Here is a little joint recommendation for any movie lovers out there.
I recently rented both Memory: The Origins Of Alien (2019) and In Search Of Last Action Heroes (2019) on iTunes for 99 cents each.
Both are movie documentaries (obviously), and both are very good in their own right. Memory: The Origins of Alien is a behind-the-scenes look at Ridley Scott’s beloved science-fiction horror classic, Alien (1979). The documentary has touches base with nearly everyone involved, including the director, production crew, cast, and monster designers. As a major fan of the movie, this documentary by Alexandre O. Philippe features heavily on the gothic, romantic and sexual art that inspired the xenomorph. While many of the artists names in Memory: The Origins of Alien whizz right past my head, the movie still uses the background of art as a wonderful spotlight for what Alien would become.
In Search Of Last Action Heroes is exactly what it sounds like. Director Oliver Harper interviews experts and participants of the action-movie genre to highlight the evolution of what it takes to kick-ass on the silver screen. It focuses heavily on the genius of George A. Romero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, practical effects and audience-expectations. In Search Of Last Action Heroes runs a bit long (over 2 hours and 15 minutes), but for the most part the bombastic b-roll thrown in over every interview in enthralling enough to keep you engaged. It’s a love-letter to a genre that is constantly being redefined.
Little known fact I just learned when typing this into google. It had a Kickstarter campaign. So props to some campaigning and viewer funded artistic magic.