He never sold out arenas. He never made the top of the Billboard charts. You can't stream his records. He won't be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — but he's a rock legend as much as anyone named Lennon, Bowie, or Vicious. Johnny Physical, aka Jonathan Neuman, fronted the New York-based band The Physicals. With Frankie Lines, Danny Animal, and Nick Fiction, The Physicals became a local phenomenon with Johnny fronting the band. But like so much in music, the story has a tragic ending. Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia and succumbed to the disease after a year-long battle. But gone doesn't mean forgotten. Johnny's brother Joshua made this portrait of Johnny, showing the person he was and keeping his memory alive.
Batman's secret identity isn't Bruce Wayne. The real man behind the mask is Bill Fingers. Comics to graphic novels to blockbuster movies, the name most frequently associated with the Dark Night is Bob Kane. But the majority of Batman, his enemies, and Gotham City sprung from the mind of Bill Fingers. Batman and Bill looks at who the real creative force behind one of the most popular superheroes of all time was, and the mission one man had of erasing another's legacy from his own creation. Batman and Bill premieres on Hulu May 6, 2017.
What you see in a documentary isn't always what happened. Like any other film, the magic is in the editing. Since animals aren't actors, a performance can't be caught on demand — it takes weeks, months, or even years to get what you're there to film. And shooting wild animals means putting a safe distance between you and your subject, which means the sound is often added in post production. DLSRguide examines how nature documentaries are humanized and edited for dramatic effect, sometimes with very little bearing on what happens in the field.
Known for his abstract designs, Bjarke Ingels is one of the architectural greats of our time. His company Bjarke Ingels Group, or simply BIG, is responsible for the Google North Bayshore headquarters and the Two World Trade Center building. But as the trailer for the upcoming Kaspar Astrup Schröder-directed documentary shows, being on top can come at a price, as we see Ingels complain of headaches and head in for an MRI. For now, all we can do is speculate until the film debuts at the Copenhagen Architecture Festival on April 26, 2017.
Jordan has produced some of the most sought after sneakers out there. But say what you want, Kanye West's line of Yeezys for Adidas has added some new competition in the shoe game, and one guy is taking advantage of that. Known as 23Penny or Z, Yuanrun Zheng has made it his business to resell these sought after kicks for far more than they retail for, causing them to sell out in a matter of minutes. You may think this is shady or unfair, labeling him as a bad guy, but Zheng will gladly play the villain.
During World War II, the conflict wasn't fought only on battlefields in Europe, but also on the silver screens in the States. With the war half a world away, the best way to bring the seriousness of the conflict home was through film. So the U.S. packed up five directors and sent them into war zones — where they captured the fight and its aftermath for the citizens back home. Narrated by Meryl Streep with appearances by Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, and Lawrence Kasdan, Five Came Back premieres on Netflix March 31, 2017.
The Casper mattress is obsessively designed, but it gets covered up most of the time. The Casper sheets let you enjoy the same engineering and aesthetic. Made from super soft Supima cotton, they're crisp and comfortable but also breathable and durable. Fine details like labels on the short sides of the fitted sheet, envelope-closures on the pillowcases, and hidden openings on the corners of the duvet cover make even the process of putting them on a delight. Each set includes flat and fitted sheets, pillowcases, and you can add a duvet cover.
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Trying out new hot sauces is easy. Finding ones that taste awesome is not. That's where Fuego Box comes in. Available as a subscription or as a gift, this service brings boxes of little-known, high-quality hot stuff right to your door, with an emphasis on flavor over mind-melting heat. Every purchase helps support small, spicy businesses throughout the U.S. and no long-term commitment is necessary.
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Although he passed away at just 32-years-old, only 12 of those were spent racing, Bruce McLaren's impact on the auto world is unsurpassed. Not only did he dominate the track as a driver, but his Formula One team is one of the most successful in history and his cars have seen the checkered flag in three Indianapolis 500 races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 12 Hours of Sebring. This documentary follows his life and legacy through interviews with Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, his Le Mans co-driver Chris Amon, and his wife Patricia Broad.
In 2006, BBC broke boundaries with their documentary series Planet Earth. Ten years later, they hope to surpass its success with a sequel using the latest film techniques. Executive producer Mike Gunton, creative director Neil Nightingale, and producer Elizabeth White describe how they used ultra-high-definition, motion tracking, and other modern technologies to turn the nature documentary into a full-fledged cinematic experience.
Since its inception in 1962, racers and spectators have made their way to the Daytona International Speedway for one of sports' most grueling endurance races. The 24-hour event takes place over an entire day, pushing drivers and their crews to not only battle their competition but also their own physical limits from sunrise to sunset. In this short documentary, those who know best describe what it takes to survive 24 Hours of Daytona.
A lot goes into choosing the right beer, and that unique lever behind the bar may play a bigger role than you think. From Budweiser to microbrews, AJS Tap Handles has been crafting unique works of art for 30 years. All of their pieces are made in the U.S. at their Random Lake, Wisconsin shop and include over 30,000 unique tap handles, ranging from snow globe-topped grains of wheat to intricate hand-painted kings.
Syracuse University was looking to revamp their brand and enlisted the help of Pentagram. After finding a historical connection between the college's School of Journalism and famed type designer Frederic Goudy, the firm decided to start with a font he created in 1910 for publisher Fredrick Sherman. Using Sherman as a base, Brooklyn type designer Chester Jenkins revived the century-old typeface to live in the 21st century.
Just a kid from Omaha, Warren Buffett is now worth over $70 billion. But beyond the piles of cash, the master investor is also one of the most generous philanthropists in history, having pledged away 99 percent of his fortune to various charities. This HBO documentary goes behind the billions to chronicle the life and success of one of the richest men in the world. Premieres January 30, 2017 at 10 PM.
The process of making suo noodles dates back hundreds of years, originating in the Nanshan Village of China. For over 30 years, Lin Fagan and his family have kept the ancient tradition alive. They hand-pull the nine foot thread-like noodles every day in their home, taking 16 hours to make a single batch. With the town's senior resident holding the secret to these delicate noodles, the practice may soon become only a memory.
On November 13, 2015, a group of terrorists opened fire in the Bataclan Concert Hall during an Eagles of Death Metal concert, killing 89 people. Just three months later, the band returned to Paris to finish the set. This documentary recounts the tragic events that took place that day, as well as what followed. Directed by Colin Hanks, the film will premiere February 13, 2017 on HBO.
Already known for their quality craftsmanship, Shinola recently branched out into the world of audio equipment with the release of the Runwell Turntable. The Runwell Turntable features a built-in phono preamplifier and a belt driven pulley, and every component and element were carefully sourced from manufacturers around the globe before being built at the brand new Shinola Audio factory in Detroit under the watchful eye of Alex Rosson, Director of Audio. They might be the new kid on the block, but the Runwell is already in the conversation with some of the best turntables on the market, and should make even hardcore audiophiles pay attention.
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Sometimes it's the cut of a jacket that makes it stand out. Other times, it's the color. With the Taylor Stitch Hawkins Jacket, it's the fabric. Made from Polartec Neoshell, it keeps you dry while still allowing for the release of heat and vapor, regulating your body temperature in any climate. The Neoshell is sandwiched between two layers of synthetic knit for added durability, and the YKK waterproof zippers and taped seams ensure all that high-tech fabric doesn't go to waste. Its classic 60/40 silhouette makes it adaptable to both casual and more formal affairs, and the brimmed hood protects your noggin when it's coming down.
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Dead rockstars, dead astronauts, dead actresses, dead civilians, the most bizarre election in US history — the highlights of 2016 weren't very high. This year has killed more music, killed more hopes, broken more dreams, and been more generally disgusting than few years in recent memory. But Vox put together this retrospective anyway, hitting all of the mostly low points of a year we'd all rather forget.
Ric Flair ruled the ring with his flashy gear and over-the-top persona for over 40 years, and his success and popularity has remained unsurpassed. Although it was announced over a year ago, ESPN is finally giving the first look at its long-awaited Nature Boy special. The documentary will look back at the life and career of the two-time WWE Hall of Famer, with interviews with the man himself. There's no official release date yet, but the Rory Karpf-directed 30 for 30 is scheduled for sometime in 2017.
On the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, over 170 freelance weavers are keeping the Harris Tweed alive. The centuries-old tradition of hand-weaving the material was originally called "big cloth" and is even protected by its own act of parliament. In this short documentary, you get to see the colorful characters that make the famous fabric and the strong heritage behind it.
On May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a 12-year-old girl was lured into the woods and stabbed 19 times by two of her peers. Their reasoning — the Slender Man. The tall, faceless man in black has spawned panic and fear across the internet since his creation in 2009, even causing believers to experience amnesia and paranoia. In this documentary, Directer Irene Taylor Brodsky explores this internet folklore through interviews with the families of the victim and the perpetrators of this real life horror film, airing on HBO in January 2017.
Bellerby & Co Globemakers is one of the last remaining globemakers in the world. Run by Peter Bellerby, the London studio hand-crafts every piece, taking anywhere between two to eight months to complete. From carpenters to painters, meet the 15 individuals that are keeping this lost art alive.
Modern tattooing methods aren't exactly pain-free, but ancient techniques look downright unbearable. After nearly losing traditional methods when missionaries colonized their communities, Artist Marjorie Tahbone is trying to revive the traditional Inuit tattooing practices. In this mini documentary, she demonstrates hand-poking and skin stitching and explains the importance of these markings to her heritage.
Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens to bring to the forefront the dangers of our changing climate. The documentary follows their three-year journey to pick the brains of global leaders who are working to prevent further damage being done to our planet, before it is too late. Now more than ever, sharing is caring because 21st Century Fox and National Geographic are going to donate $1 for every Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram share to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Peru-born Larry Cavero moved to Toronto, which couldn't be any less like the warm beaches of South America. With surfing running deep in his veins, Cavero had to find a way to ride the waves in an ocean-less city. Making lemonade out of lemons, he took advantage of the neighboring Great Lakes and found his own surf scene in the frigid waters.
Originally a fallout shelter for the U.S. president during the Cold War, this old underground nuclear bunker in Culpepper, Virginia is now home to the history of American film. The Library of Congress Packard Campus restores and preserves everything from Casablanca to Gigil and even stores negatives that are over 100 years old. In this mini-documentary, Archivist George Willeman takes you into the vaults to tour some of the oldest and most fragile films to ever come out of Hollywood.
During his youth, Adolfo Kaminsky helped thousands of innocent lives during the Nazi regime by forging passports. Hiding their operations disguised as painters, he even managed to create 900 documents in one night to save 300 children. In this documentary, Kaminsky describes how his humble beginnings as a clothes dryer lead him to become one of the world's most important forgers.
Blockbuster officially went bankrupt in 2010, leaving online streaming as the dominate way to get your movie fix. Well one lucky guy in south Texas got to relive the nostalgia of walking the isles of plastic boxes when he discovered a Blockbuster video store completely intact. Every shelf was full of cases. Even the candy and ice cream was completely stocked. But just like any good movie, you're not going to want to miss this ending.
"It's not art unless you can sell it for lots of money". When a Banksy hits the streets, it garners worldwide attention. The police consider it vandalism and collectors consider it a goldmine. With interviews from noted graffiti artists Ben Eine, Risk, Revok, and Niels Mueman, this documentary follows one man's struggle to keep Banksy's art safe from destruction and the auction block.
On March 27, 2015 , astronaut Scott Kelly left the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station. Along with Mikhail Korniyenko, the pair left their families, friends, and Earth for 340 consecutive days to test the waters for future missions around the moon, an asteroid, and ultimately Mars. In this 13-minute documentary, they make their return and get reacquainted with the Big Blue Planet and everything on it.
Spotify is honoring the band Metallica in the latest installment of their Landmark series. Starting with their awkward formation in 1981, the four-part documentary uses candid interviews, rare footage, and Anthony Schepperd's animations to relive the birth of one of rock's most influential bands. Don't make plane this Thursday because the entire thing will be released at once on August 18, 2016, for your binging pleasure.