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.

Crafts

Clipping More Tomorrowland from Brad Bird

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In the latest Tomorrowland featurette, George Clooney tells us it’s a place for dreamers and Britt Robertson discusses the strange pin phenomenon. Read more

Tim Reckart on The Lamb for Sony

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Oscar-nommed Tim Reckart (Head Over Heels) will make his feature directorial debut with The Lamb for Sony Pictures Animation. Read more

Final Trailering of Age of Ultron

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The final trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st) has arrived and it features Black Widow. Read more

How They Did It: The Bolero Scene in Cheatin’

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Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ opened theatrically Friday in NYC and I thought it would be fun to explore one of my favorite scenes: the hit man getting ready to the beat of BoleroCheatin’ represents a sizable investment of around $400,000 and yet Plympton still required $100,000 from a successful Kickstarter campaign to finish the digital watercolor work that was essential to the aesthetic. But this colorful and hyper-real depiction of hardboiled lust and violence represents Plympton’s masterpiece. Recalling James M. Cain with plenty of shadows and sleaze, it’s also very operatic and even balletic. Plympton admits that it took him to a whole new artistic place and it shows. Like Idiots and Angels, there’s no dialogue, but this is a much more ambitious panto with flashbacks and fantasies that seamlessly meld together like a surreal dream. Read more

Harvey Beaks: A Punk Version of Pooh

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C.H. Greenblatt is back with a new Nickelodeon series that’s a far cry from Chowder: Harvey Beaks is about mild-mannered young bird (Max Charles) who lives in a magical forest with a pair of rambunctious imp siblings named Fee (Angelina Wahler) and Foo (Jackson Brundage and Tom Robinson). Whereas Chowder was like a psychedelic trip, Harvey Beaks is more sedate but no less personal. The first two episodes premiered last weekend and the series airs Sundays at 7:00 pm. Read more

Trailering Mad Max: Fury Road

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Watch the full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15), which definitely looks like one of the summer highlights. Read more

Trailering Japanese Version of Tomorrowland

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

There’s more footage and plot revealed in this Japanese trailer for Tomorrowland, so watch only if you want to know more. Read more

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