I laughed so much my wife thought I was going to have a stroke.
The place for everything that doesn't have a home elsewhere on RogerEbert.com, this is a collection of thoughts, ideas, snippets, and other fun things that Roger and others posted over the years.
More moviegoers see films on video in some form than ever before -- whether streaming on demand, cable or satellite, instant download services, DVD or Blu-ray. Even high-profile pictures become available to home viewers before or at the same time as their theatrical release. Reviewing them is a job for... The Demanders!
Since he started as film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967, and began covering movies locally and at international film festivals, Roger Ebert has met and interviewed countless movie idols, artists and unknowns -- some of them even before they became famous. There's hardly a major figure in the history of movies, from the last part of the 20th century into the 21st, that he hasn't encountered.
Roger Ebert has attended international film festivals and events for almost half a century, from the Kolkata International Film Festival to the Academy Awards. In addition to his coverage, our contributors report the latest from Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, Sundance and other movie showcases world-wide.
"Life Itself," based on Roger Ebert's memoir and directed by Steve James, will open in theaters and be available On Demand on July 4, 2014.
The Cannes International Film Festival is the most talked-about film festival of the year, where directors from around the world showcase their newest work, from the most challenging art cinema to the big blockbusters. For many years, Roger Ebert and a team of contributors have covered Cannes, and we are continuing that tradition with start-to-finish coverage from around the festival.
A collection of tributes to Roger from various sources.
The opening shot of a movie can tell us a lot about how to view and interpret what follows. It can even represent the whole movie in miniature. The Opening Shots Project collects illustrated analyses of some of Jim Emerson's favorites, and contributions from Scanners readers.
Not only is he terrific in "Young Adult," but...
From Demetri Kouvalis of Chicago:
From Saad Idris in Libya:
"The Ant Bully" is now available through HBO On Demand and HBO Go until December 18.
A boy, a wizard and a war--that's the basic formula for many children's adventure stories. In "The Ant Bully," as the name suggests, this story takes place in the insect world, but the bully is the boy named Lucas (voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen). This modest morality tale doesn't go for big laughs but does deal with situations that young kids will inevitably face.
Based on John Nickle's 1999 book by the same name, this 2006 feature was the first animated film produced by Legendary Pictures. "The Ant Bully" followed two better known 1998 ant-themed films: DreamWorks' "Antz" and Disney's "A Bug's Life." All three movies have messages, but are aimed at different audiences.
"The Ant Bully," rated PG for mild violence, is definitely targeted at young children--preteen kids who might feel powerless, so far outside of the adult world. In the movie, 10-year-old Lucas has no friends and is the target of the neighborhood bully. He turns his frustrations on the anthill in his front yard, causing the ants to scurry about when he floods the anthill.
From Marie Haws in Vancouver:
God's Angry Man (1980) Herdsmen of the Sun (1989) Les Blank's "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe," Part One (1980) Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Part Two Nobody Want to Play With Me, Part One (1976)
Nobody Want to Play With Me, Part Two
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (1967) Herakles (1962)
My blog entry The Ecstasy of the Filmmaker Herzog, with videos of him discussing the 3D Cave documentary. A conversation between Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. From Ebertfest 2004, a conversation with Werner Herzog. Photo of Herzog at Boulder 2010 by Ebert.
I find them addictive. Taught myself a little French after finding them in my daily paper at Cannes. The Europeans love him, but many Americans may not have ever seen one of Herge's pages. I wonder if the Spielberg film will inspire sales of the English editions. Here are all the book covers:
28 November 1757 - 12 August 1827
I had a date like this once. Hell, I was date like this once.
Video Scout: Larry J. Kolb, ex-CIA