An imperfect but inarguably original comedy from John Turturro and Woody Allen.
Matt Zoller Seitz is the TV critic for New York Magazine and 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."
That a film as searing and necessary as "12 Years a Slave" is having trouble drawing large audiences is a testament to the power of denial. That so few mainstream films have been made about slavery in America is also a testament to the power of denial.
Bruce Springsteen mourns the closing of Blockbuster's retail stores. OK, not really—but these Springsteen spoofs are pretty funny anyway.
"The Wes Anderson Collection" video essay series finishes with a look at the director's 2012 hit "Moonrise Kingdom," the tale of a young love that throws a small community into turmoil.
"The Wes Anderson Collection" video essay series continues with a look at the director's sprightly adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel.
"The Wes Anderson Collection" video essay series continues with "The Darjeeling Limited," the director's comedy about brotherhood, death, and the limits of control.
RogerEbert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz and contributor Steven Boone discuss "Untold History," a documentary series by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick that presents an alternative history of the United States and its role in recent world history.
"The Wes Anderson Collection" continues with a video essay on "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," probably Anderson's most widely disliked feature, and MZS's personal favorite.
A close look at "The Royal Tenenbaums," the third in a series of videos based on Matt Zoller Seitz's book "The Wes Anderson Collection."
A video essay on Wes Anderson's second film "Rushmore," by Matt Zoller Seitz and Steven Santos. Second in a series of seven.
Oliver Stone talks about the two Roger Ebert reviews that meant the most to him: of "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers."