This film could have been titled “There Will Be Beef.”
Part 1 of "Cut to Black," a videotaped roundtable discussion about the end of The Sopranos and the future of television drama. This chapter talks about the shock of first seeing the Sopranos ending, and viewers' reluctance to accept that it was meant to be ambiguous. Participants include RogerEbert.com editor and New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, A.V. Club TV critic Ryan McGee, and previously.tv contributor Sarah D. Bunting. Shot and edited by Dave Bunting, Jr.
The four basic aspects of being a bro; the rarely-seen sic-fi film High Treason, seen in Chicago; that darned Sopranos, with its infuriating cut-to-black ending; why internships don't lead anywhere; Mad Men sells sunny products, despairing drama.
Links to obituaries, profiles and appreciations of the late Sopranos star James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack June 20, 2013 at 51. Cut to black, roll credits.
Simon Abrams looks at humanism in zombie films of George Romero, and how they're carried forward in the novel "World War Z."
This summer's Millennium Park screenings kick off with a dedication to Roger Ebert.
Craig D. Lindsey is on the warpath against jerk cinema, in which arrogant heroes trample all over everybody and the film celebrates them as righteously awesome. Whatever happened to charm?
Suicide glamour and magazine-shaming; how American textbooks dumb down Vietnam; remembering the late investigative journalist Michael Hastings; why sex on the first date is not an inherently bad thing; the American vs. the French way of making movies; Love and Rockets covers, collected; Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
Roger Ebert's birthday celebration, 2013: a Table of Contents.
Here are links to a small sampling of the thousands of tributes written about Roger Ebert since his death in April, 2013.
Asymmetrical journalism and the Rob Ford crack tape; Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring presents life as "an endless selfie"; James Lipton was once a pimp, apparently; Egypt solves the problem of how to censor "salacious" content by airing a sitcom with no women in it; Seattle's Egyptian movie theater to close; dumbest beauty pageant contestant answer ever?