Side by Side

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This is good, old-fashioned, interview-based documentary where Keanu Reeves* discusses film-making with a variety of directors and other behind-the-scenes artists who make movies happen.

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It looks at the history of film-making, the recording, editing and visual manipulation techniques, how things have changed over the years, and how they’re still changing.

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One of the main focuses here is the introduction of digital recording equipment and the effect it’s had on the film-making process, as well as the likely impact it’ll have in the future.

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Essentially, the main question: what’s best, traditional photochemical film or digital?  But more than that, is there space for both?  Will it be possible to resist the digital revolution?

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There are some big names here including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and George Lucas but unfortunately there’s no Tarantino or Spielberg.  That said, there’s a lot of interesting information about the intricacies of film-making, and the pro-film and pro-digital viewpoints are both well represented.

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Side by Side is definitely worth watching especially, if like me, you love films.

Score: 7/10

*Images within this post are not from Side by Side, but instead, are of Keanu Reeves.  Because, Keanu.

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9 responses to “Side by Side

  1. What can I say? I’m not much of a documentary guy but I believe in you. I think the best thing for me today is that WordPress is displaying your review of The Traveler in your “related posts” and I can’t stop looking at fat Val Kilmer. He looks like a gray squash.

    Love,

    ei

    • It’s worth a watch, there’s some interesting stuff here but it’s not the most groundbreaking doc you’ll ever see.

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