Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

June 12, 2018

As a seven-year-old living in the jungles of Matute, Colombia, I was surrounded by an exotic land. My pets weren’t limited to the three dogs and six cats that roamed but also included a macaw named Ludwina, a howler monkey named Tarzan, several tortoises and an assortment of parrots and parakeets. […]

‘The Piano’ Ain’t Got No Wrong Notes

June 12, 2018

From the age of six, Ada McGrath refuses to speak, yet film audiences first saw and heard how clearly she communicates on May 15, 1993, when Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ premiered at the 45th Cannes International Film Festival. […]

Man with a Shorinofon:
When Russia Embraced the Talkies

June 12, 2018

Few Americans, even those who work with motion picture sound, have heard of the Tagefon and Shorinofon systems, but readers interested in the intricacies of how sound first meshed with cinema can learn about these machines and the artists who used them. […]

Sonic Echoes from the Pre-Digital Era

June 5, 2018

The period during which the newsletter circulated was a critical and tumultuous one for movie sound. It was clear to all that digital would ultimately replace multi-track analog, but no one knew when, or in what format. […]

Steve Maslow on ‘The Last Waltz’

May 2, 2018

In ‘The Last Waltz,’ released by United Artists 40 years ago in April 1978, director Martin Scorsese trained his cameras on what was intended to be the last concert of the Band at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. […]

Still Hungry for Oscar Stats?
These E-books Are for You

March 6, 2018

With the 2018 Oscar winners’ statuettes now proudly on display on their mantlepieces, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ surplus carefully stowed away for another year, it’s time to take a look at how the 90th annual awards fit into post-production history. […]

Jon Johnson on ‘Breakdown’

March 2, 2018

You might call Jonathan Mostow’s action thriller ‘Breakdown’ a cautionary road movie. The 1997 Paramount Pictures release centers on a car trip that takes an unexpected detour. […]

Celebrity Crush

February 16, 2018

In ‘The King of Comedy’ (1983), directed by Martin Scorsese from Newsweek film critic Paul D. Zimmerman’s script, fledgling comic Rupert Pupkin wants to be a star. Obsessed with celebrity itself, he emerges from the subculture of fandom to take a shot at fame by kidnapping late night talk show host Jerry Langford. […]

Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’

February 16, 2018

October 1978. A weekday afternoon in Manhattan. I stumble into daylight, having just experienced something which has so floored me that I’m numb, twisted around, and can’t remember which subway takes me back downtown — so I start walking, trying to make sense of what I’d just seen. […]

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