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.

Editing

Boyhood, Grand Budapest, Lego Get ACE Awards

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Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel were the big winners at Friday night’s 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Richard Linklater’s Oscar favorite topped rivals American Sniper, The Imitation Game and Whiplash for drama, while Wes Anderson’s artsy romp beat Birdman for comedy/musical. 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

Inside Editing American Sniper

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The Oscar-contending editing force behind American Sniper talks about the challenges of working with Eastwood, and balancing worlds both at war and at home. Read more

Inside Editing Jazzy Whiplash

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Damien Chazelle’s very hot Whiplash has the most powerful cutting style of any of this year’s editing Oscar contenders, with a very visceral jazz vibe. 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

A Dramatic Tie for ACE Editing Nominees

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For only the second time in ACE history, a tie resulted in an additional nominee in the Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) category, creating six nominees, instead of five (a tie in the Best Edited Animated Feature Film resulted in four nominees, instead of the three in 2013). Read more

Craft-Talking the A-List Team for Unbroken

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Angelina Jolie lined up an A-list crafts team who delivered their best work on Unbroken. Read more

Dissecting Five Editing Frontrunners

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Like cinematography, editing stands out this awards season for the creative ingenuity of five frontrunners: the “continuous take” of Birdman, the 12-year real-time odyssey of Boyhood, the percussive intensity of Whiplashthe parallel machinations of Gone Girl and the enigmatic humanism of The Imitation Game. Read more

How They Made the 12-Year Boyhood

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Boyhood editor Sandra Adair and director of photography Shane Kelly reveal the secrets behind the making of Richard Linklater’s Best Picture frontrunner. Read more

Cracking the Alan Turing Code of Imitation Game

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In an awards season dominated by biopics, The Imitation Game is the most unconventional, flashing forward and back to decode the enigmatic mathematician, scientist and spy Alan Turing, played by the Oscar-buzzy Benedict Cumberbatch. Read more