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.

Getting More Immersed with Indiewire

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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 with Anne Thompson, Indiewire’s full-time editor-at-large and awards editor, as well as publisher James Israel, editor-in-chief Dana Harris, and New York Deputy editor Eric Kohn. Read more

Immersed in Blu-ray: Hitchcock and Bogart

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Blu-ray, Cinematography, Home Entertainment, Movies, Music, Oscar, Score, Tech, Trailers | Leave a comment

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

Immersed in Books: Farber on Film

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Books, Crafts, Movies | Leave a comment

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). 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

Trailering Latest Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika

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

There’s more exquisite beauty and stop-mo complexity in the latest trailer for Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings (Aug. 19, Focus Features). Read more

Talking Crafts with The Mirisch Agency

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The Mirisch Agency, founded in 1992 by agent Larry Mirisch as a below the line boutique, is dedicated to “the client, the work and people realizing their stated goals.” It therefore tailors representation to each person. Therefore, when a job query comes in, Mirisch and his colleagues examine the list of available clients to see who matches the specified requirements and is interested in “stretching into that” to avoid any pigeonholing.  Mirisch reps editors, cinematographers, production designers, line producers, VFX Supervisors, VFX producers, producers and costume designers. Read more

Immersed in Blu-Ray: The Good Dinosaur

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Pixar’s underrated The Good Dinosaur (which took VFX prizes at the VES and Annies) was released on Blu-ray last week from Disney with a treasure trove of informative bonus features about the studio’s first prehistoric buddy comedy/adventure. 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

FMX 2016 Called Blending Realities

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The upcoming FMX conference in Stuttgart (April 26-29) will be devoted to “Blending Realities.” I look forward to participating once again. Read more

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