"The voice is the important thing - that you don't go silent." HBO has debuted a trailer for the documentary titled Arthur Miller: Writer, about the life and work of iconic playwright Arthur Miller. Filmmaker Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Maggie's Plan), who just so happens to be Arthur Miller's daughter, has created this documentary built around impromptu interviews shot over many years in the family home. She has crafted a very candid and personal portrait of her father, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (of A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge) who was also a popular public figure - he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and was married to Marilyn Monroe at one point. This doc feels like it's much deeper than just a profile of Miller, considering there's so much intimate footage of him, telling the real story of who he really was as a person. ›››
"It's almost like the whole room moved when he walked through the crowd." HBO has debuted the second trailer for the documentary titled Andre the Giant, airing in April. The film profiles the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as "Andre the Giant". This HBO Sports documentary, made by "30 for 30" filmmaker Jason Hehir, is an "ambitious, wide-ranging film" that explores Andre's upbringing in France, and his celebrated wrestling career in the WWE. We posted the first trailer for this in January, and it looks like a must-see main event for sports fans, especially wrestling fans. He was in The Princess Bride, and the film has interviews with Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, and Robin Wright. Born in 1946 in France, André was diagnosed with acromegaly in his twenties, and he passed away in 1993. ›››
Part B-movie creature feature, part familial chamber piece, A Quiet Place is a gleeful combo platter of horror tropes that manages to coalesce into something that's both derivative and yet undeniably unique.
Directed by and starring John Krasinski (in his third foray behind the camera), alongside his real-life wife Emily Blunt, it's a film that's seething with parental anxieties and adolescent rage -- take out the monsters and the film could be a credible domestic drama about the damage that can be caused when families don't communicate.
Our story begins 78 days after some unexplained catastrophe has reduced America (and perhaps the entire world) to a post-apocalyptic ghost town, in which the few survivors live in self-enforced silence, lest they attract the attention of hideous, near-indestructible beasts who are completely blind but enticed by sound. Krasinski and Blunt's characters are perhaps better equipped to deal with this new status quo than most, since one of their kids is deaf (played by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds, who's utterly riveting), meaning that the family is already accustomed to using sign language. To say much more would be to spoil the film's many delights, but it's probably safe to assume that things escalate quickly, and while there are moments of levity to help release some of the audience's jitters, this is a film that's determined to get a reaction out of you, and proves very skilled at doing so.