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Gaga: Five Foot Two review – pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection

Despite artful direction and meticulous curation by Gaga herself, the documentary never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for the singer’s new phase – one that’s preaching to the converted

It’s been a transformative year in the life of Stefani Germanotta, a cycle purportedly captured in the new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is streaming on Netflix starting Friday. The vérité-style feature tracks the artist during the recording, release and promotion of her fifth studio cut, Joanne, culminating with her triumphant performance at the Super Bowl half-time show. The title, a nod to both the performer’s diminutive stature and the Guy Lombardo number, showcases the sincerity and humor and artistry that’s engendered a connection with her legion of Little Monsters over the years, but not even as formidable a talent as Gaga can overcome the inherent pitfalls of the authorized popstar documentary.

Artfully
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Doc Corner: 'House of Z'

Fashion documentaries have been going downhill ever since Unzipped. Douglas Keeve’s 1995 portrait of Isaac Mizrahi, a box office smash and critical hit, remains the pinnacle of what so many since have attempted. Like Madonna: Truth or Dare, from which it took much inspiration, that riotously funny glimpse into Mizrahi’s world full of design, famous friends, creativity and wickedly self-depreciating neurosis was a perfect storm of sorts between personality, fashion and celebrity that a film about this sort of person ought to be.

Every year brings us several of these sorts of documentaries. Like the majority of them, Sandy Chronopoulos’ debut feature, House of Z, is easily digestible and barely raises a sweat; a work of celebrity portraiture that fans won’t regret watching, but which offers little beyond what is promised on the tin. Taking the same narrative hook as Unzipped of a talented young designer’s comeback
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Strike a Pose review – on tour with Madonna

This moving documentary charts the impact that Madonna’s Blond Ambition world tour had on seven of her dancers’ lives

The year is 1990. Madonna, at the height of her fame and influence, embarks on her controversial Blond Ambition tour. Alongside her were seven young male dancers, who were catapulted into the public eye by the tour, and the film that accompanied it, Madonna: Truth Or Dare (released as In Bed With Madonna in the UK).

This documentary catches up with the six surviving dancers to explore the impact that the tour had on their lives, and examines their legacy within the gay community. Madonna is notable for her absence –though since three of her dancers subsequently took her to court, that’s perhaps to be expected. The approach could have been a little more hard-hitting, but it’s a moving account of the way one huge opportunity can unbalance the life that follows.
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Interview: Film Icon Warren Beatty Knows ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – When encountering film producer, director, writer and “movie star” Warren Beatty, I entered into an interview that would be truly one of a kind. The spontaneous Mr. Beatty works a talk in a give-and-take Socratic method, searching for the truth underneath the rhetoric, as he did with his new film “Rules Don’t Apply.”

The film is a quasi-biographical profile of the legendary American billionaire Howard Hughes, but don’t mention that to writer/director Beatty (who also portrays Hughes). What he wanted to explore was the truth around Hughes, in the personification of a fictional couple (Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins) working for the billionaire. Set in 1958 Hollywood – the same year a young Warren Beatty arrived there – the film highlights the clash between the sexual looseness that existed in the movie business, and the potential seekers that “got off the bus” in tinsel town, still mired in their 1950s puritanism.
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My World Of Flops: Make America mediocre again case file #73: Swing Vote

  • The AV Club
My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

It’s not easy for a man who is rich, famous, handsome, and a bona fide movie star to also be a giant dork, but somehow Kevin Costner manages it. The onscreen Costner has a number of defining moments, perhaps none bigger than his epic attention-demanding monologue in Bull Durham. But the defining moment of the offscreen Costner is probably that wonderful moment in Madonna: Truth Or Dare when he comes backstage after one of her orgiastic performances and opines that it was “neat.”

This was Costner in miniature: When confronted with one of the preeminent sex goddesses of her era at her prime, he doled out a wholesome compliment more appropriate for a 6-year-old boy geeking out
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FilmStruck is Here! Five Great Films To Watch on Day One of Criterion and Turner Classic Movies’ New Streaming Service

  • Indiewire
FilmStruck is Here! Five Great Films To Watch on Day One of Criterion and Turner Classic Movies’ New Streaming Service
Earlier this year, it was announced that Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection — perhaps the two most trusted names in the distribution and exhibition of important classic and contemporary cinema — would be joining forces to create a streaming service dedicated to sharing their combined library with cinephiles around the world. For months, it sounded too good to be true. Today, it suddenly became as real as the screen in front of your face.

If the movies are truly as dead as they say, then FilmStruck is nothing short of heaven on Earth. It’s here, it’s alive, and hot damn has it come out of the gate swinging. Hundreds of essential titles are ready to go on launch day, and while hundreds more are imminently on the way, there’s already more than enough to satisfy whatever mood you’re in and scratch itches that you didn’t even know you had.
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‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ Director on the Film’s Legacy, Lgbtq Impact, and David Fincher’s Next Projects

Many who haven’t seen Madonna: Truth or Dare can still claim to know it in a cultural sense — probably thanks to Saturday Night Live, if anything else. The film’s recently been restored on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, and will begin a new run at Metrograph today. This also marks an occasion to speak with the film’s director, Alek Keshishian, who’s had a closer access to Madonna than just about any filmmaker, working or otherwise, and who proved remarkably open about the story behind his documentary classic.

But how else could one be? Truth or Dare still surprises in how much it revealed, even if we’re only talking about the star’s distaste for Kevin Costner and even (or especially) if its all-access quality means a bit less in light of today’s social-media-obsessive stars — one of many areas we managed to cover in our time.
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Madonna Surprises Fans At 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Truth Or Dare’

  • ET Canada
Madonna stunned fans who gathered for a 25th anniversary screening of “Madonna: Truth Or Dare” at NYC’s Museum Of Modern Art by making a surprise appearance on Wednesday. Approximately 400 fans were in attendance to screen the film in New York City. Originally released in 1991, “Truth Or Dare ” follows Madonna behind-the-scenes of her controversial Blonde […]
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"A Commercial Piece of Shit": Madonna on Film

  • MUBI
In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position.
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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

  • PEOPLE.com
Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.
Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress,
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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

  • PEOPLE.com
Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.
Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress,
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Movies & TV Shows Leaving Netflix: June 2016

  • Moviefone
No big plans for Memorial Day? Then get busy watching these Netflix titles before they vanish in June. Among the great films leaving Netflix streaming are Disney '90s classics "Mulan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" (don't worry, you'll see more from Disney on Netflix Very Soon).

And say goodbye to comedies "About a Boy," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Wayne's World," and "Groundhog Day."

Also leaving: Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in "Clear and Present Danger," horror film "The Others," the Robert Rodriguez "aliens take over a high school" flick "The Faculty," and tearjerker "Ghost."

Here's the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in June 2016. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change.

Leaving June 1

"A Wrinkle in Time" (2003)

"About a Boy" (2002)

"Bounce" (2000)

"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)

"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)

"Clear and Present Danger" (1994)

"Click" (2006)

"Darkman" (1990)

"Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows

"Dude,
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Last Call! All the Movies Leaving Netflix in June

  • BuzzSugar
Hopefully you got a chance to watch the movies that left Netflix in May, because now there's a whole new crop leaving the streaming service. Great movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Bridget Jones's Diary are disappearing, along with several TV seasons. Don't be the one who logs onto your account next month all ready to finally watch Wayne's World and find that it's gone! Take a look, and make sure you catch all the new movies hitting Netflix in June, as well. Expiring June 1 A Wrinkle in Time About a Boy Bounce Bridget Jones's Diary The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Clear and Present Danger Click Darkman Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows Dude, Where's My Car? Duplex Elias: Rescue Team Adventures, season one The Faculty Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog Ghost Groundhog Day Hamlet Hercules In the Bedroom Jersey
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Podcast Special: 25th Anniversary of Madonna's "Truth or Dare"

Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the seminal rock documentary by Alek Keshishian  Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991). The film was a blast in 1991, became one of the biggest documentary hits of all time, and proved prophetic thereafter for celebrity culture and reality TV narcissism which hadn't been invented yet. Well, reality TV hadn't; Narcissism precedes Madonna.

Topics include but are not limited to: Our first viewings, Warren Beatty's terror at the project, the Antonio Banderas fixation, celebrity cameos, and Madonna's relationship to both the camera and Lgbt culture.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the convo in the comments...

What's the story of your first viewing?  Have you watched it recently (Hint: it's streaming on Netflix!)?  Do you think Blonde Ambition is Madonna's best era?

 

 
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Interview: The Filmmakers, and Stars of 'Strike a Pose' Talk Madonna, Dance Moves and Movie Stars

We're celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Truth or Dare" this week. Here's Jose having a brilliantly fun chat with its dancers who have an unofficial sequel, if you will, making the festival rounds...

Clockwise from top: Carlton, Madonna, Luis, Gabriel (Rip), Jose, Kevin, Oliver, and Salim (aka "Slam")

Jose here. I was four years old when Madonna went on her Blonde Ambition Tour, but I distinctly remember being hypnotized by the woman with the pointy bra on TV that was making the Pope very upset. Fast forward a couple of decades and not only am I a huge Madonna fan, but I’ve made more sense of that specific era in her career thanks to the revolutionary documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare. So I was thrilled when I found out Dutch filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan had made Strike a Pose, a documentary about the male dancers that were
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Strike a Pose

Team Experience is at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here's Manuel on Strike a Pose.

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare Strike a Pose with Madonna: Truth or Dare. After all, that now iconic documentary is really on a league of its own. Then again, this newer doc, which focuses on the male dancers from that 1991 film (and from the Material Girl’s Blond Ambition Tour) cannot help but drum up the comparisons. As a pseudo-sequel to Truth or Dare, Strike a Pose is perhaps less enthralling—no Warren Beatty or Antonio Banderas here—but just as entertaining. And while the first twenty or so minutes of the film do indeed feel like a sequel in spirit if not in name (we get to revisit the tour and the doc in ways that show us how much these dancers kept to themselves even as they seemingly opened up their lives for
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He Named Me Malala – The Review

This new documentary feature centers around the life of one very influential person. Unlike Amy from earlier in the year, this is not a retrospective of an ended life. This young lady continues to work and inspire. It’s that “fly on the wall” profile of someone at the height of their influence, as acclaim and fame swirl about them. The doc Madonna: Truth Or Dare immediately comes to mind. Well, yes this young lady is famous, but she is not from the entertainment world like those doc subjects. Oh, I did mention that she is young, just a couple of months past her eighteenth birthday. Well, almost a year ago to the day she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. And in her less than two decades, she’s done more than most people at three or four times her age. In this engaging new film,
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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more
Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

  • Den of Geek
The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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What we want to see this year

  • The Guardian - Film News
Fewer superheroes, some singing and a bit more weirdness are just some of the things the Guardian's film critics are hoping to see on the big screen in the next 12 months

Peter Bradshaw: Naturalistic TV type acting, old-fashioned musicals and funnier superheroes

With the conclusion of Breaking Bad in 2013, we saw a revival of the "boxset-tv-is-better-than-the-movies" issue, promoted by pundits who are of an age when leaving the house to go to the cinema is becoming a trial. Undoubtedly, boxset TV offers huge opportunities for an actor to develop a role over hours of screen time – more difficult in the movies, although Bruce Dern and June Squibb in Alexander Payne's excellent Nebraska showed us that the old-fashioned pleasures of the actorly performance were not dead. I should love to see some more of this tasty, organically grown, line-fished naturalistic movie acting in 2014.

Soon we shall see the Coens'
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