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    Should There Be More 3D Documentaries? Could Any Documentary Classics Be Converted to 3D?

    Between the two James Cameron-related events I covered this week for Movies.com, I can't shake wondering about the two questions posed in the headline. At the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards Monday night I got the director, who nowadays works in both blockbuster fiction and exploratory nonfiction, to state that he thinks "3D is a good fit for documentary almost more so than fiction film." Given that 3D made it's comeback partly through undersea docs (of Cameron's) and has been a big draw now for IMAX nature and space films, I'd already agree. Having seen and been mesmerized by Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and Wim Wenders' "Pina" (the latter of which he tells me he needs to see soon), I might go so far as to say it's actually a better fit for docs. I wish I could find verification on this, but I bet the best reviewed 3D films of all time are nonfiction.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    NYFF: Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In"

    Only Pedro Almodóvar circa 2011 could so effectively neuter an outré scenario like the one at the center of his new film, The Skin I Live In. Conscientious reviewers will feel the need to tiptoe around its major conceit similar to way the director does—but the more one talks around the film, the less one is likely to get out of it. Most of The Skin I Live In is structured with obfuscating tactics, which, as the plot wears on and its lines are more clearly drawn, only end up distracting from its central ideas. What could have been an inexorable, tragicomic study of a violently furious and genderless love instead becomes a pointless, meandering shell game played on the audience. So let the spoilers fly: unlike Almodóvar, I refuse to dance around The Skin I Live In, which in some alternate-reality cut could have been a touchingly tortured pas de deux rather than just a tortuous labyrinth. Read Michael Koresky's review of The Skin I Live In.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust" 20 Years Later (L.A. Rebellion Retrospective)

    Here's the next installment in our ongoing coverage of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, the current retrospective of black filmmakers being showcased at UCLA.

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    More: oped, Event
  • ReelPolitik
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    Piracy Good? Copyright Bad?

    Piracy Good? Copyright Bad?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tim Hetherington Among Finalists for Cinema Eye's Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking Award

    Cinema Eye names the eleven finalists for its Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking. Five official nominees will be named on October 26, 2011, and a winner will be announced January 11 at the 5th Annual Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. This marks the second year Cinema Eye has recognized films in the nonfiction short category. Vance Malone's The Pool Trainer was last year's winner.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: The Avengers Teaser Features Explosions and Egotistical Superheroes

    Joss Whedon's The Avengers -- a.k.a. superheroes playing with other superheroes and congratulating each other on being masters of the universe -- is in theaters May 4, 2012. Check out what the film has in store in the teaser below. It allows everyone to talk except Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, so we are going to go out on a limb and guess that this film will be no great step for womankind.

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  • The Playlist
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    John Singleton May Take The Director's Seat For 'Tupac'

    It has been a long time since John Singleton has made a film that lived up to his early work like "Boyz N The Hood" or "Higher Learning." His last effort was the dismal and lamebrained Taylor Lautner vehicle "Abduction," and while for a brief moment it seemed he would be taking on "Straight Outta Compton," the biopic of N.W.A., he was quickly pushed out with a different trio of filmmakers in the running for the gig (apparently Craig Brewer is favored though it will depend on how well (or not) "Footloose" does this weekend). But the director has rebounded and is now circling another hip hop story that he is just as well suited for as the N.W.A. flick and one that should hopefully be a return to his former glory.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Romantic Reggae Doc "The Story of Lovers Rock" Opens ADIFF Next Month

    The Story of Lovers Rock, a feature length documentary we've covered previously on this site, will soon open the African Diaspora International Film Festival in New York City.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    A Legitimate Reason To Hate Hilary Swank

    I'd always felt kind of guilty for hating Hilary Swank so much. Other than her being an extraordinarily overrated actress who stole Kate Winslet's "Eternal Sunshine" Oscar, there was no real reason. Well, now there is. Made you fade into obscurity quickly and painfully, Ms. Swank, clutching the however many millions of dollars Ramzan Kadyrov put in on your blood covered hands...

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Jaleel White Will Host A New Crazy Game Show On The Syfy Network

    For much of his life, he's been known as "Urkel" from the ABC network show Family Matters but actor Jaleel White can now add game show host to his resume. He'll be hosting a new unscripted series called Total Blackout on the SyFy network.

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    More: Television