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Side by Side - a documentary
ARYA
2012-05-03 12:01


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@bluegem, Keanu's appearance was never distracting and he was very chill. The movie starts with him doing a voice over and unless you were hyper familiar with his voice... you might not know it was his. Then Lynch says his name and that is when its clear who the interviewer is.
Yes Side by Side is a wonderful doc. The bit I would like to see over and over was him complaining about the long takes with digital shoots I think from ASD.
He hammed it up the tiniest bit saying "Lets stop now...can't we just stop already?" I paraphrase but it was funny and the audience laughed.
I think that every one of the interviewees were enjoying their time with him.
Truthfully I'd rather see this one on my own tv screen. With all the parts cut for time, or whatever,in the extras features.
LucaM
2012-05-04 00:23


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http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/from-best-to-worst-the-playlists-complete-tribeca-film-festival-coverage-20120502

ARYA
2012-05-04 01:24


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Cannes? OMG he's got to go and we get pictures!!!!


from the link luca just posted.

"Side By Side"
OK, technically, this film had its world premiere in Berlin, but your average filmgoer and film critic doesn't often have that luxury, so "Side By Side" was a North American premiere. Directed by Christopher Kenneally and starring the narrator and documentary tour guide Keanu Reeves (also one of the film's producers), "Side By Side" is a fascinating, utterly absorbing film about the science, art, and impact of digital cinema and how it's affecting celluloid, potentially making it extinct. The talent on board is an exciting who's who of everyone important in film. You have the early adopters and trailblazers, George Lucas, James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher; the old school naysayers who want to shoot on film as long as they can, Christopher Nolan, Wally Pfister; and those who love film stock and the texture and grains it provides in the moving image, but are aware the digital revolution is making celluloid go the way of the dodo bird; folks like Martin Scorsese, editor Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now"), cinematographer Michael Chapman ("Taxi Driver"), indie cinematographer Reed Morano and many more. From giving Anthony Dod Mantle his due (a Danny Boyle regular who won the first cinematography Oscar for a film primarily shot in digital, "Slumdog Millionaire") as the one of the first professional cinematographers to adopt digital cinema (for Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration" during the Dogme years) despite the ridicule, to illuminating about the photochemical process vs. the digital one, its revolutionary workflow and more, "Side By Side" is easily one of the most compelling documentaries of the year and a must-watch for anyone who has at least some vested interest in cinema and its future.

Alright, see you in Cannes in two weeks...

ARYA
2012-05-04 12:39


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oh foo, I think that author just means he will be going to Cannes. darn. As if I give a flying fig where he's going in 2 wks.
LucaM
2012-05-04 23:11


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http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/news-and-features/features/movies/e3i835b87a7ef8ccb8685dde6dcecd2dd18

Can there be a more relevant story for today’s film crowd than Side by Side, required viewing for anyone anywhere who works in and cares about film? The doc covers the transition from photochemical film to digital and features about 70 interviews (pulled from about double that amount). Not quite an obit for celluloid but close, the movie covers the history of film and digital’s historic big moments (the Dogme movement, George Lucas’ nervous Phantom Menace debut, the milestone of the digitally captured Slumdog Millionaire’s cinematography Oscar, etc.) and focuses on the historic revolution now in its final stages.

Many big names appear in the doc—among them, directors James Cameron, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and David Lynch, and veterans in the areas of cinematography, special effects, color correction and editing.

Yes, there are still a few well-known celluloid holdouts/sentimental souls (cinematographer Wally Pfister, et al.) and much anxiety regarding effective archiving of digital content. But the evidence onscreen (including amazing cameras like The Red and Arri’s Alexa, the boundless imagery and color corrections computers and their software can achieve, etc.) makes the case for digital. With its journey across so many years of film history and film disciplines, Side by Side isn’t just required viewing—it’s required second viewing.

ARYA
2012-05-06 00:13


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My review.

Side by Side

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of viewing this at Tribeca Film Festival 2012. The theater was packed on a Friday afternoon. There was so much movie making royalty in this documentary I wont even drop any names excepting for Keanu Reeves' who is the interviewer and who's most often the voice over for lots of technical information on the transitioning from film to digital. Somehow he made the technical journey understandable and enjoyable and without judgment about which is better. I am betting this documentary will be a staple in film schools. The clips of the movies alone make it hard to take your eyes off the screen lest you miss something. I look forward to having it on DVD. And just for the record, I want a lot of extras like deleted scenes and out takes. :)


Chiara
2012-05-06 03:14


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Thanks for the review, Arya.
BlueGem
2012-05-06 06:22


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Thanks, Arya! I agree - lots of deleted scenes and outtakes would be awesome. It looks like there are plenty of good reviews, I'm glad to see. Looking forward to seeing it myself when available.
LucaM
2012-05-17 00:18


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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/05/at-the-summer-box-office-a-battle-between-two-ways-of-filming/257057/

tini4
2012-05-17 01:13


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Hi all :) @ Thanks, LucaM!
Maybe anyone have info... "Side by Side" will be presented at Cannes?
Softie
2012-05-17 03:21


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They called Side by Side "extraordinary" :)
LucaM
2012-05-17 03:40


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yeah, miracles do happen. sometimes ;)
tini4
2012-05-17 06:21


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Yeah... :)
ARYA
2012-05-19 04:14


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Transilvania International Film Fest No kidding.

http://www.tiff.ro/en/program/119/filme



http://www.tiff.ro/en/program/119/filme


he could be the prince of transylvania...I will shut up now.

robin
2012-05-19 05:48


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xD! That reminded me I should finally watch The Prince of Penncylvaina DVD for the first time which I have kept in the shelf for over a year.
BlueGem
2012-05-19 10:46


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Oh, Robin, do watch it, you will love it. I need to watch it again, myself. There are some very, very sweet and funny moments!

Arya, you are so funny. I'm a pun-lover and enjoy plays on words.

It's cool that SbS is making the festival rounds - hoping it comes near me!

LucaM
2012-05-20 23:41


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ARYA - that festival is happening 94 miles away from my hometown.
And of course they forgot to upload the program/days/screening locations/etc. Bloody typical of Romanians. *hisses*
Nevertheless, I am so attending that screening !
*starts emailing friends to book her tickets no matter what*
Billion thanks for the link :)

and yes, he could, especially considering... nevermind ;)

Chiara
2012-05-21 03:03


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I`ve just checked out where exactly was Cluj-Napoca hoping it was closer to Belgrade,but there wasn`t such luck, so I give up*sigh*
LucaM
2012-05-21 04:13


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500 km, more or less...
BlueGem
2012-05-21 10:27


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LucaM, that's great! Can't wait to hear what you think.

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