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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 10:23 AM

Top 5
The Tree of Life
The Artist
Hugo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Next tier
War Horse
The Ides of March
The Adjustment Bureau
Jane Eyre

Also enjoyed the cinematography of:
Captain America
Cowboys and Aliens
The Descendants
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Mission Impossible 4
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Super-8
Midnight in Paris

It's been a busy year for me so I haven't seen many films like "Drive" or "J.Edgar", etc.

I notice that the majority of these titles were still shot on film.
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#2 Justin Hayward

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:15 PM

I second all of those, but you really gotta see "Drive"...

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#3 Keith Walters

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

Also enjoyed the cinematography of:
Captain America....

I don't know if you saw it in 3-D, but I couldn't get over how convincing the 3-D effects were, considering it was shot 2-D and converted in Post. After seeing some truly diabolical why-did-they-bother 2-D to 3-D conversions, it certainly changed my opinion of the technique.

I notice that the majority of these titles were still shot on film.


And the 7-8 year old Genesis is still hanging in there!
And in an infamous but now-deleted thread on Reduser they mentioned that Tom Lowe's main man Terrence Malick, is now shooting on the Alexa...

The choice of format is not necessarily about advantages, it's about perceived advantages. And just because somebody (no matter how eminent) perceives an advantage, doesn't mean it's actually there.
The only clear message appears to be that to get anywhere in this industry, one shouldn't get too doctrinaire about formats...
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:21 PM

And in an infamous but now-deleted thread on Reduser they mentioned that Tom Lowe's main man Terrence Malick, is now shooting on the Alexa...

Oh wow that's interesting. I think Tom actually shot for him too in some capacity.

I've got a lot of films to still see, but Drive was great. I've only seen The Tree of Life in your top 5, I"m really keen to see Hugo, that looks particularly great and The Artist just came to my notice too.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:42 AM

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


I assume you mean the remake, as I think the original was released in 2010?

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#6 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:05 PM

Tree of Life
Bellflower
Drive
Harry Potter
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:41 PM

Top 5
The Tree of Life
The Artist
Hugo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy


Great list, David! I was amazed at the sensitivity of the film stocks used in "Tree of Life",
especially considering how sparingly artificial light was used in the film.

This is a look that surpasses that of any digital camera, IMHO, regardless of the ability of
cameras such as the Sony F35 to "see in the dark".

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#8 Keith Walters

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:40 PM

Considering it was shot on film, I wasn't all that impressed with the image quality of Thor when I saw in 3-D in a cinema, (not the one I usually go to I should add). However last night I hired the Blu-Ray (2-D), and there's just no comparison. Now I see what people mean about crap 3-D projection setups; seems like I'd actually encountered one before!
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#9 Keith Walters

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:54 PM

I assume you mean the remake, as I think the original was released in 2010?

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Y'all mean that funny forrin' Scandahoovian thang?
Ah couldn' near understand a single word they sayed!
Uncle Mort wanted to put them fool sub-title thangs on, but Maw gits ornery 'cause cousin Cletus keeps readin' 'em out loud all time. (Iffn' they'd leave 'em on a bit longer, 'twouldn't be so bad).
It's bad enough all them black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
Dagnabbit; we PAID for all them nineteen screen inches; no Eurotrash Reindeer Farmer is gonna fill mah TV with black bars, not I have anythang to do with it!
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#10 Vincenzo Condorelli AIC

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:05 PM

david's list got the best of 2011, starting with "the tree of life", no doubt about that. i'd just add the very fine cinematography of bruno delbonnel (afc,asc) on aleksandr sokulov's "faust" (golden lion in venice 2011) and the excellent job luca bigazzi did on paolo sorrentino's "this must be the place", starring sean penn (as far as i know it will be released in february in the us).

but let me share with you an funny, but meaningful anedoct about "the tree of life": in a theatre in the city of bologna, here in italy, by mistake they screened the second half of the film before the first - in some theatres we still have first half, second half and a break in between so they can sell popcorns & ice screams :) - and it seems the audience enjoyed it regardless of the accidental inversion of the storyline.
this story went on all the national newspapers and i like to believe that the lesson is: the public can still be captured by powerful imagery and magic visuals autonomously from the verbal narrative and sometimes, such as in this case, the imagery stands on its own, providing for most emotions and meanings of the film.

Edited by Vincenzo Condorelli AIC, 11 January 2012 - 08:07 PM.

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#11 Matt Stevens

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:18 PM

WAR HORSE really did it for me. I loved the old fashioned look that brought me back to VistaVision westerns, John Ford, etc.

I was unable SEE both THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA because the screens were so dim, it was projected mud.
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#12 John Holland

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

So "The Searchers" { Only Jonh Ford film in VistaVision ] shot in Devon and no Native Americans ! :rolleyes:
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#13 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:29 PM

One of my favourites this year was Masanobu Takayanagi's work on "Warrior". Also thought Robbie Ryans work on "Wuthering Heights" was great and I thought Rodrigo Prieto's "Biutiful" was some of the best work of the year (it was released early 2011 in the uk). I also loved "Drive". In general this year I found myself seeing far less current releases then usual and spending more time looking at older movies in revival theatres or during festivals.



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#14 Chris Millar

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

but let me share with you an funny, but meaningful anedoct about "the tree of life": in a theatre in the city of bologna, here in italy, by mistake they screened the second half of the film before the first


That's happened here at the local film festival - reel switches of all kinds of iteration are possible

Say you had a 5 reel film sometimes the head a tail labelling can get mixed up when the last cinema put the film back onto spools from platter projection for transport

1-3-2-4-5

Being 'fesitval' films people are prepared for non-linear narrative and jump cuts etc...

(But NOT credits mid way through :lol: )

It's not to far of a stretch to suggest that some films might be better off for it :P
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#15 Vincenzo Condorelli AIC

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:04 PM

That's happened here at the local film festival - reel switches of all kinds of iteration are possible

Say you had a 5 reel film sometimes the head a tail labelling can get mixed up when the last cinema put the film back onto spools from platter projection for transport

1-3-2-4-5

Being 'fesitval' films people are prepared for non-linear narrative and jump cuts etc...

(But NOT credits mid way through :lol: )

It's not to far of a stretch to suggest that some films might be better off for it :P


here the article from vanity fair (the italian edition) reporting about this:

vanity fair italia

they kept screening the mixed up reels for an entire week! :D

going back to topic:

the camera car sequences in "drive" are the most beautifully lit i've ever seen...big congratulations to newton thomas sigel asc.

Edited by Vincenzo Condorelli AIC, 12 January 2012 - 09:04 PM.

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#16 Taylor Fenno

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:11 AM

Great list Mr. Mullen. Definitely agree, and expect the race to be between The Tree of Life and The Artist. My favorite is the former.

Edited by Taylor Fenno, 13 January 2012 - 11:11 AM.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:19 AM

I love the work of Janusz Kaminski, still need to see War Horse, but i think it will be my number one for 2011!
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 10:09 AM

So "The Searchers" { Only Jonh Ford film in VistaVision ] shot in Devon and no Native Americans ! :rolleyes:

I said John Ford and VisaVision. So John Ford films. And films shot in VistaVision. Excuse me for not being clear enough for you and your high horse.
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#19 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 05:45 PM

TOP 5:

"The Tree of Life" - Emmanuel Lubezki
"Jane Eyre" - Adriano Goldman
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" - Hoyte Van Hoytema
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" - Jeff Cronenweth
"The Artist" - Guillaume Schiffman

NEXT TIER:

"Drive" - Newton Thomas Sigel


ALSO LIKED:

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - Andrew Lesnie
"The Skin I live in" - José Luis Alcaine
"Super 8" - Larry Fong
"Midnight in Paris" - Darius Khondji
"The Thing" - Michel Abramowicz

HAVEN'T SEEN YET:

"War Horse", "J. Edgar", "Hugo", "Ides of March", "Adjustement Bureau", "The Descendants"...
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#20 keith hamley

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

Stephen i agree with you with warrior loved the run and gun cinematography and the intensity of it. The colour palette was great too.

I havent seen tree of life yet.. is it really outstanding? i love chivo's work.

I think Drive is amazing and has beautiful cinematography especially in the car garage when he finds his friend..... won't spoil it, but it has a lovely colour of deep yellow and rays of sun flagged looked soo good.

Super 8 was great anamorphic loads but loved it.. made me feel young again.

But for me the Warrior and Drive. Alexa performed well only camera i think that stands out in digital world, beats red in all honestly and many aspects..
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