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

Hear the Skyfall Theme from Adele

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You can hear the complete Skyfall theme from Adele.

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Clipping Les Miserables

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Les Miserables will certainly be the musical event of the movie season. But will it strike Oscar gold? This first look video provides a glimpse. Read more

Oct. 5 Marks Global Bond Day

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Oct. 5 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. No opening in London, so it’s been designated as Global James Bond Day. MoMA launches a 22-film retrospective all month with new 35mm prints; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor Bond’s music, hosted by Jon Burlingame, author of The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press); and a new documentary will be released about Bond producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and Ian Fleming: Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, directed by Stevan Riley from from MGM, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Red Box Films. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Classics

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Several animated classics have gone Blu from Disney Home Entertainment, including The Aristocats, The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, Pocahontas, and The Tigger Movie, and shine in HD. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Jaws

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Jaws goes Blu today from Universal Home Ent. and the results are dazzling. I’ve never seen Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster looking this sharp, clear, and colorful (image above courtesy of DVD Beaver). It’s a wonderful digital representation and we’re reminded once again what a great movie it is from the golden age of the ’70s. And the documentary by Laurent Bouzereau provides informative and entertaining context.¬† Read more

Autodesk Buys Naiad Fluid Sim from Exotic Matter

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To accelerate its fluid sim R & D for VFX, Autodesk has acquired the Naiad fluid simulation technology from Exotic Matter. This means Autodesk is inviting the Exotic Matter brain trust to improve its own solution and expand its arsenal to better compete with Scanline VFX, which has become an industry powerhouse.

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Immersed in Blu-ray: Singin’ in the Rain and Chariots of Fire

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It’s singing and dancing and racing on Blu-ray with the release of Singin’ in the Rain and Chariots of Fire from Warner Home Video. Read more

James Bond at the Olympics: For Queen and Country

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Danny Boyle’s Happy & Glorious short was the highlight of Friday’s London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, with Daniel Craig as James Bond escorting Queen Elizabeth in high style. Read more

LACMA Has Bond, For Starters

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I’m going to the LACMA exhibit on Thursday, … Is James Bond, an ode to all 22 opening credit sequences, in honor of the 50th anniversary.¬† Read more

Rule Changes for 85th Academy Awards

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The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved some new rule changes affecting the 85th Academy Awards, including selecting from a pool of 10 films in the Visual Effects category by the Branch Executive Committee by secret ballot. Previously, the committee could put forward as many as ten productions or as few as seven. Read more