Ann Hornaday: Talking Pictures

The Chesapeake Film Festival hosts a book signing for Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday on July 16th, 6:30-8:30pm, at Scossa Restaurant & Lounge, 8 N Washington Street, Easton. She will discuss her new book TALKING PICTURES: How to Watch Movies. Kirkus Reviews calls it “user-friendly, nonintimidating guide to appreciating movies.”

$50 for event only, $77.60 for event plus book.

About the book
Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie?

In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie-from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit-and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do?

 

About the author
Ann Hornaday wrote about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, the Baltimore Sun, and other publications before joining the Washington Post in 2002 as film critic. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.