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. ┬áBeginning 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

Skyfall Gets Animated with a Komodo Dragon

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Cinesite created the CG Komodo dragon in Skyfall — a Bond first. Read more

Framestore Provides Skyfall Credit VFX

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The stunning Skyfall opening credit sequence by Daniel Kleinman is a seductive and nightmarish summary, interweaving familiar tropes and striking motifs that symbolize James Bond’s rite of passage complemented by Adele’s mournful song. Read how Framestore did the VFX (supervised by William Bartlett). Read more

Trailering World War Z

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It’s a frantic fight for survival for Brad Pitt and his family in World War Z (June 21, 2013), the zombie invasion thriller directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and adapted by Max Brooks’ novel. Read more

Mendes Talks Bond Resurrection in Skyfall

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Sam Mendes views Bond as a regeneration and we discussed pushing him to the limit in Skyfall in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Everything or Nothing for Bond

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What better way to prepare for this week’s Skyfall opening than by watching the superb documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, directed by Stevan Riley for Passion Pictures (airing on EPIX)? I also recommend diving into the Golden Anniversary Blu-ray set from Fox Home Ent. You will be totally prepped for this 50th homecoming and breakthrough. Read more

Deakins Touts Skyfall IMAX

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Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere shows a handy aspect ratio comparison between Skyfall’s general and IMAX releases. The IMAX (opening a day earlier on 11/8) boasts 26% more visual information on the top and bottom (above). It just so happens that I recently spoke to cinematographer Roger Deakins about shooting Bond digitally for the first time with the Alexa (more on that later) and composing for IMAX. Read more

Clipping the New Quartermaster

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Watch this wonderful meet cute clip at The National Gallery between Daniel Craig’s James Bond and Ben Whishaw’s Q. It’s a nice generational reversal featuring witty sparring. Read more

Skyfall: Homecoming and Breakthrough

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I offer a first impression of Skyfall in my TOH/Indiewire column. James Bond has always been about looking forward and back at the same time, but never more so than in Skyfall, which is both a homecoming and a breakthrough for the 50th anniversary. Read more

Vlogging Skyfall Score

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We hear from composer Thomas Newman about scoring the iconic “Bond Theme” in the latest Skyfall vlog. Read more

Preview Skyfall Score

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You’ve heard Adele’s title song, now get a sneak peek of six minutes of Thomas Newman’s sensitive score for Skyfall. Read more