Image via Vibrant Mud, LLC. Near the end of Muppet Guys Talking, puppeteer Dave Goelz is asked a question about where he’s found the nobility in his life’s work. “[In] folly,” he answers. “Human folly. Celebrating the degree to which we’re all lost.” That’s just one instance of how this documentary about the world’s favorite puppets gets surprisingly deep. Advertisement Directed by Frank Oz and screened this week in Austin at SXSW, Muppet Guys Talking is a warm, unassuming film that documents a reunion of five people who worked with Jim Henson. The movie is essentially a recording of a 10-hour hang-out in 2012 that Oz had with Goelz, the man who’s brought Gonzo and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew to life for decades, Fran Brill (Prairie Dawn), Jerry Nelson (Count von Count), and Bill Barretta (Rowlf, Pepe the King Prawn). Oz, having performed as Yoda and Miss Piggy, is among the best known of the crew but the point of the film is to let audiences know about some of the more unheralded puppeteers who helped bring the Muppets to full bloom. There’s a mix of cozy reminiscing, nuts-and-bolts discussion of craft, READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Image via XYZ Films The man who created Megaupload got insanely rich via morally dubious means. So it’s pretty amazing that the new documentary about the German-born hacker-turned-millionaire generates any sympathy. But it does, by sketching out an easy-to-swallow narrative alleging that powerful corporate and government forces systematically set out to destroy his life. [embedded content] Caught in the Web opens by invoking a hoary cliche, in a close-up where Kim Dotcom compares his own crazy life to a Hollywood movie, the same kind of content that used to get traded back and forth over the rogue file-sharing site he created. The whole time Kim Dotcom was riding high off money gained by letting people share pirated entertainment, he popped off in the kind of brash, trash-talking bluster that makes a person look like an asshole. But, as the movie directed by Annie Goldson spools on, it becomes more than apparent that there’s more than enough truth in his story to allow for using the cliche. Kim Dotcom in 1993, copyright Boris Rostamu-Rabet The record on Kim Dotcom is pretty clear: he’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Trailer and Kickstarter for Sega Documentary Coming in March Zach Weddington has revealed his next documentary project. Weddington, whose credits include the Viva Amiga film, has revealed his next project. Titled Sega: Out Run The Future, it was announced this morning via Facebook. Currently the page has little information beyond the poster below. Weddington has promised a trailer for the Sega documentary will follow in March, along with a Kickstarter campaign shortly after. HeyPoorPlayer (HPP) reports that crowd funding will be employed along with independent funding in order to produce the film. Weddington is also reaching out to Sega executives about gaining official approval for the project. Details about the Sega documentary are scarce at present but Weddington has confirmed that the script is finished. He has also completed several interviews at this time. The movie’s tagline suggests it will “travel in time through the technological golden age of Japan” in order to uncover Sega’s intricate history. HPP also learned that Weddington’s film will be covering all three of Sega’s biggest markets; Japan, North America and Europe. The film will also touch on Sega’s continued success in South America through TecToy. Weddington told HPP that despite his inherent American bias, the crew wants a “strong European and Japanese perspective as these were very important markets for Sega, particularly the UK where they definitely got…