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

RogerEbert.com

Thumb_45y1g5fegttpawjtyic6czc9xcn

Logan

The best superhero movie in years.

Thumb_rock_dog

Rock Dog

I can report that it enraptured and delighted, and most importantly, made quiet, the houseful of little kids and their nannies with which I watched…

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…

Other Reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other Articles
Sundance Archives
Other Articles
Blog Archives

Contributors

Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Acting from the Actors Studio MFA Program. Along with Rogerebert.com, her work has also appeared in Film Comment, The Dissolve, Masters of Cinema, Movie Mezzanine, Flavorwire, Capital New York, Fandor, Press Play, and Bright Wall/Dark Room.  She has contributed video and print essays for various releases from The Criterion Collection. O’Malley wrote the narration (read by Angelina Jolie) for the Governors Awards Lifetime Achievement tribute reel to legendary actress Gena Rowlands. O’Malley also wrote the narration for the Governors Awards tribute to editor Anne Coates’, played at the 2016 Governors Awards. O’Malley writes about actors, movies, and Elvis Presley at her personal site, The Sheila Variations. A short film she wrote, "July and Half of August,” premiered at the 2016 Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.

Read her answers to our Movie Love Questionnaire here.


Recent Reviews

Primary_american-fable-2017
American Fable
Primary_fifty-shades-darker-2017
Fifty Shades Darker
Primary_kedi-2017
Kedi
Primary_mr-gaga-2017
Mr. Gaga

Reviews Filter Show Filters | Reset Filters

1914
2017
0
4.0
Widget_americanfable-poster_web
American Fable

(2017)

Widget_fifty_shades_darker_ver2
Fifty Shades Darker

(2017)

Widget_kedi
Kedi

(2017)

Widget_mr-gaga
Mr. Gaga

(2017)

Widget_w6xcv8qhkian7w13ossa2hpvz8g
I Am Michael

(2017)

Widget_ma
Ma

(2017)

Widget_large_cn7yegowjvlnruhdrpgmbxj3m8k
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

(2017)

Widget_twozeroth_century_women
20th Century Women

(2016)

Widget_large_oqnmedfqsfbwlnjtk9yakrnb83d
Patriots Day

(2016)

Widget_all_we_had
All We Had

(2016)

Widget_q5yuwuu
Things to Come

(2016)

Widget_miss_sloane
Miss Sloane

(2016)

Widget_always_shine
Always Shine

(2016)

Widget_madame-bovary-poster-2016
I Am Not Madame Bovary

(2016)

Widget_elle_ver2
Elle

(2016)

Widget_in_a_valley_of_violence
In a Valley of Violence

(2016)

Widget_christine_ver2
Christine

(2016)

Widget_yueqatjr1b1loyjeiuxaqscqvkt
Little Sister

(2016)

Widget_under_the_shadow
Under the Shadow

(2016)

Widget_audrie_and_daisy_ver2
Audrie & Daisy

(2016)

Widget_large_gotlwxyxho2lf72xwotnjs1b1bd
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

(2016)

Widget_kicks_ver2
Kicks

(2016)

Widget_robinson_crusoe_ver2
The Wild Life

(2016)

Widget_large_c4mvbk9crakyp9dpzlobsmeuzg6
White Girl

(2016)

#268 January 7, 2016

Sheila writes: Happy New Year! In the wake of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," I came across a video put together by violinist Taylor Davis, where she plays the famous themes from John Williams' original score, both "light" and "dark." Arranged, orchestrated and performed by Davis, it's a fun and rousing celebration of the possibilities inherent in that music. Have a look!

Continue reading →

#267 December 9, 2015

Sheila writes: Mike D'Angelo over at the A.V. Club has written a very interesting article called "What I learned from watching the first 10 minutes of 500 movies". He speaks of the challenge, as a film critic, to see as much as he can in any given year, not just the hits but the secondary films, the ones that don't generate any "buzz." In doing so, he started thinking about "the first 10 minutes" of films and how crucial they are. D'Angelo writes, "Basically, I give the movie 10 minutes to grab my attention. Most of them fail, and get turned off at that point. If I’m still interested, though, I’ll watch for another 10 minutes. There are two more potential bail-out points at 0:30 and 0:40; if I still want to keep going after 40 minutes, I commit to watching the entire film, even if it turns awful later." His essay has a lot of observations about screenwriting, first of all, but also the nuts-and-bolts of storytelling.

Continue reading →

#266 November 27, 2015

Sheila writes: To all the American readers of The Ebert Club, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! To spread a little joy, here is a glorious and fun "dance mash-up" of classic dance scenes from Hollywood films, to the soundtrack of "Uptown Funk." Mark Ronson was the superb editor, and he has noted that none of these clips have been sped up or slowed down to match the music. Beautifully done! Enjoy!

Continue reading →

#265 November 11, 2015

Sheila writes: With the release of "Spectre," the latest in the James Bond franchise, it's been impossible to avoid the accompanying chatter about 007 in all of his various incarnations. Over on Vox, Phil Edwards and Estelle Caswell got creative and put together a chart of every country James Bond visits in his espionage duties: James Bond’s career, in one map. Along with the chart, there's an accompanying video. It's great, check it out!

Continue reading →

#264 October 28, 2015

Sheila writes: Just in time for Halloween, check out this really fun Gump Studios mashup of the films of two masters of suspense, Hitchcock/Kubrick. The mashup is described as "Jimmy Stewart was having a rather beautiful day until he bumped into Jack and things got weird." Directed by: Adrien Dezalay, Emmanuel Delabaere, Simon Philippe.

Continue reading →