Bid Farewell To The Great Joan Rivers With Her Perfect Documentary

Oh no, not Joan. The legend died today at 81 after complications from vocal chord surgery, a fantastically unfair finale for one of the world's most irrepressible personalities. Tonight, honor her legacy and be awed by her trailblazing five-decade career with her 2010 documentary, A Piece of Work. » 9/04/14 8:00pm 9/04/14 8:00pm

This Movie About Hackers Is Free for 24 Hours Before It Disappears

The new film Algorithm tracks the travails of Will, a freelance computer hacker who "breaks into a top-secret government contractor and downloads all their recently developed programs." Like the subjects it tackles, the film has a tech-forward business model that make it more like a startup than a cinematic feature:… » 7/14/14 5:26pm 7/14/14 5:26pm

10 Years Later, You Can Finally Buy The Best Documentary About L.A.

Los Angeles Plays Itself is a story of how L.A. has been portrayed on screen, its thesis unfolding through hundreds of iconic film clips. But the biggest reason that Thom Andersen's legendary documentary has reached a near-cult status is that, due to copyright issues, the film has never been properly released in… » 7/09/14 6:30pm 7/09/14 6:30pm

A Tour of The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson's Only Film Shot in NYC

Throughout his career, Wes Anderson has set each of his films in an idiosyncratic and highly stylized world. Yet, only one of his eight films is set in NYC: The Royal Tenebaums, widely considered his masterpiece. In celebration of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, we present eight NYC film locations… » 3/20/14 9:00am 3/20/14 9:00am

An Interview with Geoff McFetridge on the Interfaces from Her

Not even those who worked on the Oscar-nominated film Her are sure exactly how near we are to the near-future depicted in the movie. "I think the idea of the near-future is that you can't predict the pace of technology," says graphic designer Geoff McFetridge, who designed the interfaces for the film. » 3/01/14 2:00pm 3/01/14 2:00pm

How Typography Set 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Sci-Fi Future

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is visually stunning. And the closer you examine, the more exquisite details you'll find. That's what Dave Addey has done in his in-depth, scene-by-scene examination of how this cinema masterpiece used typography to create a familiar yet still distant future. » 2/01/14 5:00pm 2/01/14 5:00pm

The Only Thing Better Than a Fireworks Show Is a Fireworks Competition

There's something wonderful about watching things blow up in sparkly, colorful explosions. You might even have your own little display over the holiday weekend. But this explosive timelapse video of the massive annual International Fireworks Competition in Da Nang, Vietnam will make your backyard show look puny by… » 5/23/13 3:24pm 5/23/13 3:24pm

Watch This Trailer For The Pirate Bay Documentary

The Pirate Bay. It's a site that lives in infamy, perhaps more than any other site on the history. Lots of powerful people are gunning to take it down, but somehow it's managed to stay up the whole time. It's a fascinating story, so this upcoming documentary on the topic is bound to be good. I mean, just watch the… » 1/12/13 9:10am 1/12/13 9:10am

How Napster Brought the Recording Industry to Its Knees

Just over thirteen years ago, a novel file sharing service called Napster sent the recording industry into a tizzy. Suddenly nobody had to pay for music anymore thanks to the Internet. Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker pretty much single-handedly spearheaded the file-sharing revolution that the… » 12/10/12 10:47am 12/10/12 10:47am