Thursday, July 18, 2013

Side by Side

Side by Side is a documentary directed by Christopher Kenneally, hosted by Keanu Reeves (who come off as engaging and knowledgeable), and featuring interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan and many others, that explores the history of film construction with a focus on the digital revolution of the last two decades that has overtaken the industry. I found the film worthwhile for how in-depth its technical knowledge was (learning the inner aspects of both kinds of cameras was fascinating) but it does grow redundant and it's a little disheartening to hear so many of these filmmaking masters sing the praises of digital while mourning, and in several instances panning the use of celluloid.