Dear Moviegoers,

In his book Critical Approaches to Writing About Film, author John E. Moscowitz writes "In looking at a motion picture critically, we not only make more sense of the film but, perhaps, more sense of ourselves, the relationships that we have with others, and the multifaceted world at large." Speaking (or writing) personally, I've only, really, ever been able to make sense of my world through the movies. And I can only assume that the medium applies similarly to other too.

Off and on since grade school, I've written about film, and only in 2011 did I begin to do so on a more consistent and slightly professional basis. Blogs upon blogs, outlets upon outlets, have led me to Substack, where articles can be shared to inboxes instantly. In my world, emails dominate the bulk of my online connections and engagement with real people. Hopefully, the same can be spoken of other worlds too.

Moviegoing with Bill is an expression of the world as I see it, through reviewing films, interviewing filmmakers, and writing about and researching the regional culture of Hollywood South - not just because it's where I live, but due to the work that's been and still being done.

In his book A Short Guide to Writing About Film, author Timothy Corrigan writes "We go to the movies for many reasons: to think and not to think, to stare at them, or to write about them. We may go to a movie to consume it like cotton candy; we may go to a film where that candy becomes food for the mind." I like that. All of that. It just makes sense.

Welcome to my world.

Sincerely Yours in Moviegoing,

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Bill Arceneaux
Independent film critic from Metro New Orleans. Member of SEFCA. Rotten Tomatoes approved.