Freeheld stumbles over too many hurdles to recommend it. The film’s heart is in the right place, but its focus is not.
* This filmography is not intended to be a comprehensive list of this artist’s work. Instead it reflects the films this person has been involved with that have been reviewed on this site.
A piece on two Westerns released on Blu-ray this week by Kino Lorber: "Duel at Diablo" and "Monte Walsh."
An ode to the dying art form of the drive-in movie theater.
A reposting of Greg Carpenter's article at Sequart.org.
25 indie directors to know; RIP Kirk Kerkorian; Designs of "Dick Tracy"; Tim Burton pays tribute to Christopher Lee; Preview of BAMcinemaFest.
An interview with Wallace Shawn and André Gregory.
Roger Ebert's 2003 book, "The Great Movies," is on sale as an e-book for $1.99 through May 24th.
"Dear White People" director Justin Simien, editor Phillip J. Bartell, composer Kathryn Bostic and cinematographer Topher Osborn at the Film Independent Directors Close-Up series.
A report from the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Roger Ebert's essay on film in the 1978 edition of the Britannica publication, "The Great Ideas Today."
A review of Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" from the Berlin Film Festival.
The legacy of "Empire Records"; BuzzFeed's secret weapon; A thousand years of the Persian book; Female characters in film; The Persona of 3 Women on Mulholland Dr.
The writers of RogerEbert.com reflect on the life, career and death of Robin Williams.
An appreciation of the life and work of the legendary producer Menahem Golan.
A feature that examines Shout Factory's amazing "Herzog: The Collection" film by film.
Sheila writes: Author John le Carré wrote a gorgeous and painful reminiscence of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the New York Times. Le Carre wrote, in part: "... His intuition was luminous from the instant you met him. So was his intelligence. A lot of actors act intelligent, but Philip was the real thing: a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours; or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect."
Author Peter Biskind revisits four auteurs from the '70s--Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, and Terrence Malick.
A piece by contributor Matt Fagerholm that connects "Prairie Home Companion," "Synecdoche, New York," and "Life Itself" in the sweet by and by.
On June 21, 2014, “Life Itself” opened the Hamptons Film Festival at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert and editor-in-chief Matt Zoller Seitz were guests at the event and participated in a post-screening Q&A with Alec Baldwin and Hamptons Film Festival artistic director David Nugent afterward.
The latest and greatest additions to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and more.
This is a book excerpt from Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens.
The 67th Cannes Film Festival kicks off with an original, adventurous and beautiful film from the great Mike Leigh.
Sheila writes: In 1968, Stanley Kubrick, whose game-changing "2001" was released that year, was interviewed for Playboy magazine. You can check out a facsimile of the interview here, but Open Culture has transcribed some of it, in particular the section where Kubrick gives some predictions on what the world will look like in the year 2001. It's fascinating speculative stuff.
A career-view of the Coen brothers; Movie app shuts down; Nymphomaniac is not pornography; Cyberpunk renaissance forming; Negative take on No Country for Old Men.