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

Lady Gaga Performs Til It Happens to You

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Tuesday night at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, we witnessed the tender side of Lady Gaga, as she hit the campaign trail in support of Best Original Song Oscar contender “Til It Happens to You,” from The Hunting Ground, the Oscar-shortlisted doc about sexual assault on college campuses. (L to R – Diane Warren, Lady Gaga, Kirby Dick – photo credit Todd
Williamson/Getty Images.) Read more

Sci-Tech Winners Announced by Academy

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LAIKA has been singled out by the Academy for its pioneering rapid prototyping system for enhanced character animation in stop-motion along with advancements from ILM (Geometry Tracker), DreamWorks Animation (Media Review), Sony Picture Imageworks (Itvie), Rhythm & Hues (Global DDR), The Foundry (MARI 3D texture painting) and Tweak Software (RV system). Read more

6 Best Original Songs Get Deeply Personal

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These songs strike an emotional chord: A love letter from a conductor, hanging up a license to kill, two stirring docs, a tribute to the late Paul Walker and an ode to the power of persistence. Read more

Getting Epic and Intimate with The Martian

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The Martian crafts people echoed the same thing: it was an inside-out journey centered around Matt Damon’s engaging astronaut/botanist, who’s in peril but who never loses his optimism or humor. Therefore, it became a balancing act between the epic and the intimate. Read more

Creating Those Good Vibrations for Love & Mercy

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The making of The Beach Boys’ ground-breaking Pet Sounds album in Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy necessitated a soul-searching exploration of Brian Wilson’s musical genius. It began with Atticus Ross’ use of score, which aesthetically crossed over into sound design. Read more

Going Inside the Crime World of Black Mass

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From the makeup and hairstyling to costumes, cinematography, and score, it all revolves around Johnny Depp’s dead-on portrayal of crime lord Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Read more

Going Between Two Worlds in Brooklyn

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Production designer Francois Seguin, costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux and cinematographer Yves Belanger take us behind the scenes of the Oscar contending Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by John Crowley. Read more

Ren Klyce Talks Inside Out Sound Design

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To complement the imaginative animation for Pixar’s Inside Out, sound designer Ren Klyce of Skywalker Sound was recruited to create an experimental soundscape. Known primarily for his brilliant work with David Fincher (nine features, from Se7en to Gone Girl), Klyce, who also worked on The Boxtrolls at Laika and the Lava short at Pixar, discusses some of his sonic secrets for Riley’s emotions and core memories. Read more

Clipping Anomalisa: Meet Michael and Lisa

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Watch two new featurettes from Anomalisa, the Oscar-contending adult stop-motion feature from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, which opens this week in LA and NY from Paramount. Read more

Ranking the 6 Best Editing Oscar Contenders

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Among the year’s editorial achievements: a metaphysical journey, the economic collapse as black comedy, a massive Catholic Church cover-up, post-apocalyptic adventure, one man’s colonization of Mars and LA’s “reality rap” story. Read more