Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet…
Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine & Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
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 and The L Magazine, among other outlets. His five part 2009 video essay Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style was later spun off into the hardcover book The Wes Anderson Collection. Seitz is the founder and original editor of The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the publisher of Press Play, a blog of film and TV criticism and video essays. He is the director of the 2005 romantic comedy "Home" and the forthcoming science fiction epic "Rabbit of the Sith." He is currently writing memoir titled "All the Things that Remind Me of Her."
Robin Williams, 1951-2014.
This past Wednesday, German documentary filmmaker Harun Farocki passed away at the age of 70. An admirer and student remembers him, and reflects on the meaning of his work.
Marvel's great death fake-out; Texas Chainsaw star dies; what the music industry can learn from TV.
Dr. Strangelove revisited; William S. Burroughs and his centipedes; dear critic, we will pay you to write about our film.
"Only Lovers Left Alive" is Top 5 Jim Jarmusch for sure; a long, warm bath in sensuality, with flashes of Wong-Kar Wai amid the ennui. In its deliberate slowness, it also ends up feeling like requiem for 20th century film storytelling, and for the pre-digital world.
RogerEbert.com contributor Godfrey Cheshire's landmark two-part series "Death of Film/Decay of Cinema" anticipated many of the changes that would later shake the medium to its core.
A breakdown of the opening of "Inglourious Basterds"; in praise of old TV; the ethics of torrenting; Shining twins, activate!
"Lucy" and the enduring appeal of the instance upgrade; why the second Indy movie is so dark; in defense of ComicCon; the Coens and souls at hazard.
An appreciation of James Shigeta, best known for playing Joseph "Joe" Takagi in the original "Die Hard."
Advice for Journalists and writers of color; the virtues and pitfalls of tossing brickbats online; 'Eyes Wide Shut' at 15; 'Pickpocket' on Blu-ray.