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

The Terrors of Shooting Everest

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Cinematographer Salvatore Totino (Concussion, Inferno) now has a greater understanding of what the real-life climbers encountered when they were hit with one of the fiercest blizzards during their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest in 1996. He discussed the terrors of shooting Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest. Read more

How Roger Deakins Crossed New Borders with Sicario

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Call it Prisoners on steroids. That’s because Sicario (referring to a Mexican hitman as well as Jewish zealots who revolted against the Romans) expands its dark psychological themes, pitting idealistic FBI agent Emily Blunt against lethal consultant Benicio Del Toro during a secret raid on Mexico’s most powerful drug lord. It’s the perfect backdrop for Roger Deakins to cross new aesthetic borders for his second collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve (they are currently prepping the Blade Runner sequel, which starts shooting next summer). Read more

Trailering The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau

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Watch The Jungle Book trailer, Disney’s new live-action/CG hybrid coming April 15, 2016 and revel in a nostalgic re-imagining. Read more

A Walk in the Woods with Ken Kwapis

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With the “Odd Couple” pairing of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, director Ken Kwapis (Big Miracle, He’s Just Not That Into You) has made an unmistakable buddy road picture in A Walk in the Woods. It’s certainly laconic vs. loquacious on the Appalachian Trail: one part existential journey and another part environmental reverie, as told by sardonic travel writer Bill Bryson (Redford) in his memoir, adapted for the screen by Redford’s producing partner, Bill Holderman.
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VIEW Announces Keynote, Guest Speakers

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Keynoters Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Randy Thom (The Peanuts Movie), Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life) and Shannon Tindle (On Ice) join guest speakers Scott Carroll (The Peanuts Movie), Michael Kurinsky (Hotel Transylvania 2), Kim White (Inside Out), and Richard Starzak and Paul Kewley (Shaun the Sheep Movie) at the upcoming the VIEW conference in Turin, Italy, Oct. 19-23.

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Richardson Talks Ultra Panavision 70 for The Hateful Eight

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The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino’s post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight.

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Disney, Pixar Through the Looking Glass of D23

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The biggest animation takeaway from D23 is that it’s all about creative legacy building: honoring the past while staying relevant. Read more

Trailering The Hateful Eight from Tarantino

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Watch the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s  Roadshow-like 70mm Civil War western opening Christmas Day. Read more

Retrofitting Pan for the Harry Potter Generation

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Director Joe Wright appeared with Pan newcomer Levi Miller last week at LA’s London Hotel and showed clips and explained how he’s reworked the J.M. Barrie classic. Read more

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation as Glam Noir

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Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie not only up the M:I franchise with smarter espionage and more thrilling action, but also break down the entire spy game as a cat and mouse between two rogue warriors: Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and Sean Harris’ Solomon Lane. That’s what happens when you pair the daredevil superstar with the master of the doppelganger shell game, which made it a lot more creative for the indie-spirited cinematographer Robert Elswit, who last worked on Nightcrawler and Inherent Vice. Read more