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

Going Inside Noah’s Ark

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Noah cinematographer Matthew Libatique revealed this image inside Noah’s Ark with snakes and alligator and tweeted the following (@MattyLibatique): “Pre lighting on the holiest day of the year.” It’s eerie and somewhat reminds me of Bosch. Here comes the flood… Read more

Clipping More Frankenweenie

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Joy and anxiety are on display in the latest clips from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: “Sparky is Alive” and “Edgar Knows.” Read more

Trailering More Hobbit

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“The dwarves are determined to reclaim their homeland,” declares Gandalf at the start of the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14). And what a lush homeland Erebor is.¬† But this prequel adventure involving the unassuming Bilbo (Martin Freeman) turns dark soon enough, of course, as Bilbo and the 13 dwarves enter the wild and encounter the Goblins, Orcs, Wargs, and Sorcerers. Read more

Clipping Frankenweenie ‘Lightning’

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Science teacher Rzykruski (Martin Landau) provides the inspiration for bringing back the dead in this latest “Lightning” clip from Tim Burton’s highly anticipated Frankenweenie (Oct. 5). Read more

Sneaking Skyfall

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Empire previews Skyfall (Oct. 26 in the UK; Nov. 9 in North America) and uncovers that this one’s personal between M and baddie Silva (Javier Bardem), which makes it personal for Bond as well. Read more

Trailering 4K Lawrence of Arabia

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Although the new trailer for the 50th anniversary 4K restoration of Lawrence of Arabia doesn’t do it justice, you still get a sense of the look: the desert is hotter and more other worldly and flesh tones are warmer — in fact reds leap off the screen. Read more

The Future of Cinema at the Palo Alto Film Fest

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I will be returning to the second annual Palo Alto International Film Festival (Sept. 27-30), moderating “The Future of Cinema: Extended and Experiential.” Joining me on Sept. 29 at 1:00 pm at Talenthouse will be filmmaker/technologists John Gaeta (creative director/founder, Float Hybrid), Kim Libreri (VFX supervisor at ILM), Rudy Poat (creative director, Microsoft Studios), and Habib Zargarpour (creative director, Microsoft Studios). Read more

SPA Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Screening Series

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The 10th anniversary celebration of Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) continues with a five-week series of special screenings in September featuring its legacy of animated and hybrid films, as well as reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage/materials from the SPA archives, and giveaways. The series, held in conjunction with ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Magazine, will culminate with an exclusive screening of Hotel Transylvania (opening Sept. 28.) Read more

Clipping Alternate Avengers Opening

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A more somber, post-9/11 vibe underscores this alternate opening to The Avengers (available as “Maria Hill Investigation” on the Blu-ray/DVD combo Sept. 25 from Disney Home Ent.) Incidentally, blockbuster superhero movie returns to theaters Labor Day weekend for a one-week run. Read more

Final Trailering of The Master

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There’s more sex, violence,¬† gun play, and melancholy in the final trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (Sept. 14) on the eve of its festival run at Venice and Toronto. Read more