Dear Moviegoers,

Metro New Orleans film critic and culture writer Bill Arceneaux here.

Welcome to my many-times-over name-changed blog/newsletter, Moviegoing with Bill.

For more than a decade, I’ve watched as critics in the New Orleans area have gone from staff positions at top outlets to occasional freelancers - The Times-Picayune | Advocate tends to use syndication in this category, or laid-off staff turned freelancers sometimes. This represents a significant decrease in critical writing on art from local writers.

It is a goal of this Substack publication to cover some of the potholes on the regional film beat through a newsletter series of reviews, interviews, and even essays, all to help strengthen the moviegoing culture. Another goal is to give space to independent movies of all sorts - some from the area, some from elsewhere. All goers are welcome here, Gulf South and beyond.

This is a work (always) in progress, so feel free to offer up any advice or criticism at any time.

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Some of my favorite films (in no order):

  • Apocalypse Now

  • Sherlock Jr.

  • Roman Holiday

  • Inland Empire

Movies that I recommend everyone see by the time their deathbed is ready (in no order):

  • Vertigo

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

  • Safety Last!

  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

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Sincerely Yours in Moviegoing,