15 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Christopher Kenneally‘s Side by Side is a comprehensive and diplomatic documentary about the ongoing combat between two feisty fields of filmmaking — the one, photochemical film, having been around since the medium’s invention, and the other, digital, still flexing its potential wings. The film, narrated by the calm voice of Keanu Reeves, premiered to open arms at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and figuring out the reason for that is about as easy as figuring out why a midnight showing of The Avengers would play like gangbusters to a 13-year-old kid in a Hulk outfit.

That’s not to say there isn’t value in the process, because Side by Side is a smart movie, and it did teach me things. But the chief enjoyment is, without a doubt, the robust lineup of icons Reeves has been afforded the opportunity to sit down with. Because as informative as »

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