Terry Gilliam's Colorful And Dystopic 'Zero Theorem' Streams Today

Docs about George Takei and the inspiration for "Dog Day Afternoon" also bow on VOD.

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The Zero Theorem

Out today on VOD and iTunes, one month prior to its theatrical release, is Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem. The film stars two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius who has been assigned by Management (Matt Damon) to a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence. The assignment at first seems appropriate for the shaved-headed Waltz, who is in an existential crisis himself, but soon it only adds to his madness.

With its quixotic story, madcap pacing and homemade futuristic set-design. this film is unmistakably the work of the director behind 12 Monkeys, The Fisher King and Brazil. While reviewers question if Theorem will appeal to non-Gilliam devotees, with many calling it uneven, most critics were pleased see the return of the 73 year old director’s unique and bold style back on the big screen. For The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young, Zero Theorem, “doesn’t really add up to much, beyond a timely reminder that it would be better for everyone to stop uploading and downloading and just unplug and be human.”

If you purchase The Zero Theorem through iTunes it comes with an 18-minute behind-the-scenes vignette featuring Waltz and Gilliam, which will be part of a larger extras package that will ultimately include two hours of bonus content. You can watch the film’s trailer here.

 

The Dog

Three years before Al Pacino was starting “Attica”-chants in Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, John Wojtowicz robbed a Brooklyn bank to pay for one of his two wives sex reassignment surgery. The Oscar-nominated film borrowed many details from the real-life robbery for its plot, including the 14-hour hostage situation which was broadcast on TV, but what it couldn’t quite capture is the unique Wojtowicz himself.

The Dog’s co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren spent ten years gathering archival material and interviewing Wojtowicz and those closest to him to create this acclaimed doc. From a detailed retelling of the bank robbery, to Wojtowicz’s free-wheeling sexual lifestyle, to the post-Afternoon fame The Dog (Wojtowicz’s nickname) gained after Pacino played him on the big screen, the film is an intimate portrait of a man who clearly deserved a film of his own.

The Dog opened in at The Arena Cinema in Los Angeles last Friday and is available now on VOD. You can read THR’s Johe Defore’s positive review here and watch the trailer below:

 

To Be Takei

George Takei has lived a very interesting life. As a child he was forced to in live in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, as an actor he broke free of Hollywood’s stock Asian characters to play Sulu on Star Trek, and as a remarkably effective gay rights activist he’s become an unlikely internet sensation. To Be Takei is an all-access doc to the now 76-year-old actor/activist, who opens up about how discrimination shaped his extraordinary life while welcoming the cameras into his very ordinary and happy life with his husband Brad.

To Be Takei will be available on VOD Friday when it will also open in over 20 cities, including Los Angeles, where Takei and his husband will be in attendance for 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. screenings at the Sundance Sunset Cinema.

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