Side by Side

31side-1346278018889-thumbstandard Keanu Reeves produced and narrates this engaging documentary about the history of digital cinema technology and its vast impact on the movie industry. Despite the digital takeover, many fans still embrace the unique qualities of celluloid film.
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Netflix Rating: 3.9
NYT Critics' Pick
“Side by Side," with Keanu Reeves, revels in the quickly changing technical side of filmmaking. Read the review
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A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac).
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
There is great flux in this world, as Side by Side so entertainingly demonstrates, and where it's all headed is both discomforting and exhilarating. Stay tuned.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
An unapologetically serious, geek-friendly documentary, it talks pixels, grain, depth of field and other technical concerns with a variety of directors, cinematographers, special-effects wizards and more.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
A surprisingly accessible documentary about an often very technical subject - the revolution surrounding Hollywood's rapid conversion from 35mm film to digital technologies.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
"Side by Side" is a kind of eulogy for celluloid, beginning with some of the most famous images committed to film: "A Trip to the Moon," "Citizen Kane," "The Wizard of Oz."
John Hartl, Seattle Times  full review
For a film geek this movie is absolute heaven, a dream symposium in which directors, cinematographers, editors and a few actors gather to opine on the details of their craft.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
Alas, if you're someone who enjoys movies as, say, a two-hour escape, you may find this documentary on the death of film at digital's hands a bit too inside baseball.
Scott Bowles, USA Today  full review
Film enthusiasts especially will appreciate this wonky but fascinating documentary about the process of making movies.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
A meditation on the ways that art and technology flow into each other.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
Even disinterested viewers will have complicated feelings about the aesthetic, practical, and philosophical questions director Chris Kenneally poses about his subject.
Michelle Orange, Village Voice  full review
You can feel the future, even if some of what you feel is worrying.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
Keanu Reeves is an astute and witty interviewer in Chris Kenneally's vital film. No true movie junkie is going to want to miss Side by Side.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
"Side by Side" is a handy overview of recent seismic changes occurring within the industry and unexpectedly essential viewing.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times  full review
The situation is fascinating, and given an illuminating investigation here.
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal  full review
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