Directed by Jody Lee Lipes, Ballet 422 offers an inside look, from first rehearsal through to world premier as it follows emerging young choreographer Justin Peck and his dancers, as they prepare for a very important production at the prestigious New York City Ballet.
With just two months to pull everything together, I got to experience the sense of urgency and the apparent stress involved with such a feat, especially for Justin.
Ballet 422 is ideal for dancers but more so for those curious about what it might be like to be in a situation similar to Peck’s, even though interestingly, he’s never actually interviewed.
I’m no expert in this particular art form, of course, but seeing the finished production at the end didn’t quite leave me more interested in being a spectator of ballet. At least not as much as the following…
Netflix has a new documentary about celebrated U.S. Comedian, Tig Notaro. Tig tells the story of what is arguably the most challenging period of Notaro’s life and how she made it through, thanks to the healing power of comedy.
I do rather love Comedians. I also love documentaries about inspiring people. So something tells me that at the very least, this one is going to be interesting.
Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Davis Guggenheim He Named Me Malala follows the events before and after the Talibans’ attack on Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani school girl, shot in the head for speaking her mind on girls’ right to education.
I’m looking forward to learning more about one of my heroes, Malala Yousazai and her extra ordinary parents.
Stevan Riley has directed Listen To Me Marlon, a new documentary about Marlon Brando – and the trailer looks fantastic.
Amongst other great roles, Brando is the man responsible for doing an exceptional job of bringing author Mario Puzo’s character of The Godfather to life in the Francis Ford Coppola directed 1972 classic of the same name.
I know that Listen To Me Marlon is going to be great, especially for lovers of documentary film / biographies, fans of very talented actors, those curious about the human condition and of course, the brilliance of Brando himself and his works.
I really can’t wait to see this and congratulations to the person responsible for this trailer, for it is just excellent!
A month and a half after the teaser, the full trailer for the highly anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary has arrived. Like many, I’m looking forward to finally seeing the complete film. However, I do know that when it’s released I’ll have to wait to be in the right mood before watching since it’ll definitely be emotional.
Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary that follows amateur and professional bodybuilders as they prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests.
In this George Butler and Robert Fiore directed documentary film, you’ll meet some of the top bodybuilders of that period, including France’s Serge Nubret, Lou Ferrigno from the USA, Franco Columbo of Italy and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger of the USA via Austria.
Watch and listen to stories of how several of the athletes came to choose their particular paths. Stories that feature all the attributes necessary to compete at such high levels – and for the extraordinary few, win.
Along with Schwarzenegger’s famous charisma, humour, work ethic and focus, look out for two brilliant anecdotes about his response to a family tragedy just before a competition and his ‘advice’ to a massively delusional wannabe.
There are a number of reasons to watch Pumping Iron and being into bodybuilding is only one of them. Me personally, I’m ever curious about the human, greatness and I’m an Schwarzenegger fan.