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

Nolan Starts Shooting Interstellar

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In taking over Interstellar from Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan will now explore outer space after reinventing The Dark Knight and playing mind games with Inception. He’s started shooting for Paramount domestically and Warner Bros. internationally (mixing 35mm anamorphic with IMAX film photography), headed for a Nov. 7, 2014 release. Read more

Academy Extends Membership to 276

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 members. Here’s the list: Read more

Talking Before Trilogy with Editor Adair

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What’s fascinating about Richard Linklater’s acclaimed Before trilogy is that it not only chronicles the fleeting romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), but also captures a casual snapshot of the last three decades. I recently spoke with editor Sandra Adair about reuniting with these two soul mates who are finally in a committed relationship in Before Midnight, but still on shaky ground while vacationing in Greece. Read more

The Academy Tackles Storytelling in the Digital Age

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Tech and storytelling converged during a fascinating series of discussions at the Academy on May 15 about Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Star Trek Into Darkness, hosted by screenwriter John August. Read more

Trailering Before Midnight

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The first trailer for Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (May 24) wonderfully sums up the richness and depth on display between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in what has become a unique romantic trilogy. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Insider

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Editing, Home Entertainment, Movies, Production Design, Tech | Leave a comment

Back in 2000, many of us thought The Insider should’ve won best picture. It was an incisive and oppressive fact-based thriller that recalled the best of the ’70s. Now an indispensable Blu-ray is out from Touchstone Ent. looking darker and richer than ever before, and, if anything, Michael Mann’s movie seems even more brilliant. Read more

Brave Wins Editing, First-Time Sound Mixing Honors

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Pixar’s Brave racked up major editing and sound mixing awards Saturday night: taking Best Edited Feature Film (Animated) at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton, while grabbing a first-time animation award for sound mixing at the 49th annual CAS Awards at the Millennium Biltmore. Read more

Life of Pi, Brave Earn BAFTA Honors

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While Argo and Ben Affleck unsurprisingly took the top prizes for best film and director today at the BAFTA Awards in London,  Pixar’s Scottish-flavored Brave won for best animated feature and Life of Pi for VFX  (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer). Life of Pi’s Claudio Miranda also scored the cinematography award; The Making of Longbird and Swimmer earned honors for best animated and live-action short, respectively. Read more

Spielberg to Receive ACE Filmmaker of the Year

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Coinciding with the acclaimed Lincoln, Steven Spielberg will be honored with the prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award by the the American Cinema Editors. The award will be presented at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The previously announced ACE Eddie Award nominees in nine categories of film, TV, and documentaries is available online:  http://ace-filmeditors.org/ace-eddie-awards/nominees-recipients/. Read more

Clipping Lincoln: An American Journey

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A new 20-minute behind the scenes special about Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is available online. It was released on Apple iTunes and will air Sunday on KCBS at 9:00 am (PT). It’s an informative snapshot of Spielberg’s lifelong fascination with the 16th President and the making of the Oscar front-runner for Best Picture. Read more