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.

Music

Clipping the Thrill of Rush

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Festivals, Movies, Music, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Here are two hot clips from Ron Howard’s racing biopic, Rush, entering the TIFF before its Sept. 20 release: a flirty encounter between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) and an intro by Howard about the fierce ’70s Formula 1 rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Read more

Trailering More Inside Llewyn Davis

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The second trailer takes us deeper into the Oscar-contending Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen brothers, screening at the New York Film Festival and opening Dec. 6. Read more

Nolan Starts Shooting Interstellar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Movies, Music, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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

Immersed in Blu-ray: House of Cards

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Netflix’s Emmy-contending House of Cards from David Fincher and Beau Willimon has gone Blu (Sony Pictures Home Ent.) and The Complete First Season looks and sounds great in HD. Read more

Academy Extends Membership to 276

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

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

Immersed in Blu-ray/DVD

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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Eddie Cantor’s Whoopee and Kid Millions, Wilson, and “Forbidden Hollywood Volume 6″ are my picks of the week. Read more

Talking House of Cards BTL

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Costume, Movies, Music, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

I recently spoke with the three Bs of below-the-line craft on the acclaimed, $100 million House of Cards, which is in pre-production on its second season for Netflix: cinematographer Eigil Bryld (You Don’t Know Jack), costume designer Tom Broecker (Saturday Night Live), and composer Jeff Beal (Blackfish), whose two-disc soundtrack is available on Varese Sarabande. They all attest to the fact that TV bended to David Fincher (the series’ exec producer who directed the first two episodes) and not the other way around. Read more

Composer Elliot Goldenthal Honored by NYFA

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Film composer and frequent Julie Taymor collaborator Elliot Goldenthal (Across the Universe, Heat) was recently inducted into the NYFA Hall of Fame with Michael Findlay, author and co-director of the Acquavella Gallery, filmmaker Mira Nair, and visual artist Fred Wilson. Read more

The Academy Salutes Mattes and Environmental VFX

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Events, Music, Oscar, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Academy continued its informative “VFX Convergence” series last Tuesday at the Dunn Theater with “From Matte Paintings to Full Environments and Set Extensions,” which took us full circle from Méliès to Hugo and beyond. Read more

Trailering Third Man of Steel

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Movies, Music, performance capture, previs, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

After the eerie General Zod video warning comes the third and most emotional Man of Steel trailer: an existential journey to define the heart and soul of Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and his role as outsider/savior. Read more