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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Desplat on World War II: Imitation Game, Unbroken

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Another Oscar season means another opportunity for prolific French composer, Alexandre Desplat, to finally earn his long-deserved Academy Award. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Dr. Caligari and The Innocents

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Books, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Production Design, Screenwriting, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween, we have the psychological horror of two masterpieces to experience in digitally-restored Blu-ray: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari from Eureka’s Masters of Cinema, and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents from Criterion. Read more

Trailering More Oscar-Contending Unbroken

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The second Unbroken trailer introduces a larger conflict beyond the extraordinary survival story of the late Olympian war hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). This will be an important factor in the Oscar race for best picture. Read more

Bautisa Bound for Bond 24

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The signing of Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as henchman Hinx indicates that there will be a lighter touch in Bond 24. In other words, more Oddjob than Red Grant. Read more

Trailering American Sniper from Clint Eastwood

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Watch the first teaser for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (opening Dec. 25).  He looks in top form again. Could the two-time Oscar winner pull off another Million Dollar Baby? Read more

Laika/Focus Reteam for Three More Features

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Laika and Focus Features have renewed their distribution pact, with Focus distributing the next three stop-motion features domestically, and Universal Pictures International handling overseas. This is good news given the regime change at Focus and excellent box office start for The Boxtrolls, the Oscar contender which grossed $17.3 million last weekend, the biggest debut yet for Laika. Read more

DreamWorks Announces Boss Baby

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Alec Baldwin suits up opposite Kevin Spacey for DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby (Fox, March 18, 2016), inspired by Marla Frazee’s award-winning picture book. Read more

Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema

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The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Read more

Shooting A Walk Among the Tombstones

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For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., A Walk Among the Tombstones, now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they decided to go for a ’70s gritty, de-saturated look, recalling The French Connection and The Parallax View. But adding to the paranoia is the fact that it takes place during the Y2K craze in 1999. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

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The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released the 2nd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun and VFX producer Susan Zwerman. Read more