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FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA SALUTES HIS TEACHER, DOROTHY ARZNER

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It isn’t often that Hollywood studios take the time and trouble to celebrate their history. That’s why Thursday’s event at Paramount Pictures was significant: following a company tradition dating back several decades, a building was named for pioneering director Dorothy Arzner.…

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…

A WORLD OF DISCOVERY AT FANTASTIC FEST

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If you didn’t know better you might think that an event called Fantastic Fest simply shows horror, sci-if and fantasy films, attracting a crowd of geeky genre fans. What makes this annual gathering in Austin, Texas so special is…

Age is Just a Number at the TCM Festival

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I’m still recovering from the TCM Classic Film Festival this past weekend, where I hosted ten events…but I suspect that some of the people I interviewed are doing just fine because they seem to have limitless energy, not to…

Engaging With Film At Ebertfest

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I love attending film festivals away from home, so I can immerse myself completely. I think I know, by now, what makes for a successful one: a good location, interesting films, equally interesting guests, and an engaged audience. Roger…

Launching A Film Festival—In Style

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It takes a lot of work to run, let alone launch, a film festival, but this past weekend the Coronado Island Film Festival made its debut and scored a remarkable home run. I was asked to be honorary jury…

The Oscars Always Offer a Surprise or Two

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I studiously avoid the word “shoo-in” when asked to predict the nominees, although I might have caved this year when it came to Leonardo DiCaprio. (I started hearing that he was “a lock” for Best Actor back in June.…

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