In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_walk_among_the_tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Fans of the hardboiled detective, rejoice. Screenwriter-director Scott Frank and actor Liam Neeson, adapting the splendid work of crime novelist Lawrence Block, have brought a…

Thumb_zero_theorem_ver4

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam's first science fiction film since "12 Monkeys" is an inventively designed but oddly inert satire on technology, God and the future of humankind.

Other Reviews
Review Archives
Thumb_xbepftvyieurxopaxyzgtgtkwgw

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…

Thumb_jrluxpegcv11ostmz1fqha1bkxq

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…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Blog Archives
Other Articles
Channel Archives
Primary_thumbs

Ebertfest Prepares to Unfold as a 'Tribute to Roger'

With Ebertfest only one day away, excitement and anticipation for the 16th annual festival is rapidly beginning to build. 

Over at The Chicago Sun-Times Laura Emerick has penned a lovely piece about the festival, writing "Ebertfest, the annual film festival founded by Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, has presented many marquee attractions over its 16-year run: Oscar-winning actors Tilda Swinton (twice), Christine Lahti and Cliff Robertson (who piloted his own plane to the festival); cinematographer-director Haskell Wexler (twice); directors Ang Lee, Werner Herzog (twice), Norman Jewison, Neil LaBute, Richard Linklater (twice), Errol Morris, Bob Rafelson, John Sayles, Paul Schrader and Bertrand Tavenier."

Emerick further goes onto suggest that this year "promises to top all of that with appearances by two cinema giants, Spike Lee and Oliver Stone. Each director will attend Ebertfest with films marking their 25th anniversaries: “Do the Right Thing” (which brought Lee an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay) and “Born on the Fourth of July” (for which Stone won his second best-director Oscar)."

With a lineup as diverse as they come—from Jason Reitman's Young Adult to Jem Cohen's Museum Hours—this year's Ebertfest is undoubtedly shaping up to be one of the best yet. 

As Emerick notes, "'Roger and I used to have a running joke,' Chaz Ebert said. 'On the ride back home to Chicago, we’d say to each other, ‘This was the BEST festival EVER.’ And this year, I’m sure Roger would say, ‘Can you believe this lineup?’ I can see him saying it and watching the joy on his face. He would be ecstatic.” 

While Roger may not be sitting in his customary brown, rugged chair located at the back of the Virginia theater, he'll certainly be with us in spirit and in the movies.

Emerick, who previously served as arts editor for the Sun-Times, is now the digital content editor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You may read the rest of her excellent piece here

For all information about this year's Ebertfest, please visit their website

Popular Blog Posts

The Unloved, Part Ten: "The Village"

Part ten in Scout Tafoya's The Unloved series tackles "The Village."

There's Something About "Blade Runner"

A new look at the role of hero and villain in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner."

Now, "Voyager": in praise of the Trekkiest "Trek" of all

As we mourn Abrams’ macho Star Trek obliteration, it’s a good time to revisit that most Star Trek-ian of accomplishme...

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus