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.

Cinematography

Immersed in Oscars 2013: Life of Pi Rules Tech Noms

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Life of Pi not only grabbed 11 nominations (second only to Lincoln’s 12), including best picture, but Ang Lee’s spiritual epic also dominated the tech categories with eight nods for cinematography, production design, editing, VFX, sound editing and mixing, original score, and original song — “Pi’s Lullaby.” Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Year-End Round-Up

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The Dark Knight Rises and Lawrence of Arabia top a slew of year-end releases on Blu-ray. Here’s a brief rundown of a few must-own titles for your last-minute home entertainment shopping: Read more

Tinker Tailor Wins International Online Critics Poll

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was the big winner in the latest poll conducted by the International Online Film Critics (from November 2010-November 2012), topping seven categories, including best film, best director (Tomas Alfredson), and best actor in a leading role (Gary Oldman). Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was second best with four nods, including best supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), best supporting actress (Amy Adams), and best original screenplay. 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

Zemeckis Talks Flight and the ‘Digital Stew’

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Robert Zemeckis talked with me about his return to live action with Flight and his evolution with virtual production for my TOH/Indiewire column. 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

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, James Bond, Movies, Production Design | 1 Comment

 

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

Uniting Lincoln Trailer

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A new Lincoln trailer has surfaced focusing on the theme of “uniting” as well as the political fight to end slavery during the waning months of Lincoln’s life. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Ed Wood

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

With Frankenweenie coming out next week, it was great timing for Disney to release Ed Wood on Blu-ray. They are interesting companion pieces about misfits, passion, movie making, and the joys of black and white. Johnny Depp and Martin Landau have never been better (with the latter nabbing a best supporting Oscar as Bela Lugosi). The Blu-ray looks dazzling and the movie holds up as one of Tim Burton’s best. Read more