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

Meet SPECTRE Women Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci

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Daniel Craig’s 007 hooks up with an icy blond and fiery Italian in his mission to uncover SPECTRE in the latest vlog. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: The Author of Pain

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Judging from the explosive new SPECTRE trailer, the film not only continues the two-part Skyfall journey into James Bond’s upbringing but also links the Daniel Craig era by proclaiming that Christoph Waltz’s Franz Oberhauser represents a Machiavellian puppetmaster: “It’s me, James, the author of all your pain,” he sneers (wearing, incidentally, the signature Nehru jacket associated with Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the ’60s). So isn’t the cat pretty much out of the bag? Read more

SPECTRE Vlog #4: Bondizing Day of the Dead

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The latest SPECTRE vlog takes us behind the scenes of the elaborate Day of the Dead Bond opener with 1,500 extras in full costume. Read more

SPECTRE Gets an Extended TV Spot for 007

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Bond leaps into explosive action in new SPECTRE  TV spot airing during NBA Finals.

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SPECTRE Vlog Teases Rome Car Chase

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Find out how 007′s Aston Martin DB10 fares against Mr. Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 on the streets of Rome. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: A Kite Dancing in a Hurricane

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It’s fun trying to piece together the clues from the new SPECTRE teaser, in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. Thus, it’s a continuation of Skyfall and not everything from his childhood has been buried. There’s no such thing as a regular mission so far in the Craig era, and 007 continues grappling with trust and betrayal in what looks to be a very baroque-looking crucible. Read more

SPECTRE Poster, Shooting Starts in Mexico

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The new SPECTRE teaser poster has Daniel Craig looking like Steve McQueen from Bullitt and Roger Moore from Live and Let Die. Read more

New SPECTRE Vlog Hints at Plot Point

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Sam Mendes reveals that Bond still hasn’t buried his past in the new SPECTRE vlog. Read more

SPECTRE First Look: Austrian Action

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If you’re getting that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service vibe from the first SPECTRE image and vlog launch from Solden, Austria, it’s purely intentional. After all, this marks Daniel Craig’s fourth assignment as James Bond and first meeting with Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Read more

OHMSS Celebrates 45th Anniversary

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My favorite Bond film turned 45 on Thursday. I joined a distinguished author’s roundtable to reminisce at The Digital Bits with Michael Coate. Read more