In the San Francisco Chronicle, Ruthe Stein reports from the San Francisco International Film Festival, transcribing many of Brad Bird‘s interesting thoughts on the state of cinema and the theatrical experience. In Wired magazine this month, Steve Silberman writes about how George Lucas is really an avant-garde filmmaker at heart, and how he’s lost his way in all this new tech and whatever. We’ll be honest, we only read the first two paragraphs â€”’ Wired articles always seem to crash our computer, perhaps because we interned at the magazine back in the day, and now it can sense us through the screen, and it knows we sold some of those promo CDs for rent money. harrylimetheme‘s Ben Slater debriefs on his experience curating a strand on digital feature films at Lovebytes this year. Plus he gets to talk about Jonathan Caouette‘s almost being late for his own screening, and about gathering Peter Greenaway at the airport. And in the oddity of the day, the New York Times gossipily reports (in detail) on the death of Carrie Fisher‘s dead gay Republican best friend. Hell, we told you, slow news day.