The State of the Industry at the Mill Valley Film Festival

This year's Mill Valley Film Festival closed Sunday. My last event happened Saturday, and it wasn't even a movie. It was a panel discussion on the State of the Industry. The question of the day was "Can anything beyond blockbusters succeed in theaters?" If you care about the theatrical experience, that's important. Sure, I watch … Continue reading The State of the Industry at the Mill Valley Film Festival

To Pixar and Beyond: Animating the business end of filmmaking

You'd expect a book on the history of Pixar to include lots of drawings, models, and frame blowups. But you'll find only words in Lawrence Levy's To Pixar and Beyond:┬áMy Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. But then, To Pixar and Beyond is not about animation, design, or storytelling. It's not even … Continue reading To Pixar and Beyond: Animating the business end of filmmaking

The Interview at the New Parkway (Spoiler: The theater didn’t blow up)

I haven't written anything yet about The Interview and its assorted release problems. Why should I? Everyone else has already written about it. Besides, I was on vacation. Now I'm back. Sunday night, my wife and I saw Kim Jong Un's least favorite movie at the New Parkway. Perhaps it was a case of lowered … Continue reading The Interview at the New Parkway (Spoiler: The theater didn’t blow up)