A film that sentimentalizes and softens what was clearly a very difficult situation, turning something that should be effective and honest into something that too…
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. His writing on film and television has appeared in The New York Times, Salon.com, The New Republic and Sight and Sound. Seitz is the founder and original editor of the influential film blog The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the co-founder and original editor of Press Play, an IndieWire blog of film and TV criticism and video essays.
A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Seitz has written, narrated, edited or produced over a hundred hours’ worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image, Salon.com and Vulture, among other outlets. His five-part 2009 video essay Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style was spun off into the hardcover book The Wes Anderson Collection. This book and its follow-up, The Wes Anderson Collection: Grand Budapest Hotel were New York Times bestsellers.
Other Seitz books include Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion, The Oliver Stone Experience, and TV (The Book). He is currently working on a novel, a children's film, and a book about the history of horror, co-authored with RogerEbert.com contributor Simon Abrams.
Part 1 of a video essay series adapted from RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz's book "The Wes Anderson Collection. " This opening chapter is about Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson's debut feature "Bottle Rocket," the short that preceded it, and the art that influenced them.
Video essays on Wes Anderson, including all seven chapters of "The Wes Anderson Collection" and all five chapters of "Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style."
Appreciation of Kumar Pallana, actor, gymnast, card sharp, juggler, yoga instructor, and a charming presence in the films of Wes Anderson.
Patrice Chereau, 1944-2013; how Wes Anderson Made 'The Royal Tenebaums': Errol Morris on the Zapruder film; Francis Coppola's "Twixt" Reconsidered; Starbucks cup label fails; Disney's first Black animator
Excerpt from RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz's book "The Wes Anderson Collection," about the making of "The Royal Tenenbaums."
RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz talks about his favorite Ebert review, a sensuous and somewhat abstract review of Mike Figgis' "Stormy Monday," a 1988 thriller starring Melanie Griffith, Sean Bean, Tommy Lee Jones and Sting.
Book trailer for The Wes Anderson Collection, by RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz.
From the archives: RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz reprints the first-ever profile of Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, written for Dallas Observer in 1993
A new video essay explores how Terrence Malick's distinctive voice-overs evolved and expanded over time
Hating "strong female characters"; the casual racism of "Orange is the New Black"; Linda Lovelace is not a porn star; why the Russian Olympics boycott won't help gays; inside the Texas tradition of enormous homecoming corsages; Donald Glover's new art film; Hal Hartley's must-see moments