When I was a kid, my parents taught me of the intertwined traditional Jewish ideals of “tzedakah,” or charity, and “tikkunolam,” which could be described as the noble and sacred goal of repairing (or improving) the world.
Movies are forever trying to capture the essence of the human spirit, and by that measure, it’s hard to imagine there was ever a story more tailor-made for the movies than the incredible 2010 Chilean mine rescue.
How do we picture the private lives of Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt? If they were to, say, wind along the Mediterranean coast in a top-down convertible with Serge Gainsbourg lilting on the radio, would that do the trick?
On Nov. 13 and 14, for the first time in its 12-year history, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah (a nonprofit community organization I curate) will host an event in Broughton Street’s beautiful, 1,100-seat Trustees Theater.
Mark Ruffalo never walks in “Spotlight.” His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It’s a minor detail, but it’s crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating.
Maybe the Peanuts gang hasn’t been on the big screen in decades because they’ve had so much success on the small one, with specials like “The Great Pumpkin” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that have been annual TV traditions since the 1960s.
Movie lovers in the greater Savannah area have likely become accustomed to hearing about our local branch of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Known as Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah, this noteworthy nonprofit exists to bring the touring version of that fabled Colorado city’s highly respected annual film festival to our own neck of the woods.
They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing.
Do you recognize the name Scott Feinberg? If you answered “no” to that question, you likely aren’t the sort of person who keeps track of the relative ranking in popularity and critical acclaim of contemporary films, theatrical productions or TV series, and the folks who make them.
The first prime-time evening slot of the Savannah Film Festival will be filled by the new British-made historical period piece “Suffragette,” which details the sacrifices of the stunningly brave women activists who risked their jobs, families and their very lives to fight for equality in early 20th-century Britain.
Marc Abraham made his directorial debut with 2008’s “Flash of Genius.” The biopic explored the life of an unlikely subject, Robert Kearns, whose only claim to fame was inventing the intermittent windshield wiper.
David Lang might not be a household name, but he’s about as successful as composers come. Highlighted by a 2008 Pulitzer Prize in music, Lang’s career has seen his works performed more than almost any of his contemporaries.
Meg Ryan is presenting her directorial debut film “Ithaca” at the Savannah Film Festival on Oct. 29 and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award while she’s at it. Several of the film’s stars will also be at the presentation, including Lois Robbins.