From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes Free Solo, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock…the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park…without a rope.
The filmmakers follow Honnold over two years as he tests the limits of his ambition. "If you're seeking perfection, free soloing is as close as you can get," Honnold declares. But Chin, an experienced adventure photographer who's cheated death before, has a different take: "If you're pushing the edge, eventually you find the edge." Honnold has long been a loner, living out of his van for years and focusing on his climbing, but as his lifestyle changes with a new girlfriend we wonder how that might affect his concentration.
You don't need to be a climbing enthusiast to marvel at the wonders of both humans and nature captured in Free Solo’s extraordinary cinematography.
This charming road movie delivers an uplifting message about life, family and the kindness of strangers.
At 88, Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Angel Sola) is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death in Auschwitz at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the eccentric characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help.
Narrated by Radner herself (via the audiobook of her autobiography It’s Always Something) with latter-day Saturday Night Live cast members like Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph reading from her letters and notebooks, it’s a chronological look at the comedian’s short life and brilliant career.
Love, Gilda summarizes Radner’s entire life, starting with her upper-middle-class childhood in Detroit – concerned about her weight, her mother put her on Dexedrine at the age of 10, sparking a lifetime of food and health issues – and rolling through her time in Toronto, her incandescent SNL run, her subsequent movie career and relationship with Gene Wilder, a love story that ended far too soon. (Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989.)
Director Lisa D’Apolito does a fine job of coordinating the material and letting Radner speak for herself. And as the end draws near, the film is honest about that too, with home videos of Radner and Wilder that’ll break your heart.
When it comes to the last presidential election, the past is still not over. That much is clear in American Chaos. Starting six months before the 2016 presidential election, director, Jim Stern, put his life on hold and -- driven to understand what seemed incomprehensible at the time -- travelled through red states to interview and spend time with Donald Trump supporters from different backgrounds. It was a search for insights and answers, for anything that could explain the billionaire's surging appeal and why these voters remained untroubled by so many troubling things the candidate had said and done. This journey became his Heart of Darkness into the American body politic at a profoundly critical point in history. What he learned was a lesson in the central differences that continue to alienate Americans from one another. And the film he returned with, American Chaos, sheds unique light on difficult issues roiling the nation -- chronicling a cultural divide, still dangerously misunderstood, that continues to tear at the fabric of its democracy.
Joan (Glenn Close), is the wife of a newly-announced Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Joseph (Jonathan Pryce), whose career she has supported while setting her own ambitions aside.
The film opens with the news that Joseph has won The Nobel Prize. As the significance sinks in and the full implications bear down, Joan abruptly stops celebrating and leaves the room. Once they arrive in Sweden in preparation for the Stockholm ceremony, Joan is clearly deeply annoyed by something and we can only guess what.
As more and more troubling details gradually spill forth, we learn more about their lives together. Her husband has been a self-obsessed partner, an inattentive father, and has had a string of affairs over the years — and those deficiencies don’t even scratch the surface. Complicating a tense situation further, an aggressive biographer (Christian Slater), who’s intent on chronicling Joe’s life, has stalked them all the way to Stockholm. He knows this couple’s biggest secret and is threatening to expose it.