An expensive festival gets an encore, while CBS Films is scrutinized after a pair of lackluster movies
In this morning’s roundup of Hollywood news ‘n’ notes from around the web, an expensive festival gets an encore, and CBS Films is scrutinized after a pair of lackluster movies.
Steven Zeitchik, meanwhile, thinks that the TCM festival could be a “glimpse into the future of movie-going,” pointing a way toward “making the film-going experience unique and even exciting.” I agree in principle – the programming was a cool potpourri of classics, and the lineup of special guests was a kick – but I suspect that Zeitchik didn’t pay for the screenings he attended. For the general public, the TCM fest was more problematic: its website pushed full-festival passes that started at $499, or more than $100 a day for the four-day lineup; for moviegoers who didn’t want to shell out that much, it (reluctantly, it seemed) pointed out individual tickets, if available, were $20 and $30 apiece. If that’s a glimpse into the future, moviegoing’s about to get a lot more elite, which shouldn’t be the idea. (24 Frames)
Halfway through the Tribeca Film Festival, Howard Feinstein surveys the action. He’s got serious qualms about the whole enterprise – particularly the “umbrella organization,” which he finds is modeled after a Hollywood studio, is more L.A. than New York, and is unnecessarily besotted with big names. But he found some movies he liked: Alex Gibney’s “My Trip to Al-Qaeda,” Keith Bearden’s “Meet Monica Velour,” and particularly Dana Adam Shapiro’s “Monogamy,” the first narrative feature from the director of the documentary “Murderball.” (Filmmaker Magazine)