19 items from 2013
Spirited, highly amusing and endearingly shambolic, James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned” seeks to represent an “uncategorizable” work about film, money, Cannes and death, roughly in that order. In other words, it’s basically a documentary that tracks the writer-helmer himself and co-conspirator Alec Baldwin as they schlep around the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and beyond, trying to hustle up coin for a loose remake of “Last Tango in Paris,” and meeting other filmmakers, financiers, studio execs, and stars along the way. Ultimately, the pic offers a timely, melancholy-tinged tribute to those fighting quixotically to make enduring, ambitious art rather than revenue for revenue’s sake.
Already acquired by HBO for North American broadcast, the pic could have dainty niche-theatrical legs offshore similar to those of “Side by Side.” Where Chris Kenneally’s recent docu about the digital-vs.-film debate was anchored by Keanu Reeves, “Seduced and Abandoned” has two charismatic frontmen in Toback and Baldwin, »
- Leslie Felperin
★★★★☆ Christopher Kenneally's Side by Side (2012) is a timely and level-headed look at the challenge the digital process presents to century-old photochemical filmmaking. Coming at a crucial turning point for cinema and featuring interviews with some of cinema's most important contemporary directors, Side by Side functions as an essential state-of-the-nation view of filmmaking; taking stock of the past and looking to the future. By neither patronising the audience nor ascribing too much knowledge, Kenneally and interviewer Keanu Reeves strike the perfect tone, creating a film which is both informative and entertaining.
Side by Side charts the development and process of both digital and celluloid production with remarkable vigour and meticulousness, demonstrating that the technological decisions made in filmmaking are just as creative and vital as the artistic ones. By focusing on film history from a technological point of view, Side by Side offers an intriguing alternative narrative for the last »
- CineVue UK
Side by Side (2012), the excellent documentary from Christopher Kenneally, arrives at a crucial time for the ever-evolving medium of cinema. Featuring stellar interviews with some of the most important directors working today, including Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle and Chris Nolan, the film charts the history and processes of celluloid filmmaking and the rapid rise of digital as a cheaper alternative. It's an intelligently level-headed film which manages to be both hugely informative and thoroughly entertaining. CineVue's Craig Williams spoke with the director Kenneally, and delved into some of the issues raised in the film, and about the future of cinema as a whole.
Craig Williams: How did the film come about? Were all the directors and cinematographers happy to talk about the subject?
Christopher Kenneally: Almost everyone we reached out to in order to try and set up an interview were excited to talk »
- CineVue UK
Although it may not be the first screen musical to feature live-on-set singing, Les Misérables (2012, Universal, 12) is certainly the most ambitious, a huge, sweeping epic that produced a tidal wave of tears when it opened in UK cinemas. According to news reports, audiences of all ages – both male and female – were weeping openly during the multitudinous dramatic climaxes, a response attributed to the immediacy and intimacy that live voice recording conjured. Certainly, the technique pays dividends, most notably in Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway's breathtakingly fragile rendition of I Dreamed a Dream, delivered in one continuous take, pitched somewhere between a whisper and a scream, between speech and song, with eye-watering results.
- Mark Kermode
Join American-Canadian actor Keanu Reeves and a host of high profile directors for Christopher Kenneally's well-reviewed documentary Side by Side (2012), a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of the past, present and future of filmmaking and into a masterclass on the magic of the movies. To celebrate the long-awaited DVD release of Kenneally's must-see doc, we've kindly been provided with Three DVD copies of Side by Side to give away to our valued readers, courtesy of UK distributor Axiom Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
For over 100 years, photo chemical film has been the standard format used to capture, develop, project and store movie images. Now, digital technology is challenging film's place as the gold standard for quality and longevity. With the aid of some of »
- CineVue UK
Side by Side, 2012.
Written and Directed by Christopher Kenneally.
A documentary exploring the history, process and workflow of photochemical filmmaking and the digital revolution.
Side by Side is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of movies and the process of making them regardless of your background knowledge of the subject. I have a good understanding of the history of cinema and the (literal) film making process and the rise of digital camera within the Hollywood mainstream, and there was still plenty for me to take away from this. It is highly recommended.
The documentary could, and probably will, be used in film schools thanks to the educational sections on how a film camera works, how film is developed and the progress of digital from its early Sd days through to today’s 4K camera and the revolutionary Red cameras. Combined with this element are interviews »
- Flickering Myth
Side by Side, 2012.
Written and Directed by Christopher Kenneally.
A documentary investigating the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.
The struggle between the old and the new is something which has plagued cinema since the beginning; colour vs. black and white, sound vs. silent and widescreen vs. fullscreen. In all these instances, the new quickly replaced the old. However, there’s another technological development which threatens the classical way of making movies: the digital revolution. Is it really going to replace celluloid? And if it does, will it be better?
Side by Side, produced and fronted by Keanu Reeves, delves into this particularly thorny debate which is raging inside Hollywood. Looking at both sides of the argument, we see interviews from major Hollywood directors, producers, cinematographers and technicians, all of whom are very passionate about the subject.
There’s also a real enthusiasm to Reeves’ approach, »
- Flickering Myth
Side By Side | A Good Day To Die Hard | Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God | Beautiful Creatures | This Is 40 | For Ellen | Run For Your Wife | Reign Of Assassins | Sammy's Great Escape | Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino | Madame De… | Murder 3
Side By Side (15)
(Christopher Kenneally, 2012, Us) 99 mins
Celluloid versus digital film-making – hardly a blockbuster proposition, but this surprisingly fascinating documentary makes you think twice about how movies are made, and seen. It also gives you a rare audience with the top technicians and film-makers out there (Scorsese, Cameron, Lucas, Nolan, Von Trier, Lynch, etc), while host Keanu Reeves keeps things informal and accessible.
A Good Day To Die Hard (12A)
Old dog Willis does no new tricks in this tiresomely cacophonous action movie, which brings in new pup Courtney for a father-son ass-kicking.
- Steve Rose
Why I made a documentary about the differences - and affinities - between digital and celluloid
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I grew up with film. I understand how it can make you feel nostalgic. It stands for a halcyon past, like memories of your mother's cooking. Celluloid is a fantastic, romantic medium. But technology is evolving fast, and in exciting ways. And that's the reason I wanted to produce and present Side by Side, a documentary that asks how film-making is changing in the digital age.
The film tracks the losses and gains of Hollywood's move to digital cinema. Over a year between 2010 and 2011 director Chris Kenneally and I spoke to dozens of film-makers about working in an industry that is in the process of reinventing itself. We heard how digital had enabled the imagination of directors such as James Cameron, David Fincher and David Lynch – helping them »
- Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves may be best known for his starring roles in The Matrix, Speed and Point Break, but this week he's stepping behind the camera to produce and present Side by Side, a fascinating documentary that delves into the filmmaking process and looks at how digital has overtaken the photochemical process.
Reeves and writer/director Christopher Kenneally have assembled a who's who of filmmaking talent - from directors such as James Cameron and Lars von Trier, to studio heads and tech pioneers working designing the latest HD cameras - in order to tell their story. Digital Spy got on the phone with Reeve to discuss Side by Side, his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi and the potential for a 3D re-release of The Matrix...
Which was the first film you worked on where you saw that digital technology was clipping at the heels of the traditional photochemical process?
Director: Christopher Kenneally; Screenwriter: Christopher Kenneally; Starring: Keanu Reeves, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, James Cameron, George Lucas, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh; Running time 99 mins; Certificate: 15
Keanu Reeves produces, narrates and acts as on-camera interview in Chris Kenneally's fascinating new documentary about Hollywood's transition into the digital age. Years on the acting A-list has primed the one-time Neo well for Side by Side; he's able to call on the cream of the movie industry's directors, cinematographers, producers and camera producers to document the move from celluloid to digital.
Side by Side assembles a cast of talking heads - including digital evangelists George Lucas, James Cameron and David Fincher, and those reluctant to convert such as Christopher Nolan and his director of photography Wally Pfister - to deconstruct the entire technical process, workflow and history of the business.
The documentary examines everything from image capture, editing, delivery, »
Side by Side is a documentary by Chris Kenneally comparing and contrasting the relative merits and disadvantages of recording movies on traditional film and shooting digitally. It is presented, slightly surprisingly, by an animated and enthusiastic Keanu Reeves and features a veritable who’s who of living film directors, as well as an army of cinematographers, actors, studio bigwigs and technicians. It also features a large amount of facial hair, not least on Reeves himself. Evidently the film was shot over a long period of time judging by the growth and retraction of our genial host’s facial fuzz from interview to interview.
If this sounds a little dry, Reeve’s beard aside, you need not worry; the film vs. digital debate proves to be good backdrop for a wider-reaching history of movie-making in general, »
- Jack Kirby
Written by Christopher Kenneally
Directed by Christopher Kenneally
A reasonably comprehensive primer on the rise of digital film and its implications on every facet of filmmaking, exhibition, and conservation, Side by Side manages to corral enough of the film world’s most outspoken filmmakers, as well as a less-familiar but equally influential collection of editors, DPs, colorists, effects supervisors, and industry types, that its attempt to summarize such a massive issue mostly holds together while only occasionally feeling like an infomercial for contemporary moviegoing.
Buoyed by a balance of film cips, archival footage, and new interviews, producer and host Keanu Reeves eases into the specifics of photochemical film shooting and exhibition, carefully laying out the joys and difficulties of a science that remained more or less unchanged for a century, before chronicling the evolution of digital film, from its invention to its first uses in serious filmmaking. »
- Simon Howell
Smart, wide-ranging, and informative, "Side by Side" may be a postcard from the future of movies, but it's still intoxicated by the past. Its dreamiest moment comes at the outset, a montage of clips from the first century of cinema, from Eadweard Muybridge's horses to Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing." (Multiple clips from the film below.) There's something elegiac about director Chris Kenneally's documentary history of our digital age (on DVD and Blu-ray February 5). In celebrating the possibilities of chips and pixels, of CGI and Di coloring, of the handheld, the quick-and-dirty, the cost-effective, "Side by Side" also marks the passing of celluloid. I, too, will mourn "the voodoo of it," as director David Fincher says of cinematographers in that bygone age, even as I get used to the idea that there is no turning back. Running together threads of technological, aesthetic, and economic change, "Side by. »
- Matt Brennan
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is a drummer, guitarist, singer, and now, a filmmaker – is there anything the guy can’t do? Apparently not, if his documentary about one of the music landscape’s most iconic fountains of creativity, one of the best-received films out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is any indication.
A love letter to Grohl’s old stomping ground, the titular California-based recording studio which gave birth to Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind, Sound City is an intimate examination of both the ridiculous number of artists it allowed to flourish – Metallica, Neil Young, Trent Reznor, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Barry Manilow and countless others – and also the less-famous but equally important faces behind the studio glass; the studio managers, technicians and producers who were instrumental in getting so many popular works made. Leaving no stone unturned, Grohl manages to »
- Shaun Munro
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! In this week’s edition, Flight makes a good case for taking the train to your next vacation destination, Here Comes the Boom hits store shelves with a – well with a boom I guess, and a beloved family classic finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
An American drama film from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. It was well received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor (for the film’s star Denzel Washington) and Best Original Screenplay.
Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunction reveals something troubling.
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. »
- C.P. Howells
As a public service, I must open this week's column with a follow-up to the opening of last week's column: Despite its parade of stars, Movie 43 sucks. I know you're shocked.
Most of this week's new releases look to be no better, with the possible exception of Warm Bodies, which has garnered some positive reviews. Once again, I encourage lovers of great cinema to avoid their local multiplexes in favor of some interesting special screenings at smaller venues.
Speaking of which, the most important film industry trend in recent years is the transition from film to digital production and exhibition. Anyone interested in this transition shouldn't miss Side by Side, Christopher Kenneally's documentary about the digital future of movies. Chock-full of interviews with famous filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to George Lucas to David Lynch, Side by Side takes a balanced look at the film and digital formats, intending »
- Don Clinchy
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $26.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Tribeca Film/New Video/Cinedigm
Reeves takes on the subject via interviews with such leading Hollywood directors as James Cameron (Avatar), David Fincher (The Social Network), David Lynch (Blue Velvet), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), George Lucas (Star Wars), and others. Interviews are also conducted with a number of cinematographers, editors, special-effects masters and visual artists as they provide insights on digital cinema and how it has revolutionized the film business.
This was announced Monday by organisers of the festival, which is widely see as the destination for New Wave Cinema in India.
"The festival is not limited to competing and. »
- Leon David
19 items from 2013
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