When Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni made the move to Manhattan from Los Angeles this past January, he wasn’t worrying about finding a good rental opportunity. After all, without really having to search, he was already set up quite nicely at 580 Broadway after a few months renovation. In a real estate deal said to go off with minimum hassle, Cioni’s Light Iron had taken the eighth floor space held by OffHollywood’s post-production operations, which included a sleek digital intermediates grading theater.
[Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to introduce Bob Gibbons as Digital Cinema Report’s new film critic. He’s a longtime industry friend and, as a passionate movie lover, has been reviewing films online and in newspapers for many years. This is a list of releases from January through June of 2013 that he previously reviewed. His reviews of current releases will appear here regularly. We hope you enjoy them and welcome your comments.]
In a year when there seemed to be an exceptional number of good movies to choose from whittling this list down to a dozen was no easy challenge. But that’s why I get the big bucks. Here in no particular order are what I consider to be the twelve best movies of 2012. In an upcoming Report I’ll offer what I thought were the twelve best independent films of 2012.
Film producer Richard Middleton (The Artist, Hitchcock), and stage producer Mitchell Maxwell (Damn Yankees, Stomp! Mamet's Oleanna, Dinner with Friends) have announced that they will simultaneously produce David Marlett's script, Blue Highway. Marlett will direct the film and co-direct the play with Maxwell.
Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning producer Jon Landau will keynote the National Association of Broadcasters Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas. The Summit is co-produced by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Landau, who has produced the two highest grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic, is likely to cover several topics – 3D, 4K, High Frame Rates, Motion Capture – but his key message will be that nothing is more important as good storytelling. As he says, “Technology has never made a bad movie good.”
To understand the current state of independent art house cinemas in the United States, a good place to start would be downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, where within a stone’s throw of each other sit the majestic Michigan Theatre and the smaller State Theatre.