Roger Deakins, the veteran cinematographer, has shot what many call the most gorgeous James Bond film yet: “Skyfall,” directed by Sam Mendes. Here are five examples of Deakins’ best work:
v “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001): One of my favorite films from Joel and Ethan Coen, and one that’s underappreciated compared to the better-known “Fargo” or “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Deakins photographed this darkly comic homage to film noir in lushly beautiful, striking black and white.
v “No Country for Old Men” (2007): This is the Coens’ masterpiece, and it allowed Deakins to bring the harshly beautiful, seemingly endless expanse of scrub-brushed West Texas vividly to life.
v “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (2007): Deakins bathes everything with a soft, warm sense of nostalgia and melancholy, which may seem like an unusual choice given the violent subject matter. But the result is disarming and inspired.
v “Jarhead” (2005): Deakins created some powerfully dramatic visuals here in his first collaboration with Mendes (they’d also work together on 2008’s “Revolutionary Road”), based on the true story of Marines who fought in Operation Desert Storm, with Jake Gyllenhaal serving as our guide.
v “A Serious Man” (2009): The look of this film is so lovely and dreamlike, it draws you in. Deakins’ often surreal cinematography adds to the off-kilter mood.
“Mankind — The Story of All of Us” (9 p.m., History): Josh Brolin narrates the crazily ambitious “Mankind: The Story of All of Us,” a 12-part miniseries covering the entire history of the human race. Sounds like a laborious homework assignment to us.
“Parenthood” (10:01 P.M., NBC): We’ve learned our lesson: Never watch “Parenthood” without a box of industrial-strength tissues at hand. Tonight’s episode finds Adam and Kristina (Peter Krause, Monica Potter) trying to juggle the demands of daily life with her breast-cancer treatment.
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TAG to show art from area collectors
Trumbull Art Gallery, 196-8 E. Market St., will present an exhibition of works from the collections of regional art afficionados.
The exhibition includes rarely seen masterpieces from private homes that have never before been collected under one roof. It will open Saturday and run through Dec. 22. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Film focuses on famed glass artist
Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) showcases the work of renowned glass artist Paul Stankard in its new production, “Paul Stankard Glass at the Akron Art Museum,” which will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday. The documentary captures the essence of Stankard’s intricate paperweights and features discussion with him. It also includes a visit to the Akron Art Museum to view the world’s largest public collection of Stankard’s work.