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.

Oscar

DP Bradford Young Talks Selma, Violent Year

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It was a great year for cinematographer Bradford Young, who’s risen to the top of his craft with two Oscar contenders about the turbulent ’60s (Selma) and the decaying ’80s (A Most Violent Year). Read more

Turning Into the Woods into a Post-9/11 Metaphor

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Into the Woods should score several key craft noms, with production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood the favorites to win again. Read more

Talking Tadashi is Here from Big Hero 6

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For the first time, Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams discuss the crucial “Tadashi is Here” scene — one of Disney’s best in years – in which Hiro discovers the video of his late brother documenting his struggle to perfect Baymax. It marks a turning point in Hiro’s misguided attempt to reprogram Baymax into a killer, which runs counter to Tadashi’s vision of Baymax as a healer. Read more

Clipping ILM VFX from Winter Soldier

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Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the 10 shortlisted movies competing for the VFX Oscar and ILM has released a great new breakdown clip in anticipation of the bakeoff on Jan. 10. Read more

Duet Does Times Square

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Glen Keane’s interactive Duet short for the Moto X mobile device, just got bigger. Last week it was shown on a Times Square billboard every two hours on 12/23 and 12/24. Read more

Sounding Off on Five Sonic Oscar Contenders

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Though set in war zones, outer space, and Stephen Sondheim’s mysterious Woods, the sound contenders this awards season share a sense of the natural and sonic intensity. Read more

Arming Weta for The Hobbit Finale

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Peter Jackson concludes his Hobbit trilogy and Tolkien six-pack with a bang, and The Battle of the Five Armies delivers the most impressive action of the director’s career, recalling D.W. Griffith and Ray Harryhausen. Read more

Dissecting Five Editing Frontrunners

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Like cinematography, editing stands out this awards season for the creative ingenuity of five frontrunners: the “continuous take” of Birdman, the 12-year real-time odyssey of Boyhood, the percussive intensity of Whiplashthe parallel machinations of Gone Girl and the enigmatic humanism of The Imitation Game. Read more

How They Made the 12-Year Boyhood

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Boyhood editor Sandra Adair and director of photography Shane Kelly reveal the secrets behind the making of Richard Linklater’s Best Picture frontrunner. Read more

Patti Smith Talks Mercy Is from Noah

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After her best original song Golden Globe nomination, Patti Smith is no longer such an improbable Oscar contender for her haunting Noah lullaby, “Mercy Is.” Read more