2017 was supposed to be McLaren's year. A year of returning to its legendary championship form, with its partner during one of the most successful periods in racing history, Honda back to providing the engines. The 2017 F1 season was a disaster. Grand Prix Driver follows McLaren through the miserable 2017 season, looking at the drivers, engineers, and crew that compete at the highest level in motorsport.
In 1999, friends Marilyn Wagner and DJ Ginsberg bought boxes of letterpress blocks and plates for $2,000. These letterpresses and plates were advertisements made to run in newspapers, and spanned the history of film — from silent movies to Star Wars. The Marilyn and DJ have spent years cleaning and cataloging the collection, which was appraised at over $10 million — but have yet to find a buyer.
Elusive street artist — mostly — Banksy got together with director Danny Boyle to stage a Christmas play. It's Banksy's vision of the Nativity, set in the original location — Bethlehem, at a hotel right next to the wall that separates Israel and the West Bank. With a few ups and downs, the show goes on — and for one night, everything was almost normal.
In the forest of Switzerland above Lake Ägeri, a team of loggers keeps a dying craft alive. Every four years, they return to the snowy banks to harvest trees for lumber, while also making room from new saplings to grown. This observation documentary not only highlights the fading tradition, but also the unique camaraderie that develops.
Possibly the most mercurial artist in rock history, the only constant in the music of David Bowie was change. From Ziggy Stardust to acting to fashion and video games and even an internet service, Bowie spent over forty years at the forefront. The Last Five years focuses on just that — the last five years of Bowie's life and the making of his last two full-length albums.
Grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of Italian car company Fiat, Gianni Agnelli was a legend in his own time. Massively charismatic, Agnelli took control of the massive Fiat operation in 1966 oversaw its resurgence. HBO's Agnelli examines the life and times of the "King of Italy" in this documentary, debuting December 18, 2017.
It's January: your motivation to eat better and be healthier is at its peak. While you're making time to hit the gym, make sure you're getting the nutrients and fuel your body needs. Care/of takes the guesswork out of finding the right vitamins and supplements for your individual needs. After a short quiz about your diet and health concerns, they recommend the vitamins you need and deliver a month's supply directly to your door in convenient, travel-friendly daily packets. Plus, they even have your name on them. It's an easy health hack if you're focused on taking care of yourself this year.
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Inspired by NASA's X-Plane Project, the Zelos ZX series aims to push boundaries, just like the experimental aircraft. The ZX-8 Limited Edition has Swiss Automatic 7750 movement and even features a titanium dial made from an actual SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world. The titanium is cut from an SR-71 engine, and the original finish was left intact, including all marks, scratches, and leftover paint, making each dial unique.
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It may be the Land of the Rising Sun, but it's what happens when the sun goes down that really piques our interest. From modded out Lambos to their insane Dekotora trucks, Tokyo's glowing car culture is unlike any other. In this documentary, drift racer Mad Max heads to Japan after dark to meet the minds behind these rides.
On November 28, 1953, bacteriologist and Central Intelligence Agency employee Frank Olsen jumped to his death out the thirteenth-floor window of the Hotel Statler. It was initially deemed a suicide, but after the government later admitted to giving Olsen LSD without his knowledge, others begin to suspect foul play. In this six-part documentary series, director Errol Morris explores the strange circumstances surrounding the tragic event through interviews and dramatic reenactments. It's set for streaming on Netflix December 15, 2017.
The WWE is known for creating larger than life characters and none was bigger than André The Giant. Born André René Roussimoff, he notoriously in one of the most iconic feuds in wrestling history with Hulk Hogan, which lead to the company's most legendary match at WrestleMania III. After his death in 1993, André became the first person to inducted it the WWE Hall of fame. In this documentary, HBO Sports, WWE, and the Bill Simmons partner up to highlight the life and career of the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Set to air spring 2018.
Every year, the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey go back to the 1930s. The town plays host to The Race of Gentlemen where everything from your hotrod to your attire must be period correct. In this documentary, Daniel Soares captures the spirit of the event with footage of the vintage bikes and roadsters racing across the sand and the people behind the wheel.
Dale Earnhart Jr. is leaving the seat and driving off into the sunset after the 2017 NASCAR season. Which means he needs to be replaced. Thankfully, there's someone perfect for the job — none other than Dewey Ryder, a guy that probably shouldn't be behind the wheel of a minivan, let alone a 205 MPH race car.
Jaw-dropping shots of the ocean. The smooth voice of Sir David Attenborough. Radiohead. We're suddenly hyped for the Big Blue Planet sequel. It has been 16-years of anticipation, and from the looks of the five-minute prequel, it'll be well worth the wait. Iconic composer Hans Zimmer returns to score the series and even worked with Radiohead to create the song "(ocean) Bloom" — an updated version of the band's 2011 single "Bloom". The series will premiere later this year on BBC One.
Wrigley Field is known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall, the iconic red marquee over the main entrance, and its hand-turned scoreboard. First installed in 1937, the scoreboard is one of the last remaining of its kind. Darryl Wilson has been the man behind the board, manually changing the number plates at every pitch, hit, and out. But with the hectic job comes the added perk of having the best seats in the house.
One of the most successful directors of all time, Steven Spielberg transformed the film industry and made some of the most popular movies ever. In interviews with actors, friends, family, and the man himself, HBO's Spielberg gives an intimate portrait of someone we've all seen but don't really know. Spielberg premieres October 7, 2017.
After bottling the good stuff from our private stock of Russell's Reserve, something needed to be done with the remaining charred American White Oak barrel. That's when we enlisted the assistance of the bespoke knife workshop Join or Die. The result of the commissioned, one-of-a-kind collaboration is a short-blade camp knife finished with a handle made solely from the wood of our single barrel of Russell's Reserve. Each hand-cut handle is given an extra shot of high-heat charring along with an oil blend treatment to seal the grain from moisture. An AEB-L stainless steel blade is then set between the two heavily charred scales before being finished off with tonal carbon fiber pins. Limited to 100 examples, each bourbon barrel knife is sent alongside a custom black leather sheath made to hold this specific blade.
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Luxury headphones are as much about what they're made from as how they sound. While other options for premium Bluetooth headphones are built from plastic and faux leather, the BeoPlay H4 opts for Lambskin, aluminum, and stainless steel construction with braided wiring. The result is an incredibly comfortable set of headphones weighing just over 8 ounces that delivers the sound quality you expect from Bang & Olufsen. The functional components are just as attractive as the headphones themselves: electro-dynamic 40mm drivers, 19 hours of use via a single charge, and on-device touch controls for answering calls and controlling the music. The H4's can be used with the included 3.5mm cord when the battery runs low, keeping the music going at all times.
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The visuals may tell the story, but the music will make audiences feel it. The Matt Schrader documentary goes even further behind the scenes and into the studios and recording sessions with some of Hollywood' biggest composers to see how they score some of the cinema's greatest films. Featuring interviews with Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, James Cameron, and many more, the film is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
Netflix is back with what looks to be another binge-worthy true crime documentary. The story goes, in 2003 Juan Catalan was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old girl. Pleading innocence, he claimed that he had been at a Dodgers game along with 56,000 other people at the time. With no way to prove his whereabouts, the defense called their greatest witness — Larry David. Get the full story when Long Shot starts streaming September 29, 2017.
On June 1, 2009, Conan O'Brien took over the desk of The Tonight Show after long-time host Jay Leno stepped down. What many thought of as a win for the franchise, Conan had successfully hosted Late Night with Conan O'Brien for 16 years and appealed to a younger generation, turned out to be a total failure. After just seven months, O'Brien was bought out of his contract, making it the shortest run in the historic show's history. As we all know, Conan moved on to his current TBS gig and Jay Leno returned to being the most hated man in late-night TV.
Babyface. Heel. You may think professional wrestling is a fake sport, but some view it as a real form of storytelling. One of those people is Cauliflower Brown. In this short documentary, the independent wrestler gets deep on his philosophy behind the craft.
He ran away to Spain at 15 to be a flamenco dancer. He produced and wrote the script for Blade Runner and its sequel Blade Runner 2049. He's lived more of life than many of us could imagine. Escapes is the story of Hampton Fancher, starring the dancer, actor, and writer himself. Directed by Michael Almereyda and produced by Wes Anderson, Escapes comes to select theaters August 2017.
It's a story we've all heard before — a large manufacturer closes down and decimates a small Midwestern city. But this time, the narrative is different. Made In Iowa follows the story of Webster City, who made a comeback with the help of small business, saving itself from the Midwest rust.
It was the first shot in a war that could undermine the most highly prized value in the United States Constitution: Freedom of speech. When Gawker leaked the Hulk Hogan sex tape, billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel saw his chance to get back at the publication for a slight against nine years prior. Thiel financially backed the Hogan in the lawsuit and crushed Nick Denton's Gawker into bankruptcy. Nobody Speak looks at the super rich and efforts among them to stifle speech by buying the press.
Intoxicating. Surprising. Controversial. These have all been used to describe the art of Jeff Koons. His work has had such an impact, the Museum of Contemporary Art held a gala to honor the artist, featuring this Scarlett Johansson-narrated documentary. With commentary from George Condo, Pharrell, Frank Gehry, Larry Gagosian, and Dakis Joannou., the eight-minute film takes a look back childhood and his early days as an artist, while also taking a closer look at what went into some of his most recognizable pieces.
In 1953, the Lesney company of England began producing a miniature replica of the Queen's Coronation Coach. The success of the toy lead to a line of detailed miniature cars, sold under the Matchbox brand name — and the rest is history. This 1965 documentary shows how Matchbox cars were designed and manufactured with a painstaking attention to detail.
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.