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.

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Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart

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The WB Archive Collection gets Hitch and Bogie on Blu-ray and they’ve never looked better for home viewing. Read more

TCM Big Screen Classics offers Ten Commandments

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In honor of its 60th anniversary, The Ten Commandments returns to the big screen March 20 and March 23, as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics series with Fathom Events Read more

Oscar Wrap-Up: The Outsiders Get the Spotlight

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Editing, Events, James Bond, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Score, Screenwriting, Shorts, Sound, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Turns out there was a great deal of surprising diversity among last night’s Oscar winners. And it was all about championing the outsider. Read more

Oscars: Evaluating the Best Costume Contenders

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For these contenders, it’s about getting dressed for beauty, necessity, survival, and transformation. Read more

How They Dressed Carol and Cinderella

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Carol and Cinderella offer a fascinating study in contrast for dual Oscar-contending costume designer Sandy Powell. While the wardrobes for Oscar-nominated Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara convey the conservative vibe at the dawn of the Eisenhower era in 1952, Lily James’ strong-willed fairy tale fave dons an unconventional blue gown for the royal ball and gets extra sparkle in her slipper. Read more

Why Inside Out Means So Much to Pixar

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

It isn’t merely about winning another Oscar for Pixar – Inside Out represents a new milestone for the studio and for Pete Docter. It’s their most imaginative and adult-themed movie and ups their storytelling ethos and animation aesthetic. Read more

Why The Force Awakens Should Win the VFX Oscar

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Who ever thought you’d have to make the case for Star Wars winning the VFX Oscar? But with all the buzz surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant bear, which earned three additional VES awards for ILM, there are no guarantees. And that’s the point: ILM has done such outstanding photo-real work on the J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking Star Wars reboot — zeroing in on $2 billion worldwide at the box office — that there might be a tendency to take the work for granted. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Snow White and Bridge of Spies

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Last week Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray with a slew of new bonus features along with Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-contending Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. Read more

GKids Launches Animated 8 Oscar Series

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GKids demonstrates its indie Oscar prowess with a screening series next Friday in LA. Read more

Mixing the Chilling Bridge of Spies Sound

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Steven Spielberg gave his sound team a gift by opening Bridge of Spies with a Hitchcock-inspired chase through the New York subway with no dialogue and a sense of mystery surrounding Soviet spy Mark Rylance (nominated Best Supporting Actor).
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