A little behind-the-scenes: This year, instead of making the couple mile commute to and from my hotel and the Virginia Theatre, I rented an apartment two blocks away for the week. So far, it makes the experience so much more comfortable. In this vein, I made an executive decision to forego the panel discussions that happen each day in exchange for more relaxation. Overall, the panels are decent, but don’t delve into their topics quite to my liking, despite being made up of intelligent and interesting film writers and filmmakers. I also decided to take the time spent by the post-screening Q&As (because we know nothing good really ever comes from them) to spend more quality time with my wife and two dogs, who made the trip for the first time this year. Theoretically, this should also give me good time to write up my coverage in a more timely manner, though that already doesn’t seem to be the case.