Posts Tagged Documentary

Saturday Afternoon Theater: BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects

By chance we scanned a tweet from @wildgrounds sharing a link to the documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects(2008). This is a documentary interviewing the actors, special effects artists, directors and the like about the insane popularity of the Godzilla franchise and why, after all these years, the king of all monsters who still stomps about Tokyo the the 21st century remains a man in a rubber suit.

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Tuesday Tease: WHEN HARRY LEFT HOGWARTS Documentary Uniquely Explores Leaving the World of Harry Potter

Official Synopsis

Documentary Morgan Matthews was given access to the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.

This looks like it will be an absolutely fascinating documentary. All the actors appear to be very candid when talking about their time in the Harry Potter movies and it is always odd seeing the extras in makeup in normal situations such as queueing for food in a canteen.

The documentary will feature on the 4-disc Deathly Hallows Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD set from Target.

What We Learned: Gary Oldman is candid and true.

Why We’ll Watch: “It would be nice if it were talented….most of these things are awful.” Those were words straight from Gary Oldman’s mouth. Those exact words sold us on seeing this Harry Potter documentary by Morgan Matthews. Dan Radcliffe’s frank self-assessment of his career after the Potter series is over made this documentary a must see. At the very least we must direct some energy into watching director Matthews other films.

When’s it coming? The synopsis up top says that it’s hitting Target on Blu-Ray and DVD. Maybe there’s a chance HBO will give the doc an airing, eh?

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7 Fully Funded Kickstarter Projects We’re Looking Forward to Watching/Reading

Dropped below the cut, in no particular order, are seven successfully funded Kickstarter projects that are on their way to becoming reality or are ready to be in your hands. It covers projects from HOMEWARD BOUND with zombies, a cat that fights The Devil, Wonder Woman, comics, apps for comics, and the end of space trucking.

Have a look, why don’t you?
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RESTREPO Director Tim Hetherington and Photographer Chris Hondros Killed in Libya

Hetherington was with a group of photo journalists who were all injured in the attack, including Getty Images photographer Chris Hondros, whose wounds are said to be “grave.”

Above is an ABC news video about the tragedy with a trailer to RESTREPO included.

We’ve not seen RESTREPO yet. A good friend and Iraq veteran has insisted that it should be at the top of our to-watch list.

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Our Strange Sky: What Yuri saw 50 Years Ago, First Manned Spaceflight Remembered

On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human in space. His remotely controlled Vostok 1 spacecraft lofted him to an altitude of 200 miles and carried him once around planet Earth. Commenting on the first view from space he reported, “The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly“. His view could have resembled this image taken in 2003 from the International Space Station.

Lots of sites are talking about cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin‘s launch into Earth orbit 50 years ago. A launch that made him the first human in Earth orbit. Also, space.

Google’s got a special animated doodle in place. We’ve dropped a screen cap of it below. Maybe it will show up in their logo history tomorrow.

There’s the yearly worldwide celebration at Yuri’s Night.

New Scientist has a behind the scenes photo history of Yuri’s photo album.

And this year, there is an extra-special twist in honor of the 50th anniversary of that historic flight. “Yuri’s Night” 2011 will feature the world premiere — on YouTube, no less — of an experimental documentary film called First Orbit, by Chris Riley, co-director of In the Shadow of the Moon. Done in collaboration with the European Space Agency, First Orbit was shot aboard the International Space Station by ISS Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who is an accomplished space photographer as well as an astronaut.

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Saturday Afternoon Theater: NASA Tweetup with Cmdr. Doug “Wheels” Wheelock, “We Were Hanging on the Ragged Edge”

Astronaut and Expedition 25 Commander Doug “Wheels” Wheelock was the honored guest at a Tweetup held at NASA Headquarters on Mar. 16. More than 90 “Tweeps,” or users of the social medium Twitter, were on hand to see Wheelock’s presentation of his recent five-month-plus stay aboard the International Space Station.

We nerded-out hard on this. After scanning through You Tube subscriptions on the Droid X we came upon this tweet-up event with Commander @Astro_Wheels . We booted it up. Not thinking it’d be a long watch. After 30 minutes later we were still watching. Still entranced.

There’s a point when Commander Wheelock is talking about being on a dying spacecraft, the ISS, last summer and he mentions being on “the ragged edge.”

We dare you not to see him going Capt Mal Reynolds on the space station.

Now this video event is not as polished as a Reid Gower production. It’s clunky. It’s raw. And more important, it’s real. These are real people living and working in space just like the 1950s promised we all would be doing.

The future is here. The future is now and only a select few are experiencing space for a few months at a time. This is not what the idealist 1950s taught would happen. But it is the future they dreamed…sort of.

Also, apparently @Astro_Wheels became good friends with the lead singer of Five For Fighting through the unforeseen phenomenon and international communications device Twitter.

Commander Wheelock also talks about his early trepidations on using twitter and his eventual love of the service. He eventually learned that this simple social device was the platform on which he could communicate with the world stage. Taking with like-minded individuals worldwide and keeping the future space dream alive. Twitter has become how we talk to ourselves in the heavens.

The Future moves in strange ways.
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Mini-Overload of TRON: LEGACY Links that wouldn’t Fit Anywhere Else

“On Astronomy Minors”

The three laws of journalism are:

1) Inform the public of matters of public import.
2) Entertain the audience, when it does not interfere with the first law.
2) Sneak in puns when it does not interfere with the first two laws, unless it’s a really good one.

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Original Tron vs. New Tron

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SoundWorks Collection: The Sound of TRON LEGACY

Flix Of Doom: Episode 25: ‘TRON: Legacy’ Special

Check out Episode 25 of the Flix of Doom podcast, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom, with hosts Empress Eve and Justin Vactor.

In this episode Justin is joined by friends of the show, FrankRamblings and Revision3’s Graham Hancock to talk all about Tron: Legacy!

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Saturday Afternoon Documentary: “The Sal Giunta Story”

It’s been a long while since we’ve posted on the war. It has been a conscious choice. Some observations we keep in the private notes. After reading the Yahoo article on Sal Giunta the other day, we decided this is something in which more people should be aware.

“I’m not at peace with that at all,” Giunta said. “And coming and talking about it and people wanting to shake my hand because of it, it hurts me, because it’s not what I want. And to be with so many people doing so much stuff and then to be singled out–and put forward. I mean, everyone did something.

Read: the full article.

Video report:

Medal of Honor ceremony:

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Friday Night Movie: Professor Kevin Warrick is “The Cyborg”. The Human-Robot Hybrid Revolution is Coming.

In 1998, Kevin Warwick, a Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University, became the world’s first cyborg. Well, to be exact, he had a radio frequency ID implanted in his arm. As a result, he can turn on lights by snapping his fingers; once he let his wife’s brain waves take control of his body (she’s also cybernetic).

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Saturday Afternoon Theater: THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE, Spend Time with an Extraordinary Gentleman

Official Synopsis

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world’s most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels. In The Mindscape of Alan Moore we see a portrait of the artist as contemporary shaman, someone with the power to transform consciousness by means of manipulating language, symbols and images.

The film leads the audience through Moore’s world with the writer himself as guide, beginning with his childhood background, following the evolution of his career as he transformed the comics medium, through to his immersion in a magical worldview where science, spirituality and society are part of the same universe.

What We Learned:
SnagFilms has made our day. In providing us the ability to share THE MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE with you. It is an ad-infused share but that is a small price to pay for peeking into the mind of a genius.

Official site:
Watch the entire film here.
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