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

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson Talk Anomalisa

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Music, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With the Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30), Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction. Inspirational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis) suffers a nervous breakdown while preparing for a lecture in a strange hotel in Cincinnati. That is, until he meets homely Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) with a heavenly voice and has a glimmer of hope. Read more

Academy Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts

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

The Academy announced the 10 shortlisted animated features, ranging from Sanjay’s Super Team to Prologue to World of Tomorrow to a pair from the NFB (Carface, If I Was God). Read more

Trailering Boy and the World

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Find out why Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Boy and his World Could be GKID’s Oscar contender. Read more

Clipping The Big Short About Financial Collapse

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Watch the video for The Big Short,  the AFI Fest closer last week, and find out why it could be the Network of our time. Read more

Trailering More of The Hateful Eight

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

Watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (Christmas roadshow, Jan. 8th digital), boasting more breathtaking imagery in Ultra Panavision 70. Read more

16 Animated Features Submitted for Oscar Race

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

Sixteen animated features have been submitted for consideration for Oscar consideration, with three surprises (Moomins on the Riviera, the Finnish comic strip adaptation; Regular Show from Cartoon Network; and The Laws of the Universe – Part 0). Read more

Trailering Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Watch the first trailer for Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30) and see how Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction. Read more

How They Dressed Authentically in Suffragette

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Clips, Costume, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

The fight for women’s equality in early 20th century Britain offered a different kind of costume design aesthetic in Oscar contender Suffragette. Looking to ordinary people for inspiration, designer Jane Petrie conveyed dressing for survival and empowerment in the gritty drama of factory worker-turned activist Maud (Carey Mulligan). Read more

Talking Adult Appeal of Inside Out

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, previs, Production Design, Shorts, Sound, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

With next week’s arrival of Inside Out on Blu-ray, it’s a great opportunity to delve into Pixar’s most adult-oriented movie, which has been passionately embraced both critically and commercially and obviously enters the Oscar race as the strongest contender. Inside Out has grossed $355.3 million domestically, making it the third highest grossing movie of the year, the third highest grossing Pixar movie and the seventh highest grossing animated movie of all time. Read more

Clipping Sanjay’s Super Team from Pixar

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

Watch the first clip from Pixar’s compelling short, Sanjay’s Super Team, opening in front of The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25).

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