A loosely curated amalgamation of different and opposing viewpoints about the world of cinema, both celluloid and digital, Side by Side exhumes the ripple effects that affect everyone from actors and set crew to the post-production teams and audiences. Robert Rodriguez summarizes it best during the film when he says, "Technology pushes the art, and art pushes technology." 3.5 stars
Vital watching for anyone venturing into filmmaking. I particularly aligned to the subjects who highlighted digital video as an aesthetic choice, rather than a would-be celluloid replacement. The conversation with Richard Linklater around the discipline and pressure of shooting on film being lost with digital workflows ("You can create that if you want it, right?") was particularly inspiring.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. An interesting documentary where excellent arguments by equally great directors and cinematographers, etc are made in favor of both digital and celluloid filmmaking. It definitely gives the viewer a lot to consider and many of the arguments actually kind of frightened and saddened me.
Fascinating, well informed, balanced and swings from one side of the argument to the other, making a convincing case for both. While celluloid is still the golden key for me, it really shows the advances digital can bring, as well as the key role companies like RED like hold.
Gave me no information I didn't already know about the basic argument between digital and film, aside from very specific details about cameras or whatever. Seeing the filmmakers reactions to Keanu Reeves was hilarious. Needed more Lynch and more Lars. Some cool stuff, but nothing insightful. Definitely could have been cut down to an hour, or even less.
A pretty decent doco on the transition from celluloid to digital acquisition and projection. Keanu Reeves does the interviewing here and keeps things on track, energetic and off the cuff. It's refreshing to hear some of the film industry's pioneering directors and cinematographers speak openly and with candour. Nothing really new for me but nice to see it presented in a concise and linear fashion. 3 stars
What a brilliant achievement in filmmaking! Keanu Reeves brilliantly narrates this stunning documentary, which takes an in depth look into the film/digital revolution. To sum this film up perfectly would be to call it porn for cinema lovers!