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.

Trailers

Trailering Finding Dory from Pixar

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

Watch the teaser for Finding Dory (June 17, 2016) and get immersed in the underwater world once again. Read more

Completing the Bond Origin Story in Spectre

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Crafts, James Bond, Movies, Production Design, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | 1 Comment

No one ever thought it would take four films to complete the James Bond origin story, but then no one counted on the return of Blofeld and Spectre, either. That’s what you get with the dynamic duo of Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes: it remains personal for this Bond, and what better way of tying up all of the loose ends than with the introduction of his nemesis as a doppelganger? Read more

Retrofitting The Peanuts Movie for CG

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

Very early on, a Peppermint Patty pencil test laid the groundwork for“finding the line” and implementing the Charles Schulz signature comic strip style in The Peanuts Movie. The result is an animation breakthrough at Blue Sky as 2D dictates form and function in creating a different CG aesthetic. Read more

The Painterly Reality of The Good Dinosaur

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

There’s a wonderful simplicity to The Good Dinosaur. The epic landscape beautifully complements the intimate story between Arlo, the Apatosaurus, and the human boy, Spot. And it takes its time, keeping dialogue to a minimum and allowing us to revel in the exquisite visual details while being viscerally immersed in the danger. Read more

Trailering More of The Hateful Eight

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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

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

Immersed in Blu-ray: Kwaidan from Criterion

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Books, Cinematography, Costume, Crafts, Home Entertainment, Makeup/Hair, Movies, Music, Production Design, Sound, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

Just in time for Halloween comes Masaki Kobayashi’s rapturous quartet of ghost stories, Kwaidan, making its Blu-ray debut from Criterion in glorious TohoScope. Read more

How They Designed Cold War-Era Bridge of Spies

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Bridge of Spies is a far cry, of course, from 12 Years a Slave and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but for Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen the big advantage was access to real footage of the construction of the Berlin Wall, which has never been depicted before in a Hollywood movie. This was key in recreating an authentic-looking war-torn East Berlin in the Polish town of Breslau, which borders Germany, along with using the actual Glienicke Bridge in Berlin, where the titular swap of spies occurred. Read more