The filmmaking process may not always be an art, but it is never a science. Too many intangibles militate against predictability. This year, contrasts dominate -- with certain pics in given genres…
It is one of the most delicious animated films I've seen in recent years. I'm a foodie. When I go to a restaurant I always speculate about critics and wildlife.
Big bangs and booms are the quickest way to catch a viewer's attention. From "Transformers" to "Pirates 3" to "American Gangster," scenes upon scenes are packed with sound effects that are designed…
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When it comes to editing, conventional wisdom holds that an invisible, unobtrusive approach works best -- making the craft virtually impossible to judge. Apart from the director, hardly anyone knows…
I really loved 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' especially from a producer's standpoint. They made the action film into a thinking man's film.
Sound designers and mixers are asked to add to onscreen realism with audible cues unique to each situation. These audio pros bring their own sensibilities, obviously, but it's interesting to compare…
This film is riveting in the way it pieces together Michael Clayton's personal issues with his gambling problems with his role as the toilet cleaner of the law firm.
Bookstore shelves are overrun with tomes offering suggestions on how to build and maintain healthy partnerships. Sound editor Karen Baker Landers, who has worked with her partner Per Hallberg for…
When I read Robert Graysmith's book 'Zodiac,' I remember thinking it was chilling, fascinating -- and that I couldn't imagine how you'd make a movie out of it.
Chris Scarabosio had an oh-wow moment while watching the first "Star Wars." It was 1977 in San Francisco, and the 11-year-old was bowled over by the film's sound and visuals.
What makes 'Knocked Up' such a joy is its being a complete surprise. Oh, sure, you come in knowing that it's going to be funny, really funny -- inventive, subversive, smart, vulgar and deeply male.