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)

The Problem With Hollywood Today

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

My Day at the Mill Valley Film Festival

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