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

ADG Presents An American in Paris

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The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will present a screening of An American in Paris (1951), showcasing Oscar-winning Concept Artist/Costume Designer Irene Sharaff, Art Director E. Preston Ames and MGM’’s Supervising Art Director Cedric Gibbons, on May 31 at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood). This will be the ADG Film Society’’s second program of the 2015 “Confessions of a Production Designer” Series, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter. Read more

How They Did It: Bringing Hardy to Madding Crowd

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Danish DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen discusses how she lit Carey Mulligan singing “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme.” Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Far From the Madding Crowd

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With Thomas Vinterberg’s gorgeous Far from the Madding Crowd opening this weekend with Carey Mulligan, we have the arrival of John Schlesinger’s beloved ’67 version on Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Odd Man Out, Pink Horse

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Criterion brings two post-war noir gems of anxiety from 1947: Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out and Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse.

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Sara Mishara Shines a Light on Felix & Meira

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The unconventional romance from Oscilloscope Laboratories about a Hasidic Jew and secular loner opens Friday in LA, exquisitely shot by Sara Mishara. Read more

Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, Ben-Hur

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Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype’s “share screen” function inspired Unfriended, the horror riff on And Then There Were None, in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend’s Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his Ben-Hur reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. Read more

How They Did It: The Seduction of True Story

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The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in True Story. Director Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen (Moneyball) discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. Read more

Admiral to Screen at Beijing International Fest

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The Dutch action-adventure, Admiral,  has been selected for a Gala screening at the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday in the Grand Oriental Theatre at 9:30 pm.  Read more

How They Did It: Meet Sentient Ava from Ex Machina

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Artificial intelligence has certainly become a hot genre, as dystopia was, yet Alex Garland (Sunshine28 Days Later) has no idea why besides our own paranoia with privacy. However, he’s made one of the smartest and most compelling sci-fi movies in years with his debut Ex Machina, a cleverly Pinteresque power-play between Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson with the beguiling Alicia Vikander as the sentient object of their desire, Ava. Read more

Trailering SPECTRE: A Kite Dancing in a Hurricane

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It’s fun trying to piece together the clues from the new SPECTRE teaser, in which Daniel Craig’s James Bond confronts more demons from the past in his fourth outing that will impact his future course. Thus, it’s a continuation of Skyfall and not everything from his childhood has been buried. There’s no such thing as a regular mission so far in the Craig era, and 007 continues grappling with trust and betrayal in what looks to be a very baroque-looking crucible. Read more