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

Talking A Single Shot with Director Rosenthal

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Although David Rosenthal started out directing comedies (See This Movie and Falling Up), what he really wanted to do was neo-noir and he finally got his chance with A Single Shot, the Tribeca Film release that opens theatrically Sept. 20 and is currently available on VOD. Read more

Clipping 12 Years A Slave: Solomon Northup Portrait

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The Oscar buzz is tremendous for Steve McQueen’s powerful 12 Years A Slave (Oct. 18), which screened at the TIFF this weekend. The new featurette, “A Portrait of Solomon Northrup,” offers a glimpse into the character and narrative. Read more

Trailering Final Gravity

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Below the Line, Cinematography, Festivals, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch the thrilling final Gravity trailer as the Oscar-contending space adventure from Alfonso Cuarón heads to the TIFF. Read more

LACMA/Academy to Honor Cinematographer Figueroa

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Renowned Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa will be celebrated with the LACMA/Academy exhibition, Under the Mexican Sky (Sept. 22-Feb. 2, 2014).

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Clipping the Thrill of Rush

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Here are two hot clips from Ron Howard’s racing biopic, Rush, entering the TIFF before its Sept. 20 release: a flirty encounter between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) and an intro by Howard about the fierce ’70s Formula 1 rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Read more

Tomorrowland Starts Shooting

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Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (Dec. 12, 2014) officially started shooting in Vancouver, still veiled in secrecy. About all we know for sure is that it stars George Clooney as a disillusioned genius inventor, who teams with a prodigious teen Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) on a miraculous journey through time and space. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Shane Celebrates its 60th

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Home Entertainment, Movies, Tech | Leave a comment

Shane is a stunning revelation on Blu-ray (Warner Home Ent.), reminding us what a great director George Stevens was. It’s a meta-Western about family and community, trying to reinvent yourself, and fighting fascism for the American Dream. Read more

Nolan Starts Shooting Interstellar

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In taking over Interstellar from Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan will now explore outer space after reinventing The Dark Knight and playing mind games with Inception. He’s started shooting for Paramount domestically and Warner Bros. internationally (mixing 35mm anamorphic with IMAX film photography), headed for a Nov. 7, 2014 release. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Twixt

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Francis Ford Coppola’s latest personal experiment, Twixt (Fox Home Ent.), is available on Blu-ray. Read more

Academy Extends Membership to 276

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 members. Here’s the list: Read more