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An Introduction to the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Yes, it is crunch time on Chapala, as the city’s proudest and most successful festival operation gears up for another 10 days of film-obsessive activity. Our rich little tourist town will host stars, artistes, craft people, seminars, panels, swanky parties, homegrown filmmakers, and what is, for some of us, the festival’s heart and soul: films from around the globe inviting us to reflect on both the state of the world and the state of the cinematic art form.

Up from the Underground

Yes, it’s well and good that the world at large has come to know the name Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose knock-out performance in Capote is rightfully racking up trophies in the awards season (a Golden Globe and Los Angeles Film Critics Award so far, and an Oscar nomination with good odds for winning).

By George, He’s Got It!

Roger Durling Chats Movies and Life with George Clooney. It’s been quite a year for George Clooney, from writing, directing, and acting in the acclaimed Ed Murrow vs. Senator Joseph McCarthy black-and-white epic Good Night, and Good Luck to his dedicated onscreen work – weight gain, bad injury, and all – in the controversial Syriana, a film about going to war over oil.

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