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.

Makeup/Hair

Oscar-Nommed Makeup/Hairstyling Secrets Revealed

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Find out how they transformed Tilda Swinton into Madame D.  (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Steve Carell into John du Pont (Foxcatcher), and Marvel aliens into 3-D eye candy (Guardians of the Galaxy). 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

Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything

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James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking’s life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. Read more

Clipping Into the Woods with a Singing Streep

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The new featurette for Into the Woods (Dec. 25) finally embraces its musical strengths and explains more about the fairy tale mash-up. We get to hear Meryl Streep’s Witch sing the sorrowful  ”Stay with Me.” Read more

Oscar-Nominated Prouty Talks Bad Grandpa Makeup

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So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville’s hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa? It’s certainly a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably pull it off and provide Knoxville with better flexibility for his comedic turn. Read more