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★★★★☆ 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
Here's an interesting little anecdote for any fans of Taxi Driver out there: Martin Scorsese was so keen to get the film made that he considered shooting on black-and-white video when he had trouble raising the money to film on, er, film, as he reveals in this deleted scene from filmmaking documentary Side By Side. brightcove.createExperiences();It's hard to imagine the film in black-and-white now, given how far its sunk into the fabric of our collective imagination, but perhaps the result could have been a little like Scorsese's slightly later classic, Raging Bull. The only problem would be that shooting on '70s video stock might have left us with a rather grainier version of the drama that might not have survived as well.Side By Side, of course, is the recent documentary that quizzes top directors and cinematographers on their preferences in film or digital filmmaking to examine »
Generation Um..., now available on VOD, opens in select theaters this Friday, May 3rd. If you haven't heard of the film, you may still be very familiar with one of the scenes in it. Paparazzi spotted star Keanu Reeves on the set, sitting on a bench, alone, eating a cupcake. And the following photographs helped push the 'Sad Keanu' meme into the stratosphere. Taken out of context, those cupcake pictures certainly took on a life of their own.
The scene is still included in Generation Um..., though it's pre-screen history may be a little distracting. Keanu plays John, the driver of two private escorts, and it might as well be called 'Sad Keanu: The Movie' as we watch the actor eat alone at various locations throughout New York City. The story revolves around the act of stealing a camera, »
The spirit of Keanu Reeves hung heavy in the Sva theater last Thursday at Tribeca Talks' New Filmmaker in the Digital Age panel, or specifically the themes and influence of the actor's much lauded documentary "Side by Side," a comparison of film and digital filmmaking techniques taught as sort of a master class interview by a parade of filmmakers. The film was name dropped a number of times throughout the panel, and much of the same topics were covered by the band of young festival-approved filmmakers who graced the stage. Moderated by Panavision's Peter Brogna, the panel featured "Bluebird" director Lance Edmands, "A Birder's Guide to Everything" director Rob Meyer, "The Pretty One" director Jenee Lamarque, and "Run and Jump" producer Tamara Anghie; all filmmakers with films screening at Tribeca. While no earth shattering revelations were reached upon where the film industry is headed, the group brought a fresh, rational »
- Mark Lukenbill
Keanu's directorial debut is basically Mortal Kombat with a pimped-out shed – and shadow puppetry
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It makes perfect sense for Keanu Reeves to become a film director. In his recent documentary Side By Side, he came off less as a detached journalist and more as an eager student, keen to glom on to his more established peers and soak up their knowledge for his own purposes.
And now we can see how all this effort has paid off. Keanu's directorial debut Man of Tai Chi is out later this year, but a one-minute Chinese teaser has already snuck out. What can it teach us about the film? What can it teach us about Keanu Reeves's talent as a director? What can it teach us about Tai Chi? As much as Helen Daniels used to do on Neighbours? Let's examine the Man »
- Stuart Heritage
With Steven Spielberg’s landmark blockbuster Jurassic Park making a 3D-assisted comeback in theaters, Ricky, Josh and Simon take a look back in order to rank it among Spielberg’s crowd-pleasers and see how it stands the test of time, regardless of technological additives. After that, the floor is opened to a general discussion of the digital vs. film debate, sparked by the Keanu Reeves-produced and hosted doc Side by Side. (Special guest Gregory Ashman of CriticalMassCast joined us for the first chunk of the show, but had to be dropped due to a Skype issue.)
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- Sound On Sight Podcast
The April 19, 2013 release of The Lords of Salem commemorates Rob Zombie's first decade as a filmmaker in grand style. Never one to take the expected path, Zombie has followed up his gritty Halloween films with a stately slice of psychedelic evil. Lords of Salem is a morose meditation on addiction, self-destruction and the sins of the past manifesting in destruction of the present. He is also well known for his music, beginning with his legendary band White Zombie (a reference to the classic Bela Lugosi vehicle from 1932) and moving on to phenomenal success as a solo artist where he cut his filmmaking teeth lensing his own videos. To coincide with his latest cinematic endeavor, he has a new album, amazon asin="B00B9I4Q9I" text="Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", which drops April 23. He is without a doubt my favorite living director working in the genre and I've »
- Matt Risnes
Trading cards and exclusive lithographs are being release to coincide with the publication of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 which arrives in comic book stores today. Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men, Age of Ultron) and Steve McNiven (Civil War, Old Man Logan) have created a new series of adventures for Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot who are joined by Iron Man as they attempt to discover why the Earth has become so important to be declared off limits to any outsiders.
New York Times Best-Selling author Warren Ellis (Secret Avengers, Gun Machine) and artist Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) have collaborated to produce Avengers: Endless Wartime. The epic story features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Wolverine and Captain America. "When Marvel asked me to help re-launch their original graphic novel lin
e, I had to say yes,” said Ellis. “Their total commitment, from story to design, made it »
Dave, Devindra, and Russ Fischer chat about the important Side by Side, debate the Veronica Mars kickstarter project, and take a look at the polarizing new film by Park Chan-Wook, Stoker. Special guest Stu VanAirsdale joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Stu’s take on the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, Alan Sepinwall’s interview with Rob Thomas as well [...] »
- David Chen
Since The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008, Keanu Reeves has laid relatively low key. The actor has appeared in indie films like Henry's Crime and produced and starred int he documentary Side by Side about digital filmmaking (watch it on Netflix Instant), and we're waiting to see 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi to come together at some point. Now another smaller release will see the big screen later this year with Generation Um. The film sees John (Reeves) and his two girlfriends enjoying a single night of partying, and documenting their social lifestyle, making revelations about each others, testing their relationship and more. Now the first trailer has arrived, and it feels like it's trying too hard to be an indie film. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Mark Mann's Generation Um, in high def from Apple: After partying in New York City last night, John »
- Ethan Anderton
"Frightened? Child, you're talking to a man who's laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe ... I was petrified." –'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)
Greetings from the apocalypse! As North Korea readies their nukes for a pre-emptive strike against the U.S., and Dennis Rodman plays a game of pick-up basketball with supreme leader Kim Jong-un with the very survival of the planet on the line, I'm ready for a solid weekend of moviegoing. How about you? Sure you are. If you're really worried about Kim's missiles made out of Campbell's Soup cans and old Sony Walkmans, then go to Home Depot and grab a 30-dollar tarp to cover your roof with. That oughta do the trick.
Friday, March 8
- Max Evry
Steven Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema in style – with a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fix
Did Steven Soderbergh just finish on his masterpiece? Or are these reports of his retirement just a ploy on the director's part to get a little respect and make us appreciate him in a way we haven't in a good long while? If so, it could well be working. I am willing to go to the golf course right now, get down on my bended knees on the green, and pretty much beg Mr Soderbergh to put down his clubs, smash his putter, throw his niblick into the pond, forget this retirement nonsense and return to making films posthaste.
- Peter Bradshaw
Does this mean they’re dating? The two mini-moguls were caught getting very close in a dark, hazy photo. After all the rumors linking Jaden to a Jenner, is this the confirmation we’ve been waiting for?
However, even though the picture is clearly of the two, it is still shrouded in mystery. We can really only guess what’s going on — so let’s connect the dots, shall we?
We know that Jaden, 14, was in attendance for Justin Bieber’s circus-themed birthday bash on March 1 — or he at least tried to be. Looking to get into Justin’s “worst birthday” party, Jaden was reportedly denied at the door because of his age. »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
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
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
You may have noticed, something called the Oscars is happening this weekend. What a feast for the eyes and ears it will be; the diamonds, the tiaras, the screaming fits of hyperventilation. And that's just us doing the liveblog. Here at Guardian Towers we've been gearing up for the big night by going video crazy: each one of the best picture nominees has got its own booster in our Oscar hustings series, while our critics settled down with a glass of the amber nectar for a session of football style punditry: who will win the biggies, and why.
Meanwhile, every little detail of the Oscar race has been exhaustively covered: the "rebranding" of the ceremony; the fun that is the acceptance speech; how Argo looks like its regained the initiative; what will go down in the animation section. »
A Good Day to Die Hard has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
This Is 40, the latest comedy from Judd Apatow, debuts at number three with £1.2 million ahead of musical Les Misérables. Beautiful Creatures, the supernatural teen romance starring Alice Englert, completes the top five with earnings of £1.1 million.
Elsewhere, children's animated movie Sammy's Great Escape is the only other new release to make the top ten, debuting at number eight with £519,049.
> Danny Dyer's 'Run for Your Wife' flops with £602 at box office
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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
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