Last night I saw Searching for Mr. Rugoff, an important documentary about the business of independent cinema. It will screen tonight, at 6:45, at the Roxie. I don't know when it will screen, or stream, again. If you love independent cinema, you must watch this film. Which is why I am writing a short, and … Continue reading Catch Mr. Rugoff tonight!
Note: I have made errors in this article. You'll find them below. Movie theaters have been dark for almost two months now. It's hard on cinephiles, but it's much harder on the people who own, manage, and work in these palaces of the imagination. Independent distributors and art house cinemas have found a way to … Continue reading Virtual Cinema: Is it helping the theaters?
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
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: My 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
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)
I don't like talking about "The Good Old Days." Things change, and in the cinematic art--so heavily dependent on technology and money--they change a lot. In some ways, things are always improving. In others, they're inevitably getting worse. But consider these films: The Crowd Citizen Kane Bonnie and Clyde 2001: A Space Odyssey Midnight Cowboy … Continue reading The Problem With Hollywood Today
I spend Sunday at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Here's what I saw and what I thought about it: New Movies Lab: Industry Panel I started the day not with a movie, but with a panel discussion on how independent filmmakers can promote their films and get people to see them. Much of it concentrated … Continue reading My Day at the Mill Valley Film Festival