Category Archives: Highlights

TIFF 2017: Great Films In An Amazing City

TIFF 2017: Great Films In An Amazing City

My love affair with TIFF and Toronto continues. I feel extremely lucky to be able to attend a major festival in such a friendly and vibrant city. By happy accident, the majority of our screenings this year took place in our favorite theaters in Toronto-the Elgin, the Princess of Wales (now called the Visa ScreeningContinue Reading

Special Feature- Book Review: Storytelling For Pantsers

Special Feature- Book Review: Storytelling For Pantsers

There are writers who outline and stick closely to that outline throughout the writing process. And, then, there are writers who follow a different, and equally valid, creative process. Writers in the second category feel stifled by outlines, preferring their stories to develop with greater spontaneity. Thanks to Annalisa Parent, now there is a nameContinue Reading

Highlights For Week Ending September 3. 2017

Highlights For Week Ending September 3. 2017

THINKING CINEMA GOES TO TIFF! We’re heading to Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival next week. Thinking Cinema will return on September 22 with capsule reviews of all films viewed and a report on the festival experience. Are you an aspiring novelist? If so, you may be interested in a special feature on SeptemberContinue Reading

Highlights For Week Ending May 7, 2017

Highlights For Week Ending May 7, 2017

CHANGE OF TITLE FOR THE BLEEDER On February 23, 2017, Thinking Cinema reviewed The Bleeder. This is a biopic of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, a major inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. The film’s distributors have retitled the film Chuck. It will release in the U.S. on May 5, 2017. It also releases in BrazilContinue Reading

Highlights For Week Ending April 16, 2017

Highlights For Week Ending April 16, 2017

FILM AND SCREENWRITING CLASSES AT BALTIMORE’S JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY! Yale professor Marc Lapadula will teach two seminars at Johns Hopkins University: APRIL 15, 2017: IT’S BLACK-AND-WHITE! THE GREATEST COMEDY AND FILM THRILLER Join Marc for a screenings of Some Like it Hot and Psycho, which will be followed by lecture and audience discussion. APRIL 29,Continue Reading

Highlights For Week Ending November 13, 2016

Highlights For Week Ending November 13, 2016

COMPOSER BEN MODEL PROVIDES LIVE SCORE FOR 1927 DeMILLE FILM CHICAGO On Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 pm, composer Ben Model will perform at McLean, Virginia’s Alden Theatre, improvising a live score for the 1927 Cecil B. DeMille film Chicago. Mr. Model will be joined by film historian Bruce Lawton. For further details:¬†http://mcleancenter.org/alden-theatre/performance/icalrepeat.detail/2016/11/16/1522/-/classics-of-the-silent-screen-chicago

Thinking Cinema Goes To TIFF!

Thinking Cinema Goes To TIFF!

There will not be a newsletter for the next two weeks, as I will be in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival. When I return, I will write a special post which includes mini-reviews of all films seen. Look for it on September 23.