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.

Cinematography

Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, Tech | Leave a comment

James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking’s life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. Read more

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar

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Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey to life. Read more

Christoph Waltz Bound for Bond 24

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The ever reliable Baz Bamigboye reports that two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) has been cast in Bond 24, but it’s not clear whether he’s friend or foe or both. But it demonstrates the prestige factor that comes with having director Sam Mendes and star Daniel Craig. Read more

Franklin Talks Mind-Blowing Interstellar VFX

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SPOILER ALERT: The visual effects whiz behind Interstellar jumps into the making of the film’s trickiest, most mind-blowing sequences. Read more

Warsaw Uprising Documentary as ‘Found Footage’

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In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, in which the Polish city bravely fought off its German army occupiers in Aug./Sept. of 1944, director Jan Komasa (Suicide Room) has made a unique documentary utilizing six hours of footage from a Polish camera crew that has been secretly collected throughout Europe.  It’s been colorized and audio constructed to make it more relatable as a “found footage” narrative. The Oscar-contending Warsaw Uprising (Opus Films), produced by the Warsaw Uprising Museum, is currently playing in select theaters. Read more

Trailering More Into the Woods

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Get a greater glimpse of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Into the Woods (Dec. 25), which explores the dark side of  ”I wish.” Read more

The Force Awakens in Star Wars

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

While announcing that principal photography has completed for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, starwars.com let it be known that the complete title is The Force Awakens. Read more

DP Elswit Talks Nightcrawler, Inherent Vice

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In award contenders Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice, cinematographer Robert Elswit redefines L.A. as millennial noir and ’70s counter-culture haven for first-time director Dan Gilroy and frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson, grabbing snapshots of who we are and the way we were. Read more

Clipping Interstellar Useless Machines

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Movies, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

One of the themes of Interstellar is rediscovering the spirit of adventure and invention from the 20th century. Watch this clip in which Matthew McConaughey finds out that the public school system has obliterated NASA from the history books by claiming the Apollo missions were a hoax to bankrupt the Soviet Union. 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

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