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Pixar, Dreamworks … : synchronized imagination

One wonders if, next to the departments Marketing and Human Resources, there are a number of offices marked “Industrial espionage” in the studios of Pixar, Dreamworks and other animation houses. It could be a coincidence, but they seem to do… Continue Reading →

Miami Vicious

I went to the “Miami Vice” opening yesterday. It was disappointing: unnecessary, unrealistic and generally unnerving. I had most problems with Colin Farrell as Sonny Crockett. He looked like a hillbilly with a mullet and a stuble that was beyond… Continue Reading →

Mission Impossible III: largest digital release ever

Add one more superlative to Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible: III”: it is the largest digital release ever, playing on more than 170 digital cinema screens throughout North America. And all digital preparation and distribution to those screens was handled by Kodak… Continue Reading →

100 essential movies

Jim Emerson has listed the 100 movies (103 actually) one should have seen to form an opinion about film (…) the movies you just kind of figure everybody ought to have seen in order to have any sort of informed… Continue Reading →

“The shining”: Here’s Johnny again!

Robert Ryang has become a semi-celebrity movie-remixer overnight: A few weeks back, he said, he entered a contest for editors assistants sponsored by the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Creative Editors. The challenge? Take any movie and… Continue Reading →

Digital filmmaking: cheaper movies

“Shooting on 35-mm film costs about a dollar a foot,” Bob Harvey, Panavision senior vice president of sales, told Wired News. “A thousand feet for a thousand dollars adds up to about 11 minutes of footage. But about an hour… Continue Reading →

Alexander: worst movie of 2005 yet

On paper it must have seemed a guaranteed winner: Oliver Stone as director: not that active as of lately – true – but responsible for blockbusters like JFK, Wall Street, Platoon and Born on the 4th of July a strong… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Grey in “Dirty Dancing”

Remember Dirty Dancing? I just saw it on TV and I had forgotten how hot Jennifer Grey looked. That is, if she was 18 when they recorded the movie, otherwise she’s just pretty. They sure played “I had the time… Continue Reading →

Casablanca: here’s looking at you

Well there’s a reputation well earned: Casablanca is one of the best films I’ve seen recently. I know it’s been out for a while (it was released in 1942) but I only bought the DVD last weekend. Great cast (Bogart… Continue Reading →

De Matriks: breng het on

In our series ‘Low Budget DIY movies’: the Belgian directors/actors Cédric Rossignol and Sam De Martelaere have made The Matrix: The Beginning: a prequel to the Matrix Trilogy. They wrote the script in2 days, shot the movie in 8 days,… Continue Reading →

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