asc awards 2018

We’re coming down to the last two weeks before the Academy Awards, and the final technical ceremonies are doling out their top prizes. The latest: the 2018 ASC Awards.

On the same weekend as the BAFTA Awards, the 32nd annual awards ceremony for the American Society of Cinematographers gave out awards for the best cinematography in movies and television in 2017. While the ASC winners don’t add a new twist to the front-runners for the Oscar race, they do suggest that a longtime Oscar nominee for best cinematography may finally get his due.

Find out the winners of the ASC Awards below.

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blade runner 2049 blu-ray

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The Holly wood Reporter hosted their annual rountable discussion with the directors who have been buzzed about this awards season. Plus, watch a video showing how insane it is that cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated for 14 Oscars and hasn’t won a single one. And see what Quentin Tarantino‘s Star Trek might look like. Read More »

Saturday Night Live's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Saturday Night Live does a new rendition of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that doesn’t turn out quite as well for Will Smith‘s character. Plus, learn about the first TV superhero named Captain Video, and listen to Roger Deakins talk about making Blade Runner 2049. Read More »

Gosling Blade Runner

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.)

Any review of Blade Runner 2049 is by default a spoiler review. Warner Brothers and director Denis Villeneuve have gone to extreme lengths to keep the majority of details about their sci-fi sequel a secret, including limiting press screenings and issuing stern warnings to the press who did see the film to not reveal anything. This is both a commendable and unfortunate approach. While it’s true that movie marketing tends to give away too much for many films, and going into a film cold can make for a more rewarding experience, the tight-lipped approach to Blade Runner 2049 may have inadvertently doomed it at the box office. Audiences knew so little about the film from its less-than-engaging trailers that they simply didn’t bother to attend.

Which is a shame, because Blade Runner 2049 is one of the very best films of 2017, and one of the most staggering big studio releases you’re likely to come across. How on earth did Denis Villeneuve convince Warner Brothers to let him make a gigantic, foreboding tone poem and dress it up as a Blade Runner sequel? We may never know, and if the film continues to underperform, we may never get so lucky again.

So how about we dive into a Blade Runner 2049 spoiler review and talk about what makes this movie work so well?

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Blade Runner 2049 reviews

The wait was long but the reviews are in, and it’s official: Blade Runner 2049 was worth the wait.

Critics have heaped effusive praise onto Denis Villeneuve‘s visually stunning sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 Blade Runner, calling it enthralling, profound, moody, and (gulp) better than the original. While its near three-hour runtime can cause audiences to balk — and indeed, caused the film to lose some points among critics — Blade Runner 2049 is apparently one of the best sci-fi blockbusters of the decade.

Read some of the Blade Runner 2049 reviews below.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer

The newest Blade Runner 2049 trailer is out, and it reveals more than we’ve seen yet.

The trailer hit the internet after it premiered on Good Morning America, and this is certainly a good morning for us. Not only do we see more of the rich, neon-lit world brought to life by famed cinematographer Roger Deakins, we also get more insight into Officer K’s (Ryan Gosling) mission, and how it leads him to drag Harrison Ford‘s former android-hunting police officer Rick Deckard out of hiding. Plus, we finally know what Dave Bautista is doing.

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Blade Runner 2049

With director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and cinematographer Roger Deakins behind the camera for Blade Runner 2049, you can bet even photos from the Ridley Scott-produced film have a little “wow” factor. Two visionaries stepping into the stunning, highly influential world Scott and his team created 35 years ago – that’s most going to yield some gorgeous results. Based on the trailers and everything we’ve seen so far from the sequel, Deakins and Villeneuve have made the iconic world familiar, new, and even more hostile.

Below, check out the new Blade Runner 2049 photos.

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Blade Runner 2049 featurette

“We want people to look at it and say, ‘Wow that’s a beautiful shot. How did they get it?'” visual effects supervisor John Nelson says in the new featurette for Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

That’s how I spent much of the time watching the featurette, which showcases more of the film’s stunning cinematography, courtesy of Roger Deakins, and establishes Blade Runner 2049 as the most visually breathtaking movie of the year. New footage delves into the story of Officer K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, returning to his famous role), as well as gives us a hint at characters that we hadn’t yet seen.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 featurette below.

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Christopher’s Top 10 Trailers of 2015

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we rank the best trailers that 2015 had to offer.

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the opening of blade runner 2

Blade Runner 2 is aiming to shoot this summer. Years ago the sequel didn’t sound like such a great idea, especially after some Alien fans felt burnt by Ridley Scott‘s return to the Alien universe, Prometheus. Once Scott stepped out of the director’s chair for Blade Runner 2, replaced by director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), the sequel gained more interest from fans. Not all fans, of course, but nobody should write off seeing the third collaboration between Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins, especially after Sicario.

Still, Scott remains heavily involved in the project, and once again, he’s teasing the sequel’s opening sequence.

Read more about it after the jump.

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