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Alice Through the Looking Glass

There is no magic, no wonder, just junk rehashed from a movie that was itself a rehash of Lewis Carroll, tricked out with physically unpersuasive…

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Holy Hell

The story of a cult as told by a filmmaker assigned to glorify it; intriguing but superficial.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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#276 May 17, 2016

Sheila writes: The Cannes Film Festival is up and running and Rogerebert.com is there! You can check out Rogerebert.com's full coverage in the Table of Contents for the film festival. That post will be updated as more dispatches come in. There is video footage as well, including a memorable moment when Chaz Ebert asked a question at the "Money Monster" press conference. Finally, "Two Weeks in the Midday Sun," Roger Ebert's 1987 book about the Cannes Film Festival, was re-released in May, just in time for the 2016 festival. The re-release has a foreword written by Martin Scorsese, which you can read here.

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#272 March 9, 2016

Sheila writes: In Roger Ebert's Great Movies review of Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," he writes: "The technique of slow motion is familiar to audiences, who usually see it in romantic scenes, or scenes in which regret and melancholy are expressed--or sometimes in scenes where a catastrophe looms, and cannot be avoided. But Scorsese was finding a personal use for it, a way to suggest a subjective state in a POV shotPOV shot...one of Scorsese's greatest achievements in 'Taxi Driver' is to take us inside Travis Bickle's point of view." I came across a wonderful video that shows Scorsese's storyboards for "Taxi Driver" alongside the actual filmed scenes.

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#263 October 14, 2015

Sheila writes: An exciting bit of news from last week: Paramount has launched its own Youtube channel called The Paramount Vault, with hundreds of movies from their archives. streaming for free. So far, not too many classic films, but other than that, it's a goldmine. Check out The Paramount Vault Youtube channel. Here's the channel's fun sizzle reel.

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