Getting More Immersed with Indiewire


  The Penske Media purchase of Indiewire has resulted in an expansion of my role as crafts and awards season contributor.  Beginning this week, I begin Emmy coverage of below-the-line contenders along with my usual Oscar season crafts reporting, working closely

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart


The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they've never looked better for home viewing. In Kent Jones' indispensable doc, Hitchcock/Truffaut, he reminds us that Truffaut was on a mission to correct misconceptions about Hitch as a lightweight

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film


For the first time, the complete writings of film critic Manny Farber is available from Library of America, edited by Robert Polito (Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson). Manny Farber (1917-2008) was the first modernist film critic to write like a modernist.

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Composer Elliot Goldenthal Honored by NYFA

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Film composer and frequent Julie Taymor collaborator Elliot Goldenthal (Across the Universe, Heat) was recently inducted into the NYFA Hall of Fame with Michael Findlay, author and co-director of the Acquavella Gallery, filmmaker Mira Nair, and visual artist Fred Wilson. Read more

Designer Becker Talks Silver Linings Playbook

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David O. Russell’s Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook arrived on Blu-ray this week from Anchor Bay looking its blue collar best and containing an intriguing alternate ending.  Production designer Judy Becker discusses collaborating with Russell in creating the Italian-American Philly atmosphere. It’s Good Fellas meets It’s a Wonderful Life. Read more

Bergeron Talks A Monster in Paris

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A Monster in Paris comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week from Shout Factory, a gorgeous ode to early 20th century cabaret music and The Phantom of the Opera. I interviewed director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) about returning to Paris after DreamWorks to make this labor of love. Read more

Jerry Beck Launches Animation Scoop

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Animation historian Jerry Beck (formerly co-owner of Cartoon Brew) has launched Animation Scoop, which will be part of the Indiewire blog network, where I will serve as contributing editor, writing about animated features with interviews and behind the scenes pieces. Read more

Roger Rabbit Turns 25

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After 25 years, Who Framed Roger Rabbit still remains one of the boldest and most exciting achievements in animation history. It paved the way for the second Disney renaissance, launched a year later with The Little Mermaid, proving that ‘toons could be hip again theatrically, that they weren’t just for kids, and that hand-drawn 2D could hold its own dramatically — and culturally — with live-action. Read more

Sneaking The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Last week Peter Jackson hosted a live sneak peek of some footage for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13) as a treat for fans that bought the Blu-ray or DVD of An Unexpected Journey. Now you can view the six-minute excerpt. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Lincoln

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Lincoln was my favorite movie of last year. It fulfilled all of my expectations and then some as a psychological study and political procedural. I would argue that Steven Spielberg came of age with Schindler’s List but achieved a new profundity with Lincoln about the fight to save the soul of this country. The Blu-ray is out this week from Fox Home Ent., which provides an opportunity to revisit this magnificent movie. It looks and sounds as rich and beautiful as it first appeared theatrically, only now you’ll be able to hear every hushed line of dialogue by screenwriter Tony Kushner and even better appreciate Daniel Day-Lewis’ commanding, Oscar-winning performance. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Criterion Colonel Blimp

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Criterion’s new Blu-ray of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, like The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, is a revelation in HD and another must-own from the team of Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Life of Pi

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Ang Lee’s multiple Oscar-winning Life of Pi goes Blu (Fox Home Ent.) and looks spectacular. Even viewed flat, I’m still entranced by the spirituality of the storytelling and the seduction of the imagery. And the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio offers a thrilling soundscape. It truly is the 2001 of our time. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Easter Parade

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Easter Parade comes to Blu-ray for its 65th anniversary from Warner Home Video looking its Technicolor finest and sounding superior in DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, as Judy Garland and Fred Astaire pair off nicely for their first and only time. Read more