With so many sites offering good reading it’s easy to miss out on some. That’s why I want to spotlight Eat Drink Films!, the weekly online magazine devised by my longtime friend Gary Meyer, who also serves as Senior Curator for the Telluride Film Festival. As someone who enjoys food and drink as well as movies, Gary developed the idea for an entity that would exist online and also sponsor live events for like-minded people. You’ll find recipes, restaurant recommendations, and tie-ins with culinary-minded movies like The Hundred-Foot Journey and The Trip to Italy.
Gary serves as editor, gathering good writing from a wide variety of sources (mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives), but he’s just written a moving, highly personal piece about Robin Williams, “home town boy.” It offers a perspective on the late, great performer that sets it apart from the many other tributes he’s received.
I also want to cite two other pieces I’ve especially enjoyed in the past month: Eddie Muller, prolific author and driving force behind the Film Noir Foundation, wrote a wonderful profile of jazz bassist Charlie Haden, based on his own encounters with the late, great musician. (If you don’t know his beautiful album of music from film noir, Always Say Goodbye, you really should.)
And Pixar animation veteran Bill Kinder contributed an excellent piece about Mary Blair, inspired by the exhibit of her work at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Bill called on Pixar’s brilliant art director Ralph Eggleston for expert guidance in understanding Blair’s unique contribution to the Disney legacy.
I daresay you’ll always find something worth reading at Eat Drink Films!
Another site that always pays dividends is John Bengtson’s Silent Locations blog. Even though he’s completed three books on the shooting sites used by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, (Silent Traces, Silent Echoes, and Silent Visions) he continues to make new discoveries every month. The spur for his latest exploration of Old Los Angeles is Flicker Alley’s new release of vintage Charlie Chaplin shorts. Yes, one hundred years after the fact John has used such newfangled devices as Google Earth to help him verify the neighborhoods, streets and houses Chaplin and Mack Sennett used as their natural backdrops for comedy shorts. I’ve posted one mind-blowing example here to whet your appetite. I can’t get enough of this fodder.