Summer Movies and Series

  • Film

Docs: Absorbing “Claydream” Spotlights Pioneering Figure in Animation

Interesting and heavy, consequential questions of art’s relationship to commerce hang all over the terrifically engrossing documentary Claydream, informing its bittersweet portrait of the rise and fall of the man largely considered the father of modern-day clay animation. That its subject’s actual name remains unknown outside of tight-knit industry circles while his rebranded, formerly eponymous studio, wrested away from him two decades ago and given a new moniker, has gone on to garner considerable acclaim with a fanciful origin story speaks to a time-honored Hollywood axiom: when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
  • Television

“Thirteen Lives”: Ron Howard Recreates Real Life Cave Rescue

The claustrophobia-inducing Thirteen Lives (Amazon Prime) captures the real life challenges of rescuing 12 boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their soccer coach, who were on a fun jaunt in the inner caverns of a mountain – Doi Nang Non (the Mountain of the Sleeping Lady) – in Thailand, when a sudden monsoon hit, flooding so rapidly the outer-lying caves and their exit, that the thirteen were at risk from the rising waters and from compromised oxygen levels. Some of the children did not know how to swim.