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REWIND | SBIFF2019 : “A thousand miles behind,” “Peel,” “Zulu Summer,” and “Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America”

Some parting words about the recently-featured Santa Barbara Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. | The 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) ended over a week ago but organizers of this fete of movies, celebrities and all things cinema have already announced the 2020 iteration will be bumped up a bit next year to Jan. 15-25, which may put it in direct competition with other festivals like Sundance. No matter, as the 2019 version closed out with ... more >

Farewell, Bruno Ganz

Talk about coincidence. Or premonition. A few days ago, getting ready for a trip to Lisbon, I remembered the great Alain Tanner film “In the White City” (“Dans la ville blanche” in the French original; 1983) and watched it on You Tube. Bruno Ganz was fabulous as always, as the AWOL ship mechanic, not easy as he spends the entire time going up and down steps in the Alfama or mailing letters and ... more >

BAFTAS 2019 : “Roma” and “The Favorite” celebrated, the rest fight for the crumbs

“Roma,” a Netflix production, triumphed on Sunday at the British film awards (BAFTA) by earning the Best Film and, for Alfonso Cuaron, in the director’s chair, the Best Director awards, further cementing Netflix’s unmistakably-strong place in the filmed entertainment industry. Although several Netflix series have won awards, in recent years, Netflix has never known so resounding a victory as ... more >

Albert Finney, British actor and five-time Oscar nominee, dies at 82

Finney, one of the greatest, is gone but images from his tremendous cinema resume come flooding our memory. The role in Arthur in “Saturday night and Sunday morning” (1960) of course, his heavy working-class features immediately making cinema history, and from then on and on, in an extraordinary variety of parts. My favorite, of course, remains Sir in “The Dresser” (1983) alongside long-suffering ... more >

TALKING SBIFF 2019 : Viggo Mortensen, Josh Lucas, and newcomer Paula Reca

"Murderous Trance," "Tampoco Tan Grandes" and Mortensen wins "American Riviera Award"

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Santa Barbara, often referred to as the “American Riviera,” is hosting its 34th film festival this week, replete with the typical red-carpet events and world premieres of films from around the globe. Yes, Melissa McCarthy, Spike Lee, Claire Foy and other high-wattage stars have been seen here this week, but in addition to appearances by those A-listers, numerous filmmakers ... more >

Richard Stanley is back in the saddle again, will direct “Color out of space,” starring Nicolas Cage

He hasn't directed anything in twenty years

SpectreVision, the genre division of Company X and ACE Pictures, announced today that principal photography will begin next month on “Color out of space.” Starring Nicolas Cage, the film will be directed by Richard Stanley, this is his first feature in more than twenty years. Based on the novella by H.P. Lovecraft, “Color out of space” will reunite Cage with SpectreVision, the company behind the ... more >

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“Laws of the lizard”

New documentary from the Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel will air the documentary “Laws of the Lizard” tonight, which follows biologist/filmmakers seeking to explain more about the “backyard lizard” known as the anole.  The doc is co-directed by filmmaker Nate Dappen, a Washington, D.C.-area filmmaker who grew up not far from the Smithsonian institution itself. “As a child, I spent a lot of my free time in the woods, catching ... more >