kellogg’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Web-Slinging Game, reveals that Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) has died leaving his son Harry (Dane DeHaan) to take over the family business.
Comic book legend Stan Lee narrates the video and describes Oscorp Industries as ‘a multibillion-dollar corporation founded by Norman Osborn, recently inherited by his only son, Harry’.
A news anchor then declares: ‘Breaking news. Norman Osborn has died.’
Thanks to Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the release of ”Insidious : Chapter 2” On DVD, you could win yourself a copy.
”Insidious 2” is the latest scary story from the horror masterminds behind ”Paranormal Activity”, the ”Saw” franchise and ”The Conjuring”. It picks up from where the first film ended, with the tormented Lambert family attempting to uncover mysterious childhood secrets that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.