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Side by Side

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Side by Side
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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters.
Published: [New York?] : Tribeca Film : New Video, 2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD 777.6 SID
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. and b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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Apr 16, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you are in film school you will enjoy it. It is a documentary, punctuated with many fragmented interviews with well-known directors and men-behind-the-camera. I find it educational to some degree, but not very entertaining.

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Informative, entertaining, and very balanced. Keanu Reeves makes for a very affable host.

Sep 25, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Side-by-Side” explores the transition from analog (film) to digital movie-making. Like any technological transformation, the first years of the new technology elicit serious flaws that need to be eliminated by technological improvement. So it has been with film-making. And the cinematographers and directors were unable or unskilled in the new technology during the first years of transition. Someday though, digital will be the major or only way to shoot film. Any lover of film should experience this film just to know what the makers of film are going through to learn how to make better films.

PBS has shown this in a 60 min version rather than it's full 99 min. I don't know why in the freakin' universe they would even comtemplate doing this. Do they not have ENOUGH TIME? They have 5 channels here in Boston. They continue to keep making STUPID programming blunders like this all the time despite having a corner on much of the most amazing media out there. It must be the NPR/PBS "liberal firewall" 'liberal/progressive' milque-toasts fabricate to 'protect us from BAD things on the left. I would rather they protected us from the silly/dangerous 'right' coalition they are now trained to include (fairness doctrine). >>>> An example of BAD programming is playing the same show over and over for reasons they must think are good, but which function to drive viewers away for fear of being hurt by such nausea--even ardent watchers will be forced to avoid them for a much longer time than the too many repititions merit. Instead of offering choice they manufacture a negative. Outrageous! Even the crappy channels don't do that.

Aug 16, 2013
  • labrys rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Having read many positive reviews, I eagerly put this on hold. However, the central question of the affects of digital filmmaking aren't really explored. If you enjoy hearing from directors, it is interesting to see the faces behind the films but the pacing is slow.

May 17, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting exploration in the ways in which digital filmmaking is changing the medium. Saw this in theatres and highly enjoyed it!

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