Category: Arts & Culture

A few thoughts on shopping — and working — on Thanksgiving day

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday — just a time to get together with friends and family, to eat, to relax, and to reflect. Thankfully, no one in my family has ever considered shopping on Black Friday, unless it’s…

Twitter vs. Facebook

A really interesting post today by Ezra Klein at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Why do journalists prefer Twitter to Facebook? From the piece: The fact that so many journalists are on Twitter has made Twitter incredibly professionally valuable to journalists.…

“A Room with a View”: a review and reconsideration

After Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) tells her fiance Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) that the wedding is off, she walks confidently upstairs, leaving him stunned and directionless. But the camera doesn’t cut away at that moment. We see Cecil gather…

Savannah Dance Festival presents Alex Ketley’s “No Hero” on Saturday at the Jepson

I’ve written a lot about Savannah’s potential as a hub for modern dance, so I’m thrilled that the Savannah Dance Festival is presenting No Hero, a piece by choreographer Alex Ketley that will be performed by dancers from his company…

“Philomena”: a review from the Savannah Film Festival

Since seeing Philomena last night at the Savannah Film Festival, I’ve been asking myself how it could have been better. And I’m stumped. Philomena is pretty much a perfect film. The story follows the quest of Philomena Lee to find…

“About Time”: a Savannah Film Festival review

The big heart of About Time largely makes up for the movie’s illogic. Films about time travel invariably have plot holes or problems, but About Time‘s characters are so compelling and its pace so pleasant that it’s easy to get…

“Seduced and Abandoned”: a review from the Savannah Film Festival

Film buffs and industry insiders will likely be enthralled by many of the interviews and clips in the new documentary from James Toback and Alec Baldwin, Seduced and Abandoned. (Toback is the credited director and writer on IMDB, but it…

The time Jeremy Irons met Claus von Bulow . . .

After a screening of Adrian Lyne’s 1997 Lolita on Monday afternoon at the Savannah Film Festival, Jeremy Irons took the stage of the Lucas Theatre for about half an hour of fascinating questions and answers. SCAD prof Chris Auer moderated…

A few tweets from the Savannah Film Festival – pics of Jeremy Irons, Norman Reedus, Miles Teller

In my City Talk column coming out tomorrow (Tuesday), I write a little about the increasing role of social media in terms of PR and publicity for the Savannah Film Festival. Here’s just a very small sampling of tweets from…

Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska”: a review from the Savannah Film Festival

Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska starts as a road movie, with a father and son going from Billings to Lincoln. The kind and directionless David (Will Forte) has decided to indulge his father Woody (Bruce Dern), who is struggling with…

Julian Sands brings “A Room with a View” to the Savannah Film Festival

SCAD announced the news quietly last week on the Savannah Film Festival Facebook page, so I’m not sure word has really gotten around that actor Julian Sands is coming to town. He’s not being officially honored like Jeremy Irons and…

Casting agency claims filming for Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” has been pushed to September

I’ve reported off and on here for months about the likelihood of Ben Affleck filming much of his next film Live by Night here in Savannah. Affleck will be producer, director, writer, and star of the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s…

Bay Street Theatre’s “The Rocky Horror Show”: #winning

On Sunday evening, there were quite a number of “virgins” at the Bay Street Theatre production of The Rocky Horror Show. The Sunday show was open to all ages, so no surprise that a large number of the young people…

Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” now casting extras in Savannah and Brunswick

UPDATE 10/25: The casting agency now claims that filming has been pushed to September 14th. Click here for the latest post. With the filming of SpongeBob SquarePants 2 wrapping up soon, there’s more good news on the horizon for the…