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Orson Welles’s Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind by Josh Karp

For film buffs, movies that were never made or have never been seen hold an undeniable fascination. Last year’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune detailed the impressive (and likely impossible) plans Alejandro Jodorowsky had for Frank Herbert’s novel before David Lynch got his hands on it, and this year has already yielded two similar efforts: Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard […]

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Scott Von Doviak’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

Hollywood isn’t really in the movie business anymore. The studios are all about building franchises within franchises, stoking fan anticipation for superhero movies scheduled for release up to five years in advance. The midsize movie is headed for extinction; soon theaters will be stocked with nothing but blockbusters made for nine-figure budgets and micro-budgeted indies relegated to a dwindling number […]

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Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film by Peter Labuza

The apocalypse is always just over the horizon, particularly if you live near a multiplex or have a Netflix subscription. Hollywood’s fascination with the end of the world is nothing new (as Charlton Heston’s early ‘70s career demonstrates), but recent years have seen a deluge of apocalyptic cinema, from disaster movies (2012, The Day After Tomorrow) to dystopian sci-fi (The […]

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball

Several recent baseball documentaries make for a welcome antidote to freeze-dried Ken Burns nostalgia and the sanitized uniformity of official MLB productions. Ballplayer: Pelotero examines the often exploitative major league training camps in the Dominican Republic, where the dreams of young athletes are often chewed up by the system. No-No: A Dockumentary provides a complex portrait of pitcher/activist Dock Ellis, […]

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