5.) 30 for 30 On Netflix
Each week Netflix adds more and more quality and not so quality entertainment to their streaming services. This past week they implemented the acclaimed running series presented by ESPN entitled 30 for 30. These documentaries typically run for about 90 minutes and focus on special sporting events that have transpired throughout history. For those who love sports and enjoy diving into a subject, player, or team with great depth and intrigue, these are unmissable features.
4.) “The Master” Secretly Screened
While I’m sure many of us were thrilled to see Total Recall and The Watch this weekend, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (which is set to be released in September) was secretly screened Saturday at the Aero theatre in Santa Monica, California. Audience members were there that night to view a rare 70 MM print of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. After Kubrick’s horror masterpiece concluded, the audience were given the shocking news. Anderson, along with his lovely comedian wife Mia Rudolph, were in attendance. Initial reports from attendees have been positive for the likely Oscar contender. For those unsure of who Paul Thomas Anderson is, his notable features are Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and There Will Be Blood.
3.) Second City
A slew of brilliant comedians got their start on the stages of Second City — an immensely skilled comedy club located in Chicago that has been running since 1959. This past Thursday I attended a wondrous program called Who Do We Think We Are. From satirizing the 2012 primaries to mocking pop culture, the show displayed tactfulness and delivered laughs in abundance. The standout was Edgar Blackmon, who I suspect will have a bright, bright future.
2.) Mr. Olympics
After obtaining a 22nd career medal, Michael Phelps, the most accomplished athlete in Olympics history, is hanging up the goggles and cap. Phelps is a renowned swimmer who has continue to validate his greatness every four years. At the age of 27, this young man has accomplished so much in so little time. His retirement marks the end of a great athlete in American history. Thank you Mr. Phelps, your career and legend will deservingly live on forever.
1.) Sight & Sound Poll
Every ten years hundreds of critics and filmmaker are asked by the British Sight & Sound magazine to list the ten greatest films ever made. For the past 50 years Orson Welles’ masterful and ingenious Citizen Kane has been crowned king. However, there’s a new champion. Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, as voted on by the participants, reigns as what many call the greatest film ever made. It’s a monumental list that only the great writers and directors contribute to. For more coverage of the list releasing, check it out IndieWire.