CineFix’s two–part episode about the perspective and staging in film is one of its most educational and well-curated lists. Watch them break down the different kinds of single and group shots, what they can convey, and their prime examples.
“Time is the story and we are the characters.” The Royal Ocean Film of Society looks back at Michael Apted’s Up Series. Arguably the best reality show ever, its 48-year (and counting) span, grounded perspective and willing cast make for a fragmented mirror of our lives.
Tested’s Adam Savage has been granted behind-the-scenes access to the set of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. In the first episode, he checks out the tunnel and cavern that serve as the Dreadnought’s interior, along with the imposing Space Jockey’s platform.
(PG-13) Writer-director Jeff Baena (Life After Beth) let Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci and the rest of the cast flex their improv skills in this anachronistic comedy about repressed nuns in 15th century Italy. Also starring John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Fred Armisen.
Luke Skywalker speaks and toys with his young padawan in Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley’s promotion for the annual Star Wars UNICEF fundraiser. Donate at least $10, and get a chance to spend a day at Skywalker Ranch, visit the set of the Han Solo movie, and more.
From filmmaker Derik Murray (I Am Chris Farley) comes a documentary about the late actor Heath Ledger. The film features interviews with the actors’ close friends and family as well as footage shot by Ledger himself. Premieres 5/17/17 on Spike. Also coming to Blu-ray.
Henry is an incredibly precocious 11-year-old who loves to look after his younger brother and their mother. He ends up asking her to use a sniper rifle against their neighbor, the town’s police chief. Wait what? The Book of Henry is certainly an intriguing film. Drops 6/16/17.
Wisecrack convincingly argues that the Nolan brothers bit off way more than they could chew for the Dark Knight trilogy’s finale. Despite being nearly 3 hours long, the movie didn’t have enough time to be both a remake of A Tale of Two Cities and a conclusion to the trilogy.
(PG-13) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a comedy drama starring Frances McDormand as a mother who is frustrated with the lack of progress in her daughter’s murder case. She puts up three billboards to rile things up. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).