Talk about synergy! With this fall’s pending release of the remade It, and the international phenomenon last year of creey clowns, the timing could not be more perfect for an in-depth documentary about the legacy of Stephen King‘s classic 1986 novel about a monster in the form of a clown. A group of filmmakers with experience in the field of making documentaries about vaunted horror properties, including King’s own Pet Cemetery, are already at work on the project, and they’re turning to social media and crowdfunding to raise the budget to get it done. They’re hoping you’ll float too at the thought of an It doc. (more…)
Imagine dedicating your life to a craft, mastering it, then one day retire thinking you’ve done all you can for it. That was the case for Hayao Miyazaki, and when he announced his retirement, it sent shock waves throughout the industry. His peers felt it, inspiring animators felt it, but most importantly, his fans felt it. How could one of the best animators in the world call it quits? In a new documentary, fans will get a personal look into his retirement where at one point he calls himself a “weak, used-up old man.” And when you think he’s down for the count, watch as new life is blown into him as he works with younger animators through a new medium in Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki.
When it comes to the world of Muppets and old-school puppetry, look no further than the amazingly talented Frank Oz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors, and What About Bob?). Oz’s career has encompassed his talented work as a puppeteer, voice-over artist (This is the man who voiced Yoda for crying out loud!), and director. Oz hasn’t directed a film since 2007’s Death at a Funeral but has taken the helm of a project near and dear to his heart. Oz has put together Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched, a documentary all about the secrets behind one of the most popular variety shows of all time: The Muppet Show.
Long a shady chapter of comic book movie lore, and only available on videotapes in the back allies of comic cons, the legend of the original Fantastic Four movie has grown over the last quarter century. Perhaps overshadowed by three middling to terrible adaptations of Marvel’s First Family, it’s easy to forget way back when, at the dawn of the 90s, there was a Fantastic Four movie so terrible, that it was never released for mass consumption. So in the spirit of comic book movies that never happened, another film crew has taken it upon themselves to preserve for posterity that, which was never meant to be seen. Coming this fall, Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four. (more…)
Last year, a legend among the acting world and nerd community, Leonard Nimoy, passed on. He was known to most as the actor of near-mythic Star Trek character, Spock. It was a shock to many of his fans, even though he had lived to be a ripe age of 83, and had been quietly suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). As the world grieved, tributes were made, virtual memorials were erected, and many spoke out about what Nimoy, and his most favorite character, meant to them. Most touchingly, his son Adam Nimoy, began work on a film (or rather, shifted the focus of his film a bit, as production had begun before the tragic loss). Now, at SDCC 2016,we get our first real trailer of For The Love Of Spock. (more…)
Having written consistently brilliant pieces in almost genre of entertainment – from comic books to novels to television – Neil Gaiman is a writer with almost unparalleled flexibility and dedication. His creative output sees multiple pieces flooding onto shelves every year, with stories, novels, comics, films and even games included in his multi-genre, multi-platform bibliography. His efforts have resulted in a global community of Gaiman fans, who flock to see him read, create awesome cosplays of his most distinctive characters and give him hand cramp from signing so many books and posters. And that’s not even starting on the numerous awards to his name. (more…)
Sure, it’s easy to say that there are plenty of stories to be told within the comic book industry. What’s more interesting are the stories behind the stories. For example, Marvel’s Secret Wars wrapped up last year and it was one of the biggest crossovers in the Marvel Universe. But what initially sparked the idea to write such an epic story? It’s questions like this that Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) will hopefully be able to answer in his new documentary coming to AMC in 2017, “Heroes And Villains: The History Of Comic Books.”
In late 2014, Adam Nimoy and his father made the first plans to create a documentary about Spock, exploring behind-the-scenes Star Trek footage in more detail than any book or film had done before. When Leonard Nimoy tragically passed away following complications with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in February of 2015, the project quite aptly became both a celebration of and a tribute to the man who portrayed him for so long. (more…)
Most people aren’t enamored with the concept of documentaries. The premise of spending 1-2 hours watching a program under the guise of educational exploration is lost on those who’d rather have their entertainment be anything but. It’s true, there is a time for learning and there is a time for entertainment. A good documentary, however, does both. A good documentary will hook you with a prospective topic – something you’re mildly curious about or something you never knew you’d be interested in – and takes you on an enlightening journey that expands your mind, all whilst leaving you feel entertained. No one truly likes spending time learning stuff, but everyone does like feeling like the smartest guy/girl in the room. A good documentary leaves you feeling smarter and more informed, with the least amount of effort from you as possible.
The following entries make up some of the best, fascinating, and nerd approved documentaries that you can watch right now on Netflix. So sit back, relax, and be prepared to learn some shit via your Television or streaming mobile device. (more…)
It was one of the largest, most hear-warming, and nerdiest acts of altruism ever undertaken. Five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott wanted nothing more than to be Batman, and it looked like he was on his way to licking the disease that had made him so sick so young, the planning began to turn the City of San Francisco in Gotham City, and to turn young Miles into Batkid. You’re porbably aware of the story, it was national news there back in 2013, but a new documentary called Batkid Begins promises to reveal the story behind the story, as the saying goes. After some initial film festival success, Batkid Begins looks to be coming to a theater neat you later this summer. Want to see a trailer? You came to the right place. (more…)