Can’t really argue…

Posted by · 9:45 am · September 9th, 2011

…even if it is the unfortunate, ultimately necessary nature of the beast. But it’s not like the festivals aren’t courting this by getting top tier, highly anticipated films and muscling for their exclusivity. It breeds on-site competition. Ouroboros, etc. Anyway, from Roger Ebert’s Toronto dispatch: More than in previous years, I’m noticing the laptops in […]

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Siskel & Ebert: the episode that started it all

Posted by · 11:27 am · February 16th, 2011

One of the things I’ll likely take away from this crazy season, more than the back-biting and the intensity of the race, more, even, than the films I loved, is Roger Ebert’s continued resurgence as one of the most vital voices of our community.  His energy hit a new level last year with elevated output […]

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10/11 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco at MOMA, Schnabel’s Polaroids, O’Hehir and Ebert fight to the death

Posted by · 8:36 am · October 11th, 2010

• Jeffrey Wells reports from a MOMA Q&A with “127 Hours” star James Franco. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Amy Kaufman talks with “Conviction” star Hilary Swank. [Los Angeles Times] • Add Polaroid photography to Julian Schnabel’s list of artistic pursuits. [The Guardian]

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Ebert versus the third dimension

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 4th, 2010

By now, you may have read Roger Ebert’s lengthy nine-point diatribe against 3D in Newsweek — it has certainly generated a substantial amount of online conversation in the last few days. On the face of it, as a declared 3D agnostic myself, I should be pleased with the article: when a “Clash of the Titans” […]

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2/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:29 am · February 17th, 2010

• David Poland sits down with Mark Boal and, separately, Paul Ottosson and Ray Beckett to talk “The Hurt Locker.” [The Hot Blog] • Saoirse Ronan talks “The Lovely Bones” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • Chris Jones profiles Roger Ebert, the man and his thumbs. [Esquire]

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Reitman: “Bigelow is going to win and she deserves to win.”

Posted by · 9:22 am · February 1st, 2010

Over at Roger Ebert’s little corner of the web, the Chicago Sun-Times critics has posted a great conversation with “Up in the Air” director Jason Reitman.  There’s a bit of everything, really, but most noteworthy is his praise of “The Hurt Locker” and “District 9.” He proves he’s a lot more humble than his detractors […]

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Ebert joins the predictions scramble

Posted by · 3:12 pm · January 30th, 2010

With less than 72 hours until Oscar nominations are announced, prediction lists are coming through thick and fast. Kris and I will have our final predictions up on Monday, while Gerard’s technical picks will be scattered throughout the weekend. (I’ll also enter dreamland for a while and offer up my fantasy ballot at some point.) […]

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Ebert on ‘Avatar’ logic

Posted by · 1:27 pm · January 9th, 2010

Roger Ebert is on fire in Slate’s vastly entertaining The Movie Club feature — it’s all good stuff (as are the contributions from other critics), but his discussion of his plot issues with “Avatar” had me nodding in relieved agreement. I thought I was the only one wondering this: Assuming that an avatar can live […]

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Ebert names ‘Synecdoche’ the decade’s best

Posted by · 8:22 am · December 31st, 2009

I’m happy to see the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert is bold enough to tap something like Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York” as the best film of the decade.  His list on the whole is rather singular, I found, which is also refreshing. Of his number one pick, he says: “Synecdoche, New York” is the best […]

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Roger Ebert’s top 10 list(s)

Posted by · 7:37 pm · December 19th, 2009

Roger Ebert has been alive like never before in his work as of late.  So I’ve been greatly anticipating his views on the year’s best. Unfortunately, he’s divided his list into mainstream and independent films, so it’s a top 20, and neither in any order. Maybe keeping things simple like that and not so authoritative […]

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Ebert stands up for Armond White … then sits down again

Posted by · 2:35 am · August 15th, 2009

I’m sure Armond White couldn’t be more thrilled with the amount of chatter about him this week, and all spurred by one solitary review to boot. It rather puts the lie to the perception that nobody cares about what critics have to say these days. Now Roger Ebert, generally appointed by America as class captain […]

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McWeeny on film critics who want you off their lawn

Posted by · 8:10 am · August 12th, 2009

Boy I really need to get on the  ball when an idea crosses my mind these days.  Earlier in the week, Guardian writer Paul Harris beat me to the punch on an article I was spinning around concerning Hollywood’s attraction to post-apocalyptic narratives as of late.  Now HitFix’s Drew McWeeny has penned exactly the same […]

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There is a God

Posted by · 5:53 pm · August 5th, 2009

Is there anyone out there whose heart doesn’t leap upon hearing the following news? In an unusual triumph for journalistic ability over boneheaded determination, “At the Movies” is getting a fresh pair of hosts, less than a year after its disastrous makeover. Taking over from the dread Bens, Lyons and Mankiewicz, are the New York […]

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Roger Ebert on list-making and The Spectator’s latest

Posted by · 9:12 am · August 3rd, 2009

It seems The Spectator has conducted a greatest films poll, available online here.  Roger Ebert used the opportunity to offer up some thoughts on list-making in general and one of his favorites (the only one in which he participates), the Sight & Sound poll in particular: All lists of the “greatest” movies are propaganda. They […]

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Ebert makes a bold prediction

Posted by · 12:08 pm · May 22nd, 2009

Oscar talk hasn’t surfaced that much on the Croisette this year, with “Bright Star” the only competition title prompting much speculation from the pundits. Roger Ebert, however, believes he has spotted an under-the-radar title that we’ll still be discussing come February: I think I may have just seen the 2010 Oscar winner for best foreign […]

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Ebert on ‘Antichrist’

Posted by · 4:19 pm · May 17th, 2009

Curiouser and curiouser. Roger Ebert is clearly still processing Lars Von Trier’s latest crowd-terroriser, but there appears to be respect in his initial assessment: Whether this is a bad, good or great film is entirely beside the point. It is an audacious spit in the eye of society. It says we harbor an undreamed-of capacity […]

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Cracks show in Cannes lineup

Posted by · 7:12 am · May 17th, 2009

After surveying the reviews of Johnnie To’s “Vengeance” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Kinatay,” it seems safe to assume that neither film is a contender for the Palme d’Or — in the latter, we may even have our first real critical punchbag of the Competition. ScreenDaily dismisses “Vengeance,” an action effort teaming Hong Kong genre lord To […]

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Director Lurie writes up “real man” Roger Ebert

Posted by · 12:24 pm · May 4th, 2009

Director Rod Lurie recently presented his film “Nothing But the Truth” (which finally benefited from a mass-market release by landing on DVD last week) at Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest.  Using the sad news of Ebert’s paper, the Chicago Sun-Times, filing Chapter 11 in March as a spring-board, Lurie writes up a nice love letter to the […]

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