Monthly Archives January 2013

The Greatest Cinematography of All Time

I make no apology for it: I love breathtakingly gorgeous movies. I love swooning, rapturous, intoxicatingly beautiful films. While that usually means a concert of photogenic actors, lush music, and exotic locations, the key soloist is often the guy behind the camera, the “I” with the “eye.” An early ambition of mine was to be a cinematographer, and I can still remember poring over the boxes of yellowed vintage copies of American Cinematographer gifted to me by a retired film crew member. (The wonderful, irrepressible Johnny Monroe — who went on to own the now-sadly closed Footlights theater poster gallery
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Concerning Hobbits

by John Murphy The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is self-indulgent in the best and worst sense. Peter Jackson, the hobbity Kiwi who transformed J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, into an Oscar-winning box-office behemoth, has earned his right to luxuriate in the cinematic world he began building over a decade ago. And Jackson apparently knows it, since luxuriate he does—like a cat grown fat and sassy stretching itself in sunshine and delightedly licking itself. The Hobbit, a modest classic of children’s fantasy literature, is now a three-part epic in the same mold as The Lord of the
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