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

How Zal and Lenczewski Shot the Sublime Ida

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Get the inside story of the acclaimed black-and-white Ida from its two Oscar-nominated DPs,  Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Boxtrolls

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The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion Oscar contender from Laika, is out on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal). It’s reference quality image and sound, representing the naturalistic, tactile quality of this steampunk marvel. Read more

Wild DP Belanger on Capturing Witherspoon

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Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon can thank cinematographer Yves Belanger for making her an unforgettable presence in The Wild landscape. Read more

10 Oscar Takeaways from Animation and Crafts Noms

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A Lego Movie snubbing and Grand Budapest Hotel grabbing six craft noms highlight my Oscar analysis. Read more

DP Cronenweth Talks Gone Girl

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The cinematographer talks color palettes, lighting, Rosamund Pike and, yes, “that scene.” SPOILER alert! Read more

Faura and Yeoman Score First ASC Nominations

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Cinematographers Óscar Faura (The Imitation Game) and Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel) got their first ASC nominations and will vie for the top prize at the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards (Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza). Read more

DP Bradford Young Talks Selma, Violent Year

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It was a great year for cinematographer Bradford Young, who’s risen to the top of his craft with two Oscar contenders about the turbulent ’60s (Selma) and the decaying ’80s (A Most Violent Year). Read more

Turning Into the Woods into a Post-9/11 Metaphor

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Into the Woods should score several key craft noms, with production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood the favorites to win again. Read more

FANDOR January Highlights

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FANDOR offers Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist in January, which returns in a dazzling new restoration supervised by the director and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Read more

AJA Ships New CION Production Camera

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AJA Video Systems’ CION 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD production camera, described as “science of the beautiful,”  is now shipping globally. Read more