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Side by Side (2012)



Critic Consensus: Keanu Reeves proves a groovy guide through this informative exploration of how technology is transforming cinema, with an even-handed defense for both the old and the new.

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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and many more. -- (C) Tribeca

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Keanu Reeves
as Keanu Reeves
David Lynch
as David Lynch
Martin Scorsese
as Martin Scorsese
George Lucas
as George Lucas
Lars von Trier
as Lars von Trier
Richard Linklater
as Richard Linklater
James Cameron
as James Cameron
Christopher Nolan
as Christopher Nolan
Michael Ballhaus
as Michael Ballhaus
Danny Boyle
as Danny Boyle
Lena Dunham
as Lena Dunham
Wally Pfister
as Wally Pfister
David Fincher
as David Fincher
Greta Gerwig
as Greta Gerwig
Reed Morano
as Reed Dawson Morano
Steven Soderbergh
as Steven Soderbergh
Vilmos Zsigmond
as Vilmos Zsigmond
Adam Valdez
as Adam Valdez
Jonathan Fawkner
as Jonathan Fawkner
Michael Chapman
as Michael Chapman
Don Ciana
as Don Ciana
John Mathieson
as John Mathieson
Vittorio Storaro
as Vittorio Storaro
Terry Haggar
as Terry Haggar
Andrzej Bartkowiak
as Andrzej Bartkowiak
David G. Stump
as David G. Stump
Stefan Sonnenfeld
as Stefan Sonnenfeld
Dick Pope
as Dick Pope
Jill Bogdanowicz
as Jill Bogdanowicz
Sandi Sissel
as Sandi Sissel
Tim Stipan
as Tim Stipan
Jost Vocano
as Jost Vocano
Geoff Boyle
as Geoff Boyle
David Tattersall
as David Tattersall
Dion Beebe
as Dion Beebe
Phil Méheux
as Phil Meheux
Charles Herzfeld
as Charles Herzfeld
Alec Shapiro
as Alec Shapiro
Jim Jannard
as Jim Jannard
Ted Schilowitz
as Ted Schilowitz
Bruce Dorn
as Bruce Dorn
Anthony Dod Mantle
as Anthony Dod Mantle
Shruti Ganguly
as Shruti Ganguly
Jason Kliot
as Jason Kliot
Glenn Kennel
as Glenn Kennel
Ellen Kuras
as Ellen Kuras
Caroline Kaplan
as Caroline Kaplan
Vincent Pace
as Vincent Pace
Darnell Martin
as Darnell Martin
Steve Schklair
as Steve Schklair
Joel Schumacher
as Joel Schumacher
John Malkovich
as John Malkovich
Barry Levinson
as Barry Levinson
Michael Goi
as Michael K. Goi
Thomas Rothman
as Thomas Rothman
Michael L. Phillips
as Michael L. Phillips
Gary Einhaus
as Gary Einhaus
Edward Stratmann
as Edward Stratmann
Walter Murch
as Walter Murch
Craig Wood
as Craig Wood
Dennis Muren
as Dennis Muren
Derek Ambrosi
as Derek Ambrosi
Anne V. Coates
as Anne V. Coates
Chris Lebenzon
as Chris Lebenzon
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
as Lorenzo Di Bonaventura
John Knoll
as John Knoll
Tim Webber
as Tim Webber
Jost Vacano
as Jost Vacano
Ari Presler
as Ari Presler
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Critic Reviews for Side by Side

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (29)

The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.

September 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is route-one stuff.No serious film enthusiast will, however, want to miss Side by Side.

February 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due.

February 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.

February 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's sweet and sparkling, as glassfuls of thought are provided by James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh and other champagne cinematic cerebra.

February 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Side by Side

Side by Side explores the question of film's worth in an increasingly digital future. It all boils down to the simple fact that even if the format changes, the medium is only as good as the artist's ability to manipulate it to tell a story. Some filmmakers swear by film. Others by digital. But ultimately, it's the quality of the work that matters. A great documentary.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Insightful all the way through, "Side By Side" is a great documentary, filled with tons of well-known celebrities as they talk about their thoughts on the conversion from digital filmmaking and the future of the industry. There are times, although they are different opinions, that the same thing is repeated, because there is only so much you can have an opinion on about this. Let's face it, old-fashioned filmmaking, and things of the like, will inevitably die out within the next decade, and probably sooner. Most directors believe this to be the end of cinema, but I believe we are in a rut that will take a while to get out of, because we are having trouble finding the absolute best talent out there, or just settling for middle of the road. This was very interesting to watch, due to the classic directors speaking their minds on the matter, but truthfully, once they are gone, film will be dumber and dumber. So yes I am scared for the industry, because film has such a huge impact on society, but the world goes how it goes, and sometimes it is not controllable. To me, that is what this film's message really was. I really loved watching "Side By Side," and I highly recommend fans of any genre of film to watch this.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Keanu Reeves brings together a boatload of Hollywood's finest to discuss the physical and ideological issues facing cinema. It may try to force too much information into too little time if you don't know about the history and technology of film, but this documentary romanticizes the art with such passion and finesse that it stands as a reaffirmation of the power of movies and the importance of understanding their history and possible future.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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