Seconds

“Time for a change."

James Wong Howe shot color films very well, but it was his black-and-white cinematography that he was really known for. He won two Oscars for his B&W cinematography and played with many techniques that influenced filmmakers and cinematographers long after he was gone. The camera work on John Frankenheimer’s 1966 film “Seconds” is no exception. It fits the tone of the film perfectly, creating a sense of unease and discomfort quite often. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish our B&W cinematography of James Wong Howe with Frankenheimer’s “Seconds.” We talk about the camerawork (paired with the editing) and how it works — or doesn’t work — for us in this thriller. We chat about the talent, notably Rock Hudson, John Randolph, Salome Jens, Will Geer, Murray Hamilton and Jeff Corey, and what they bring to the table. We discuss what works and what doesn’t work for us in this unique sci-fi story. And we touch on Jerry Goldsmith’s music and how much we love — or hate — it in this film. It’s a bit of a divisive conversation this week, but a very fun one. Tune in!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: The Stanford Prison Experiment — “Having discussed Zimbardo’s experiment in our documentary ’The Joe Show,’ I was super excited to see the trailer for this film. The experiment is a frightening piece of American history and of the history of the psychology field, and it looks like they captured this very well. I can’t wait."

Pete’s Trailer: Extinction — “Well, it’s a zombie flick so I pretty much have to pick it. But Matthew Fox I like, and Jeffrey Donovan we know from Burn Notice. I’ll give those guys a shot in an arctic apocalypse, sure."