You can feel it in the air: The decorations, the shopping, the TV production of a live musical… We have fully entered the “holiday season” (we even have some movie suggestions to get you in the spirit). But instead of just looking ahead toward the coming festive weeks, we still took the time to look back at the past seven days to collect some of the must-read film news and writings that the internet had to offer. Our early gift to you, dear readers!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of December 5, 2016)

Film Festival Directors Discuss State of Cinema (via Robert Koehler for Variety)
The movie biz in 2016 from a festival perspective.

Buried in the can: 12 films that (almost) no one has ever seen (via The A.V. Club)
Are you one of the lucky few to have laid eyes on Jerry Lewis’s Holocaust clown drama?

“I Loved John. I Miss Him a Lot.” Peter Bogdanovich Reminisces on His Friend John Cassavetes (via John Gallagher for MovieMaker Magazine)
A peek into the friendship of the filmmakers-slash-actors.

Movies could hit iTunes after just two weeks in theaters (via Kwame Opam for The Verge)
Apple’s newest release strategy (for world domination).

Are Indie Films the Future of Awards Season? (via Jack Smart for Backstage)
How to differentiate indies from non-indies during awards season.

The Year’s Most Captivating Film Performances (via Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott for The New York Times Magazine)
From amateurs to A-listers, which actors wowed the Times critics this year?

Idiocracy, Last Tango in Paris, and 11 Other Entertainments Ruined by 2016 (via Nathan Rabin for Vanity Fair)
Not even movies can escape 2016 unscathed.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

Filmmaker Interview: Katie Holmes, director/star of All We Had
We were lucky enough to talk to Katie Holmes about her feature directorial debut!


New Releases

Movies from our December Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

David Ehrlich’s Best Films of 2016 Montage (via Vimeo)

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2016: A VIDEO COUNTDOWN from David Ehrlich on Vimeo.

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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