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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Trailering Iron Man 3

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James Bond isn’t the only one with an existential crisis, as we learn from the first trailer for Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013). Tony Stark is haunted by demons:  Does he define the suit or does the suit define him? Read more

The Wachowskis and Tykwer Talk Cloud Atlas

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I discussed how difficult it is to make demanding movies these days with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer as well as life imitating art in Cloud Atlas. Read more

Clipping Flight

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Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action, Flight (Nov. 2), is a stirring and ambiguous drama about addiction and heroism starring Denzel Washington, as witnessed by this harrowing clip of the crash. Read more

Spielberg Talks Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis

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Yesterday’s town hall-style Q & A between Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis at the AMC Loews Lincoln  Square 13 in New York City framed several issues about Lincoln (opening exclusively Nov. 9 and wide Nov. 16). Read more

Trailering The Lone Ranger

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Talk about the wild, wild West. The teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (July 3, 2013) reveals a vision as trippy as Rango. Read more

Talking the Future of Cinema at Palo Alto

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I will be returning to the second annual Palo Alto International Film Festival this weekend, moderating “The Future of Cinema: Extended and Experiential.” Joining me tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Talenthouse will be filmmaker/technologists John Gaeta (creative director/founder, Float Hybrid), Kim Libreri (VFX supervisor at ILM), Rudy Poat (creative director, Microsoft Studios), and Habib Zargarpour (creative director, Microsoft Studios). Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: The Avengers

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

The year’s mega blockbuster superhero movie comes to Blu-ray this week from Disney looking and sounding as spectacular as you’d expect. The success of Joss Whedon’s Marvel mash up can be summed up in its self-mocking attitude (taking a cue from Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man) and in finally getting the Hulk right. And along with a multitude of bonus features (including deleted scenes and A Visual Journey), comes a nifty short:  Item 47 involving certain alien technology left behind. Read more

Back to Basics with Hotel Transylvania

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I talked about Hotel Transylvania’s 2D aesthetic and its technical challenges with director Genndy Tartakovsky, VFX supervisor Dan Kramer, and character animator Bill Haller for my latest TOH/Indiewire column. It was a very liberating experience breaking rigs and tweaking the deformers. Read more

Trailering More Hobbit

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“The dwarves are determined to reclaim their homeland,” declares Gandalf at the start of the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14). And what a lush homeland Erebor is.  But this prequel adventure involving the unassuming Bilbo (Martin Freeman) turns dark soon enough, of course, as Bilbo and the 13 dwarves enter the wild and encounter the Goblins, Orcs, Wargs, and Sorcerers. Read more

5D to Explore The City and the Book

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Immersive design consortium 5D Institute will explore the dynamic world of storytelling in interactive, virtual spaces during the next summit, The City and the Book, Sept. 20 and 21 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Read more