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MOVIE ADS FOR ‘CITIZEN KANE’, HOLLYWOOD CANDIDS AND MORE

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I am a sucker for old movie ads, so the new book The Art of Selling Movies (GoodKnight Press) is manna from heaven as far as I’m concerned. What makes it more than a mere compendium of clippings is the…

RARE SILENT FILMS STREAMING ONLINE—FOR FREE

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Imagine having a world-class film archive at your fingertips, free of charge. Back in 2000, The National Film Preservation Foundation marked a milestone by releasing a DVD set called Treasures from American Film Archives. It was honored by the…

THE BEST FILMS AND PERFORMANCES YOU MISSED IN 2016 Pt. 2

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How do good movies manage to slip through the cracks? Sometimes a distributor hasn’t spent enough money on advertising and promotion. It may be that the reviews aren’t strong enough. And sometimes people just aren’t attracted to a particular…

THE BEST FILMS AND PERFORMANCES YOU MISSED IN 2016 Pt. 1

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Most avid movie fans I know spend January seeing the year-end releases that are being talked up for awards. I propose an alternative: why not seek out good films and great performances that the award-givers have overlooked? Almost all…

SPECTACULAR MOVIE BOOKS

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I recently wrote about a new book from Taschen publishers that has the heft of an actual coffee table. The Walt Disney Archives is not only an imposing and rewarding book but takes the prize for sheer heft this…

VISITING JOHNNY MERCER’S MOON RIVER

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No visit to Savannah, Georgia is complete without paying tribute to one of the city’s favorite sons, songwriter supreme Johnny Mercer. Although he won four Academy Awards (for “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “In the Cool,…

GOOD MOVIES, GOOD PEOPLE, GOOD FOOD IN SAVANNAH

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When was the last time two perfect strangers stopped you on the street in front of a movie theater and struck up a conversation? That’s par for the course for me at the Savannah Film Festival where my wife…

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