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.

James Bond

Oscar Wrap-Up: The Outsiders Get the Spotlight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Editing, Events, James Bond, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Score, Screenwriting, Shorts, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Turns out there was a great deal of surprising diversity among last night’s Oscar winners. And it was all about championing the outsider. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Spectre is Back

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Clips, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Spectre arrived on Blu-ray this week from Fox, the second-best Bond grosser ever, looking and sounding demo quality. Read more

Clipping Spectre Title Sequence for Writing’s on the Wall

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In support of Sam Smith’s Oscar-nominated “Writing’s on the Wall,”  Sony has released the opening title sequence to Spectre. Read more

Framestore Gets a Grip on Spectre Main Titles

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Designer Daniel Kleinman and Framestore tackled the Octopus in Spectre’s main title sequence. Read more

How They Pulled Off The Spectre Opening

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ILM London tackled the celebrated Day of the Dead opening of Spectre as part of its first Bond mission. Read more

Completing the Bond Origin Story in Spectre

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

No one ever thought it would take four films to complete the James Bond origin story, but then no one counted on the return of Blofeld and Spectre, either. That’s what you get with the dynamic duo of Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes: it remains personal for this Bond, and what better way of tying up all of the loose ends than with the introduction of his nemesis as a doppelganger? Read more

SPECTRE Sam Smith Vlog: Capturing the Emotion

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Just as the overwhelmingly positive UK reviews are in for SPECTRE (opening next week in the UK and Nov. 6 stateside), we have the music vlog devoted to Sam Smith’s record-breaking main title theme, “Writing’s On the Wall.” Read more

Trailering Final SPECTRE: A Matter of Perspective

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, James Bond, Movies, Music, Sound, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

The final glimpse of SPECTRE before opening in a month (Nov. 6 stateside)  includes plenty of action as well as a memorable confrontation between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser. Read more

What We Learned This Week About SPECTRE

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A new action vlog and the release of Sam Smith’s personal (if controversial) theme song provide some more clues about SPECTRE (opening stateside Nov. 6). Read more

What Daniel Craig Divulged About SPECTRE

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Books, Clips, James Bond, Movies | 1 Comment

It was a busy week for Bond talk: Daniel Craig told Esquire that he might not return, yet he’s just been named co-producer of SPECTRE  (a first for a Bond actor) with the arrival of the new poster; author Anthony Horowitz called Idris Elba “too street” to play Bond and then apologized; and a UK bookie is placing his bet on Tom Hardy as the next 007. Read more