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

London Calling: Skyfall Vlog

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Skyfall director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, and Judi Dench discuss shooting extensively in London for the first time in the latest vlog, taking advantage of new iconography by closing down Whitehall and the modern Underground. Read more

SIGGRAPH 2012: Talking Croods VFX

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

Markus Manninen, the VFX supervisor on DreamWorks’ The Croods, appeared with two of his colleagues on a SIGGRAPH panel to discuss the role of VFX at the animation powerhouse. He gave me a sneak peek of the sophisticated naturalism coming March 22, 2013. Read more

New Skyfall Trailers: Bond Resurrection

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After some nice explosive teasing, we finally get two full-blown Skyfall trailers — one international and one domestic all about “resurrection.” You only live twice, Mr. Bond? Read more

The Hobbit Gets a Trilogy

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Peter Jackson believes there’s enough story to warrant a Hobbit trilogy and New Line, Warner Bros., and MGM couldn’t be happier.¬† Looks like Jackson’s Tintin will have to wait. Or can he still squeeze in the performance capture shoot? Read more

Trailering More of The Master

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We get the full-length trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (Oct. 12), which not only looks like a top 10 must-see but also plays like a companion piece to There Will Be Blood. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Artist

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

This year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, The Artist, has arrived on Blu-ray (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) looking just as dazzling at home in all its retro glory. It’s still an amazing achievement and what an underdog story: a black and white silent ode to Hollywood made by a French director with two French stars up against the best that our current film industry has to offer.¬† We needed to look back before moving forward in these uncertain times; and somewhere the ghosts of the silent era were smiling as well. Read more

Deschanel Talks Vampire Hunter

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The great cinematographer Caleb Deschanel talks about heightened reality and working digitally and in 3-D on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in my latest TOH/Indiewire column. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came out this week on Blu-ray (Warner Home Video), and guess what? It’s better than the first film. Read more

Memorializing Lincoln as Vampire Hunter

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In honor of Memorial Day, Fox has not only released a new greenband trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but has also announced that Benjamin Walker, who portrays the 16th President in the upcoming summer thriller, will visit the sailors serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Naval aircraft carrier in June with fellow cast and crew members. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Lean Directs Coward

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Criterion’s indispensable new David Lean Directs Noel Coward Blu-ray box set allows us to revisit their great wartime collaboration in HD: In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed, Blithe Spirit, and Brief Encounter. What a revelation!

First of all, the BFI National Archive’s restorations (in association with ITV Global Studios Ent. and StudioCanal) return their visual luster in both black and white and Technicolor, allowing us to experience these very precious and intimate movies in all their glory. The cinematography of Ronald Neame and Robert Krasker (Brief Encounter) can now be better enjoyed and appreciated.

But more than that, the combination of Lean and Coward captures the anxieties and fears, hopes and regrets of Britain in the ’40s in a very different way than, say, Powell and Pressburger. Understandably, there is a restless sense of urgency and individual expression at odds with the need for family and stability — a fascinating tug of war. Lean was learning the craft of direction; Coward was at the top of his game as a writer and actor. There is something very noble and timeless about these four movies.